The Yankees have been talking to just about every free agent starting pitcher, but interested in almost none of them it seems. So I thought it was a good time to take a look at the top 10 pitchers that are rumored to be on the trading block.
- John Danks, White Sox – Danks has the age, 27 in April, and the numbers and the Sox could be motivated to move him as he is set to become a free agent after next season. He will get a raise on the $6 million he earned in 2011. LATEST RUMOR: GM Ken Williams is reluctant to deal Danks as he is worried he won’t get a good value for him in return (link).
- Gavin Floyd, White Sox – Soon to be 29, Floyd will earn $7 million in 2011 and has a club option worth $9.5 million the following year. LATEST RUMOR: Smaller market teams have been more drawn to Floyd because of his contract (link).
- Jair Jurrjens, Braves – Jurrjens is cheap, young, and talented. He has been injured over the past couple of years, but it had nothing to do with his elbow or shoulder. LATEST RUMORS: We have heard that the Braves expect a Zack Greinke like package for him, but the latest is that an opposing GM doesn’t believe he will be traded this offseason (link).
- Chad Billingsley, Dodgers – Billingsley is a 27-year-old righty who is starting a three-year $35 million deal that has a fourth year option worth $14 million. LATEST RUMOR: Hasn’t been a lot on this guy, but Jon Paul Morosi included him as a pitcher “known or thought to be available in trades,” (link).
- Gio Gonzalez, Athletics – Reminds me too much of Oliver Perez with 183 BB’s over the past two seasons, but he’s a lefty, just turned 26, and is under team control though 2015. LATEST RUMOR: The Athletics don’t plan to be contenders as they try to rebuild until they can get in a new stadium. Think the Marlins three years ago. They don’t have to deal him this offseason, but will likely be open to it (link).
- Trevor Cahill, Athletics – Cahill will be 24 by the start of next season and has four-years and $30 million left on his contract. That’s all backloaded though so the A’s won’t be motivated to deal him for at least two more years. He also has two club options worth $26.5 million. LATEST RUMOR: He’s in the same situation as Gonzalez, but has a much more team friendly contract situation.
- James Shields, Rays – Soon to be 30, Shields will earn $7 million next year and has two more options worth a combined $21 million. With excess pitching the Rays could trade him, but won’t be overly motivated as his options are reasonable. LATEST RUMOR: The Rays would rather not deal him, but are willing to listen to offers. They want an outfielder or a catcher (link).
- Wade Davis, Rays – Davis just turned 26 and has put in two full seasons in the Rays rotation. He has three-years and $11.6 million left on his contract that also includes three club options worth as much as $25 million. LATEST RUMOR: With an excess in pitching, the Rays are likely willing to deal him to fill other needs. To a lesser extent Jeff Niemann fits into this category as well.
- Wandy Rodriguez, Astros – He’ll be 33 soon and is owed $23 million over the next two years with a $13 million club option. The Yankees considered dealing for him at the deadline, but walked when the Astros wouldn’t swallow enough of his contract. LATEST RUMOR: The Astros GM Ed Wade is open to offers on Rodriguez (link).
- Carlos Zambrano, Cubs – He’s always available because his attitude problems are that bad. 30-years-old, he is still owed $18 million next season. He has a full no trade clause, but would likely be willing to waive it. LATEST RUMOR: Once thought to be done with the Cubs, new GM Jed Hoyes said he is still trying figure out what to do with him, keep or trade him (link).
- Matt Garza, Cubs – Garza is about to turn 28 and still has two more years of team control before he’s a free agent. When the Cubs landed him it cost them Sam Fuld, two big name prospects, another lesser prospect and another throw-in. It would probably cost a similar package to pry him away from the Cubs. LATEST RUMOR: The Cubs are apparently willing to listen on everyone, but have played down the idea that they would trade Garza (link).
The Marlins could add another starter via free agency and use either Ricky Nolasco or Anibal Sanchez to fill other voids in their roster. Cole Hamels, Tim Lincecum, and Matt Cain are three big names that fans have been hopeful would hit the trade market, but all three of those pitchers seem more likely to sign a contract extension than be traded.
The Yankees are looking at adding up to two starting pitchers this offseason. So even if they add a starter via free agency, they may still work out a trade. They have excess starting pitching and catching depth in the minors. Corban Joseph, Brandon Laird, and David Adams are three other near major league ready players that could be dealt as well. Outfielder Mason Williams is probably their most attractive lower level player.