Trade Talk
July 11, 2008
 
Interest high in Maddux, other Padres
San Diego general manager Kevin Towers said Friday morning that he's received substantial interest in players who will be free agents following the season: pitchers Randy Wolf, Greg Maddux and first baseman Tony Clark. Towers indicated that he had a discussion earlier this week with Maddux -- who has a no-trade clause -- to inform him of what teams have expressed interested so far. Towers said Maddux would consider his options (waiving the no-trade clause or staying put) over the All-Star break. Wolf, a left-handed, is receiving interest as well but has said he wouldn't mind staying in San Diego. As for Clark, who could get moved in the next few days, Arizona might be a nice fit for him. (MLB.com)
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Desperate Yankees looking at Sexson
The Yankee problems against lefty pitching are so dire that they will meet in the next day or so to determine whether to make a play for Richie Sexson, Hardball has learned. Sexson was released Thursday by the Mariners and will clear waivers on Saturday and anyone could have the plummeting slugger for as little as the pro-rated minimum -- which is less than $200,000 for the rest of the season. Sexson was dreadful last year and even worse this season, hitting just .218 with 11 homers and 30 RBIs, which moved the Mariners to just release him even though they still owe him about half of the $14 million he is making this season in the final year of his contract. (New York Post)
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Four players join DL, alter trade market
No major trades went down Thursday, but the landscape of the midsummer trade market shifted slightly. The 15-day disabled list claimed four players -- Dustin McGowan and Vernon Wells of the Blue Jays, Erik Bedard of the Mariners and Mark Mulder of the Cardinals -- prompting a chain reaction in front offices from Toronto to Seattle. The Blue Jays have been insisting they aren't sellers, but after losing Wells and McGowan, it won't surprise other teams if general manager J.P. Ricciardi decides to start seriously considering inquiries regarding A.J. Burnett. The timing of Bedard's injury makes it uncertain whether the left-hander will get enough innings to demonstrate his soundness to interested teams before the deadline to make trades without going through waivers passes. (MLB.com)
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Royals likely holding on to Guillen
There was a report that the Royals had inquiries about slugger Jose Guillen after his latest flap, a clubhouse run-in with pitching coach Bob McClure. The Royals, per club policy, aren't saying anything about trade reports. However there is no indication they want to trade Guillen who, after a slow start, has been giving them the middle-of-the-lineup bang they bargained for when they signed him to a three-year, $36-million deal. The Royals like his production although they'd like fewer rants and incidents. The club will talk trade about almost anyone but Guillen isn't likely going anywhere this July. (MLB.com)
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D'backs won't chase Bonds, Bradley
After internal discussions, the Diamondbacks have opted against pursuing Barry Bonds to aid a flagging offense, team sources indicated Wednesday. Nor are they interested in Texas DH/outfielder Milton Bradley, contrary to a radio report Wednesday. General manager Josh Byrnes did not specifically address Bonds or possible alternatives, but did say that while any moves before the July 31 nonwaiver trading deadline would likely involve offense, they would be more likely to come via trade. (East Valley Tribune)
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Teams lining up for Rockies closer
With the market for starters thin, there's growing buzz that Rockies closer Brian Fuentes will be the next pitcher traded this month. Sitting in the visitors dugout Wednesday at Miller Park, general manager Dan O'Dowd said there was nothing brewing, if you will, at the moment. Tampa Bay has been the most aggressive team pursuing Fuentes, followed by the Yankees, Mets, Cardinals and Marlins. O'Dowd is working from a position of leverage. "We just have to let this play out," he said. "There's still a chance we might not do anything." That's unlikely for several reasons. Fuentes is arguably the most attractive and versatile reliever available ? he can close, set up or work exclusively against lefties. Also, Manuel Corpas has finally steered back on track, rediscovering his slider to complement a nasty sinker. (Denver Post)
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Phillies-Jays trade brewing?
With the Phillies still actively looking to upgrade their pitching rotation, one name that has bubbled to the surface as a possible acquisition is Blue Jays righthander A.J. Burnett. Toronto's director of player personnel Tony Lacava recently spent a couple of days at Double A Reading scouting various prospects. The Blue Jays are known to have interest in acquiring a shortstop, and Phillies prospect Jason Donald has drawn some interest from teams around the league. Catcher Lou Marson and outfielder Greg Golson are two other players who interest the Blue Jays, although the Phillies are reluctant to give up Marson, who could fill a need in the big leagues sometime in the near future. (Philadelphia Daily News)
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D'backs, Cards lead Jason Bay derby
With the Phillies still actively looking to upgrade their pitching rotation, one name that has bubbled to the surface as a possible acquisition is Blue Jays righthander A.J. Burnett. Toronto's director of player personnel Tony Lacava recently spent a couple of days at Double A Reading scouting various prospects. The Blue Jays are known to have interest in acquiring a shortstop, and Phillies prospect Jason Donald has drawn some interest from teams around the league. Catcher Lou Marson and outfielder Greg Golson are two other players who interest the Blue Jays, although the Phillies are reluctant to give up Marson, who could fill a need in the big leagues sometime in the near future. (Jon Heyman, SI.com)
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