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Jeffrey Todd
2:29
Never looked to be many plausible deals for the Giants, since there was never any real indication they were going to push hard to move guys like Shark, Belt, Panik.
Cueto would be an obvious chip, but that opt-out clause is just such a wild element.
2:30
Let the bidding war begin!!!
@jonmorosi
now
Add on Francisco Liriano: While #BlueJays talks with #Royals have progressed, other teams remain involved, sources say. @MLB @MLBNetwork
(I'm mostly kidding, but actually that's probably just what this is ... who'll take the most cash or perhaps actually kick in a somewhat interesting player.)
Ben F
2:30
Was tossing beltre necessary last night?
Jeffrey Todd
2:31
Yes. Only to burnish his legend, though. As an actual act of umpiring, it was absurd.
Wow I haven't moved past the first minute of questions yet ... going to try to catch up, sorry!
2:32
(So you can slow your questioning pace and keep it to the good ones, too.)
Will the Tigers trade Justin Verlander at the deadline?

Yes (29.6% | 265 votes)
 
No (70.4% | 629 votes)
 

Total Votes: 894
Mike
2:32
Is it a mistake if the Astros don't make a move before Monday?
Jeffrey Todd
2:33
Yes. They don't need to go crazy with additions, but there's no reason not to add pieces that'll help in the postseason when you know you're going there.
Eric
2:33
I'm a Twins fan, and I fully believe that if you aren't good enough to contend for the playoffs, you should sell everything, Be as bad as possible, get some high draft picks, and be really good in a few years (aka the Houston Astros five-ish years ago). But selling at this point is going to be really hard to push on the fans, won't it?
Jeffrey Todd
2:33
Steve and I were discussing under the radar trade candidates yesterday, and I somewhat jokingly suggested Jaime Garcia.
2:34
Now here we are!
2:35
Yeah it's a tough sell after not only pursuing Garcia but acquiring him. So much so, that I'd say if they do it they should do it right -- that'd have to include Kintzler at a minimum (FA after the season), quite possibly Dozier/Ervin.
Rick Hahn
2:35
Are there any takers for Melky and if so, what type of return can I reasonably expect?
Jeffrey Todd
2:36
Should be someone that wants him as a 4th OF/bench bat/DH type of asset. Same general market as Granderson though the latter can still do more in the OF. I'd mostly expect some cost savings.
2:38
BTW though, those are also the kinds of situations where the Sox and other teams can look at getting not only far-off, projectable types, but also somewhat older relief prospects and such that are clogging up the 40-man roster of a buying team. Contenders will need roster spots now and also into the offseason and may be willing to cut some guys loose that can be solid or better contributors. That probably helps explain Cordell's availability, for instance.
(Ryan Cordell, who was sent to White Sox from Brewers for Anthony Swarzak.)
Al Avila
2:38
Zimmermann for Ellsbury and Cessa. Who says no first?
Jeffrey Todd
2:39
Just for the record, JZimm'nn's no-trade clause is probably a hard barrier to a deal. He signed in DET b/c he wanted to live near his family.
(It converts away from a full NTC at some point in the future, but right now it's complete veto power.)
McDouble
2:39
Best guess, does Yu get traded? If so, favorite?
Jeffrey Todd
2:40
Coin flip for me. If I'm Texas, I'm loving the idea of the Astros and Dodgers trying to one-up each other to get him.
Gogerty
2:40
Buster Olney says Braves need to trade Suzuki now with his stock at all time high. What do you think Braves could get for him?
Jeffrey Todd
2:42
I mean, it's still Kurt Suzuki. He's 33. He has always been a pretty decent hitter. I just don't see a <200 PA hot streak suddenly making him some massive deadline asset.
Not to say he shouldn't be moved and wouldn't bring something useful in return. It's just ... he isn't all of a sudden a big chip.
tiger fan
2:43
Did the Tigers get duped on the J. D. Martinez trade?
Jeffrey Todd
2:43
Man ... it's a tough situation. Definitely have no idea what they were seeing on the market or just how they view what they got. But I'd have liked to see whether the pressure of the deadline led another org to come up with something better.
Joshua
2:44
Could the Yankees get Verlander?
Jeffrey Todd
2:44
They easily could, yes. Not at all clear they really want to.
Padres
2:44
Have the Pads overplayed their hand (pun intended) with regards to Brad Hand?  Does he end up staying put?
Jeffrey Todd
2:45
Not yet. They still have time either to get what they are asking for or slash the sticker price.
2:46
What will the Cardinals do?

Light buy (19.3% | 128 votes)
 
Hold (30.5% | 202 votes)
 
Sell (Lynn, Oh, maybe Rosenthal) (50.2% | 333 votes)
 

Total Votes: 663
CHISOX FAN
2:47
Since we are trading all of our bullpen arms, is it possible somebody will take Tyler Clippard? Even if if it is for a bag of balls.
Jeffrey Todd
2:47
Perhaps. I do hope they deal him and maybe even acquire/trade another reliever. Let's see if they can trade away an entire pen worth of arms.
Kevin
2:48
Why are the Pirates still considered to be "buyers"? They have a couple of expiring contracts they could be selling, yet they are doing nothing!
Jeffrey Todd
2:48
Narrative, man. The Bucs were rising and Cards were treading water, so the former was suddenly a buyer and the latter a big seller. Now, you look at the standings and they are in a dead heat, so ... ???
2:50
Fact is, the Bucs are probably not in a position just to dump their expiring contracts (Wilson, Nicasio being those of interest) for whatever they can get. And they really aren't in a spot to be moving Cutch and Cole, or even Harrison/Freese/et al. So really, they are probably going to just consider sort of lateral moves that might deliver more appealing assets, but probably won't do anything that significantly alters their trajectory.
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