July 08, 2008
Trade Talk
July 8, 2008
Bedard talks trade on Philly radio
Erik Bedard went on Philadelphia radio with the local ESPN affiliate yesterday, as rumors continue to swirl about the Phillies now itching to land him in a deal. He didn't openly welcome a trade to Philadelphia, saying all the politically correct things. Then again, he didn't exactly turn it down either. Bedard usually puts total effort into steering as far clear of the media as he possibly can. He turned down the entire Toronto press corps during a visit to that city last month. Now, he's granting a radio interview in the city rumored to be his hottest landing point in a trade? I don't think it would be unfair for some to speculate that he may be greasing the skids for a deal out of town.(Seattle Times)
Injury has Marlins looking for catcher
Matt Treanor suffered a lower abdominal strain on Monday night, creating a catching need for the Marlins. Treanor is expected to go on the DL on Tuesday. Even before Treanor's injury, the Marlins were eying veteran catching help. Names to watch are David Ross (Reds), Miguel Olivo (Royals) and Yorvit Torrealba (Rockies). Nationals veteran Paul Lo Duca doesn't appear to be in the mix. His throwing arm is an issue.(MLB.com)
Sabathia on board, Brewers look for more
As the Brewers' minor league prospects continue to evolve, club officials can continue picking and choosing among their players, using their surpluses to maximum advantage.The CC Sabathia trade might not be the Brewers' last before July 31 -- they have shown interest in the Giants' Jack Taschner, a left-handed reliever, and Ray Durham, a switch-hitter whom they would use off the bench.(FOX Sports)
Twins not looking to trade
With 23 days remaining before baseball's non-waiver trade deadline, the Twins don't expect to be sellers. But barring an injury, they're not desperate to buy, either. The Twins are 1.5 games out in the AL Central, and don't have a glaring need.(Star Tribune)
Red Sox interested in Teixeira
The Red Sox are among many clubs closely monitoring Mark Teixeira, who is approaching free agency and could be dealt this month unless Atlanta's fortunes take a dramatic turn for the better. The Sox' interest in the switch-hitting first baseman indicates some concern about the health of designated hitter David Ortiz, who has not played since the end of May because of a wrist injury.(Boston Herald)
Why Pirates won't trade Wilson
The Pirates expect to keep shortstop Jack Wilson beyond Major League Baseball's July 31 trading deadline, despite overtures from several teams in the past week. And he might stay a lot longer than that. The front office's thinking, as outlined by internal sources yesterday, is that Wilson is valuable to the Pirates not only because of his fine performance in the past year-plus but also because his departure would leave a gaping hole, as was painfully evident when he missed two months to injury this season. Top shortstop prospect Brian Bixler has recovered nicely with Class AAA Indianapolis after a rough debut in Pittsburgh this spring, but he is not of Wilson's pedigree. And no one else is on the horizon. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Yankees scouting Zambrano
Scott Kazmir is pitching at Yankee Stadium Tuesday night. Can Victor Zambrano be far behind? In their never-ending quest to find starting pitching, the Yankees plan to send a scout to watch the free-agent righty throw sometime this week, according to a source. Zambrano is infamous for being the pitcher the Mets got when they shipped highly touted prospect Kazmir to Tampa at the trading deadline in 2004. Zambrano, who went 10-14 over three seasons with the Mets, pitched for Toronto and Baltimore last season, but hasn't pitched in the majors this year. After being designated for assignment by Colorado at the end of spring training, Zambrano went 0-6 with a 9.45 ERA for the Rockies' Triple-A club.(New York Daily News)
Boston discussed adding Bonds
Peter Gammons said on Sunday night's Red Sox-Yankees game broadcast that the Red Sox have had "internal discussions" about Barry Bonds, but he considers a workout for the 43-year-old free agent unlikely. Red Sox pitcher and vocal Bonds critic Curt Schilling, who is out for the season, Monday morning on Boston sports radio station WEEI called the possibility of Bonds coming to Boston for the stretch run "three months of a PR nightmare." More from Schilling: "That would be an eye-opener for sure. I know Barry said in the past that he hates the city of Boston. I really don't know. I hadn't thought about that one, I didn't think that was on the radar." (Boston Globe)

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