More moves out there to be made
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LET'S MAKE A DEAL
By Steve Phillips, ESPNAs usual, a lot of teams need pitching. The Tigers, Marlins, Cubs, Phillies, Dodgers, Yankees and Cardinals are all among a group of teams that need help in the rotation. The Brewers got theirs by going out and getting CC Sabathia. It's going to be a unique market because it seems the most intriguing starting pitchers who will be available are going to be guys who have had some history of health issues.
Greg Maddux is a guy who could move. The Cubs are in the market not just for any starter, they are looking for someone they could slide in between Carlos Zambrano and Ryan Dempster. I'm not really sure Maddux fits. I think they are looking for more of an impact player. Maybe A.J. Burnett could go to the Cubs. The story goes that if the Blue Jays try to move Burnett, he'd exercise the opt-out in his contract at the end of the year, then make a deal with a new club. The first reason is to get out of Toronto. The second is to try to get a couple more years added on to the back of the deal. The Blue Jays supposedly want a shortstop in return. Would the Cubs' Ronny Cedeno satisfy their needs? That is unknown right now.
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The Phillies have to get a starting pitcher. Eighteen of the Phillies' 48 wins have come from their bullpen. They have the most bullpen wins in baseball. I think they need someone of impact to go with Cole Hamels. Whether they'll go after Harden or Burnett, I'm not sure. Some people like Burnett; some people don't like him at all. He's that guy who shows flashes of brilliance, and other times doesn't get it done. Now, Erik Bedard is a guy who might end up being available, and general manager Pat Gillick is a guy who has some ties to Baltimore, where Bedard used to play. Gillick kind of likes those guys who he's had before or knows better. But Seattle gave up a lot for Bedard, so it's going to take a premium to get him. And the question is do they want another left-hander to go with Hamels?
In the end, Sabathia might be the biggest name to move. Still, I think you could see the Reds move Ken Griffey Jr. or Adam Dunn. Griffey is a tougher deal to make. He has a $16.5 million option. My guess is that in order to accept a trade, because he has the right to veto any deals, he'd demand that somebody pick up that option. I think it would be tough for a team to take on that option.
The Yankees are another team in need of starting pitching. Then you look at their offense and realize they need help there, too. Who could be available?Mark Teixeira might end up moving if the Braves continue to fall out of it. Now, maybe the Yankees could look at that, depending on the status of Hideki Matsui's knees. They could move Jason Giambi to DH and add Teixeira to first base, especially because there is thought they'd have interest in Teixeira in the offseason anyway. There is talk that Matt Holliday might become available. He's got one year left on his contract. Scott Boras is the agent. The question is whether or not the Rockies can re-sign him. Right now, Colorado is only 6½ games out despite being 14 games under .500. The Rockies might think they are going to make a run and get back in the division race. Oakland needs offense, but I don't know if they can afford to go get it. The Mets could use a left fielder if they are not going to count on Moises Alou. Arizona could use an offensive player. The question they'd probably have: Where do they play him? They have young guys at almost every position and they'd need to trade one of the young guys to do it. They need offense desperately, but where does it fit? One option could be moving Mark Reynolds at third. He's got some power, but the strikeouts are killing them. The Dodgers need offense, and maybe a starting pitcher. They also need a shortstop, but they have a similar problem to the Diamondbacks. Where do they play the young guys? They've got Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Juan Pierre. Plus, Andruw Jones is back. They could add some offense at shortstop or third base. David Eckstein might move. There has been talk about the Orioles having interest, thinking they might be in it. But the Dodgers need to do something at shortstop because I'm not convinced Nomar Garciaparra really is a shortstop anymore. Tampa Bay could probably use a right-handed hitter in right field and a little more support for its bullpen. There's talk about a move to get Brian Fuentes from Colorado. The Rays have also talked about adding the Pirates' Xavier Nady. I think Tampa and Boston are both going to compete for Fuentes, but I fully expect both of them to make a deal of some sort at some point. For Tampa, this is the year to go for it. They haven't been in this position -- ever. The Red Sox need help in middle relief. Relief pitching generally comes at a better value than does starting pitching. Other names that might pop up are Washington's Jon Rauch and Pittsburgh's Damaso Marte. One thing about the Rays if I'm them, I don't go out and get a star. This is a team of young guys who could become stars down the road. But throwing a star in the mix there could change the entire chemistry and dynamic of the team. Still, you'd like to get some playoff experience on the roster for the stretch run, but not at the risk of disrupting what's been so special about the team this year. Past Baseball Tonight Clubhouses: July 6 | July 3 | July 2 | July 1 | June 30 | June 29
By Mark Simon, ESPN Research
Hiroki Kuroda came within six outs of the first perfect game by a rookie since Charlie Robertson tossed one for the 1922 White Sox. Kuroda helped the Dodgers move into a tie for first place in the National League West with Monday's win against the Braves.The Dodgers are coming strong at the Diamondbacks, and Kuroda's efforts figure to be a major factor as the two teams head into the All-Star break going in significantly different directions.
|Hiroki Kuroda, 2008|
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FORWARD THINKING: TUESDAY• Rays at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. ET: After running off six consecutive victories, Scott Kazmir (7-3, 2.63 ERA) is just 1-1 over his past four starts. His ERA has jumped nearly a run from 1.74 during that stretch. The Rays have faced Andy Pettitte (9-6, 4.22 ERA) three times this season and are hitting .362 against him.
• Cardinals at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET: Cole Hamels (9-5, 3.22 ERA) is 4-1 over his past six starts and has struck out 41 hitters against 10 walks during the run. Joel Pineiro (2-4, 4.52 ERA) won't be looking forward to facing Chase Utley or Ryan Howard. Lefties are hitting .298 against Pineiro this season.
• Rockies at Brewers, 8:05 p.m. ET: CC Sabathia (6-8, 3.83 ERA) makes his Brewers debut. Sabathia has faced the Rockies four times and is 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA. Mark Redman (2-3, 7.05 ERA) has given up 15 hits in 8 2/3 innings since being recalled from the minors.
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RED SOX HAVE ISSUES
By Orel Hershiser, ESPNThe Boston Red Sox are 14 games over .500 and, while they're four games behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East, the Red Sox currently are leading the wild-card race. However, Boston appears to have lost some of its mystique, its swagger. And there are several reasons why:
MONDAY'S NOTEWORTHY PERFORMANCES
|• Francisco Rodriguez picked up his 35th save of the year, the most before the All-Star break since saves became an official stat in 1969.||BAD|
|• Relievers Tony Armas, Aaron Heilman and Billy Wagner gave up seven runs as the Mets nearly sacrificed a 10-1 lead in their 10-9 win against the Phillies.||UGLY|
|• Runelvys Hernandez was hammered by the Pirates, giving up 13 hits, 10 runs and four walks in just four innings of a 10-7 loss.|
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FANTASY: PREVIEW OF TUESDAY'S GAMES
Will Harris examines the pitching matchups in store for the 15 games on Tuesday's schedule.
Harris also looks at injuries and details player reports that could help shape the way you put together your roster for Tuesday. Daily Notes
NEWS AND NOTES
• Carl Crawford stole his 300th base, becoming the ninth player in history to reach that mark before his 27th birthday. The other eight are Rickey Henderson, Ty Cobb, Tim Raines, Vince Coleman, Cesar Cedeno, Clyde Milan, Eddie Collins and Sherry Magee.
• David Ortiz, out since May 31 with a wrist injury, took live batting practice for the first time. Later, he said he felt "good." Ortiz was hitting .252 with 13 homers before suffering the injury.
THIS DATE IN MLB HISTORY (JULY 8)
• 1941: With a dramatic two-out, three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth by Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams, the AL All-Stars defeated the National League 7-5 at Briggs Stadium in Detroit.• 1949: Hank Thompson became the New York Giants' first African-American player. The former Kansas City Monarchs' standout broke into the majors 12 days after Larry Doby's American League debut with the Indians in 1947.
• 2000: The Yankees swept their crosstown rivals in the first two-ballpark doubleheader since 1903 with identical scores, winning 4-2 in an afternoon tilt at Shea Stadium and 4-2 in an evening contest at Yankee Stadium. It proved to be quite an interesting day in New York, as Mike Piazza was hospitalized after being hit by a pitch from Roger Clemens, Dwight Gooden got his first Shea win since 1994 and a bizarre obstruction call on Mets first baseman Todd Zeile caused the first game to be played under protest.