Chat with Jayson Stark
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, ESPN.com senior MLB writer Jayson Stark will drop in to chat about the MLB season.
Jayson Stark has been a senior baseball writer for ESPN.com since 2000. His regular contributions include the newsy Rumblings and Grumblings column and his tilted look inside baseball's numbers and quirks, the Useless Information Department.
Send your questions now and join Stark Friday at 1 p.m. ET!
Jayson Stark (1:03 PM)
Just letting everyone know I'm running a little late. I hope to get this started by 10 after the hour. So hang in there. Thanks!
Jayson Stark (1:12 PM)
OK, sorry about that. It's an insane time of year for people in my line of work. But I'm ready to carve out about 45 minutes to chat. So let's get going.
First off have you slept at all in the past week and secondly why are the Braves not looking for SP or 1B help where they are extremely pitiful. This team is about to get lapped by the Phils.
Jayson Stark (1:13 PM)
It's National Sleep Deprivation Week. I'll sleep next week. Don't worry about me. In the meantime, the Braves are still looking for offense. But I'm hearing they're hot on the trail of Cody Ross again. More info coming up shortly when today's Daily Rumble gets posted.
Is Matt Capps all we could get for Wilson Ramos? I know Matt was an all star, but relief pitchers are so volatile. Earlier this year we were talking about getting Lee or Haren for a package centered around Ramos.
Jayson Stark (1:15 PM)
People I've talked to today are shocked the Twins gave up Ramos for Capps. Shaky bullpens make teams do crazy things this time of year. And while I usually have tremendous faith in the Twins' judgment, I don't understand this one. Ramos projects as a No. 5 type hitter, possibly lower in a great lineup, who can lead a staff and plays with great energy. I'd have a tough, tough time giving up a player like that for any bullpen arm -- but especially somebody who got nontendered just last winter!
will the cubs do anything before the deadline? Maybe Theriot gone? Maybe Lilly?
Jayson Stark (1:16 PM)
I'm going to predict both. They actually have more teams in on Theriot than Lilly, from what I've heard. Still think Lilly will land with the Dodgers. But the money is a major issue for L.A., as always. More info on that also coming up in the Daily Rumble when it's posted.
Jayson, will berkman be moved? Who is intrested? What will the Astros be able to get for him? Thanks.
Jayson Stark (1:19 PM)
He's another guy whose name will come up in that Daily Rumble column. All of a sudden, they have all kinds of interest in him. Watch out for the White Sox if their Adam Dunn efforts blow up. Ditto the Yankees. Also heard the Red Sox and Rays. Houston won't get anywhere near what it got for Oswalt, but you know Drayton McLane will insist on at least one legit prospect. That deal for Brett Wallace yesterday set the stage for this one. Again, more info in the Daily Rumble column shortly.
Why did Houston have to pay any of Roy O's salary?
Jayson Stark (1:20 PM)
That was the only way the Astros were going to get him moved. Didn't surprise other teams that they paid part of the money. What surprised them was the amount. Couldn't find any team that heard the Astros were willing to pay that much. They certainly never advertised that. If they had, an official of one team told me, they'd have had more customers in that store. They were originally saying they'd pay a few million. So $11 million was a shocker.
In your opinion will the White Sox go for a guy like Berkman or Hawpe or will they get another guy to replace Hudson in the rotation
Jayson Stark (1:22 PM)
If you didn't hear the news, they've swapped Hudson for Edwin Jackson. And the betting is, they'll keep Jackson and find a bat somewhere else. Berkman and Hawpe are two excellent names. The Rockies will move Hawpe, but they've made it clear they're not selling low just to dump him.
Any clue as to why the Yankees apparently believe that aquiring a DH-type is their biggest need when they are have no trouble scoring runs but have plenty of trouble pitching the 7th and 8th innings?
Jayson Stark (1:24 PM)
They're the Yankees, man. They never have enough bats. They never have enough depth. They never have enough anything. And the bullpen market is brutal. They're in on every decent arm you've heard is out there. But it wouldn't shock me if they made a bullpen deal in August instead of by tomorrow. Check the costs in those August bullpen deals, compared to the July deals. Amazing how much cheaper you can get what you need after the deadline. Also, the Yankees are monitoring Kerry Wood, and he's not going to be a July deal.
Derrick (Tulsa, OK)
Are the Padres done? I really think they need a SP so they can get Corriea out of the rotation or limit Latos workload, maybe both. Is there any possibility for them to get Ted Lilly?
Jayson Stark (1:26 PM)
Another item in the Daily Rumble is that there's a mystery team in on Lilly, and the Padres are an excellent guess. He'd be a great fit for that team and that park. And no, I don't think they're done. They'd love another outfield bat if one comes along that makes sense. But the bat market is ugly.
Lots of Phils fans clamoring for bullpen help -- are the Phils done or still shopping?
Jayson Stark (1:28 PM)
They're pretty much tapped out on payroll now that they've added Oswalt. So while I know they're still looking, it has to be a guy making no money. They were in heavy on Octavio Dotel before the Oswalt trade. But I'm not even sure they can take the $1.1 million he has left.
Michael (Chicago, IL)
Radio/ Media reports in Chicago have Adam Dunn coming to the White Sox. Are the Sox flipping Edwin Jackson? Or are they giving up additional minor leaguers.
Jayson Stark (1:29 PM)
This is another item in the Daily Rumble. I'll try to let you know when that gets posted. Not impossible the White Sox get Adam Dunn, but I'm hearing that Washington's interest in Edwin Jackson has been monstrously exaggerated.
If the white sox, yankees, rays, etc. don't get the bat they're looking for will jermaine dye finally get signed?
Jayson Stark (1:31 PM)
Haven't heard his name. Not once. The problem now is that he hasn't played a game in nine months. So even if somebody signed him, how long would it take him to get ready to the point he could help?
I didn't know Hawpe would be out there. Does this mean Colorado is in full sell mode ie; giving up on this season? Hawpe to the Padres in a division deal feasible?
Jayson Stark (1:34 PM)
I don't think they're in "full" sell mode. But they're clearly listening on Hawpe and Aaron Cook. An executive of one club I talked to today said they're in "a holding pattern" while they try to figure out their club. Remember, August is going to be an active month. So I've run into a bunch of teams feeling no pressure to do something by tomorrow just to do it.
Matt (Denver, CO)
Since the Stros just traded RoyO and are looking at trading Berkman too, shouldn't they trade everyone? Lyon and Lindstrom should have some value, along with Wandy. Bretty Myers could get some talent back. Thoughts?
Jayson Stark (1:36 PM)
If you've followed the exploits of Drayton McLane, you know there's only so much giving up he's willing to do. They got back a big-league starter to replace Oswalt right away (Happ). They traded for a first baseman to replace Berkman right away (Wallace). But they have an option on Myers, and they've decided they want to keep him. They've never shown any real interest in moving Wandy. And I really haven't heard Lindstrom as being out there, not seriously. They would love to trade Lyon, but too many years and dollars left for that to happen.
Whats the latest on Scott Downs? I know the Jays have set the price pretty high. Apparently the Yanks declined a Downs for Chambelin trade.
Jayson Stark (1:37 PM)
He's another hot topic in the Daily Rumble, which -- as I've mentioned -- should be posted shortly. Best current bet is, they don't even wind up trading him unless someone meets their price. And nobody has even come close.
Next big name to go is???
Jayson Stark (1:38 PM)
Can you tell us how long Daniel Hudson is under contract for? Can't find it anywhere.
Jayson Stark (1:38 PM)
Just got called up. He's under control through 2016. Just making the minimum right now.
Please please please tell me the Royals can dump both Guillen and Bloomquist. Any new news on Soria to the Yankees.
Jayson Stark (1:41 PM)
Sorry. I can't tell you that, because I see no evidence it's happening. They had no serious suitors for Guillen last time I checked around. There are teams that actually think they could release him after the deadline. And can we please stop talking about Soria going to the Yankees? That's not happening. I personally think they should talk about Soria, but their stance has been: "Sure. We'll listen. But you'll have to bowl us over. And you can't even imagine what that would take." Also, as we've reported a hundred times, his limited no-trade blocks the Yankees.
1984 Revisited (Detroit)
Are the Dodgers still interested in Ryan Raburn?
Jayson Stark (1:42 PM)
Not that I know of. Sounded like that was just their fallback if they couldn't get Scott Podsednik.
Jayson, love the book!! Do you think the trade for Oswalt & the arrival of Dom Brown signal the end of any chance of the Phils re-signing Werth?
Jayson Stark (1:44 PM)
Thanks for the kind words, Kevin. That's exactly how I see it. Haven't heard a breakdown yet of how the Astros' portion of Oswalt's salary will be paid out. But the Phillies could be pushing $140 million in commitments next year for him, Halladay, Howard, Utley, Rollins, Lidge, Ibanez, Hamels, Polanco, Victorino, Madson, Blanton, Baez, Ruiz, Schneider and Gload. How they pay the other nine guys on the roster, I have no idea, unless they get someone to take any part of Ibanez's money. But there's no way they could fit a big check to Werth in there. So sayonara.
Jayson, in your opinion what does atlanta most need to hold off philly and get bobby back to the fall classic? And where are they most likely to find it?
Jayson Stark (1:46 PM)
Outfield offense is the one commodity I think they really need. And, specifically, from center field. That's why Cody Ross would be such a perfect fit. Just not sure Florida is motivated to do it right now. But their stance seems to be softening on that. You can find more info on that in the Daily Rumble, which is now the lead story on our Baseball page.
Craig (Lindsay, ON)
I understand that the Royals are not trading Soria, but why would anybody want him anyway. If you have a limited no-trade and you choose the Yankees as one team to block out of a possible 6 what does that say about your desire to win and ability to handle pressure and the big scene. That raises red flags for me. Why anybody would decline the opportunity to play for a team that not only gives you the best chance to play for a World Series every year but also pay you the most is insane!
Jayson Stark (1:49 PM)
I hear what you're saying. But consider a couple of things: 1) New York isn't for everybody. I know that's a shocker, but it's true. And 2) even if you don't feel that way, it's always good business to put the Yankees on your no-trade list, because they're the team most likely to throw a few bucks your way to change your mind. So don't read too much into any contract clause, OK? If you've watched Soria pitch, do you really get the feeling he's afraid to face any hitter or any lineup? I sure don't. But the Royals aren't trading him to the Yankees or anyone else. His contract is way too favorable to the club for too many years.
So I've heard chatter the Pirates are working on a deal to trade Maholm? If so do you see any other Bucs getting dealt before the deadline?
Jayson Stark (1:51 PM)
They'll talk about him. But they've set the price so high nobody's going to pay it. Not a guy they really want to trade. They finished the closeout-sale era last July in their mind. Outside of Dotel, I don't see them trading anyone this July.
Why aren't the Mets looking to take advantage of a weak trade market and become aggressive sellers at this point?
Jayson Stark (1:53 PM)
I think they're doing exactly what they should be doing -- treading water until they establish that they're in or out. They're too close to bail, especially in New York. And they're too far out to deplete their limited prospect supply for guys who might not matter. The kind of second-tier starters and relievers they've targeted will be out there next month if they get back in the race. So I have no problem with how they're playing this.
Do you think the Rays would consider trading Hellickson or Davis to get Dunn, or are those names non-starters for Andrew Friedman right now?
Jayson Stark (1:55 PM)
I don't see it. The Rays are about to enter a phase where Crawford and Pena exit, and payroll drops. So young players are going to mean more to them than ever. Check their history. Trading good players they can control for many years to get rent-a-players isn't on the menu, not with this regime. So that'll never happen, unless it's a big, complex deal.
I know the Braves want to win this year for Bobby but I am too afraid of another trade like Salty, Andrus & Neftali to the Rangers or Wainwright to the Cardinals screwups. They got short rentals and missed the playoffs even though Tex and Drew were good and lost a lot of future.
Jayson Stark (1:57 PM)
They've done very little of that through the years. You've named, basically, the only two deals in the entire Schuerholz/Wren era that came back to haunt them in any significant way. So I don't see them badly overpaying for Ross or any other bat. But they do see an opportunity, and it's a special year. So I have no problem with them "going for it" under the circumstances.
Ed (Illinois )
I do not understand the Sox moving Hudson and another player for Jackson. Why would the White sox move a young player with potential for a guy with a above 5 ERA that walks a ton of people? Do they think they can fix his control issues?
Jayson Stark (1:59 PM)
Edwin Jackson is a puzzling guy. He threw a no-hitter. He lights up the gun. Everybody loves the arm. But when a guy gets traded every year, it's a red flag for me. I think Don Cooper is one of the best pitching coaches in the business. So if anybody can "fix" Edwin Jackson, I'd bet on him. But good luck.
Jayson Stark (1:59 PM)
Well, it's that time again. I can only take one more.
What are the Jays likely to get in return for either Bautista- Or Buck?Or is there even a market for Buck?
Jayson Stark (2:00 PM)
I'm not getting the vibe that the Blue Jays are trading either of them, to be honest. I think that's a mistake. This is the time to sell high on both. But they really haven't shopped either of them aggressively, especially Bautista. And that's surprising.
Jayson Stark (2:01 PM)
Thanks to everybody who checked in. Only 26 hours to the Deadline. Oughta be fun. See you down the road in Chat Land.
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