Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Intriguing Trade Chips

In light of today's two trades, Dontrelle to the D'Backs and Dana Eveland to Pittsburgh, we thought it would be fun to look at two intriguing trade chips in each division that we believe are flying a bit under the radar.

For each division, we will highlight one Major League trade chip and one prospect we feel may get dealt, even though we've probably not heard anything more substantial than pure speculation.

NL East
MLB: Adam Dunn
If the Nationals regress, don't get Oswalt, and become sellers, Adam Dunn becomes one of the best rent-a-hitter guns for hire.
Prospect: Jennry Mejia
The current and previous, GM of the Mets have made plenty of mistakes. Mishandling young starter Mejia, by neglecting him in the bullpen, and trading him wouldn't be the most surprising transaction of the Phillips/Minaya administration.

NL Central
The Cubs need to improve their Outfield defense, while getting younger. Getting one good player for Fukudome, plus addition by subtraction, and the 2011 Cubs might be something.
Prospect: Yonder Alonso
As mlbtr's Mike Axisa proclaimed back in April, Yonder is either on the Kyle Blanks Path or Matt LaPorta Path to the Majors.

NL West
MLB: Kelly Johnson
It's tough to see a lot of movement off MLB rosters in this division if all teams can contend. The Adrian Gonzalez and Heath Bell rumors appear to have been too assumptive. Kelly Johnson's performance and affordable contract make him a desirable trade target.
Prospect: Madison Bumgarner
There were reports earlier this spring that Bumgarner lost a noticeable chunk of speed off his fastball. We haven't really heard of much improvement on the radar gun, though he hasn't exactly been getting rocked in the minors.

I mean, he's 4-1 with a 2.72 ERA in Triple-A. His peripheral stats don't jump off the page, and I just feel the Giants are going to want to cash in on his percieved value.

We were going to do the AL tonight, as well, but this got too long and it got too late. Hopefully, we'll get to the AL in the next couple of days. Be well.

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