By Craig Filazzola, WSOE Sports Director
The big trade Friday was the Oakland A’s sending three-time all-star outfielder Matt Holliday to the St. Louis Cardinals for top prospect Brett Wallace and two other minor leaguers. Many anticipate another significant transaction to be made before the trading deadline.
One of the following four star players may be the next to be moved.
Roy Halladay, SP, Toronto Blue Jays
Several reports say the Blue Jays have asked the Phillies for J.A. Happ, one of baseball’s best prospects in Kyle Drabek, and minor leaguers Michael Taylor or Dominic Brown. The asking price is very high, and Philadelphia doesn’t appear to be willing to give up that much. This is the only time the Blue Jays can get the most for Halladay, and the Phillies are the best fit. A deal can still get done between the two sides.
The Dodgers are interested, but John Schlegel of MLB.com says the Blue Jays want them to part with two or three players on their current roster or five or six prospects. Don’t rule out the Dodgers, because they have the pieces.
Another serious contender is the Brewers. They are 3.5 games back of St. Louis in the NL Central. Six teams are ahead of them in the NL Wild Card race, including the leaders Colorado and San Francisco by four games. Yet Milwaukee is trying to make this move. The Rays and Red Sox remain interested, but both teams are very unlikely to make it happen.
Cliff Lee, SP, Cleveland Indians
The Yankees have shown interest in Lee but aren’t willing to throw Joba Chamberlain or Phil Hughes in the deal like the Indians want them to. The Rays can land Lee if they yield some of their young talented pitchers. The Phillies and Red Sox have also been named as potential suitors.
Victor Martinez, C/1B, Cleveland Indians
The Rays and Indians have discussed the trade for weeks. The Indians recently talked to the Red Sox. According to ESPN’s Peter Gammons, the Indians asked for young pitcher Clay Buchholz in a package deal, but the Red Sox rejected it. Boston still remains as a possible destination.
Adam Dunn, RF/1B, Washington Nationals
Some reports include the Giants and Tigers in the sweepstakes. There’s no reason the Nationals should keep him, and he can impact any team with his power.
WSOE Sports Director