Trade Talk
July 16, 2008
Halladay not on the market
Blue Jays president Paul Godfrey says Roy Halladay is the Toronto Blue Jays' Derek Jeter. In other words, he won't let him go without a fight. Halladay, who pitched the fourth inning of the All-Star Game, on Monday expressed a growing sense of frustration with the organization's inability to get over the hump and win the American League East Division. Coupled with that was a concern about the possible direction of the team, which could be poised for a major front-office overhaul. The Blue Jays can be expected to try and hammer out an extension with Halladay during the winter - a contract that because of its size and scope would likely require the general manager and club president to be involved intimately in discussions. (Globe and Mail)
Yankees considering Bonds?
Hideki Matsui's left knee swelled, increasing the possibility he will need season-ending surgery and perhaps giving the New York Yankees reason to contemplate signing Barry Bonds. General manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that Matsui was running out of options to rehabilitate his knee, which has sidelined him since June 22 and kept him from playing the outfield since June 15. (AP)
Why Rangers won't trade Bradley
An AL official said the rise in prominence of Texas president Nolan Ryan has affected the switch-hitting Milton Bradley's availability. According to this official, Rangers GM Jon Daniels still is under the belief Texas should be in rebuilding mode and should translate a low-cost-gamble-turned-good such as Bradley into more long-term pieces. But the Rangers are four games over .500, six out of the wild card and have several injured pitchers ready to return, and because of all of that Ryan does not want to concede the 2008 season.(New York Post)
Marlins sought Pudge trade
Florida asked the Tigers about ex-Marlin Pudge Rodriguez, an impending free agent, but Detroit said he's not available. That could change if the Tigers fall out of contention. (Miami Herald)
Pirates may lower trade demands
Pittsburgh is demanding a big package: two premium prospects and a second-level prospect for Jason Bay and two premium prospects for Xavier Nady. So far, no one is biting and Pittsburgh is not blinking. An executive from an interested team said, "I guarantee if the prices do not change, the Pirates are going to wake up on Aug. 1 with both players." rival executives also anticipate the Pirates want to get top prospect Andrew McCutchen up this season, and if both Bay and Nady are around that becomes more difficult. McCutchen and All-Star Nate McLouth will be the cornerstones of the outfield of what the Pirates hope is a contender of the future, and rival GMs expect that Pittsburgh will want to add more pieces to that groundwork as soon as possible by moving Bay and Nady. Therefore, there is still a belief the prices will drop. (New York Post)
Angels take Rivera off market
Anaheim had signaled an on-again, off-again desire to move Juan Rivera. But now that Rivera has gotten hot by hitting .355 with three homers in his past 10 games to raise his season average from .164 to .233, the Angels are telling teams Rivera is not available. Too bad for the Mets, who were focusing on a player GM Omar Minaya has acquired in the past as Montreal's GM. (New York Post)
Rockies shopping Holliday for Beltran?'s Jon Heyman reports that Colorado general manager Dan O'Dowd is said by other GMs to be quietly asking around about potential trades for Matt Holliday, an All-Star and one of baseball's best hitters. It is believed that a first attempt with the Mets went nowhere when Rockies people were told that center fielder Carlos Beltran was off limits. A trade that would have sent Holliday, center fielder Willy Taveras and perhaps others to New York for Beltran and star outfield prospect Fernando Martinez appeared to have been floated. (
Phillies looking at Blanton
The Phillies optioned starter Brett Myers to triple-A Lehigh Valley last month after he went 3-9 with a 5.84 ERA in 17 starts. He has made two starts for the IronPigs and one start for double-A Reading as the Phillies try to turn around Myers' season and upgrade a rotation that needs a boost. A source said the Phillies were taking a look at Oakland righthander Joe Blanton, who is 5-12 with a 4.96 ERA in 20 starts after he went 42-34 with a 4.09 ERA in his previous three seasons with the A's. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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