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Trading Post: Inquiries

Two weeks from today:  the trading deadline.  Now that the All-Star Game is over, the trade market is about to shift into overdrive.  Here’s today’s tidbit, as brought by former GM Jim Bowden, writing for ESPN Insider and quoted via MLBTR.

The Cardinals, Reds, Dodgers and Braves have all inquired on Twins closer Glen Perkins and been turned away. Those four teams are all monitoring the health of Jesse Crain as well.

…Add the Rockies to that list, as well, according to the Denver Post in a published report from yesterday.  Additionally, Crain was interviewed by a Boston media outlet, and during that, he offered that it would be “fun” to play for the Red Sox.

So basically, he’s going somewhere… and he’s expecting it.

We know the Braves are making inquiries on late-inning relievers.  That much is obvious since the loss of Eric O’Flaherty, Jonny Venters, and Cristhian MartinezCory Gearrin was brought in… and struggled as times, so he’s back to AAA.  Alex Wood was an emergency fix… and I’ll refer you to our current debate series for more about that.  But it remains very likely that the Braves will acquire at least one, and perhaps two bullpen pitchers within the next two weeks, so you can expect rumors connecting them to virtually every serviceable arm available over the next two weeks.

Jesse Crain, inconveniently for the White Sox, strained a shoulder at the end of June.  It’s not said to be serious, and while he is eligible to return from the DL now, he’s looking to return by the end of next week.  That’s the 27th, which gives a very short period of time for suitors to evaluate his health for the stretch run.

Crain has a microscopic ERA of 0.74 over almost 37 innings this season.  Even if you think that’s a fluke, his career suggests expectations of nothing worse than a 2.50 ERA.  He would be perfect for Atlanta in that he’s a 32-year-old veteran, he strikes out a lot of hitters, and is a free agent at the end of the year.  He’s also cheap enough, with roughly $1.6-$1.8 million still due on the remaining portion of his contract.

We won’t waste your time on all of the rumors, but will try to keep you abreast of the ones that make most sense.  But for sure:  look to the White Sox, Blue Jays, Mariners, and Brewers for possible/viable Braves trade targets.  The Marlins are also possible, though… it’s kind of hard to gauge exactly what that team is doing, frankly.

Jim Bowden can also be heard on afternoons daily on XM’s MLB Network Radio channel, XM 89.


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  • cheadrick

    I love the idea of Jesse Crain. Not sure if the Braves will spend for him, but while many think he’s not affordable, I agree with you that he is, and would probably be the best fit. He’s got a buttload of talent, and the Sox are willing to trade. Only hiccup is his injury, but I don’t think that will be a deterrent.

  • fireboss

    Crain may be inexpensive but he won;t be cheap. As a high end high heat closer the White Sox won;t offer his a qualifying offer but will want a top end return for him – Jordan Schafer might do it as they really need a real CF – but I suspect they’ll ask at least initially for more – Bethancourt and Schafer would fit for them – and that’s to much for a walk away FA.

    The Rockies aren’t in on anything. They’re going to move Rafael Betancourt and Matt Belisle so that’s the breeze off the mountain making those trade noises in Denver.

    For my part and bearing in mind I wouldn’t strip the minors for a rental and I’d like to see James Russell and Jose Veras because we do need two. I worry we might get two “veteran presence” guy Like Latroy Hawkins or even end up with “Job the What”