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MLB Trade Rumors, By Position: Roy Oswalt, Ted Lilly Top List As Yankees, Cardinals, Others Look Around

The 2010 trading season has already seen a flurry of major activity, as Cliff Lee has gone from Seattle to Texas, Bengie Molina has gone from San Francisco to Texas, Dan Haren has gone from Arizona to Anaheim, and Alberto Callaspo has gone from Kansas City to Anaheim.

Still, while some of the bigger names have already been moved, a number of candidates to be traded remain, and in this StoryStream we will present to you as thorough a list of them as we can manage, broken down by position, complete with relevant contract and performance details. Of these names, expect to see many appear in our MLB trade rumors streams before the week is through. Because if there's one thing the world loves, the world loves rumors.

We'll begin our review by looking at starting pitchers. Seeing Lee and Haren get dealt obviously takes two of the big stars out of the pool, but options remain for teams looking to bring in another arm. Note that all contract information is via Cot's Baseball Contracts.

STARTING PITCHERS

Brian Bannister, 29, RHP

IP

ERA

BB

K

113

5.73

42

67

2010: $2.3m
2011: arbitration-eligible
2012: arbitration-eligible

The issues with moving Bannister are twofold - one, he'll be fairly cheap for another few seasons, making the Royals reluctant to move him, and two, he isn't very good, making other teams unlikely to want him very much. Still, as a durable, thinking pitcher who's aware of his own weaknesses, Bannister isn't awful, and could move to the back of another team's rotation.

Fausto Carmona, 26, RHP

IP

ERA

BB

K

128.1

3.51

50

71

2010: $4.9m
2011: $6.1m
2012: $7m club option
2013: $9m club option
2014: $12m club option

Fausto's improved this year, and with the same live sinker as always and a ton of groundballs, he's fairly adept at avoiding the big inning. He'd be an intriguing, potentially long-term add to another team that believes it can straighten him out even further. The Indians, though, aren't prepared to just give him away, and the likelihood is that Carmona stays put.

Jeremy Guthrie, 31, RHP

IP

ERA

BB

K

125

4.46

35

69

2010: $3m
2011: arbitration-eligible
2012: arbitration-eligible

Guthrie's numbers don't live up to his stuff, but as a durable arm who's managed to survive on an absolutely awful Orioles team, he's already attracted some interest. Given how cheap he is and the fact that he's something of an experienced veteran on a young team, it's unclear how prepared Baltimore is to move him.

Edwin Jackson, 26, RHP

IP

ERA

BB

K

129.1

5.01

58

101

2010: $4.2m
2011: $8.35m

Jackson hasn't been plagued by the home run problems that've bit so many of his teammates, but he hasn't built off of his gains from 2009, and finds himself back on the market. That he still has a very intriguing live arm will keep some teams interested, although he would by no means represent a major addition.

Ted Lilly, 34, LHP

IP

ERA

BB

K

111.1

3.88

26

81

2010: $12m

While Roy Oswalt is the best arm left on the market, Lilly is probably the most broadly appealing, as he's cheaper and his no-trade clause should be less restrictive. Lilly could be dealt at any moment, and though he hasn't struck people out like he used to, his finesse repertoire still allows him to get by. The Cubs are taking a lot of calls.

Paul Maholm, 28, LHP

IP

ERA

BB

K

120

4.13

42

59

2010: $4.5m
2011: $5.75m
2012: $9.75m club option

Most of Maholm's major numbers are trending in the wrong direction, as his strikeouts and groundballs are down, and his walks are up. As a fairly cheap lefty who does well against lefties, though, he's out there as a potential number four or number five.

Gil Meche, 31, RHP

IP

ERA

BB

K

48.2

6.66

34

30

2010: $12m
2011: $12m

Meche has battled arm trouble this season and his numbers indicate as much, so he's really just here as an option for a team to pick him up in return for a bad contract. He's not really a guy you would add to help out down the stretch run.

Kevin Millwood, 35, RHP

IP

ERA

BB

K

114

5.84

38

86

2010: $12m

Millwood just came off the DL (arm strain) and struggled against Minnesota, so his stock is about as low as it can get. A string of better starts would put him on a lot of teams' radars, though, because he's a veteran workhorse with playoff experience. Probably more of an August trade candidate than a July trade candidate.

Brett Myers, 29, RHP

IP

ERA

BB

K

136

3.24

41

101

2010: $5.1m
2011: $8m mutual option

Myers has had a good year on a bad team in a bad ballpark, so he has a good deal of appeal, but the Astros seem to have placed too high of a price tag on him, making him a difficult sell. The righty has started in the World Series and offers a broad, four-pitch repertoire.

Ricky Nolasco, 27, RHP

IP

ERA

BB

K

124

4.50

25

110

2010: $3.8m
2011: arbitration-eligible
2012: arbitration-eligible

This might be a non-starter, as indications are that the Marlins don't really think of Nolasco as being available, but if someone came calling with a compelling offer, it's within the realm of possibility that one of the more underrated strikeout arms in the league could be on the move. He would come at a very hefty price.

Roy Oswalt, 32, RHP

IP

ERA

BB

K

129

3.42

34

120

2010: $15m
2011: $16m
2012: $16m club option

Everyone should be familiar with the Oswalt situation by now. Though a lot of teams have called, Oswalt has a no-trade clause, a high salary, and a high price tag affixed by the Astros. Something has to give in order for Oswalt to be moved. He is clearly a very, very talented arm, and the best available starter on the market, but the right conditions just may not come together.

Ben Sheets, 32, RHP

IP

ERA

BB

K

119.1

4.53

43

84

2010: $10m

Sheets' season appears to be over due to an elbow injury, so, yeah.

Jake Westbrook, 32, RHP

IP

ERA

BB

K

119.2

4.74

42

68

2010: $11m

The Indians are reportedly willing to deal one of Westbrook and Carmona, and Westbrook offers an intriguing, groundballing skillset as he's recovered from ligament replacement surgery in his arm. He's a very good lower-tier candidate to get moved, and has drawn attention from teams covering the whole spectrum, from New York to San Diego.

Randy Wolf, 33, LHP

IP

ERA

BB

K

128

5.20

63

82

2010: $9.25m
2011: $9.5m
2012: $9.5m
2013: $10m club option

I wouldn't expect anything to happen here, as Wolf is old, expensive, and pitching poorly, but he was very good as recently as 2009, so he could end up in a bad contract swap. He is a veteran who, in the past, has demonstrated the ability to miss a good number of bats.

Carlos Zambrano, 29, RHP

IP

ERA

BB

K

55.2

5.66

25

53

2010: $17.875m
2011: $17.875m
2012: $18m
2013: $19.25m vesting option

Only here because the Cubs would love to move him. Zambrano obviously has a ton of ability, but he might be one of the most untradeable assets in baseball, given his attitude problems and his mammoth contract. He would only ever get dealt in exchange for another bad contract or two, but because that possibility does exist, and because he has such a good arm, I couldn't bring myself to leave him out, here.