Waiver targets among pitchers
August, 15, 2011
By Buster Olney | ESPN Insider
Jason Marquis pitched with a broken leg until he couldn't anymore. Now the starting pitcher who was acquired to fill a spot in their rotation will be out for four to six weeks, as Nick Piecoro writes.
The Diamondbacks apparently have called up left-hander Wade Miley, as Nick writes, to fill Marquis' spot on the roster, and considering how well Miley has thrown in eight Triple-A starts, it's possible that he could be the solution. Miley's numbers in the hitting-rich league: 4-1 with a 3.64 ERA, 56 strikeouts and just 16 walks in 54.1 innings.
Crystal LoGiudice/US PresswireIf they don't go the waiver route, Bauer could get the call.
But presumably, the Diamondbacks will continue to evaluate all alternatives, such as Trevor Bauer, the No. 3 pick in the June draft, who made his first start in Double-A on Sunday and dominated -- he allowed no runs in five innings, surrendering five hits and a walk while striking out eight.
And Arizona will comb through the names of pitchers who are passing through waivers, or who have already passed through. Here are pitchers who have gone through waivers and can be traded right now:
Bruce Chen, Kansas City: He's 7-5 with a 4.15 ERA, and is making $2 million. He has pitched well at home and struggled on the road this season.
Jason Vargas, Seattle: He's 7-10 with a 4.01 ERA working at the back end of the Seattle rotation, while making $2.45 million. He has really struggled in the second half, with a 6.03 ERA.
Rodrigo Lopez, Cubs: He is 3-3 with a 4.78 ERA this season, while making little more than minimum. Remember, he started 33 games for the Diamondbacks last year, posting a 5.00 ERA. He wouldn't be a bad option, because of his versatility and experience.
Chris Capuano, Mets: He's 9-11 with a 4.58 ERA, and isn't making much money. But remember, he's an acute fly-ball pitcher and has had success working in spacious Citi Field; in Arizona, some of the deep fly balls that are caught in Citi Field would be rows deep in the stands.
Capuano pitched against the Diamondbacks on Sunday, and again struggled in the middle innings, as Andy Martino writes.
Ted Lilly, Dodgers: He's still owed about $28 million on his contract, and there's no way the Diamondbacks would absorb that salary.
Chien-Ming Wang, Nationals: He's pitched OK for Washington, but it's hard to believe that the Nationals would just give him away, considering the money and time they've put into his rehabilitation -- and it's hard to imagine the Diamondbacks would want to give up a lot for him, considering the risk. As a ground-ball pitcher, Wang would fit Arizona better than someone like Capuano.
Tom Gorzelanny, Nationals: He's 2-6 with a 4.50 ERA, while making $2.1 million.
Carlos Zambrano, Cubs: You might have heard that he's some had issues of late.
Bronson Arroyo, Reds: Too expensive, and even the Reds have wondered how healthy he is.
So, in summation: The Diamondbacks' best hope for help is probably from within, and Bauer is someone to watch.
• Dan Uggla's remarkable hitting streak is over at 33 games, after Darwin Barney robbed him of a hit on Sunday. And Uggla could not have been more gracious after the streak ended, relishing the experience and talking about how fun it was and about how incredible Joe DiMaggio's record is.
Uggla's streak energized teammates, writes David O'Brien.
From ESPN Stats & Info: With an 0-for-3 day Sunday, Uggla saw his hitting streak come to an end at 33 games. It's the fourth-longest hitting streak by any player since 2000 and matches the third-longest ever by a second baseman. The longest since 2000:
2005-06 Jimmy Rollins: 38
2006 Chase Utley: 35
2002 Luis Castillo: 35
2011 Dan Uggla: 33
And the longest by second basemen:
Chase Utley, 2006: 35
Luis Castillo, 2002: 35
Dan Uggla, 2011: 33
Rogers Hornsby, 1922: 33
Nap Lajoie 1906: 31
• Today is deadline day for draft picks to sign, and keep in mind that a lot of the deals that will be finalized in these last hours have been in place for weeks. But there are many club officials who don't want to announce significant contracts that go beyond the commissioner's slot recommendations, lest they incur the wrath of the suits on Park Avenue.
The Orioles are working to finalize their deal with Dylan Bundy. The Royals will know today if they'll sign Bubba Starling. Washington GM Mike Rizzo negotiated with Matt Purke's agent.
The Diamondbacks are still negotiating with Archie Bradley, the No. 7 overall pick.
• Jack McKeon was fairly direct in addressing Logan Morrison's demotion; it is clear from his comments that Morrison's outspokenness, as a young player, did not sit well. From George Richards's story:
- "If there is a message, it's, 'Don't get comfortable,' " McKeon said. "Don't think you have it made. You have to work at this game. Too many young guys think they have it made, are darlings of the media, run their mouth. Tend to your business, get better at your craft. The record books are full of one- and two-year phenoms. Don't believe me? Look it up."
Morrison has some things to work on, says GM Larry Beinfest. Morrison skipped an event, writes Joe Capozzi; Morrison is trying to decide whether to file a grievance.
Dave Hyde thinks the Marlins have sent a good, hard message.
The thoughts from here: Morrison should head to Triple-A and go about the business of playing baseball.
Derek Jeter is considered to be incredibly boring by some of the writers who have covered him, but there is a method -- a strategy -- in that. Derek figured out a long time ago that he didn't want to create any situation that would interfere what he really loves: playing baseball. It would be worthwhile for Morrison to take the same approach.
• The Cubs have won 13 of their past 17 games, while preparing for the grievance war with Carlos Zambrano, writes Paul Sullivan. The Cubs are culpable in the Zambrano mess, writes Rick Telander.
• The Astros are at the center of realignment talk, writes Zachary Levine.
Moves, deals and decisions1. Torii Hunter had hoped to sell the Angels to Carl Crawford last winter, and this winter, he says he won't be selling to anyone.
2. Jorge Posada would consider playing for other teams, writes Mark Hale.
3. Alex Gordon is going to talk about a long-term deal with the Royals.
4. Trevor Plouffe is going to get playing time, and now the rest is up to him, as La Velle Neal writes.
Dings and dents1. Juan Nicasio is set to visit teammates today, as Troy Renck writes; coach Rich Dauer suffered a fractured nose.
2. Barry Zito has a severe ankle sprain.
3. Juan Uribe is going to see a specialist about his injury, writes Ben Bolch.
4. Justin Smoak hopes to be back in a couple of weeks.
5. Alex Rodriguez played in a simulated game.
6. Jake Arrieta is pleased with how his surgery turned out, writes Keith Van Valkenburg.
7. You have to feel bad for Dontrelle Willis, who has battled his way back -- but is now dealing with forearm stiffness.
8. Jason Kipnis is dealing with some soreness, writes Dennis Manoloff.
9. Brennan Boesch is ready to return, he says.
Sunday's games1. You can't stop the Brewers, you can only hope to contain them: Nyjer Morgan got it done in extra innings.
2. Brandon Belt was put in the Giants' lineup and hit two homers, and you wonder if years will pass before he's out of the lineup as a regular again, as Henry Schulman writes. He is tired of scenarios, writes Andrew Baggarly
3. The Rangers won on the eve of a big series, as Jeff Wilson writes.
4. The Angels lost to fall four games behind the Rangers, and as Bill Shaikin writes, seven of the Angels' next 12 games will be against the Rangers.
5. The White Sox are back to .500, and maybe prepared for a run, writes Dave van Dyck.
6. The Cardinals pulled out a badly needed win behind Albert Pujols. Octavio Dotel starred in relief, writes Derrick Goold.
7. Oakland's rally fell short.
8. A young Dodger shortstop had a really good day.
9. The Mariners got a strong outing from Charlie Furbush, as Geoff Baker writes.
10. Brett Lawrie has proved he belongs, as Richard Griffin writes.
11. The Rockies have lost 17 straight games on Sunday. From Elias: That's the longest streak on a Sunday since 1900, topping the 1927-28 Phillies, who lost 16 straight on Sunday, and the 1960 Phillies, who did the same.
12. The Padres headed home after winning again.
13. The Red Sox were tagged with a loss in Seattle, as Peter Abraham writes. Tim Wakefield's wait for 200 career victories is starting to feel heavy, writes Dan Shaughnessy.
14. The Tigers lost, and Magglio Ordonez's struggles continue, as Vince Ellis writes.
• Ryan Vogelsong faced some inside pitches, and he wasn't thrilled about it.
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