If the O's are after Headley as Jim Bowden mentioned, what do you all say is a fair trade for both sides? I would suggest Matusz, + the competitive balance pick we just acquired or Schoop instead of the pick.
I read that the Marlins say Hanley is not available but the would consider moving Omar Infante. He would be an upgrade at 2b as far as defense.
saw this on MLbtraderumors a couple days ago
Tigers, White Sox, Orioles Asked About RichardBy Ben Nicholson-Smith [July 18 at 1:24pm CST]The Tigers, White Sox and Orioles checked in on Padres left-hander Clayton Richard, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports (on Twitter). All three American League teams are known to be seeking starting pitching depth.
Richard, 28, has a 3.83 ERA with 5.0 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9 in an NL-best 127 innings this year. He earns $2.7MM in 2012 and will remain under team control as an arbitration eligible player through 2014. He has a career ERA of 4.12 with 6.0 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 in five seasons with the White Sox and Padres.
Padres GM Josh Byrnes figures to get calls on players such as Richard, Edinson Volquez and Chase Headley, but all three players are under team control past 2012. One team said the Padres' asking price for Headley is the highest market price, ESPN.com's Buster Olney reported on Twitter today.
So I would suggest a 5-2 deal. The O's would get Headley and Richard in exchange for Matusz, Avery, Single a 1b Baker, Stephen Johnson and the pick or a nother single a player.
This year I hope more than any the Orioles are careful about the trading. Yes the young pitching is showing strains in their growth. Some would even say failure. A little bit of prophetic sayings" No one learns anything from success. Only failure makes for future success". I remember how Jim Palmer had his stuttered development. Nothing is a straight line.
I do not expect with the cautious venture I suggest a game changer. But we should look to add people that we can expect for a couple years to be strengthening our defense and starting pitching.
Right now I would hope to see Tillman have a couple good starts letting his value build. I am in favor of trying to wit for Matusz, Arrieta and Britton to develop. Also I see high future for Avery. I watch Minnesota outfield control by speed. Developing that speed to steal bases and be a potential leadoff hitter is my goal.
So Yes see what we can do for Hedley, and Saunders, ... And Yes I want to see Britton, Matusz and Arrieta remain in the minors for the season. Let them learn and get very hungry.
I was all for buying if this team deserved it but over the last month they have proven they don't. The ENTIRE rotation is in tatters, the defense is TERRIBLE and while I do believe the bats are coming around there just isn't enough OBP in the lineup to win big games against top notch pitching.
I STILL like the Thome trade because I don't mind spending some white chips to get our blue chips some 162 game playoff run experience. If the O's spend a couple other minor chips trying to get that WC spot Im fine with that. This group sorely needs to have the experience of playing 150+ meaningful games.
But you only spend as much as that means to you because the A.L. only has 3 legit contenders in '12 and the O's ain't one of them.
It may not work for this year, but I think buying the right guys for the next couple years, is a good move. I think if you get a Headley OBP type not only would you improve the defense, thus the pitching gets better, you score more runs which allows more opportunities for wins.
I think LF works itself out with whatever you have left of Avery/Hoes after the trade for a 3B.
Stay away from the Greinke, Hamels, Dempster short term guys for pitching.
Alot of teams just hanging around .500 for a good while. Someone is going to take off and make a run. It may be Boston as they are getting healthy. However, with the right move or two, we have a chance also.
As long as DD doesnt let go of a Bundy, Machado type anything else to pick up a good 3b and another starter for a few years should be considered.
As a San Diego resident and fan,,, Headley and Richard would take Machado, Bundy, Pedro Strop and Miguel Gonzalez... just to get the Padres to listen... Both Headley and Richard are under team control until 2014.. Headley in particular- away from Petco- may just be the best overall 3B in the game today- and he is just entering his prime yrs.. look at his away splits- Petco is the worst hitters park in baseball.. Chase in Baltimore would be like a .300 25HR 100 RBI 20 SB .400 OBP type of offensive weapon.
The Padres have a young 3B prospect in Gyorko (AAA) who is hitting .355 and has like close to 30 HR's between AA and AAA this year.. so trading Headley now makes sense.. Problem 1 - they want 2 top prospects + 2 other ready mlb players in a return for just Chase.. Offcourse most teams don't have what Baltimore has at 1 and 2... Problem #2 they are in desperate search of SS- their minor league system is void of them.. young Amarista and Everth Cabrera are more 2B, utility types forced to play at SS now..so any deal involving Headley would required a top SS prospect or a young MLB tested one (like Castro from the Cubs), in case a 3 way trade could be worked out...
"Headley and Richard would take Machado, Bundy, Pedro Strop and Miguel Gonzalez"
You must be a Padres fan. No way those guys are worth the next Steven Strausborg, a future all star SS, one of the best relievers in baseball and our number 3 starter who looks pretty solid.
I think a more fair offer would be Machado, Arrieta, maybe Bridewell and Delmonico for the 2 of them. But that'll never happen because we aren't going to trade away our entire future for 2 solid players (they aren't stars).