Sunday, July 21, 2013
Rotation trade market
By Jason A. Churchill
We've heard a handful of names mentioned in trade rumors, most notably right-handers right-hander Yovani Gallardo of the Milwaukee Brewers, and Matt Garza of the Chicago Cubs. But that duo isn't alone.
Jake Peavy, RHP -- Chicago White Sox
Peavy returned from the disabled list Saturday and needs to show he's healthy or his value may not be high enough to warrant the club moving him. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com wrote a few weeks ago that the Sox are open for business. I discussed the club's potential trade bait here. Peavy, when healthy, is a frontline option, something the trade market lacks this summer.
Cliff Lee, LHP -- Philadelphia Phillies
The Phillies have been hovering around .500 for much of the past few weeks, which means they're still on the buyer/seller fence. If GM Ruben Amaro fields calls, though, Lee would become the biggest chip out there, though his contract could complicate things and limit the interest. Lee is owed $25 million in each of the next two seasons, plus a $27.5 million salary for 2016 or a $12.5 million buyout. That is in addition to the roughly $8 million he'd be owed over the final two months of 2013, assuming he's not dealt until deadline day. To get the kind of return that might motivate them to make a deal, the Phillies may have to agree to include some cash. The Pirates could be a fit for such a package, as Dan Szymborski speculates for ESPN Insider.
Bud Norris, RHP -- Houston Astros
Norris has been more or less available since the winter months and could be the most likely Astros player to go this summer. He's fairly cheap, earning just $3 million this season with two more arbitration go-rounds to come and is not free-agent eligible until after the 2015 campaign. Norris is more a mid-rotation starter, but can eat innings and clubs such as the Angels, Diamondbacks, Rockies and Giants could have interest.
Others: Edinson Volquez, RHP -- San Diego Padres; Travis Wood, RHP -- Chicago Cubs.