OK, the Stove is Hot: Milone, Fuld, Price, Lackey, Outfield Bats, Lefty Relievers (UPDATED)

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OK, the Stove is Hot: Milone, Fuld, Price, Lackey, Outfield Bats, Lefty Relievers (UPDATED)

Chicago Cubs

old stove featureTime constraints limit how much I can write about these things right now, I hope you’ll understand …

  • The A’s did indeed pick up a bat after sending Yoenis Cespedes to the Red Sox in the Jon Lester deal, and they did indeed use superfluous lefty Tommy Milone to get it done. The might bat they got? Sam Fuld. That’s a thin return, to me, but, at the same time, I was never really all that enamored with Milone in the first place. Moving on.
  • This is why I love the deadline: Jon Morosi reports that, because the Lester trade happened early enough, it has “opened up the market” a bit for the Rays, who are now seriously considering dealing guys like David Price, Ben Zobrist, etc. Zobrist could potentially compete with Emilio Bonifacio (and Zobrist is better, but more expensive), so that’s not necessarily good. Price being traded could be good or bad, depending where he lands and how much it costs. For now, it’s just very, very interesting.
  • The outfield bat market is super thin, and the Phillies seem to be trying to take advantage of that by asking for the moon in exchange for 36-year-old Marlon Byrd. I know the Cubs are inclined to keep Justin Ruggiano and Chris Coghlan – which is fine – but you wonder if there’s an opportunity here.
  • The imprecise, but interesting, art of predicting trades:

  • Kinda sounds like the lefty reliever market is waiting on Andrew Miller, the best option out there by far, to be sorted out:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.