Thursday, June 27, 2013
Under-the-radar trade possibility
By Jason A. Churchill
Some of the more obvious names that may hit the trade block this summer include Chicago Cubs right-hander Matt Garza, a number of Houston Astros, Miami Marlins right-hander Ricky Nolasco, Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau and outfielder Josh Willingham and Garza's teammates Carlos Marmol and Alfonso Soriano. The Toronto Blue Jays, if their recent streak were to die and they turn into sellers, may have a a handful of players clubs call about, including right-hander Josh Johnson. Another could be 1B/DH Adam Lind.
The left-handed hitting Lind is batting .397 with five homers in June and enters play Thursday batting .322/.386/.542 with 11 home runs for the year. Almost all of the damage has come versus right-handed pitching, but he's 14-for-40 versus southpaws. Lind is not a rental, as he's under contract through this season with club option in each of the next three years worth $7 million, $7.5 million and $8 million, bargain salaries considering the lack of free agent hitters slated for the open market.
Clubs that could be looking for such a bat at the deadline include the Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros and New York Mets.
The Blue Jays have been winning, but still sit 6 1/2 games back in the American League East -- in last place -- and are 3 1/2 games back in the Wild Card race with five teams to catch. They're close enough to expect them to ride it out another 3-4 weeks before considering any deals involving any of their regulars, but if and when they do, Lind could be among those discussed.