Nothing like trade rumors as the July 31st trade deadline nears…
There’s been a lot of wishing and speculating about what the return from the Dodgers could be, specifically mentioning top prospects like Dee Gordon, Aaron Miller, and Ethan Martin. Normally a guy like Maholm wouldn’t fetch such a big return, but considering the financial situation the Dodgers are in, the Pirates could land one of the top prospects in the Los Angeles farm system if they gave Maholm, a reliever, and picked up some money in the deal. Just my guess anyways.
-Speaking of trading relievers, Rob Biertempfel reports
that at least five teams have inquired about a trade for DJ Carrasco
. Carrasco is a very versatile reliever, capable of handling many different roles, including the ability to spot start. He’s also under team control beyond this season, and capable of a lot of innings out of the pen, making him a valuable guy.
Two bits of info that probably don’t involve the Pirates, but are interesting anyways:
-The Saturday starter for Philadelphia may come via trade
. With the Pirates having starters who are presumably available for the right price (Zach Duke
, Paul Maholm), that becomes a situation to watch. If anything, a Philadelphia trade affects the Pirates, as it removes options from the trade market if the Phillies go to another team with a deal.
-The Cleveland Indians designated Jensen Lewis for assignment. I could see the Pirates taking a flier on Lewis. He’s 6′ 3″, 220 pounds, and has had some success out of the major league bullpen in the past. This year he has a 4.18 ERA in 23.2 innings, although his 6.1 K/9 and 5.3 BB/9 ratios aren’t looking good. Prior to this season, Lewis pitched 161.2 innings in the majors, with a 3.84 ERA, an 8.2 K/9, and a 3.7 BB/9 ratio between three seasons. He’s 26 years old, and has three years of service time remaining beyond this season. He’d be a good replacement if the Pirates dealt Carrasco or another reliever.