MLB Trade Deadline Live Blog: Tracking Every Move All 30 Teams Make
The 2011 MLB Trade Deadline is fast approaching and already we've seen several major trades.
Carlos Beltran is in San Francisco, Colby Rasmus is in Toronto and Hunter Pence is now in Philadelphia.
But what about all the other big names on the market? Where will Heath Bell end up? What about Hiroki Kuroda? Will the Rockies actually trade Ubaldo Jiminez?
The answers to these questions and many more will be answered over the next 48 hours. Stay tuned to Bleacher Report for all the latest news and rumors about what each team is doing at the deadline.
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The Indians paid a massive price for Jiminez in dealing prospects Joe Gardner, Alex White, Matt McBride and reportedly Drew Pomeranz. But if Jiminez pitches anything like he did in the first half of last season then the Indians should be a safe bet to win the division and maybe even make some noise in the playoffs. A rotation of Jiminez, Justin Masteron and Josh Tomlin is pretty solid.
The Braves managed to land Michael Bourn and not surrender any of their top pitching prospects. That has to be considered a major coup for the Braves and a disappointing return for the Astros, who may have gotten a stronger offer in the offseason.
Starting to sound like B.J. Upton isn't going anywhere, even with the market for outfielders rapidly thinning out. He's definitely a name to keep an eye on for an offseason trade.
The Indians already made the deal of the day by landing Ubaldo Jiminez, but they're apparently not done yet. Cleveland is very close to acquiring outfielder Ryan Ludwick, on top of an earlier move to get Kosuke Fukudome. The Indians have been one of the busiest teams at the deadline and should be considered the favorites to win the AL Central.
Heath Bell is still a member of the San Diego Padres and he probably lost a potential suitor when the Rangers acquired Koji Uehara. The Angels and Cardinals are still interested, but neither team seems comfortable with the price tag. The Yankees might be able to sneak in and land Bell here.
The Washington Nationals are still searching for a center fielder and are looking at Denard Span and B.J. Upton. A deal for Span centered around closer Drew Storen was in the works, but has apparently fallen apart. All of the teams that needed an outfielder pretty much have one, so it's up to the Nationals to get a deal done.
The Red Sox were on the verge of landing right-hander Rich Harden, but the deal fell apart because of problems with Harden's physical. The Red Sox may instead turn their attention to Hiroki Kuroda or Jeremy Guthrie, the two best pitchers remaining on the market.
Updates from around MLB:
- Red Sox acquire infielder Mike Aviles
- Diamondbacks acquire starter Jason Marqus
- Rangers acquire reliever Koji Uehara
- Indians acquire Ubaldo Jiminez
- Giants acquire infielder Orlando Cabrera
- Braves acquire outfielder Michael Bourn
- Cardinals acquire shortstop Rafael Furcal
- Pirates acquire first baseman Derrek Lee
The dominating storyline for this trade deadline could be how many teams are going all-in. We know the Giants are eager to get back to the World Series and the Phillies look just about unbeatable. The Brewers already cashed their chips and the Cardinals are close to cashing all of theirs. The Reds and Braves could easily join the race, too, but thus far seem happier to watch as bystanders this season.
In the AL the Red Sox are the heavy favorites to win the division and the pennant, regardless of whether they make a move or not. The Yankees aren't too far behind, and could potentially leapfrog the Red Sox if they get Ubaldo Jiminez.The Rangers are also looking to add a final piece (Heath Bell?) to get them back to the postseason.
That's at least seven teams doing everything they can to win a championship, and six of those teams are going to end the season disappointed. Could we be looking at the beginning of a transformation in MLB from the haves to the have-nots?
The odds of Heath Bell being traded seem to shrink by the hour with many suitors pulling out of negotiations because of a colossal asking price. The Rangers are still the favorites, but they've been stuck on a potential package for the reliever for most of the week.
The Padres aren't desperate to trade Bell. If they can't get a decent offer they'll happily keep him for the rest of the season and then collect two draft picks in the offseason.
Just because the Astros traded Hunter Pence yesterday doesn't mean they're having a complete fire sale. They're willing to listen on center fielder Michael Bourn, but they want major league ready players in return.
The Nationals, Braves, Indians and Reds are all interested, with the latter two rumored as the favorites. Whichever team loses out on B.J. Upton may be pressured into a deal for Bourn, but it's entirely possible that Bourn stays in Houston.
In other starting pitching news, the deadline for a Kuroda trade is fast approaching since the right-hander will have to approve a deal ahead of time. The Rangers, Yankees and Red Sox are the three favorites right now.
The Yankees have the pieces, but don't like the price. If they're going to give up major prospects for a starter they might as well go after Ubaldo Jiminez.
The Tigers acquisition of Doug Fister would appear to take them out of the running for Ubaldo Jiminez, leaving only the Indians, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Reds and Yankees as his potential suitors. The Yankees figure to be the favorites if Colorado's asking price for the ace comes down.
As rumored, the Tigers have completed a deal with the Seattle Mariners. Detroit gets starter Doug Fister and reliever David Pauley for outfielder Casper Wells, third baseman Francisco Martinez and reliever Charlie Furbush. This would appear to take the Tigers out of the running for Ubaldo Jiminez.
Even after making what will likely be the blockbuster deal of the deadline, the Phillies are still looking to add more pieces. They're looking at adding Jason Giambi as a hitter off the bench and are still in on Padres relievers Heath Bell and Mike Adams. The Phillies are running out of trade pieces, although Domonic Brown could potentially be available and would net a significant return.
In the wake of the Phillies big move to add Hunter Pence, the Red Sox are poised to make some moves of their own. The Red Sox are reportedly looking at a package that would include right fielder Carlos Quentin and reliever Matt Thornton from the White Sox. The Red Sox have also been linked to righty Hiroki Kuroda and at least talked to the A's about a Rich Harden/Josh Willingham package.
Most GMs thought the Red Sox would stay relatively quiet at the deadline, but Theo Epstein is making some major noise right now. That could mean the injury to Clay Buchholz is more serious than the Red Sox originally thought, or that Epstein has his eyes set on a World Series title in 2011 and may be willing to mortgage the future a little bit.
The Brewers have acquired infielder/outfielder Jerry Hairston, Jr. from the Washington Nationals for a prospect. The Brewers have been in the market for an infielder since Rickie Weeks' injury and were considering Rafael Furcall, Jamey Carroll and others.
With Bedard likely out of their price range, the Red Sox have shifted their attention to Kuroda and are among the favorites to complete a deal. Assuming Kuroda waives his no-trade clause, he would give Boston some great insurance if Clay Buchholz can't return to the mound.
Erik Bedard struggled in his return to the Mariners rotation, while Jeremy Guthrie was brilliant in seven innings against the Yankees. This likely translates to Bedard being taken off the trade market (unless the Mariners drastically drop their asking price) and Guthrie becoming the second most prized starter on the market after Hiroki Kuroda (and I guess Ubaldo Jiminez, if you want to believe the rumors).
The Braves had their chance at Hunter Pence but balked at the asking price. Now they have to watch as baseball's best team, the Phillies, get even better. The Braves can still go out and get B.J. Upton, Michael Bourn or Ryan Ludwick, but none of these three is enough to close the gap. It might be prudent for the Braves to target 2013-16 as the years when they want to compete. Tough to see them ever catching the Phillies, even with that pitching staff.
Jacob Turner is starting today, but that doesn't mean that Detroit's top pitching prospect is going anywhere. The Tigers are close on a deal for starter Doug Fister and maybe David Pauley, and there's no that they'll give up Turner in the deal. Charlie Furbush is expected to go to Seattle.
The Astros got two legit prospects in Jarred Crosart and Jonathan Singleton, but how did they not end up with Domonic Brown? Brown seems like a logical replacement for Pence and there's no room for him right now in Philadelphia, unless the Phillies plan on putting him in left field after Raul Ibanez leaves.
I wonder if the Giants would have still given up Zack Wheeler for Carlos Beltran if they knew that the Phillies would be getting Pence. The Giants suddenly look very beatable in a playoff series, as long as they're playing the Phillies.
The Phillies pulled off a blockbuster in getting outfielder Hunter Pence from the Houston Astros. The price was steep, but this move has to make the Phillies the favorites to come out of the NL this year, and probably ever year through the end of Halladay/Lee's contracts. It will be interesting to see how they stack up against the Red Sox, the presumed favorites in the AL.
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