If the Dodgers end up signing Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu they’ll have a rotation logjam and Ken Gurnick of MLB.com writes that the “most likely” starters to be shopped for a trade are Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang.
Because the timing of a potential trade may depend on the health status of Ted Lilly and Chad Billingsley a move is far from guaranteed, but by bidding $25.7 million for the right to negotiate with Ryu the Dodgers have definitely set themselves up as one of the few teams with veteran starting pitching to spare.
Capuano logged 198 innings with a 3.72 ERA and 162/54 K/BB ratio this year at age 33 and he’s owed $6 million in 2013 with an $8 million option or $1 million buyout for 2014. Harang had a 3.61 ERA and 131/85 K/BB ratio in 180 innings this year at age 34 and he’s owed $7 million in 2013 with a mutual option for $7-8 million or a $2 million buyout for 2014.
Rian Watt of Baseball Prospectus is hearing that a trade that would send Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs involves prospect Gleyber Torres and more going to the Yankees. He adds that the holdup in the trade talks is centered around a contract extension for Chapman, believed to be around four years in length and $60 million total. The deal may not be finalized if the Cubs don’t get him signed to an extension they like. In Watt’s words, “Package is set. Extension is not.”
We learned earlier on Sunday that the Yankees were working hard to trade Chapman, reportedly in contact with at least four teams. The Cubs were not believed to be the front runners but certainly upped the ante by offering Torres.
Torres, 19, is rated the Cubs’ #1 prospect and #24 overall in baseball by MLB Pipeline. The shortstop has spent the season with Single-A Myrtle Beach, batting .275/.359/.433 with nine home runs, 47 RBI, 62 runs scored, and 19 stolen bases in 409 plate appearances.
Torres is currently roadblocked at shortstop by Addison Russell, and 21-year-old Ian Happ is rated #3 in the Cubs’ system, so the club would be dealing from surplus.
Prior to Sunday afternoon’s game against the Mariners, the Blue Jays designated reliever Drew Storen for assignment and recalled reliever Ryan Tepera from Triple-A Buffalo.
Storen, 28, had a nightmare of a time with the Jays, leaving with a 6.21 ERA and a 32/10 K/BB ratio over 33 1/3 innings. The Jays acquired him in January from the Nationals in exchange for outfielder Ben Revere and a player to be named later.
Storen is owed the remainder of his $8.375 million salary, which makes it likelier that the right-hander will pass through waivers unclaimed. He’ll be eligible for free agency after the season.