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MLB Trade Rumors: 4 Desperation Deals That Could Go Down

Christopher CzarContributor IJune 7, 2011

MLB Trade Rumors: 4 Desperation Deals That Could Go Down

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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05:  Jose Reyes #7 and David Wright #5 of the New York Mets take the field against the San Francisco Giants on May 5, 2011 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Giants 5
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    The feeling of desperation setting in is never a good thing in any walk of life.

    MLB general managers are no different than any one else and prone to act in desperation. 

    What else could explain situations like the Washington Nationals handing over $126 million to a slightly-above-average Jayson Werth—a guy who's on pace to hit .250 with 20 home runs and 60 RBIs.

    The Nationals needed credibility and hoped that signing Werth would give them that regardless of the price.

    Will it provide the Nationals credibility?  No one knows; but it hasn't translated to wins yet, which is the quickest way to get credible.

    There are plenty of teams gearing up for the some desperate moves of their own.

    Maybe it's a GM and manager that are on their last leg and desperate for a playoff appearance to ensure a contract extension.

    Or maybe it's a depth-chart hole created by a franchise-changing injury.

    It could be a team that is just so talented, that they'll mortgage the future to make sure they don't choke their golden opportunities away this year.

    Whatever the reasons—you're sure to see desperation sink in for some potential contenders this year.

Tigers Make a Move for Reyes

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    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05:  Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets follows through on his fourth inning RBI double against the Atlanta Braves on June 5, 2011 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaa
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    The pending fire sale in New York has been discussed more than the existence of Obama's birth certificate.

    Everyone knows it's coming—the owner even said so—and it's really just a matter of whether the biggest prize piece in the Mets puzzle will be included.

    The Detroit Tigers have a GM and manager (Dave Dombrowski and Jim Leyland, respectively) in the last year of their contracts, and they need to win now in order to return.

    The Tigers also have a deep, young bevy of starting pitchers including Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello in the rotation, Andrew Oliver and Charlie Furbush already making appearances and their prize prospect Jacob Turner dominating the minors.

    When you add in the adequate Phil Coke and Brad Penny, that's way too many starters (and trading pieces) for a desperate management crew to keep in their pocket. They'll deal one of their talented prospects.

    Add the fact that the Tigers are quickly catching the fading Indians, and you have to expect a deal.

    The Tigers actually have a decent shortstop in Johnny Peralta who's off to a tremendous season; meanwhile, like the VCR, Brandon Inge at third base has depleted his useful life.

    If the Tigers acquire Jose Reyes, or another shortstop, look for them to move Peralta to third to replace the offensively challenged Inge.

    A deal for Reyes would cost a ton—probably Turner and another top prospect like third baseman Nick Castellanos just to get the Mets listening. But don't be surprised if a blockbuster gets pulled by the desperate Tigers brass.

Yankees Land Liriano

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    BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 18:  Francisco Liriano #47 of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 18, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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    I really want to say it's Felix Hernandez that the Yankees land, but all evidence suggests otherwise.

    Seattle still is in the hunt and Hernandez has more "no-trade" clauses than a Bernie Madoff investment.

    The Yankees will turn to the injured Francisco Liriano as Hernandez becomes unavailable.

    If he comes back to 75 percent his 2010 self, Liriano gives the Yankees a solid No. 3 behind CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett.

    No doubt the Yankees have been hearing the chatter that the Red Sox are the favorites to represent the AL in the World Series, and they'll make a big move to ensure that doesn't happen.

    The only hiccup could be if the Twins pull their normal second-half runoff and don't off-load talent. They're so far under .500 now—15 games below despite five-game winning streak—that I don't see it happening.

    Liriano would be a nice rental piece for the Yankees to add and could push them over the top.

    They'd have to give up some prospects and major league ready talent, like Ivan Nova; but Liriano will come a lot cheaper than King Felix would.

Giants Get Pudge

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    PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 03:  Catcher Ivan Rodriguez #7 of the Washington Nationals in action during the Major League Baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 3, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Nationals 4-0.
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    Okay, so Ivan Rodriguez hasn't been pudgy in a half a decade (I wonder why), but he's still got a little left in the tank.

    Meanwhile, the Buster Posey takedown has made the Giants backstop situation less appealing than a meal at Golden Corral.

    The World Champion Giants currently have Eli Whiteside and Chris Steward playing catcher.  Who? Exactly.

    Whiteside is 31 with about 300 at-bats in his career. Not to be outdone, Stewart's 29 years old with 53 career at-bats.

    The Giants desperately need a half-year rental at the backstop, and Rodriguez just might be the best catcher available.

    He's no stranger to being dealt and could be a short-term answer the champs are looking for.

    Pudge hasn't been great this year, but the Giants don't need great.

    While dealing for a 39-year-old backstop hitting .220 might be a sign of desperation, it looks like it'll be a necessity unless they have someone in the system step up.

    The best thing for the Giants is that Pudge would likely only cost a couple of mid-level prospects.

Braves Add a Bat in Jones

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    BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 03: Adam Jones #10 of the Baltimore Orioles blows a bubble while watching the second inning from the dugout against the Toronto Blue Jays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 3, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty
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    The other Adam "Pacman" Jones—you know the one who doesn't have issues with strippers—is having a great season for the perennial last place Orioles.

    Jones seems to be a piece of Baltimore's puzzle, but the poor Orioles might never be playing meaningful ball late in the season thanks to the brutally tough AL East.

    Jones and his agent are "saying" they want to sign long-term in Baltimore, but he's an arbitration-eligible guy that they might just cut ties with in a cost-cutting move.  

    Top prospect Xavier Avery has been ascending the minor leagues and might be a long-term replacement in center.

    The Braves might be the best shot in the NL East to give the Phillies a run but their offense has been rough.

    Centerfield has been especially troublesome as of late. The Braves are playing a couple of guys I won't even mention. Or rather Jordan Schaefer and Matt Young.

    Jones would be a significant upgrade for the Braves but definitely a desperate, money-saving move for the Orioles.

    It'll cost the Braves big-time—probably stud lefty prospect Mike Minor—but if the Braves are serious about a run, they need to make a move soon before they fall too far behind the Phils.

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