Obviously things feel pretty quiet right now. With the trade deadline roughly 24 hours away, we’re still waiting for our first big move of the day. There’s a little bit of buzz around a handful of starting pitchers — Bud Norris, Cliff Lee, Jake Peavy — but there’s been no real action today.
The Yankees, in particular seem quiet. Joel Sherman just tweeted that they’re still on the lookout for a right-handed first baseman and “perhaps” a Joba Chamberlain move. The right-handed bat makes obvious sense given Lyle Overbay’s limitations, but in a handful of conversations this morning and afternoon, I have yet to find someone outside of the organization who thinks Chamberlain has any real value on the trade market.
“You certainly wouldn’t give up a prospect for Joba,” one scout said.
“You don’t trust the impact,” said one rival executive.
The executive noted that the Yankees could trade Chamberlain in a “move for the sake of move,” but not to get anything legitimate in return. Another executive from another team said that the “injury history hurts Joba as well.”
Makes sense for the Yankees to try to move him given that he’s fallen, basically, to the bottom of the bullpen pecking order, but it might be overly optimistic to expect much of anything in return.