|07.21.11 at 4:43 pm ET|
When you think Tigers pitching in 2011, Justin Verlander is probably the first name that comes to mind, and rightfully so. But that would cloud your vision of a starting rotation that ranks ninth in the AL with a 4.06 ERA this season, despite Verlander’s 2.29 mark. So it may not come as a surprise that Detroit is targeting starting pitching this trading season. One of the team’s targets appears to be Baltimore’s Jeremy Guthrie, who the Tigers scouted earlier this week, according to a tweet from FoxSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi.
That Detroit scout probably liked what he saw from the righty as he shut down the Red Sox Tuesday night to the tune of just two runs allowed over seven innings of work. Guthrie owns a 4.35 ERA this season but also lugs a a 4-13 record, with the 13 losses being the most in the majors by any pitcher, no thanks to a Baltimore offense that has averaged just 3.54 runs in his starts.
|07.21.11 at 3:21 pm ET|
Yes, there is another knuckleballer in the major leagues, and he is actually pitching quite well.
Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey has a 3.80 ERA this season and is 2-2 with a 3.13 ERA since the start of June, leading one American League contender to put in a call to the New York front office according to a tweet from MLB Network and NESN analyst Peter Gammons.
The answer though, as Gammons notes, was of the negative variety. Dickey put together his first sub-4.00 ERA last season when he ranked seventh in the NL with a mark of 2.84 and could be on his way to such a stat this season if he can maintain his numbers of late. That performance must give the Mets enough comfort that he can continue to toss quality outings for not only the remainder of the season but beyond. Dickey is under contract for $4.25 million in 2012 and has a $5 million club option for 2013.
|07.21.11 at 2:58 pm ET|
This is the beauty of the trade deadline rumor mill, isn’t it?
First, a report had emerged that Padres reliever Mike Adams was told by Padres owner Jeff Moorad, “You’re not going anywhere.” Now, Adams himself told Marty Caswell, a reporter for XX1090 Sports Radio in San Diego, that he has received no such news.
If he is indeed still available on the trade market, the Padres would put a hefty price tag on any potential deal for his services. His 1.23 ERA is third-lowest in the NL among relievers with at least 35 appearances, and if that wasn’t enough to make him attractive, his relatively cheap contract ($2.53 million in 2011, arbitration eligible in 2012) would certainly do the trick.
|07.21.11 at 1:57 pm ET|
The Phillies and Braves are among the teams giving the longest looks at Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran, according to a report by Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. On the flipside, the team from Queens is increasing its own efforts to scout the minor-league systems of both of those NL East rivals.
Rubin reports that on the Braves front, the Mets would try to get either Randall Delgado or Arodys Vizcaino, starting pitchers who were ranked the third and seventh best prospects respectively in the Braves organization by Baseball America before the season. That may be too rich for Atlanta’s blood, but the report includes thoughts from an NL East executive who thinks that a trade within the division would bring a heftier price than one that sends Beltran away from the NL East, as is the custom with most trades.
“I think any deal within the NL East will carry some sort of premium — not necessarily one that is prohibitive, but something more than if sent elsewhere,” the executive told Rubin.
Both the Phillies and Braves, who lead the NL East and Wild Card races respectively, rank right in the middle of the pack when it comes to runs scored and could use a little extra offense as they collectively push toward the postseason.
|07.21.11 at 1:43 pm ET|
It seems like every team that has a puncher’s chance of making the playoffs this year are doing their due diligence on Carlos Beltran, and FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal tweets that the AL West-leading Rangers are “interested” in the Mets outfielder. But that being said, Texas would rather go after bullpen help than chase the outfielder. Throw that in with Rosenthal’s statement that “Others probably need Beltran and value him more” and it’s easy to think that Beltran will probably play somewhere other than Arlington come August.
Although Beltran would provide a small upgrade, the Rangers have a fairly solid stable of outfielders with All-Star Josh Hamilton as well as Nelson Cruz, Endy Chavez and part-timer David Murphy even if Cruz’s average and OPS are down .079 and .154 points respectively. Meanwhile, Texas relievers rank 27th in the majors with a 4.51 ERA, which would be the lowest among division leaders if not for the Detroit bullpen’s mark of 4.78.
|07.21.11 at 1:29 pm ET|
MLB Network and NESN analyst Peter Gammons joined the Mut & Merloni show Thursday to talk about the Red Sox and how they might approach the trade deadline, among other things related to the Red Sox. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.
Gammons does not expect the Red Sox to make a blockbuster deal at this year’s trade deadline. He believes they have what it takes to win a World Series with the players they have now, but does not rule out a minor deal for a right-handed-hitting outfielder.
“There is nobody out there that can replace [Jon] Lester or [Clay] Buchholz,” Gammons said. “Can they win the World Series if they have [Josh] Beckett, Lester and Buchholz in their three? Absolutely. Especially with the way the bullpen has performed. We always talking about going out and getting relievers, what they did to get Matt Albers and Alfredo Aceves here I think was remarkable. They have been huge parts of this team.
“I think they might go get a right-handed hitting outfielder, like a Reed Johnson [outfielder with the Cubs]. I know they keep dabbling with the Mets. One thing is Theo Epstein always stays in on the high ceiling guys, just in case. He has always said ‘I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t.’ But, remember two years ago when they got Victor Martinez they had one deal involving Victor Martinez and Cliff Lee, and another five for one with Roy Halladay and a six for one with Felix Hernandez. He gets his fingers on everything.”
Gammons also notes that trading for Beltran would mean Josh Reddick would have to be benched, and he said it would not be a good thing for Reddick as well as the Red Sox. According to Gammons, the talks with the Mets have not been serious, as names of players have not been discussed.
|07.21.11 at 12:35 pm ET|
According to a report from Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Giants have a hit a sang in their pursuit of Carlos Beltran. The Giants, according to Martino, are now willing to assume most of the $6 million owed to Beltran for the rest of the season but will not give up a top prospect in exchange for the outfielder. The Mets are willing to pay the remainder of Beltran’s salary but want an elite prospect in return.
Beltran leads the National League with 30 doubles and 47 extra-base hits. He also ranks in the top 10 in walks, OBP, RBI and OPS.
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