MLBTR’s list of potentially available starters


Yesterday at MLBTR, Tim Dierkes posted a list of starting pitchers that could potentially become available in a trade this summer. It’s all based on speculation, but few outsiders know the market like Tim. It’s your generic collection of impending free agents, salary dumps, and firesale types, but it’s a disappointing list overall. The most attractive name (by far) is John Danks, though I have soft spots for Hiroki Kuroda and Derek Lowe. The competition for starters like these figures to pick up now that the Red Sox have to replace Daisuke Matsuzaka (Tommy John surgery), so this should be a fun trade season.

Categories : Asides, Trade Deadline


  1. theyankeewarrior says:

    FA market… sucked

    Trade market… sucks

    Maybe we should grow an ace of our own?

    Acquiring a true #2 at this deadline could be Cashman’s biggest challenge yet.

  2. David, Jr. says:

    If we are strongly in contention it will be Buehrle. Watch and see.

  3. MannyGeee says:

    OK, anyone else smelling a Jason Marquis for waaaaay-too-goddam-much trade coming on???

    Maholm intrigues me, even though he is playing way over his potential.

    • Clay Bellinger says:

      Marquis’ never pitched in the AL and has been mediocre in the NL, so I don’t think the Yanks would be the team to swing that deal.

  4. Reggie C. says:

    Derek Lowe is signed thru 2012 at 15 million. Yikes.

  5. Pat D says:

    The White Sox might be making a move, and I still don’t fully believe in the Indians.

    So I’m still skeptical that they’ll be selling. The next 6-7 weeks have to unfold first.

    • It’s not just Cleveland, though; Detroit has reawakened. Can the Sox stay hot enough to jump both of those two? That’s a real question for them.

      It’s why I keep coming back to Edwin Jackson; he’s a FA at year’s end that they’re not likely to keep. Kenny Williams loves to trade off pieces he doesn’t prioritize as long-term fixes while not totally punting on the season.

      I can easily see him being both a buyer and a seller at the same time; move moveable superfluous pieces and maybe make a separate trade to plug a lineup hole or two.

      With Danks/Floyd/Peavy/Buerhle/Humber (and even Sale), he has the pitching inventory to move Edwin Jackson (who is rumored to be moving to the bullpen anyway) while still pushing for the division title. Jackson is the most logical player to move (although I’m sure he’d listen on Danks and Floyd to see if anyone wants to blow him away).

    • Clay Bellinger says:

      Yeah, I fully expect the ChiSox to deal..that’s just what Kenny Williams does. The Tribe would really have to fall off hard for them to be in a position to sell though.

  6. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    with every pitch he throws I fully expect Colon to blow up…but wouldn’t it be something if he continued this throughout the year and into the post season…holy friggin’ crap that would be great!

  7. Mister Delaware says:

    I’d rather give up some quality for a 26 year old Danks than try to patchwork with Kuroda. Stuff hasn’t changed much and the xFIP is basically in line. Another buy low steal for Cashman over Williams?

    • Clay Bellinger says:

      Danks would be ideal. It’s gotta be tough to trade em though with the impending FA’s in their rotation. Prob makes more sense to deal Jackson.

  8. matthaggs says:

    Just about all of these guys have more cons than pros, including Ted Lilly. I’d take him if he could be had for cheap though. Been pitching well of late and has had a degree of success in the AL East.

  9. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Mid-season pick-up…..Phil Hughes

  10. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    Bosox will be in the mix for sure b/c Dice K is done, Lackey is crap, Wakefield is old, Aceves isn’t a solution for a full time starter and Bowden sucks ass.

    Now would be a good time to bring up Casey Kelly.

  11. zs190 says:

    Erik Bedard is having a sneaky good season so far. Shouldn’t cost much since he’s not signed beyond this year and he’s a major injury risk. Still when he’s healthy, his stuff is probably second only to Liriano on the list, and he’s healthy right now.

    • Foghorn Leghorn says:

      dude is rarely healthy though…unless he has had a stem cell prodedure then I’d steer clear of Bedard.

      • nsalem says:

        Bedard has only had 51 career second half starts as opposed to about 100 first half starts.
        His numbers are significantly weaker in the second half also. Hopefullythis is a problem that can be solved internally (by hook or by hector).

    • Seattle’s also in the thick of the AL West race.

      All four of those teams may be buyers and not sellers.

      • YanksFan says:

        Also, who knows how easy it would be to attempt a trade w/ Jack Z. Cash does know how to trade & deal w/ others but there may be a premium surcharge for Jack Z. greater than other GM’s dealings with the Yanks.

    • thumper says:

      Ugh, the thought of another potential trade with Seattle still leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Not that last years rollercoaster would be the factor that makes me shy away from Bedard, but damn you Jack Zduriencik.

      • Foghorn Leghorn says:

        cashman needs to pull a theo and fire his asst GM so he can get hired by the Mariners…then we’ll be able to trade for Felix straight up for Pat Venditte

      • MannyGeee says:

        why would you worry about trading with Seattle? they still want Montero? Montero for Bedard str8 up…. BOOM. that just happened.

    • bexarama says:

      Unless Seattle loses like all their remaining games before the deadline, they won’t be sellers. They’re actually competing in the ALW this year, and it’s because of their pitching. Yeah Bedard isn’t an untouchable like Pineda or Felix, but I don’t see them trading him unless they get some ridiculous return for him.

      • zs190 says:

        Eh, arguably the worst thing that could have happened to them was kind of sort of contending a couple years ago. I think Jack Z should have learned the lesson and be realistic about their contending chances but we’ll see. I think they’ll be limited sellers, though they don’t have much to sell anyways.

        • Foghorn Leghorn says:

          the other thing is that if Felix is the prize then don’t trade for something less, like Bedard. If you can’t get what you want, just move on.

          at least that’s what my wife tells me to do.

          • zs190 says:

            I’m not sure that’s the right approach things. AL East is really competitive. Just because you can’t get the 2 win upgrade player doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek out trades to see if you can pick up somebody that could potentially provide a half-win improvement. It could be the difference between making and missing the playoffs.

            • Foghorn Leghorn says:

              it depends on what you have to give up…i’d be willing to miss the playoffs and not have to give up top prospects for a second rate player. at some point the yanks need to get younger and develop their own and they are on the right track now.

        • Clay Bellinger says:

          Speaking of that trade, Adam Jones made a sick catch last night..against the M’s.

  12. David, Jr. says:

    How about Minnesota? They look like a team that could blow it up and go young, and by their standards they have an awful farm system. I would stay miles away from Liriano, who looks like a time bomb. Who else do they have that would be logical?

  13. icebird753 says:

    You must be kidding about Derek Lowe…he would be awful in the AL East. Look at his numbers towards the end of his Bosox days…and those were years ago, when he had livelier and more effective stuff. No way should they do this…it would be like them trying to get Javy Vasquez again last yr.

  14. steve s says:

    Not one peep about Andy? That’s where I’d start notwithstanding Andy’s public statements to the contrary.

    • Monteroisdinero says:

      Mrs. Pettitte: “Andy loves coaching T-ball full time. Isn’t that right honey?”

      Andy: “Yes dear”

  15. Cy Pettitte says:

    There’s literally no one on that list I would be excited about getting, especially if they have to give up something significant. Just get Phil back in early 2010 form please.

  16. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    I’m interested to see what Silva will do…it seems to be the year of the “fat, sweaty, used to be good” pitcher.

  17. mustang says:

    What would it take to get John Danks?

    • CS Yankee says:

      Way less than Haren, but way more than Lirano.

      If you go, go big…take Haren & Wells contract for Brackman, Nova & Slade. We would have a second ace & a decent pinch runner for Jorge come October.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      Too much considering that he’s still under team control and they have 2 starters eligble for FA.

  18. SRB says:

    Trade for Ian Kennedy

  19. SRB says:

    All right then- How about trading back Damaso Marte and the ghost of Xavier Nady for Dan McCutcheon

  20. Rainbow Connection says:

    Isn’t Shaq now available? He’d fit right in with CC and Bartolo.

  21. nycsportzfan says:

    I’d take a flier on Aaron Harang.. the guys solid, and with a good team behind him, i could see him win 14-15games, and also, he might be even more fired up to do well, because hes with a WINNING club, and heightens his chance at a WS TITLE

  22. Jimmy B says:

    lowe is a perfect stop-gap. He can be haved for mid-season and next season and then 2013 free agent pitching class could be very nice with starting pitching. Yankees will be desperate next offseason and sign wilson or edwin jackson to AJ money. Nl east isnt no al east but its still has good hitters and Lowe has been good not great or ace like but he been very solid. and the best part he is a groundball pitcher and he doesnt show signs of slowing down. so my pick would be lowe till 2013 where the likes of Cain Marcum Hamels Liriano and others become available

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