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When will look at the NL landscape of buyers and sellers there is questions of who will be moved or not.
Cubs - They are at the fore front as they have probably one of the best trading chips in all of MLB in Matt Garza. Garza is showing when healthy he is a front line starter with his recent outings and that his injuries are behind him now finally. The Cubs have a lot of options with Garza one of which is trying to sign him to a long term deal, which appraently discussions are ongoing in that vain. Remember Garza is only 29 and the Cubs and their ownership want a winner so unless they get a huge package for Garza maybe they sign him to a long term extension? The Cubs also can offer Garza a qualifying offer in the off-season assuring themselves of getting high draft pick compensation if they don't trade him. I think Theo and the boys are looking at all of their options but I am sure they are letting it be known to teams you want Matt Garza it's going to take a really good package of young players / prospects. Garza is in play but it's an expensive one. The Cubs would move Alfonso Soriano to an AL team in a heartbeat but would have to eat significant dollars to do it and get very little back. Depending upon when David DeJesus comes back this summer I can also see the Cubs listening to offers on him as well although the Cubs do have a team option on him for next season.
Marlins - After trading Nolasco I think where the Marlins are at in terms of trading any other pieces is to see if they can get some team to send them a good prospect or young player who needs a good bullpen arm such as Steve Cishek (Tigers ?). Also team that could use another player for their outfield might be interested in Juan Pierre. Pierre could be a good 4th outfielder to add to a team. In a trade like this the Marlins staff would have to do a good job of some low level sleeper minor leaguers. I don't not expect the Marlins to think about trading guys like Stanton or Morrison until the off-season.
Brewers - If the Brewers can get a deal like they did last summer when they traded Greinke to the Angels for Yovanni Gallardo I believe he will be 100% moved for sure. But Gallardo is going to have to pick it up the rest of this month for that kind of deal to present itself. The question is if a good but not great deal is on the table for the Brewers do they take it for Gallardo? He has given them years of inconsistency & frustration at times so I say they would move him if a good deal is offered.
In or Out:
Like George Clooney said to Matt Damon in the first Oceans Eleven "You either in or your out". So that's the question for the Rockies & Padres are they in or out? Going into Monday's action the Rockies were 5 games under .500 & the Padres were 7 games under .500, hardly a contender right? Well not in the NL West where each team only finds themselves 5 games behind the 1st place D-Backs in the loss column. So a good streak or a bad one over the next 2 weeks can define if the Rockies and Padres are buyers or sellers. If the Rockies are sellers they would entertain offers for Cuddyer & Betancourt for sure. The Padres I don't see any selling pieces on their main roster other than Houston Street. Even if the Padres do not think they can sign Headley which I don;t think they have come to that conclusion, now would not be the time to trade him after a bad 1st half. But could I see a trade of Street to the Tigers for some prospects? You betcha.
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