Brewers general manager Doug Melvin laughed Monday when asked if his team really was the leader in the C.C. Sabathia Sweepstakes. "Just the same old rumors," Melvin said. ESPN's Buster Olney has ranked the Brewers first among the teams most likely to trade for Cleveland's big lefty, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner. Olney cited other team sources and noted that the Brewers have the motivation to make such a move and the prospects to land a big fish such as Sabathia. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) Comment
To help bolster the bullpen, the Marlins are exploring options for a veteran reliever, specifically a right-hander since the team has an effective lefty in Renyel Pinto. Possible righty relievers include guys like David Weathers, Chad Bradford, LaTroy Hawkins, and Mike MacDougal. A veteran catcher also is on the team's radar. However, there are indications the Marlins are not serious about pursuing Paul Lo Duca, a Marlin in 2004-05, who is now with Washington. The Marlins have Minor League prospects that could be appealing to other clubs. (MLB.com) Comment
Several clubs with scouts following the Rockies say indications they have been given are Colorado will decide at the All-Star break whether to deal players.The Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, Phillies, Rays, Cubs and Cardinals are known to have interest in left-handed reliever Brian Fuentes. An Oakland source says Fuentes is not on the Athletics' wish list, but they would kick the tires on Matt Holliday but more likely would be involved in discussions for Willy Taveras. Holliday has also has drawn interest from St. Louis, Tampa Bay, the Angels, Dodgers and Kansas City. (Rocky Mountain News) Comment
You can never have enough and all indications are that the Red Sox are looking at several ways to improve their depth before July 31. A reliever is on the front-burner, especially with Hideki Okajima performing way below what he did a year ago. And even though the Red Sox are so loaded in the rotation -- so much so that Clay Buchholz is stuck at Pawtucket -- don't rule out Boston being heavily involved in potential sweepstakes regarding C.C. Sabathia, Roy Oswalt, and Rich Harden. (MLB.com) Comment
Freddy Garcia will likely throw for scouts between July 20 and 24, according to his agent, Peter Greenberg. Garcia is currently working out in Miami and throwing off a mound at about 80% intensity, as he continues rehabilitating from shoulder surgery. The late-July timetable is intriguing, since baseball's non-waiver trade deadline is July 31 and Garcia figures to be an option for those teams - such as the Tigers - who would like to upgrade their starting rotation without trading away a top prospect. Greenberg said "more than a dozen teams" have shown interest. Detroit is one of the most interested parties. (The Detroit Free Press) Comment
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