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Rays announce they will field offers for Niemann, Davis

Now 9.5 games out of the AL East and 7.5 out in the Wild Card, it’s looking more and more like the Rays will become sellers.  Among the players they will shop include Johnny Damon, Casey Kotchman, BJ Upton, and wait for it….. Jeff Niemann and Wade Davis.  We learned yesterday that Joe Maddon had discussed “between 64-66 possible trade scenarios” with VP Andrew Friedman and NONE included James Shields.  So, with that said, it looks like Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann could be finding a new home.  Davis, who is only 25 years old, is signed for $10.1MM with 3 options from 2015-2017.  In my opinion, the same teams interested in Shields will be interested in both of these players.

Richard’s Take: Trade Candidate Destinations

Welcome back to my blog.  Yes, it has been a while since I’ve posted, but I’d like to come back with a read that all baseball fans really look to read…. Where will players be traded?  Now, I’m sure most of you are avid MLBTR readers (as am I) and there are countless rumors on where this or that player will go, well here are my predictions for some of the top trade candidates:


BJ Upton (TB) – Now, I’m personally a Rays fan and I would not be heartbroken by any stretch if Upton was traded.  He is only 26 and has a very high ceiling. Personally, I think after the great rookie season he had (in which he posted a line of .300/.386/.508), he’s all these expectations.  Now Upton is probably one of the best OF trade commodities. Pros: Great defense, speed, pop.  Cons: Low average, shows signs of laziness.  I think Upton needs a change of scenary and there is no place better than the Washington Nationals.  Sure, the Nats are looking for a long-term player to take over the CF duties from Rick Ankiel, but Upton might only be worth $6-$8MM per year.  Washington would be great, he would in the National League where he would get to play his brother more often and would play with childhood friend, Ryan Zimmerman.  Now, I’m not sure what the Rays can get back for Upton, but if I had to guess, a B prospect.


Carlos Beltran (NYM) – Beltran has many suitors.  They consist of the Red Sox, Giants, Phillies, and maybe 13 other teams.  Let’s elimate a few.  Red Sox, no, there farm system is picked clean after the Adrian Gonzalez trade.  Giants, no.  Brandon Belt, Zack Wheeler and other top prospects are “all but untouchable.”  With that said, the Mets aren’t going to settle on a C prospect for a player that is having a great season. Beltran, however, fits the criteria for San Fran.  They need an everyday RF and can compete for a championship.  Again.  But with the Giants front office refusing to trade ANY top guys, I’m just not sure.  To be honest, I think the Pirates have probably the best shot.  Yes, the Pirates.  I think they are in to win it this year.  All bets off.  I think the deal will be centered around catching prospect Tony Sanchez.  Top 3 candidates: Pirates, Giants, Phillies.


Ubaldo Jiminez (COL) – He will not be traded.  Of course, the Rockies are dangling him, but why not?  Field some offers, see what you can get and maybe an offseason trade?  Either way, Ubaldo is sticking around.

There is a small sample.  I will write more. However, as of now, my son is being fussy so I must stop.  Thanks for reading and come back soon!


Boston Red Sox: Team Needs

Yes, the Red Sox slump is over and they are showing their true colors.  With a 44-29 mark, best in the American League, you would think they are the perfect team, yes? Think again.  Sure, they have the perennial All-Stars in AGon, Pedroia, Youkilis, Ellsbury, Crawford, Lester, Buchholz, Beckett, and Papelbon, but they are still missing some key pieces.  First off, the right field situation is really up in the air.  They have JD Drew, who of which is posting pedestrian statistics (4 HR, 18 RBI) and a line of .235/.335/.335.  He is clearly  not the answer for a World Series caliber team.  On top of that, he has already discussed retirement.  What the Sox need to do, and this is just an opinion, is to give Josh Reddick and Ryan Kalish more playing time, regardless of Kalish’s injury earlier this season and test them in hot water.  With Carl Crawford on the DL we got to see a glimpse of Reddick today who started in LF and went 2-4 with an RBI.  Reddick also holds a .412 AVG in his brief Major League season (21 PA’s).  If he can continue to produce, stick with him, if not shop around, here are some potentially available RF’s:

Ryan Ludwick – Batting a reasonable .255, he also has some pop (9 HR).  Could be a decent option for the Sox.  Only problem: Making $6.78MM this season.

Jason Kubel – If the Twins are 15 game out come the deadline, this guy will be shopped.  Batting .310 with 5 HR and 30 RBI, Kubel can offer a lot to a Red Sox team in the mix for a World Series run.


That is just a sample.  Although I doubt the Red Sox will go searching for a RF, they need to address the need one way or another via trade or talent on the farm.


Will the Red Sox try to acquire a RF or will we continue to see the Reddick/Drew and possible the Kalish platoon the rest of the season?

All Star Voting: My Take

I’m completely, 100% stunned at the All-Star voting this season.  Seriously? 8 Yankees, just no.  It’s well established that I’m a Rays fan, but that doesn’t mean I knock the Yanks, because I don’t.  I’ve voted my max 25 teams, here’s who I voted for


American League:


Catcher: Joe Mauer

1B: Adrian Gonzalez

2B: Robinson Cano

SS: Asdrubal Cabrera

3B: Evan Longoria

OF: Curtis Granderson

OF: Josh Hamilton

OF: Jose Bautista

DH: David Ortiz

SP: Jon Lester


National League:

C: Brian McCann

1B: Albert Pujols

2B: Brandon Phillips

SS: Jose Reyes

3B: Ryan Zimmerman

OF: Andre Ethier

OF: Andrew McCutchen

OF: Lance Berkman

SP: Roy Halladay

Indians Outfielder arrested on suspected DUI charge

Clevland’s outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was arrested early Monday morning in the Cleveland suburb of Sheffield Lake on charges of driving under the influence.

Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti said in a statement. “We are aware of the incident with Shin-Soo Choo and have spoken to him about it. The Indians organization takes these issues very seriously, and we are disappointed in the matter. “We will continue to monitor the situation and we will not have any further comment at this time.”

The Right Fielder has a hearing on Thursday at 5pm EST  at the Sheffield Lake Mayor’s Court.

“I sincerely apologize to my family, teammates, fans and the Indians organization for the attention stemming from this matter,” Choo said in a statement. “However, I am hopeful that this incident will not be a distraction to the Indians organization while we remain focused on continuing to play winning baseball. Since this is a legal matter, I look forward to it being resolved within the court system as soon as possible.”

According to the official police report, a breathalyzer test performed at the Sheffield Lake station determined Choo’s blood-alcohol level to be .2. Prior to being transported to the police station, Choo also failed a handful of field sobriety tests.

Injury Updates

Recently we have found out that Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants and Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals, might be out longer than expected.  Sandoval, is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in his right wrist.  For fantasy owners, it is almost safe to drop him depending on your waiver wire, otherwise hold on to him.  Also, Zimmerman.  Zimmerman, who has been disabled since April 12, might miss another 6 weeks.  He suffered a tear that has been lingering since Spring Training and will now require surgery.  For fantasy owners, Zimmerman is to valuable, put him on the DL, do NOT drop him.