Four MLB teams ready to blow up their rosters
We’ve come to the part of the MLB season in which struggling clubs begin eyeing the dynamite plunger and listening to their inner Wile E. Coyote.
Baseball bettors have already witnessed the Houston Astros’ self-imposed demolition, dealing longtime star Carlos Lee to Miami and sending pitchers J.A. Happ, Brandon Lyon and David Carpenter to the Blue Jays. At 34-59, it was just a matter of time before the Astros blew themselves up.
Houston isn't the only team looking to cut its losses on the 2012 season. Here are four other MLB clubs ready to blow up the roster and start looking ahead to 2013:
Records and stats as of Friday, July 20.
Philadelphia Phillies (41-52, -23.21 units)
The 2012 campaign couldn’t have gone any worse for Phillies bettors, and it might only get nastier if the team decides to pull the plug on its current roster. Mainstays like Jimmie Rollins, Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz have all been rumored traded bait, along with struggling ace Cliff Lee. Philadelphia is hoping to hang on to starter Cole Hamels, but nothing is written in stone. With an aging roster and consistent problems providing run support, the Phillies brass may wash their hands of their year’s squad and reload for 2013.
Miami Marlins (44-48, -11.00 units)
The 2012 season was supposed to be a fresh start for the Fish, with a new name, new ballpark and new talent. However, Miami has failed to live up those expectations and the front office is threatening to blow up the team if things don’t turn around - like right now. Hanley Ramirez and struggling closer Heath Bell have been talked about in a deal for Boston’s Carl Crawford and Giancarlo Stanton has shown up in rumors, with the team looking to sell the slugger while his stock is high.
Arizona Diamondbacks (44-48, -7.98 units)
Justin Upton is the hot commodity with the Red Sox and Pirates licking their chops over the talented outfielder. He’s not the only D-backs member being shopped around. Shortstop Stephen Drew, who returned from an ankle injury last month, has rumored suitors like the Tigers, who are also interested in third baseman Ryan Roberts. Arizona should know better than any team that it's not out of the race in the NL West after last year’s comeback. But it does seem like the D-backs are packing it in.
Chicago Cubs (38-53, -7.03 units)
We knew the Cubs were a project when Theo Epstein took the reins in the Windy City. Chicago has rightfully been the center of swirling trade rumors following the All-Star break, most of those centered around pitchers Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza. The Cubbies may also deal Alfonso Soriano to a club looking for a big bat, like the Giants, and part ways with Bryan LaHair and Geovany Soto. Chicago is reportedly focused on getting back prospects for these moves.