The trade deadline is fast approaching and rumors are swirling. I have checked MLB Trade Rumors 3 times a day for a week now to keep up to date with everything going on. It's like cat nip and it just drives me crazy to stay away.
Here is what most intrigued me looking over the site:
1. Jorge Cantu
An infielder with pop and a nice potential bat off the bench or a spot starter.
"The San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Angeles seem to be most interested renting Jorge Cantu before he hits free agency this offseason. Projecting as neither a Type A nor Type B free agent, Cantu is a salary dump the Florida must make in the next 10 days."
Not an amazing player by any means but as right handed bat that can play 3 positions on the infield and come off the bunch with some pop it makes sense. The fact that the Marlins seem to have very little leverage in the situation because they do not appear to get any compensatory picks if he leaves after this season make the deal attractive because it could come at a fairly low price.
The biggest thing that perks my interest is Cantu's ability to get hot and hit 10 homers in a month. There is not much of that in the Giants lineup right now.
2. David DeJesus
DeJesus is probably the best fit for the Giants ballpark and team. He is a good all around player who can hit for average, has good gap power and is a plus defender.
"David DeJesus doesn't make much use of the long ball, his .446 slugging percentage constitutes a powerful sidekick to his .320 batting average.DeJesus has a $6 million team option for next season so he wouldn't be a rental and has quietly put up good numbers now for several seasons. He plays a strong outfield and would be an excellent 2 or even 3 hitter in the lineup.
The Royals seem intent on dealing DeJesus, and wherever he lands, he'll make an immediate and powerful impact for his new team."
UPDATE 7/23/2010 1:45PM:
Royals beat writer Bob Dutton is reporting on Twitter that DeJesus is out for the rest of the season with a complete ligament tear in his right thumb and will be having surgey on Monday. I bet his price comes WAY down now.
Man right after I post this about he would be a good fit and a guy I would like he goes down for the rest of the year, still keep Brian Sabean away the last thing we need is another outfielder coming off of season ending surgey on the team, yes I still rememmber you Mark DeRosa.
3. Prince Fielder
"Prince Fielder looks to make the biggest improvement on any contending team that might acquire him.Prince has pop and is a decent all around player who is one of the few players in the league who is nearly guaranteed to hit 40 homers every season. He would work pretty good for an offensive starved team. There are a number of risks involved with the ageing of a player like Fielder but if the price is not too high it very well could be worth it.
This season, Fielder has knocked out 23 homers and is hitting a lower-than-usual .263 with a .506 slugging percentage."
I am still a little concerend about this deal blowing up with a contract extension attached as well but the biggest risks often come with the biggest rewards and if it brought a parade down Market Street you can count me as a happy camper.
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