1. Ian Snell – Age 27
Interested: NYY, NYM, TEX, PHI?
Current Salary: $3.2 million
09 Stats: 2 wins – 8 losses – 5.36 era
Latest Buzz: Optioned to the minors, Pittsburgh is actively shopping Snell and trying to cut their losses. Yankees, Rangers have recently scouted Snell in the minors.
2. John Grabow – Age 30
Interested: LAA, COL, MIN FLA, DET, NYY, Chi Cubs, LAD, PHI
Current Salary: $2.3 million
09 Stats: 42GP – 3 wins – 0 losses – 3.07 era
Latest Buzz: The Angels, Tigers, Yankees, Cubs, Dodgers, Rockies, and Twins have expressed an interest in Grabow and the Florida Marlins expressed an interest earlier this month but don’t appear to be a factor anymore. The Yankees, Dodgers and Cubs have been the most active teams in pursuit of Grabow.
3. Freddy Sanchez – Age 31
Interested: CHI Cubs, SF, MIN, COL?, SEA?
Current Salary: $6.25 million
09 Stats: .306 avg – 6 HR – 34 RBI
Latest Buzz: Pirates are actively shopping Sanchez as he is likely to receive an $8 million option for the 2010 season. The Cubs, Mariners, Rockies, Rays, Giants and Twins all expressed interest at some point this season. Pittsburgh is looking for a 2-for-1 return and are eyeing Eric Young jr from the Rockies farm system, although the Rockies interest has reportedly cooled.
4. Matt Capps – Age 25
Interested: FLA, COL, MIN, LAD, DET, LAA, NYY, PHI
Current Salary: $2.425 million
09 Stats: 5.37 ERA – 20SV
Latest Buzz: The Pirates have held talks with the Marlins, Rockies, Dodgers and Twins regarding closer Matt Capps. The asking price is high as the Pirates are looking for a top tier right handed hitting prospect in return. ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports the Yankees are in on Capps and John Grabow. Also, add the Phillies to the list of teams that have inquired about Matt Capps
5. Zach Duke – Age 25
Interested: SF, TEX, PHI, CHI Cubs, DET
Current Salary: $2.2 million
09 Stats: 8 – 9, 3.79 ERA – 3CG
Latest Buzz: Starting pitcher Zach Duke is drawing interest from the Giants and Rangers. Pittsburgh could look to trade Duke while is value is high