Seems like there's been a lack of any substantial rumors about a trade for Gavin Floyd, Wandy Rodriguez, or Matt Garza so far. Are there any other potential starting pitcher trade targets out there? I took a quick look at some team rotations and player contract info to try to identify others. Here are a few that would fit within the Sox budget constraints, at least as we currently understand them:
Colby Lewis - He's making $3.25M in 2012, then FA in 2013. Rangers seem to have a surplus of SP's, plus Oswalt is apparently very interesting in joining the Rangers. I'm not a huge Lewis fan, but he was great in 2010, and he was much better on the road than at home in 2011. Then again, TEX probably would rather keep Lewis for $3.25M than pay Oswalt ~$8M. Also, I doubt the prospects we'd be willing to give for Lewis would be enough to make it worthwhile for TEX.
Brandon McCarthy - I dont think the A's are likely to move him before the season, considering that they've already traded Cahill and Gonzalez, but you never know with Billy Beane. McCarthy is $4.275M this season, then a FA in 2013. Beane would surely charge a steep price for McCarthy, but if there are a couple of Sox prospects that he particularly likes, I could imagine this happening.
Scott Baker - I love Baker, probably mainly because I picked him up on my fantasy team last year. Baker is financially in a very similar situation to Floyd ($6.5M in 2012, last year of a 4 yr, $15.5M contract, club option for 2013), and I have to think his trade value is also probably very close to Floyd. The problem is probably the Twins willingness to trade him, since I'm sure the Twins see themselves as potential contenders in a weak division (moreso before the Fielder signing though). Baker is probably more likely to be dealt at the deadline, if the Twins are out of contention.
R.A. Dickey - Knuckleballers have a fairly recent history of success at Fenway, and Dickey has been very effective the past 2 years. Dickey will make $4.25M in 2012, with a $3.9M hit to the luxury tax cap, and he has a $5M club option for 2013. My question would be, is Dickey good enough to slot in as our #4 starter?
Any other sleeper candidates out there?