NL East Trade Candidates
By Bob Owens
For the second part of my potential trade candidates, I decided to do the National league East, as there are two players I can just say ” no explanation needed, thus limiting my research. Without further ado:
Atlanta Braves-Jair Jurrjens.
The Braves almost traded him to the Orioles for Adam Jones, and clearly have the rotation depth to part with him, even after trading Derek Lowe. If Tommy Hanson proves his shoulder is up to par, and Julio Teheran, Randall Delgado, Mike Minor and Arodys Vizcinio are pitching as well as the Braves think, Jurrens could be the odd man out. Although he will be only 26 when the season starts, he is still older than the aforementioned group, , and after avoiding arbitration, his salary will only be $5.5 million this year, a very tradable amount providing his knee is healthy. At the very least, expect the Braves to be the next team to explore what the market is for young starting pitching.
Florida- Hanley Ramirez.
Not sure if I/we should classify him as a SS or 3rd baseman but, nonetheless no explanation needed.
New York Mets- David Wright
I will classify him as a 3rd baseman, but nonetheless, no explanation needed.
Philadelphia Phillies – Dominic Brown.
Tough roster for me to pinpoint somebody, but I somehow do not see the Phillies keeping on the bench all year, which is what the trade of Hunter Pence might force them to do. So much of what they do in March will be predicated on the status of Ryan Howard.
Washington Nationals -Adam LaRoche.
I expect Bryce Harper to make the Nationals roster out of spring training, Michael Morse to play 1st, and for LaRoche to become expendable.