Over the next few days leading up to the trade deadline, I will be spotlighting certain players who are most likely on the block, what they can offer, and who might be interested in trading for them. Today we will start off with Brett Myers.
W-L: 3-10 in 20 games started
Brett Myers has struggled in 2011 and mainly because of the long ball. He has given up 23 home runs in 20 starts already, which is three more than his 2010 total of 20. He has not looked like the same pitcher who finished so strong in 2010, going 8-2 with a 2.38 ERA after the All-Star break. He is still averaging a little over six innings a start and has the only complete game for the Astros this year. A good start tomorrow against the Nationals will go along way to help Myers trade value.
What he brings to the table
If I am Ed Wade and trying to trade Myers, I am harping on his versatility. He has shown to be an effective starter and closer. He had 21 saves back in 2007 with the Phillies. He has playoff experience and World Series experience as both a starter and closer. If a team was looking for a 4th or 5th starter the rest of the season and then who could come out of the bullpen for them in the playoffs, Myers is that guy.
What teams might be interested?
New York Yankees come to mind, especially with Bartolo Colon recent struggles. I could also see him going to Arizona, who could use a veteran arm in their young rotation as they stay in the playoff race in the NL West. Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians are two more teams that would make sense looking for rotation help down the stretch.