24 July 2010
Rumors are flying that the Diamondbacks will trade Dan Haren
within the next few days. The Diamondbacks have stated that they want starting pitching in return, including one major league ready arm. Some teams that have been mentioned as possible trade partners include the Yankees, Twins, Dodgers, Phillies, Tigers, and Cardinals. Many feel that the Yankees are the leading contenders - here is a look at what the Diamondbacks might get in return for Haren.
, RP (24) - 1-4, 5.66 ERA, 1.597 WHIP, 46K/16BB in 41.1 IP
Chamberlain was incredible in his rookie season in 2007, sporting a 0.38 ERA with 34K/6BB in 24 IP. Since then, his ERA has increased to 2.60, 4.75, and now 5.66. Despite the high ERA this year, Chamberlain still has a 2.67 FIP this year, and is still striking out lots of hitters.
, C (20) - (AAA) .274/.348/.462, 10 HR, 43 RBI in 88 G
Montero was ranked as the #4 overall prospect by Baseball America, and 31 for the Yankees, mainly for his bat. In 2009, he hit .356/.406/.583 in HiA Tampa followed by .317/.370/.539 in AA Trenton. He is expected to hit for both average and power in the majors, but it's not clear if he can remain at catcher. Many scouts feel that his agility is low, and he will have to move to First Base.
, SP (22)- (AAA) 7-7, 4.93 ERA, 1.485 WHIP, 61K/25BB in 102.1 IP
McAllister pitched well at AA last year (7-5, 2.23 ERA), but has struggled in AAA. Baseball America ranked him as the #5 prospect in the Yankee system coming into the season, and said he had the best command in their minor league system. But his stuff is marginal for the majors (fastball around 89-91 mph) and he's unlikely to be more than a back-end innings eater. McAllister's father Steve works for the Diamondbacks organization.
, SP (23) - (AAA) 8-2, 3.06 ERA, 1.307 WHIP, 84K/40B in 111.2 IP
Nova is pitching OK for AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but his career strikeout rate of 6.2K/9 along with 3 BB/9 probably means that he will never be a top-of-the-rotation pitcher. He does a good job of shutting down the Home Run ball, with a career rate of 0.6HR/9.
, SP (22) - (High A) 5-1, 1.60 ERA, 0.844 WHIP, 52K/12BB in 45 IP
Betances underwent Tommy John surgery in 2009, but is already back on the mound. He hasn't pitched above High A yet, but has been quite successful so far.
- Montero and Chamberlain are probably the two best choices among this group, but the Yankees seem unwilling to trade either. When Cliff Lee
was on the market, rumors said that the Yankees would not part with Nova or Betances too, but neither of them, or McAllister, should be enough for a pitcher like Dan Haren
. Andrew Brackman
is another highly-regarded starter, but is already on the 40-Man roster and quite expensive.