“This market is really thin on offense, so if someone comes to the marketplace with a bat, they’re going to have a lot of people to talk to. Pitching seems to be out there a lot, but the bats aren’t.”
Today’s activity seemed to backup those claims.
With the trade deadline now less than 48 hours away, there were three significant trades today, and all three involved relievers. Of the day’s most prominent rumors, the biggest names involved were a pair of starting pitchers.
The deals that were done…
• The Tigers traded for Astros closer Jose Veras, who’s significantly improved since his days with the Yankees. He had a 1.00 WHIP with Houston and will slide into more of a setup role in Detroit.
• The Braves traded for lefty Scott Downs, who had a 1.84 ERA with the Angles and has held lefties to a sub-.200 batting average. He’ll join another former Angels reliever, Jordan Walden, in Atlanta.
• The Rays traded for White Sox all-star Jesse Crain, who’s been on the disabled list all of July but has been a dominant setup man when healthy this season. Tampa Bay will send a player to be named or cash to Chicago.
As for names floating through rumors…
White Sox starter Jake Peavy is clearly on the radar, but the White Sox are reportedly looking for a significant prospect haul as well as a considerable salary dump. The Red Sox are also said to have discussed Cliff Lee, and the Diamondbacks are reportedly shopping Ian Kennedy.
Michael Young’s name is still floating out there a little bit, but there really hasn’t been an obvious market for offensive players.
And Ken Rosenthal’s afternoon tweet surely came as little surprise: “As of yesterday, the #Yankees had not received a single trade offer for RHP Phil Hughes.” It’s just hard to imagine much of a trade market for either Hughes or Joba Chamberlain at this point.
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