It will be enticing for Minnesota to keep the ace if Francisco Liriano is healthy because they would have the best 1-2 combo in the league, but the Twins could end up with nothing after the 2008 season if he walks. He value will drop as the trade deadline approaches. Minnesota isn’t a team rebuilding, so it will be interesting to see what happens with Santana.
Ken Griffey, Jr.
The future of Griffey isn’t in the outfield of Cincinnati with a group of future prospects being groomed by the Reds. At $12 million+ in 2008, the Reds could use the money elsewhere and it’s about time Griffey went back to the American League for some DH time. How about Seattle for a reunion? Griffey has some productive years left, but not in the National League.
He’s a top-line pitcher with potential and the A’s don’t keep pitchers like that for an extended amount of time (for example Zito, Hudson, Mulder). He’s under contract, for relatively cheap, through 2010, so the price won’t be cheap. The A’s would expect multiple major league-ready prospects to unload Haren. He’s only 25 and has plenty of future production for any suitors.
From the outside, you’d say Beltran is one of the cornerstones for championship runs for New York over the next few years. Dig a little deeper and the Mets would probably jump at the chance to get a pitcher for Beltran. Glavine might be going out of town, so New York will need a quality arm.
He was part of Baltimore’s spending spree to compete in the AL East, but an older shortstop won’t get them anywhere. He’s more likely to succeed at third base and Baltimore probably will never push him to change positions. How about Anaheim?
While his 2007 season left plenty to be desired, Willis is only 25 and has front-line starter written all over him. He’s succeeded in the clutch and Florida doesn’t have enough to make a deep run in the next couple years.
You know he’s not going to get 35 starts in the regular season anymore, but he’s clutch and a workhorse when he does start. The National League is probably a better destination with a little weaker lineups. How about Philly or Arizona or Mr.Bloody Sock?
He’s not a full-time starter anymore, but can help a team that’s one pitcher away down the stretch. He’d love to have a Clemens-type deal for the second half of the season, though at a tremendous discount. A team giving Wells 15 starts and a run at the post-season would be the best situation for both parties. If that doesn’t happen, Wells could just head off down the road to his Michigan hunting grounds.