Trade Talk
July 24, 2008
Steinbrenner puts Bonds back on table
Barry Bonds in pinstripes? If nothing else, the New York Yankees plan to talk about it. Yankees officials gathered for high-level meetings at their spring training complex Thursday, a day off for the team before it begins an important three-game series at Boston. Co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner acknowledged he'd mention Bonds, the indicted home run king who became a free agent when the San Francisco Giants did not bring him back. Missing injured sluggers Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada, the Yankees plan to consider ways to improve the team for the stretch run before next Thursday's trade deadline. They've already added first baseman Richie Sexson, who was released by the Seattle Mariners. (AP)
Brewer's not interested in Sherrill
Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin said he has not engaged the Orioles in trade talks for George Sherrill and said he didn't think that would change. Baltimore is looking for a shortstop in a deal for Sherrill and the Brewers aren't going to trade J.J. Hardy or shortstop prospect Alcides Escobar, according to Melvin. "Certain positions are hard to find, and shortstop is one of them," said Melvin. "We've got a good one in the big leagues and a good, young one in the minor leagues. Unless (the Orioles) change their mind, I don't see anything happening." (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
Jays shopping Halladay?
The whispers just won't go away. Roy Halladay is apparently unhappy in Toronto and has let management know it, and management has apparently responded by doing some quiet surveying of teams (such as St. Louis and the Dodgers) that are far, far away from the AL East in an effort to see what it could get for the 2003 Cy Young Award winner. Apparently, the returns other teams are getting for top-talent pitchers such as C.C. Sabathia, Rich Harden and Erik Bedard has inspired the Blue Jays to at least find out what it could get for one of the best pitchers in the American League. (Newark Star-Ledger)
Rockies interested in Arroyo
Looking to add instead of subtract, the Rockies have shown interest in Cincinnati right-handed pitcher Bronson Arroyo to fill the vacancy in the rotation. A key factor is that the multiyear contract Arroyo originally signed with the Reds is backloaded, and he is guaranteed $23 million during the next two seasons. The Reds have indicated a willingness to pick up part of the salary if the teams could agree on the personnel. (Rocky Mountain News)
Do secretive Braves want to deal Teixeira?
The secretive Braves aren't saying whether they're buyers or sellers. But people around baseball wouldn't be surprised in the least if there was a deal just before the deadline involving star first baseman Mark Teixeira. The Braves are apparently trying to gauge their chances to contend now, and that's understandable since they're in the unimposing NL East. Even so, their chances don't look so hot from here, at seven games out and in fourth place. With all the injury problems they've had (is Mike Hampton ever coming back?), most baseball people ultimately believe reality will set in and Teixeira will be moved. (
Will Washburn veto Yankees deal?
If the Yankees can get Jarrod Washburn and get rid of Kei Igawa at the same time, that would be a double coup for them. But the finances may be trickier than first thought to pull of such a deal. And Washburn has a limited no-trade clause and can veto a deal to the Yankees barring an extension, which is another complication. (
Orioles consider dealing closer
While talk of a trade involving Mariners pitcher Erik Bedard has dissipated with each of Bedard's aches and pains, one of the players traded in the Bedard deal, Orioles closer George Sherrill, could still be dealt. The Marlins, Dodgers, Cardinals, Phillies and Brewers were among teams scouting the Orioles game on Tuesday night. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the Cardinals were interested, and the Baltimore Sun reported interest from the Brewers in Sherrill, one of the All-Star heroes who's done a nice job in Baltimore (29 of 35 in saves, 3.89 ERA). Sherrill is known for having decent stuff but exceptional guts. (
Yankees in market for catcher
Word as of Wednesday afternoon was that the Yankees were looking everywhere for a catcher. Worried that Jose Molina might not be built to hold up the rest of the way as an everyday starter, they have checked in on a number of possibilities, including Texas' Gerald Laird, Washington's Paul Lo Duca, Kansas City's Miguel Olivo and Toronto's Rod Barajas. (Newark Star-Ledger)
Mets checking out relievers
The Mets don't have the Yankees' need for a lefty reliever, but many of the names coming up from their end are left-handers. They checked in on Seattle's Arthur Rhodes, but the sense Wednesday was that he was bound for the Marlins. They have continued to keep tabs on Pittsburgh's in-demand Damaso Marte, and the scout they had at Monday night's Rangers-White Sox game was there (at least in part) to look at Rangers reliever Eddie Guardado. (Newark Star-Ledger)
Pirates lower asking price for Nady
The word is that the asking price for Pirates outfielder Xavier Nady has "loosened'' a tad, and that Pittsburgh seems more interested than before in trading him. The Pirates were said a couple weeks ago by the New York Post to be seeking "two top prospects'' for Nady, who's having a big year (12 HRs, 56 RBIs, .327), but that seems to have come down a tad. The Rays, Yankees, Mets, Phillies, Diamondbacks and Cardinals are among the teams to have inquired about one or more of the Pirates' star outfielders. Several teams are seeking a righthanded bat, making Jason Bay and Nady especially desirable. (
Would Kotchman-Teixeira deal fly?
Arte Moreno has made this principle clear: Under his ownership, the Angels will not trade top prospects for rental players. But what if the Angels could obtain a rental player by trading a major leaguer, not a top prospect? If Atlanta decides to trade first baseman Mark Teixeira, the Angels could offer first baseman Casey Kotchman and lower-level prospects. In the unlikely event the Braves would not get a better offer and would consider such a bid preferable to collecting two draft picks for Teixeira in free agency, the Angels could add a big bat by trading from the major league roster, without creating a hole at another position or in the minors. But Teixeira is expected to seek a nine-figure contract in free agency rather than sign an extension with a team that might trade for him. And, for now, the Angels are not interested in trading Kotchman, 24. The Braves have not conceded the season and have told other clubs, including the Angels, that Teixeira is not available right now. (Los Angeles Times)

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