Much of the attention this trading season, and rightfully so, will be on Mariners' left-handed starter
But Lee won't be the only attraction. With less than a month to go, some talks are starting to get going. Here is a rundown of the sellers and potential sellers ...
They've already dealt outfielder
They always seem reluctant to sell but may have little choice this time. The issue is that there may not be as much to gain as they'd like.
According to one GM, he's been told specifically that ace pitcher
The Royals would love to ship
They have been busy sellers the past couple years, as they are one small-market team that understands the need to retool, and they have two viable starters in
Teams think that with Washington beginning to fall back, the Nats will start to sell, and they have a few interesting pieces, starting with
Not surprisingly, they are said to plan to keep
They've done a nice job this year but are not seen as a realistic playoff threat -- not in the impossible AL East. Power-hitting
In addition to Lee, they could look for surely find some interest in reliever
This isn't a team that normally does a lot of selling, and they have some players with high contracts that appear close to unmovable, among them
They also have some good veterans they'll keep, like
There doesn't seem to be a lot of selling activity around the Brewers, who are playing a bit better lately, and competing teams now see them as likely to keep star first baseman
They seem like they want to give it a shot, and they are a franchise that has been able to outstrip expectations many times in the past. Rather hopefully, one competing exec wondered if
The Diamondbacks' late Thursday shakeup was shocking. Yet, in a way it wasn't. Word had been circulating that owner
Byrnes is extremely well-respected in baseball circles, and was one of the GMs most willing to take risks and make big trades. But Byrnes paid for a bad bullpen, the roughest schedule in baseball (they had only 17 games so far against losing teams, their interleague slate was against the AL East and their extra NL team was the Cardinals) and also his hand-picked choice of Hinch, an intellectual Stanford man never truly accepted by baseball's oldtime folks.
There was a lot of whispering behind Hinch's back regarding alleged too-late calls to warm up relievers. And whether it was true or not, there's no doubt that kind of talk got to Byrnes' bosses. Byrnes' pick of Hinch, an outside-the-box call from the front office, was controversial from the start. Hinch seems to have the potential to be an excellent manager of men and games. But in baseball, where there's a way of doing things, that may not be enough.
Oldtime baseball people disliked the hiring of Hinch and denigrated him as too intellectual for the job, and underqualified as a first-time manager.
Some baseball people think Orioles president
Everyone in baseball was shocked when the Marlins abruptly called a halt to their talks with
Valentine went on Sirius XM's Mad Dog Russo show on Thursday and said, "You know, I mean, I was reading in the paper I wasn't a candidate, you know? And I don't really like that stuff. You know, we did have conversations and then the next thing I know their leaks have people writing things that I'm no longer a candidate and they're going in another direction. Well, you know, if that's the case tell me. I'm a big boy. It's real easy.
"To tell you the truth, the in-season stuff where you have all the rules and regulations that are set forth -- rightfully so, I guess -- by the commissioner that you have to interview so many different types of people from in and outside your organization before you're allowed to hire a person you want to, it's a pretty tough process. I don't know that it's tough. It doesn't seem like it's the way most industries do it."
Valentine would have been perfect for the young team. But while the Marlins make the most of their limited spending, they have an odd history with managers, having fired
With interim manager
• Braves manager
• Jays GM
• At least two calls shouldn't have been omitted by the recent list of the