July 30, 2010

• The Yankees acquired Indians outfielder Austin Kearns, sources in Toronto tell SI.com. Kearns was pulled from the game with the Blue Jays for that reason.

The Indians are expected to receive one or two middling prospects.

• The Yankees and Astros are basically in agreement on a deal for Lance Berkman but will wait until Saturday to make it official. Berkman waived his no-trade clause but has 24 hours to rescind that decision, so the announcement has to wait.

The Yankees are believed to be sending Triple-A reliever Mark Melancon and Class-A infielder Jimmy Paredes to Houston.

• The Mets were shopping Oliver Perez today. It's expected to be an uphill battle -- 0-4, 6.15 ERA -- but they seem determined to find him a new home.

• The Rangers have a trade in place to get Cristian Guzman from the Nationals but because he's 10-and-5 guy (10 years in the major leagues and the last five with the same team) he has 24 hours to decide whether to accept the trade to Texas.

UPDATE: Guzman has accepted the trade. The Nationals are getting a pair of Double-A pitchers, Tanner Roark and Ryan Tatusko.

• The Padres are talking to the Pirates about pitcher Paul Maholm. San Diego has excellent pitching but is interested in adding one more starting pitcher.

• The Phillies are said to be done dealing, so it appears Jayson Werth will stay in Philadelphia. With fellow outfielder Shane Victorino now on the disabled list, a Werth trade became impractical anyway.

• The White Sox wouldn't mind getting the Nationals' Adam Dunn without giving up Edwin Jackson, whom they acquired from the Diamondbacks on Friday. But some executives think they ultimately may have to give up Jackson to get Dunn. The White Sox want to upgrade and add a hitter.

• The Dodgers are interested in Ted Lilly. But they seek to have the Cubs pay the $4 million or so left on his contract for the year.

• The White Sox have acquired Edwin Jackson from the Diamondbacks for pitching prospects Daniel Hudson and David Holmberg. The conventional wisdom has been that the White Sox would flip Jackson for Adam Dunn of the Nationals, who have long sought Jackson. But it appears the White Sox may keep Jackson. The White Sox have strong pitching but lost Jake Peavy to injury for the year so they appear to want to maintain their strength.

• The Diamondbacks expect things might heat up for first baseman Adam LaRoche once fellow first baseman Adam Dunn is traded. The White Sox and others view LaRoche as a fallback candidate.

• The White Sox have inquired about the Astros' Brett Myers. Houston has told some teams it doesn't want to trade Myers, who is 8-6 with a 3.10 ERA in his first year there. But the White Sox are being very aggressive. They want a hitter (Adam Dunn?) and a starting pitcher.

• Teams have the impression Cleveland would have to be overwhelmed to trade starter Fausto Carmona, which is understandable considering he has a team-favorable contract with three team options. The expectation is that fellow Indians starter Jake Westbrook could clear waivers and be traded after the July 31 deadline. He also has an "assignment bonus" where he's paid $2 million in the event of a trade. Indians closer Kerry Wood, who's expected back soon, also could be a post-July 31 trade candidate.

• The Mets have been in talks with Kansas City but there's nothing overly promising right now. They have talked about Jeff Francoeur for either Jose Guillen or Kyle Farnsworth. But they are concerned about bringing in Guillen as a bench player. He has had some attitude questions. Farnsworth is probably a more realistic possibility, but they know he wasn't great in New York with the Yankees. The Mets passed on Roy Oswalt when the Astros asked for either Ike Davis or Jon Niese. Mets people love Niese and wonder how much better Niese will be over the next few years. There was also the question of money.

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