Gordon: Teams bid on Hamels as market heats up Live
No, it doesn't appear the Cardinals will land Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels. Fans in these parts have been monitoring that scenario for months, hoping that a trade package of Tyler Lyons, Pete Kozma and a low-level prospect could bring another ace-caliber pitcher to town.
Dream on, Cardinals fans. The Phillies need to make a major score by dealing Hamels -- and the Reds set a high bar for any such deal while dealing Johnny Cueto to the Royals.
The Cardinals own plenty of starting pitching. GM John Mozeliak focused on relief help instead (Steve Cishek!) and stayed in the market for a first baseman with power. The Hamels Sweepstakes are building toward a Thursday or Friday conclusion, with the Phillies seeking best offers by today. Cole's next start was pushed back to Friday to accommodate all the chit-chat.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers aimed for pitching and tattoo depth by targeting Mat Latos along with spare outfielder Michael Morse from Miami in the latest Marlins fire sale. (Morse appeared headed elsewhere to complete a three-way deal. Then, as could only happen with the Marlins, the deal stalled.)
Does that mean LA is out on Hamels?
Well, maybe. Because . . . Tigers baseball czar Dave Dombrowski reversed course and put David Price up for bidding this afternoon, along with power-hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and others, including Alex Avila, Rajai Davis and Alfredo Simon.
Again, the Cueto trade package set a high and appealing bar and the Tigers could sure use an influx of young talent. The Cubs, Yankees and Astros could go after Price, along with the Dodgers.
The Astros could go after Cespedes, along with the offensively challenged Mets, Twins, Angels and Orioles.
Here is what else is shaking as the deadline nears, thanks to the insiders on Twitter:
Hearing from teams in the Cole Hamels hunt that if he gets traded, it likely won't happen until at least Thursday. Possibly deadline day
#Tigers called teams today & told them they're "rebooting." Will listen on David Price, Cespedes etc. More to come at http://t.co/gtnhE81RUu
The #Dodgers and #Rangers appear to be front runners now for #Phillies Hamels, but #Dodgers still waiting on #Tigers Price
Two executives earlier this week said Phillies should trade Hamels soon so potential Price availability doesn't change their market. Oops.
A GM explains succinctly how availability of Price changes market: “More options available doesn’t help anyone with a starter available.”
Introduction of Price to market this afternoon has some bearing on Hamels' bidding, but remember, TEX mostly pursuing Hamels for '16, beyond
Hamels' long-term deal does keep him desirable to teams like Texas looking long-term. Tough to leverage them when others can turn to Price.
Could this be a Friday conversation? "Cole, we can trade you to a contender, but not one you prefer, or you can stay here. Your choice."
The #Tigers knew last week they would corner the trade market with the best pitcher (Price) and best position player (Cespedes) available
Can see why Detroit wanted to hold onto Price. Difficult to come to terms with missing your window. This is the Tigers' officially shutting.
Do the Cubs get a say in the Price trade talks? Like, to tell whoever trades for him to take it easy so he's not hurt when they sign him?
In David Price trade talks, #Tigers expected to prioritize major-league-ready starting pitchers. Dodgers, Giants, Blue Jays have them.
SF presence in Price talks fascinating, because they don't have a lot of pressure to do something… But they do tend to make WS-worthy moves.
Cardinals certainly could get into the Price market if they make Alex Reyes available. Huge arm.
One reason Price market was depressed a year ago was because few teams could afford him in $20M range for final year of arbitration.
The number of teams interested in Price will be greater now. That alone should help #Tigers, who hold the most attractive rental on market.
The #Astros hate to give up prized prospects for a rental, but understand that #Price is a different story, and could pitch team to WS
Theo Epstein loved Yoenis Cespedes coming out of Cuba. He will explore his availability as a rental piece. Tigers in full sell mode.
Davis plays all 3 OF spots, can start for Grandy v. tough LH, adds speed element off bench #Mets lack. #Tigers
Aroldis Chapman unlikely to move. List of teams in on him has shrunk so dramatically, chances of Reds trading him are down to slim and zilch
Tyson Ross #Padres has become #BlueJays top trade target bc of stuff and years of control but #Padres hesitant to move him #TradeDeadline
Justin Upton has a .455 OPS in July (not a typo), after a .608 OPS in June. Not helping to stoke his trade market. #Padres
Rival evaluators think SD could have flurry of deals in next 48 HRs, or high volume deals, w/impending FAs--Upton, Kennedy, Benoit, Venable.
A MLB exec on Gerardo Parra: "I wonder if the Brewers over-played their hand on him. I just expected him to be gone by now.''
mets focused on big bat. upton, cargo, gomez, parra, bruce, maybe even byrd, etc. http://t.co/1iWLSVCFIz
The #BlueJays continue to cast a wide net in starter search. Gallardo, Leake, Cashner, Ross, Fiers, Haren all on the radar.
According to sources there is a third team involved in the Dodgers/Marlins trade which is bigger than being reported
Third club in #Dodgers-#Marlins believed to be a team that winds up with Michael Morse. He has no apparent fit on the Dodgers roster.
Now hearing the trade is far from complete. Sources telling me it could be falling apart. Total confusion. #marlins
#Orioles are holding the line on trading Kevin Gausman or prospect Mychal Givens for an impact bat at the deadline.
padres have interest in cubs power prospect javier baez. teams have talked. http://t.co/gFonakQaej
#Braves are getting lots of play on Jim Johnson at the deadline. He has a 2.25 ERA and is only making $1.6M this season.
TradeDeadline so active/ fluid right now that there could be quite a few I-Phones & Androids placed on DL by Saturday with keyboard issues