Since the All-Star break began I've been mulling over possible trade ideas and these are they...them.
With Takashi Saito about to hit the DL with an elbow ligament sprain, the Dodgers are going to need someone to take over the closer role. Sure, Broxton could slide in but based on history Colletti loves his veterans. Not only this, but their outfield is anaemic against left-handers. What am I going on about? George Sherrill and Jay Payton for Andy LaRoche and Chin-lung Hu. They've pretty much given up on LaRoche and Hu after they've struggled - fancy that, a rookie's struggling under Joe Torre - with the bat but done extremely well with the glove (1 error in 92 innings for LaRoche, 1 error in 303 innings for Hu). Then again, who is hitting for the ol' Dodgers? The thing is, based on what I've seen, neither guy was given the chance to take their lumps. The Orioles would allow for that. They have time and been by doing just this with Adam Jones all season. Then again, there's always a possibility that both really are busts.
The Twins need a bat at third. That's a given. Someone who can hit with pop and isn't can make decent plays at third. Aubrey Huff for Trevor Plouffe or Steven Tolleson, Boof Bonser, and Tyler Robertson or Anthony Swarzak. Why? Well, Plouffe (has a funny name) and Tolleson are shortstop prospects who get on base a great deal with solid averages and speed, Boof Bonser is much better then he's pitched this season and could even be kept in the bullpen or the rotation (swingman since Albers is out), and Robertson and Swarzak are solid pitching prospects.
Carlos Marmol is absolutely falling apart and the Cubs are going to need some insurance in the set-up role. Someone who can keep the ball in the ballpark and induces ground ball outs. Someone who has been in "the show" for a while now, perhaps? Chad Bradford for Tony Thomas and minor league pitchers. Tony Thomas is in Low-A right now but could be promoted to Double-A by the end of the season, and the Os have stated they want to load up on pitchers in their system.
So, the reason I'm bringing these up is that the Os need infield prospects (duh!) and they have pieces who could very easily be moved for blocked prospects or guys in the Low-As, Tony Thomas, who will be in their system, moving up to the major league roster by the time they're ready to compete.
P.S. - I would have suggested any trade that gets this team a Alcides Escobar-type or Mat Gamel-type, but that's not going to happen. Well, at least trading with the Brewers it's not.