(As of 10:00 a.m.)
By Craig Filazzola, WSOE Sports Director
The trading deadline is always unpredictable. Some players that are sure to be dealt aren’t, and some players that are expected to stay with their teams are dealt.
Here are my predictions on nine top players that have been discussed in trade rumors.
Will they get traded?
Roy Halladay, SP, Toronto
Yes – to the Phillies – Now is the best time for the Blue Jays to get the most for Halladay. They have been holding out for the best deal, and I think they will end up getting similar prospects the Phillies first offered. The Brewers, Dodgers, Angels and Red Sox still remain contenders.
Cliff Lee, SP, Cleveland
Yes – to the Angels – Several teams have been unable to land Halladay. These are the same teams that are interested in Lee, because they wouldn’t need to give up as much as they would in a deal for Halladay. I think the Angels will be Lee’s new team, because they have prospects the Indians want. If the Phillies don’t get Halladay, they could easily acquire Lee. Other possible teams include the Dodgers, Red Sox and Brewers.
Victor Martinez, C/1B, Cleveland
No – The Red Sox appear to be the most interested, which is bad. They don’t need a first baseman, because they now have Adam LaRoche. I don’t think Martinez will be traded unless he’s in a package deal with Lee.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, San Diego
No – The Padres would need to receive too much in return. Reports say that the Padres are afraid that their attendance will significantly decrease if they send Gonzalez.
Heath Bell, CP, San Diego
No – I don’t think the offers have come close to matching what the Padres are looking for.
Scott Kazmir, SP, Tampa Bay
No – His ERA has been under 3.80 in each of the last four years. This season his ERA is an awful 6.22. I don’t see the Rays unloading him due to one bad year.
Adam Dunn, 1B/LF, Washington
No – Even though he should get traded, I don’t think a team is in desperate need of Dunn. The Tigers have been mentioned as a contender.
Freddy Sanchez, 2B, Pittsburgh
Yes – to the Giants – The two teams reportedly almost got a deal done Tuesday night. They should get it done by the deadline. The Giants could use a push to earn an NL Wild Card spot.
Jack Wilson, SS, Pittsburgh
No – I don’t think there are many teams looking for a shortstop. He’s been rumored for a long time, and a trade probably would have happened by now.
WSOE Sports Director