The Yankees and Tampa Bay have scouts in town for the Dodgers series, wanting to get another look at left-handed closer Brian Fuentes. During the weekend, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit, Arizona and the Angels all had scouts checking out Fuentes. So far, no concrete offers have been made. There were online reports of a Rockies-Phillies deal that would have sent Fuentes and left fielder Matt Holliday to the Phillies that fell through; however, sources close to both teams say that while the Phillies have interest in both players no offer was made by either team. (Rocky Mountain News) Comment
The Yankees and Mariners have begun trade discussions that could land lefthanded pitcher Jarrod Washburn in the Bronx, if the finances can be worked out. There is hope for a deal. But the talks could still be derailed by attempts to include some other big contracts in any potential trade. The Yankees are believed to want to send disappointing lefthander Kei Igawa to Seattle to offset Washburn's contract. Meanwhile, the Mariners could counter by asking that almost-as-disappointing designated hitter Jose Vidro be sent to New York along with Washburn. (SI.com) Comment
During last week's All-Star break, the source said, Hal Steinbrenner instructed Yankees GM Brian Cashman to make whatever moves were necessary before the deadline, even if it meant dealing some of the organization's highly touted prospects. It is unlikely the Yankees would deal Phil Hughes, since the commissioner must approve any deal that includes a player on the disabled list and the team still believes he will be a top-level pitcher once he gets past his injury issues. Reliever Mark Melancon is the only true untouchable among the other prospects, leaving plenty of players up for grabs in the right deal. The Yankees are focused on two areas: adding a righthanded bat and a starting pitcher, with several targets already on their radar. Pittsburgh's Jason Bay and Xavier Nady are the top two outfield bats on the market. The Yankees have discussed starting pitchers such as Seattle's Jarrod Washburn, Cincinnati's Bronson Arroyo and Toronto's A.J. Burnett. The Bombers also are in the market for a lefthanded reliever, with Pittsburgh's Damaso Marte and Colorado's Brian Fuentes among the potential targets. (New York Daily News) Comment
The A's continue to talk with the Pirates about left fielder Jason Bay, but a trade remains unlikely - the Pirates want more than the A's are willing to give. The A's are trying to build a long-term contender as they prepare for the opening of their new ballpark in 2012. Acquiring Bay for the rest of this season and next season would do little to help them accomplish that goal. (Fox Sports) Comment
Major league baseball's trade deadline is eight days away, and the Twins have been looking for and talking about ways to improve their club. There is one sensitive concern for the front office, however, and that's whether a deal could disrupt the cohesiveness of a club that surprisingly has remained in contention midway through the season. (St. Paul Pioneer Press) Comment
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