On the block: Starters

On the block: Starters

A.J. Burnett, Blue Jays
Why he's available: Can opt out of the five-year, $55 million contract he signed prior to the '06 season after this year.

Will he go? Jays don't have a ready replacement, but would probably listen to offers if the team continues to struggle.

Where might he go? Any team with question marks in their rotation willing to risk having Burnett for only half a season.

Erik Bedard, Mariners
Why he's available: There's only a remote chance of the Mariners signing him to a long-term contract, so it behooves the organization to swap the lefty who apparently lacks the desire and heart to be a legitimate ace of any pitching staff.

Will he go? Probably, although it would force the organization to admit that trading five players to the Orioles for Bedard was a monumental blunder, which many thought it would be in the first place.

Where might he go? The Phillies need starters in the worst way and might come calling. The Mariners might get more bang for their buck by dealing with the Blue Jays, the team the native Canadian Bedard really wants to play for.

Brad Penny, Dodgers
Why he's available:He's having an off year, he's eligible for free agency, he's the kind of power arm that could step up and push a team over the top while bringing talent in return.

Will he go? Penny is suffering from inflammation of the bursa sac and mild tendinitis in his right shoulder, which sent him to hte DL in mid-June.

Where might he go? Any contender needing a power starter that's not scared off by the injury risk.

Derek Lowe, Dodgers
Why he's available: He's eligible for free agency and there are no indications that the Dodgers want him back or that he wants to stay.

Will he go? The Dodgers virtually never concede this early in a season, regardless of their place in the standings. And with the NL West wide open, there's little reason to trade Lowe if he can help them win the division.

Where might he go? Any contender needing an innings-eating sinkerball pitcher.

Greg Maddux, Padres
Why he's available: The future Hall of Famer would only be available in a deal if he agrees to waive his no-trade clause. And that's only if the team, in the eyes of the Padres' brass, believes it has fallen completely out of contention in the NL West.

Will he go? Not likely. The Padres believe a healthy Jake Peavy, Chris Young -- both have been on the disabled list this season -- and Maddux give them a formidable top three in the rotation. If they're to recover and gain ground in the contentious NL West, they'll likely need all three pitchers to do so. Plus Maddux, who lives in Las Vegas, has had a blast in his year and a half with the Padres.

Where might he go? There will be any number of teams could be looking for pitching, including two of Maddux's former employers, the Cubs and the Braves, who have been ravaged by a number of injuries to their pitching staff. Looking for a wild card? How about Milwaukee, where Maddux's brother, Mike, is the pitching coach?

Edwin Jackson, Rays
Why he's available: The Rays have a crowded starting pitching situation and despite his obvious physical gifts he among the most inconsistent of the group.

Will he go? Not unless another team comes up with a good match for an everyday right fielder, a bullpen specialist or quality future considerations.

Where might he go? Any team in need of a young starting pitcher or a team wanting to grab a power arm to convert into a closer.

Jason Hammel, Rays
Why he's available: The Rays have such a crowded starting pitching situation that he's in the bullpen and David Price is moving rapidly through the Rays' Minor League system.

Will he go? Not unless another team comes up with a good match for an everyday right fielder, a bullpen specialist or quality future considerations.

Where might he go? Any team in need of a young starting pitcher with a high upside.

Rich Hill, Cubs
Why he's available: He's got a huge upside -- he led the Cubs in strikeouts in 2007 -- and may only need a change in scenery.

Will he go? Only if the Cubs can get immediate value.

Where might he go? Any team, including the Cubs, needs a left-handed starter. An established starter on a non-contending team might be prime bait.

Daniel Cabrera, Orioles
Why he's available: Because the Orioles aren't sure if they want to commit to him long-term.

Will he go? The Orioles will have to get a huge offer to consider moving Cabrera.

Where might he go? Several teams have been interested in Cabrera in recent seasons.

Livan Hernandez, Twins
Why he's available: Hernandez is signed to just a one-year deal and the Twins have enough talented young pitching to help them through the second half.

Will he go? The Twins are still in the hunt for the AL Central and if that's still the case around the deadline, it seems unlikely that Hernandez will be moved.

Where might he go? A contending team looking for an innings-eater could be interested in the 10-plus year veteran.

Boof Bonser, Twins
Why he's available: Recently demoted to the bullpen, Bonser could be an attractive trade piece on the market and the Twins have Francisco Liriano still waiting in the wings in Rochester.

Will he go? Despite his recent struggles, the Twins still have belief that Bonser can be a solid middle of the rotation starter and the team has shown a penchant for keeping pitching talent.

Where might he go? Starting pitching is a need on nearly every club's radar and Bonser has shown to be durable, if not always reliable.

Paul Byrd, Indians
Why he's available: He's in the final year of his contract with the Tribe.

Will he go? Given the long-term injuries suffered by Jake Westbrook and top pitching prospect Adam Miller and the loss of CC Sabathia, the Indians might be more inclined to re-sign Byrd than they are to trade him.

Where might he go? Byrd would have value to a contender looking for some help in the back end of the rotation and a veteran presence in the clubhouse.

Vicente Padilla, Rangers
Why he's available: Padilla has a big contract and the Rangers wouldn't mind unloading it if they get much in return.

Will he go? Only if the Rangers take a steep dive in the playoff race.

Where might he go? There are always plenty of teams looking for pitching at the trade deadline but they have to take his $12 million salary for 2009 as well.

Adam Eaton, Phillies
Why he's available: Though the Phillies are riding the wave of a solid stretch of outings, Philadelphia wouldn't mind unloading his salary, if possible, and upgrading with another arm.

Will he go? The Phillies are unlikely to find a trading partner on this one.

Where might he go? Likely nowhere.