Found May 07, 2012 on PRO Rumors:
Even though the season is just underway, it's never to early to talk trade candidates. We're going to name a few players that could be trade candidates as the July Trade Deadline approaches. First, lets take a look at the American League. The American League East is a really fun division to watch right now, led by the surprising play of the Orioles who are half a game above the Rays. The Blue Jays are third and in my opinion they could be contenders for one of the Wild Card spots, and then the Yankees and Red Sox close out the standings, but for how long are they going to stay there? My guess is probably not for long. But either way I'm not making judgements about who is going to get last and who they will probably trade, let's just enjoy what the Orioles are doing and hope they remain in contention for the reminder of the season. The AL Central is different. Even though the Tigers are in second place right now, they remain the clear favorites to take the division. Many writers projected the Royals to finish second and even to contend for a wild card spot. Clearly, their slow start are threatening their aspirations of a second place finish, and I think things are not going to get easier for them. The Twins are on a really bad track and its obvious they're not going to be contenders this year either. In the AL West the Rangers are leading the way with a 3.5 game cushion on the A's who are off to a good start (15-14). Then the Mariners, who are not on the contender track are 6 back. Then there comes the Angels who are off to an awful start, but will certainly improve as the season continues. The teams I'm going to “dismantle” here are the Royals, Twins and Mariners, because they are the teams that are already out of contention. – Kansas City Royals: The Royals have four players in the final year of their contract, Jonathan Sanchez, Jonathan Broxton, Yuniesky Betancourt and Humberto Quintero. The club holds options for Joakim Soria, who is recovering from a Tommy John surgery from 2012 to 2014 and Bruce Chen, Brayan Pena and Jeff Francoeur have one more year on their contracts. Among those players, the only ones I think could generate interest from other teams is Broxton, who is off to a good start (0-1, 2.08 ERA, 0.0 HR/9, 3.1 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 in 8.2 innings) and Francoeur, although he is not off to a hot start (.242/.281/.319 with 4 RBI's in 91 AB's), but is coming off a solid season where he hit .285/.329/.476 with 20 HR's, 87 RBI's and a 119 OPS+. – Minnesota Twins: The players on the Twins payroll who are in the last year of their contract are Carl Pavano, Francisco Liriano, Ryan Doumit and Jason Marquis. The club holds options for 2013 on Scott Baker and Matt Capps. Justin Morneau and Alexi Casillas are under team control for one more year and the Twins hold an option for 2014 for Nick Blackburn. To be honest, all of the players in the last year of their contract are off to a slow start, especially Liriano, but at $3 million Marquis could help at the back end of any rotation. His career record is 106-98 with a 4.57 ERA, 1.1 HR/9, 3.4 BB/9 and 5.2 SO/9 in 1693.0 innings. Another interesting player could be Doumit, who is also making $3 million and is a career .270/.332/.438 hitter with 68 HR's, 278 RBI's and a 105 OPS+ in 2,249 AB's. Doumit could help behind the plate, at first base and as a designated hitter (if he goes to an American League team). – Seattle Mariners: Ichiro Suzuki, Brandon League, Hisashi Iwakuma and George Sherrill will all be free agents at the end of the season, although Sherrill is out for the rest of the season due to an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery. To think that the Mariners would trade Suzuki is kind of complicated, he's the face of the franchise and at $18 million is not exactly a bargain for any team, so I don't think he's going anywhere. League is another story, the 29-year old reliever could be a fit for a lot of teams looking for bullpen depth, including their division rivals the Angels. League's career record is 17-24 with a 3.67 ERA, 0.8 HR/9, 2.9 BB/9, 6.6 SO/9 and 52 saved games in 355.2 innings. Iwakuma, the other free-agent-to-be is off to a slow start (9.00 ERA, 3.6 HR/9, 3.6 BB/9 and 7.2 SO/9 in 5.0 innings) so its hard to determine his true value on the trade market. Given the fact that the season is just one month under way, it is hard to say what players are likely to be dealt near the July Trade Deadline, but we could have an idea of what the market is going to be as the season continues. Right now, we could assume that these three teams are going to be sellers at the trade deadline, but things could change as the season continues and more teams will become sellers and maybe one or more of this teams could become buyers. Image by Keith Allison under the Creative Commons License.

State of the Mariners – weekly notebook | May 7th

Losing a plenty! Welcome to the sixth edition of the State of the Seattle Mariners update for the 2012 regular season.  In these weekly updates you will find all the information and news regarding the Seattle Mariners Baseball Franchise. Upcoming Match Ups The Tigers will be looking for vengeance after the Mariners swept Detroit on their last road trip.  The M’s will then get...

Ump throws ball at Noesi (VIDEO)

Hilarious situation in Seattle this weekend. Hector Noesi had two balls thrown at him. One by the ump, one by his catcher. Have a look. Nice reflexes Hector! He threw one low pitch, but ended up getting back two baseballs. Wish I had this luck with women.

Seattle Mariners right ship, take series from Twins

The Seattle Mariners started their latest ten game road trip in grand fashion, winning their first four games. They then dropped their last six, including all four games to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays are tied for best record in the American League, and it was a competitive series for Seattle losing three games by one run and the other by two. The Mariners then finally returned...

Retooled Mariners lineup contributes to weekend success

The new-look Seattle Mariners lineup with Dustin Ackley leading off and Brendan Ryan batting second is off to a good start. The Mariners won two of three from the Twins over the weekend with this lineup, which came in the wake of left fielder/third baseman Chone Figgins being moved into a utility role. Figgins was hitting .189 as the club's primary leadoff hitter, one...

Hector Noesi throws pitch, gets 2 balls back

Seattle Mariners pitcher Hector Noesi must have thought he was seeing double during Sunday's game against the Minnesota Twins when— after having a pitch land in the dirt— his catcher and the umpire got their signals crossed and each threw a ball back at the surprised Noesi. In the third inning, the former New York Yankees pitcher threw a strike to catcher John Jaso.  Jaso...

Tigers vs. Mariners in Seattle: Pitching, series preview, analysis & predictions

Tigers In Town! The M’s were able to rally together and break a 7 game losing streak in their second game against the Twins. The M’s have lost the most games in which they once had the lead in all of baseball with 10. Their problem is obvious, although they are in 4th place of all the 30 teams in hits, they are not getting those base-runners home.  As the M’s are edging toward...

Mariners 5, Twins 2

Rookie slugger Jesus Montero lined a two-run double in the first inning to get Seattle on the board, Mike Carp added his first homer of the season and the Mariners cruised to a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. Seattle starter Hector Noesi took a shutout into the seventh inning before giving up a solo home run to Ryan Doumit. Despite the homer, Noesi (2-3) allowed just...

Minnesota Twins vs. Mariners: MLB baseball love ‘em & hate ‘em Game 2

M’s Finally Snap Skid The Headline: the Seattle Mariners 1-hit the Minnesota Twins, and break their 7-game losing streak. Seattle Mariners 7, Minnesota Twins 0 When: 10:10 ET, Friday, May 4, 2012 Where: Safeco Field, Seattle Temperature: 56 Umpires: Home — Laz Diaz, 1B — Mike Everitt, 2B — Paul Schrieber, 3B — Tim Welke Attendance: 28,437 Love ‘em 1. The Win This was...

Mariners 3, Tigers 2

John Jaso's sacrifice fly capped a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Seattle Mariners a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night. Octavio Dotel came on in the ninth for Detroit with closer Jose Valverde unavailable after three consecutive appearances. Dotel walked Brendan Ryan and Ichiro Suzuki then advanced both with a wild pitch. Ryan scored...

Jesus Montero loses track of outs, runs off field (Video)

The game of baseball can tend to be a long one and at times, players can lose track of how many outs there are in the game. It happened last night to Mariners catcher Jesus Montero against the Detroit Tigers as he started running off the field after a strike-out of Brandon Inge assuming that it was the final out of the inning. Sadly for Jesus, it wasn't: (Courtesy...

Catching: The Hidden Talents

Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo is in his 11th season in the major leagues, and while it is fair to say that he hasn't ever truly lived up to expectations for some, the 33-year-old's impact on the game shouldn't be discounted.

Closers a worry for major league clubs

Nine closers made it to the All-Star Game last year. Four of them aren't closing right now. Mariano Rivera and Brian Wilson are on the disabled list with season-ending injuries. Jordan Walden (Angels) and Heath Bell (Marlins) have been demoted after floundering for teams with World Series expectations. Jose Valverde was arguably the best closer in baseball last year, going...

NFBC Week #5 FAAB Results

In one league I got skunked, in another league one of my competitors went #Bananas claiming Johnny Damon. Full results: Main Event (112.5 points, 1/15 to begin the day, 10/420 overall) Team Player Bid Runner-Up The Strained Obliques Johnny Damon (LF) ...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.