There is a wrinkly in the Kerry Wood-to-the-Yankees deal. The Indians can get up to another half million dollars from the Yankees if wood stays healthy, which could make it $2 million that the Yankees would pay of the $3.6 million left on Wood's contract.
The Yankees will get Kerry Wood from the Indians, agreeing to pay about $1.5 million of the $3.6 million left on Woods' contract.
The Yankees are on the verge of acquiring Kerry Wood from the Indians.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are fielding offers for relief pitcher Aaron Heilman.
The New York Yankees are working to acquire reliever Kerry Wood from the Cleveland Indians.
The Nationals and White Sox still could do a deal involving Edwin Jackson, but the Nationals are asking for the White Sox to send a prospect or prospects with Jackson.
Sources indicate the Yankees will not be getting Manny Ramirez. They have already acquired Lance Berkman. They may have inquired earlier but they are certrainly not in now.
The Indians have agreed to a deal with the Cardinals that sends starting pitcher Jake Westbrook from Cleveland to St. Louis.
In exchange for Manny Ramirez, the Dodgers asked the White Sox for Dayan Viciedo, a 21-year-old infielder who was promoted to the big leagues last month.
The Cardinals are talking with the Padres about a deal involving St. Louis outfielder Ryan Ludwick.
The White Sox inquired about Manny Ramirez. The Dodgers have asked for decent prospects back so it is probably farfetched. Ramirez may be amenable to going to Chicago, though. Mannywood isn't what it was in Los Angeles and he's currently on the DL with a strained calf muscle, as well.
The Nationals asked the White Sox for either Gordon Beckham or Alexei Ramirez for Adam Dunn if the White Sox don't want to give up Edwin Jackson. The White Sox are unlikely to do that. So Jackson remains in a holding pattern.
Word is that Mets pitcher Oliver Perez will not accept a demotion to the minor leagues since he's done that once already this season.
The Cardinals are in serious talks with the Indians about pitcher Jake Westbrook. This deal could go past today, though, because Westbrook could clear waivers (the waiver trade deadline is August 31). Westbrook is making $11 million this year and has an "assignment'' bonus, so financial considerations still need to be worked out. The
In addition to the relief market, the Yankees are still looking at third base, as they want someone who can back up Alex Rodriguez.
The Dodgers and Cubs are still discussing a deal for Ted Lilly but have work to do. The Tigers and Twins have been mentioned as possibilities. The Mets haven't seemed enthused about Lilly, while the Yankees don't appear to be very focused on him, either. The Dodgers do not have money to spend, so the finances for any deal need to be worked out. Lilly still has $4 million to go on his contract this year.
The Marlins appear to be more buyers than sellers and are looking at the rough relief market. They've got five teams asking about outfielder
The Angels don't appear to be sellers, despite speculation. They have turned down requests for relievers Fernando Rodney and Brian Fuentes, indicating they are keeping their pieces. The Yankees are still looking to upgrade their bullpen. But like everyone else, they find the relief market dismal. Toronto has good relievers -- Scott Downs, Jason Frasor and Kevin Gregg -- but the teams have not found a match. The Blue Jays do not like to trade within their division.
The Mets offered a package of Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo to the Cubs for Carlos Zambrano, but the Cubs have not accepted. They may be more amenable to Perez-for-Zambrano straight up. The Mets turned down a request of Bobby Parnell and Josh Thole for Houston's Brett Myers. The Mets checked in on Colorado's Aaron Cook, but there isn't anything happening there right now.
The Diamondbacks have traded catcher Chris Snyder to the Pirates, pending the approval of the commissioner, and reliever Chad Qualls to the Rays. The Diamondbacks are sending money with Snyder, requiring approval. The Rays will pay Qualls' salary and send a player to be named later to Arizona.