Trade deadline updates: Bedard to Red Sox, Ludwick to Pirates
The Padres say the draft picks they can receive if Heath Bell leaves as a free-agent after the season were more appearling than the offers they got for their All-Star closer.
Erik Bedard has been traded to the Red Sox.
Ludwick has been traded to the Pirates for a player to be named later.
The Pirates are closing in on a deal for Padres outfielder Ryan Ludwick.
San Diego's Ryan Ludwick will go to Cleveland or Pittsburgh. We should have a decision soon.
The Phillies seem to be in on Heath Bell now.
The Astros are telling teams they don't want to pay down Wandy Rodriguez's contract, which has $39 million left on it, so it's hard to see him going anywhere now.
The Texas Rangesr have acquired reliever Mike Adams from the San Diego Padres.
With $39 million left on his contract, the Astros' Wandy Rodriguez would pass through waivers so there's no rush for the Yankees to make a deal for him before today's non-waiver deadline.
The Giants are still looking to find a catcher and a leadoff man. They tried to get Michael Bourn from Houston before the Astros sent him to the Braves Sunday morning. San Francisco would do well to end up with Jose Molina.
If they don't get Heath Bell, Oakland's Andrew Bailey is the Rangers' fallback choice but the price of the A's closer is very high and Texas is protective of its prospects.
The Blue Jays are showing interest in Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta even though Toronto would seem to have decent catching already with 25-year-old rookie J.P. Arencibia, who has 17 home runs this year despite a .221 average.
The Yankees would need the Astros to pay a significant portion of the $39 million remaining on Wandy Rodriguez's contract
The Yankees are cool on Heath Bell at this point. They were thinking of taking him and spinning him off elsewhere but with the deadline rapidly approaching there's little time for that at this point.
The Boston Red Sox are looking for relievers since they're not finding the starting pitching market very good. However, there's not a great chance that they will get involved hard with San Diego's All-Star closer Heath Bell.
The Yankees don't like Wandy Rodriguez's contract or necessarily his pitching, but they know they need to do something. Rodriguez is due to make $23 million the next two years and his $13 million club option for 2014 becomes a player option if he's traded. He is 7-7 with a 3.47 ERA this season.
• The Red Sox, Cardinals and one other team are eyeing Erik Bedard, the Mariners lefty who gave up five runs in 1 1/3 innings on Friday night in his first start in a month.