As they continue to gauge potential interest in Mark Teixeira, the Braves remain hopeful that teams will begin to show greater interest as the trade deadline approaches. Based on the responses they've received in the past couple of weeks, the Braves believe they may be better off keeping Teixeira for the remainder of the season and receiving compensation through the draft picks they'd gain if they were to lose him via free agency. With this being said, the Braves aren't actively shopping Teixeira yet. If they go 5-1 coming out of the All-Star break against the Nationals and Marlins, they could go to Philadelphia next week in good position to make a run at the currently front-running Phillies. (MLB.com) Comment
The latest has the Phils hoping San Francisco, an NL West pretender, will shop 23-year-old right-hander Matt Cain. Word is the Giants might part with Cain, who is 5-7 with a 4.06 ERA in 20 starts, if offered an intriguing package of young talent. Meantime, a Phillies source shot down continued rumors that they're hot for Toronto righty A.J. Burnett. The Phils apparently do have interest in acquiring lefty reliever John Grabow from Pittsburgh, which isn't asking for much in return. (phillyburbs.com) Comment
The Marlins are evaluating available veteran relievers and would be open to adding a quality arm before the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline. But though they would like a solution at catcher, they are not enamored with available options, especially offensively, and aren't optimistic about finding a clear upgrade to Matt Treanor. The Marlins have no interest in Washington's Paul Lo Duca and don't believe Colorado's Yorvit Torrealba is a big improvement over what they have. Cincinnati's David Ross (.203 in 2007, .262 in '08) is not viewed as more than a backup stopgap, and Florida likes what it has seen of recent call-up John Baker.(MIami Herald) Comment
Xavier Nady, a popular figure with his teammates, has been visibly bugged by the trade rumors involving his name in recent days. He knows that outfield is the Pirates' lone area of depth and that he is the most obvious choice to go. He also knows that Scott Boras, his agent, always advises his clients to try free agency, and that time will come for Nady after next season. Partly because of that, the Pirates never have approached him about a contract extension. "I've enjoyed it here. I really have," Nady said. "I enjoy this group of guys and these coaches. You spend eight or nine hours a day with the same people, it's important to enjoy that, and I do. I'd love to stay here a long time. I enjoy being part of the Pirates. But I also know there's nothing I can do about that." (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Comment
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