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NL Central: Trade bait
As the July 31 trade deadline nears, a look at some notable players that could be on the move in the NL Central:
With the closer's stock is higher than it's been in a few years, it's a no-brainer for Tim Purpura to deal Lidge, but it's looking increasingly likely that the righthander isn't going anywhere. Don't put all the blame on Purpura, though. Here's Houston owner Drayton McClane on trading Lidge: "I see no reason we should even consider it." According this note to the Red Sox are more interested in Lidge's teammates, Chad Qualls and Dan Wheeler.
An Astros blogger says that Purpura dealing Wily Taveras and Jason Hirsh for Jason Jennings "could very well be the move that gets him the boot." But with starting pitchers hard to find in the trade market, Jennings could have some good value. A pennant changing player, he is not.
The Big Donkey thinks he's good as gone, and he's probably right. An intriguing destination is San Diego, where GM Kevin Towers is desperate for a big bopper. "San Diego's one big hitter away from running away with the NL West," says an NL GM. By the way, Dunn is on pace to become the eighth player with four consecutive 40-home run seasons all in his 20s. Pujols, A-Rod, Griffey, Kiner, Snider, Banks, and Killebrew are the others.
Ken Griffey, Jr.
Griffey shot down a report that said he expected to be traded this summer but GM Wayne Krivsky will have dropped the ball if he doesn't make a move with Junior's stock as high as ever. If you believe the talk, Griffey is only willing to accept a trade to Chicago, Atlanta, or Seattle.
Quietly, Arroyo reverted to his 2006 form over the last month; last week he was dazzling in seven shutout innings against the Braves. (Last year Arroyo led the majors with 3851 pitches thrown.) The Boston Globe wonders if the Red Sox would deal Arroyo to Cincy for Wily Mo Pena.
Stormy has been remarkably effective as Cincy's stopper, but how long can he keep it up? Not much longer; the Reds have gotten as much as they could possibly ask for out of the 37-year-old, plus Eddie Guardado should be back soon.
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