In this post I’ll take a look at what the top three contenders in the NL East need before the Trade Deadline.
The Mets need another reliever to solidify their bullpen. Billy Wagner and Pedro Feliciano have been good at the back end of the bullpen, but the middle relief could use some help. Possible targets include Huston Street (OAK), Arthur Rhodes (SEA), Eddie Guardado (TEX) and Brian Fuentes (COL).
Beltran has had a below average season, but is still producing in center. Ryan Church performed great when he played. The problem is that he has only played 57 games due to concussions. Angel Pagan is also missing time due to injury. With these two out the Mets acquired Fernando Tatis, who has been tremendous in LF. Endy Chavez has been playing in RF and has not produced enough. The Mets are concerned that Church may take time to be back to his normal self when he does return. The Mets were targeting both Xavier Nady and Casey Blake until they were traded. Possible targets now include Jason Bay (PIT), Randy Winn (SF), Raul Ibanez (SEA) and Jay Payton (BAL).
Although the Phillies have already made a move to bolster their starting pitching by getting Joe Blanton, they may still be on the lookout for a starter. To keep up with the Mets the Phillies will be looking for someone who can consistently produce quality starts. Possible targets include Erik Bedard (SEA), A.J. Burnett (TOR) and Derek Lowe (LAD).
- Relief Pitcher
Brad Lidge has converted all 24 save opportunities and has been lights out at
the end of the game. Tom Gordon has been on the DL with elbow inflammation and the rest of the bullpen has struggled to hold off the opposition’s bats. Possible targets include George Sherrill (BAL), Jack Taschner (SF), Brian Fuentes (COL), Jesse Carlson (TOR), Jamie Walker (BAL), Brian Tallet (TOR) and John Grabow (PIT)..
Pat Burrell is having an awesome season in left with 26 HRS. Victorino is in center. Earlier this week there was a monster deal was in the making that could have sent Victorino and some prospects to Colorado in return for Matt Holliday and Brian Fuentes. The deal fizzled out and seems to have been thrown out the window now that Victorino is on a tear. The Phillies most likely targets are *Manny Ramirez (BOS), Matt Holliday (COL) and Raul Ibanez (SEA).
*Yes you read correctly, Manny Ramirez. The Red Sox is having issues in Boston and may end up heading to Charlie Manuel in Philly.
The Marlins are in desperate search of a catcher with Matt Treanor on the DL. They need to spend some money and bring in a good catcher, who can hit and handle the young pitching staff, if they are going to stay in the race in the NL East. Possible targets include Ivan Rodriguez (DET), Yorvit Torrealba (COL) and Bengie Molina (SF).
The Marlins have Kevin Gregg closing and Matt Lindstrom in set-up. They need another arm in the pen and are prepared to give up Cody Ross or Mike Jacobs to get a reliever. Possible targets include Arthur Rhodes (SEA), Brian Fuentes (COL), and Jack Taschner (SF).
As you probably noticed, all three teams are in search of another reliever. Fuentes is the one that keeps popping up, but he may go to the Cards instead. Fuentes is probably to expensive for the Phils and the Marlins are unwilling to give up Chris Volstad or Anibal Sanchez. In my opinion Arthur Rhodes will go to the fish, George Sherrill will go to the Phils, and the Mets won’t get a reliever in the end.