July 09, 2008
Trade Talk
July 9, 2008
Mets looking to add corner outfielder
Over the past seven weeks, the Mets have been plotting that they need to add a corner outfielder. The player they would want most is Xavier Nady, but Pittsburgh only will move him for the kind of significant return the Mets are unwilling to surrender. The Mets have let some teams know that they would be willing to assume some money on a contract if that would lower the prospect price. I reported recently that they like Seattle's Raul Ibanez and I would suspect that San Francisco's Randy Winn also fits the category. (New York Post)
Twins talking about Beltre
While the Twins don't have a pressing need heading into the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, they do view shortstop and third base as two positions where they could benefit by adding a proven veteran. They have had internal discussions about Seattle third baseman Adrian Beltre, but there are no indications those talks have extended to the Mariners. (Star Tribune)
Arizona considering Bonds
With the Diamondbacks looking for help against left-handed pitchers, one name that has come up is Barry Bonds. "He and maybe a couple of others are sort of sitting out there," said Arizona GM Josh Byrnes said. "I think it's a bit of assessing any players' readiness, then knocking somebody out of the lineup, dollars, etc. I don't want to talk about him specifically, but, believe me, we've considered a lot of options." (Arizona Republic)
Braves finding tough trade market
As the Braves continue to look for a power-hitting outfielder, they are finding teams are requesting a greater return value than expected. Likewise, as they continue to evaluate a potential market for Mark Teixeira, they're finding teams aren't currently looking to bid too much for his two months of service. If the Braves do fall out of contention and opt to move the free-agent-to-be, they'll certainly be looking for the return to be better than the current market indicates. As for possibly acquiring Pittsburg's Jason Bay, the Braves would likely have to include another Major League-ready player like Brandon Jones, who is targeted to play left field next year if another outfielder isn't acquired. (MLB.com)
Rockies star on Angels' list
Matt Holliday is on the Angels' list of targets should they get serious about pursuing a bat -- he's more attractive than a guy like Mark Teixeira because he is signed through 2009 -- but because of Kelvim Escobar's injury, the Angels don't have enough organizational pitching depth to absorb the loss of a guy like Ervin Santana, Joe Saunders or Jose Arredondo, players the Rockies would surely target in any trade for Holliday.(Los Angeles Times)
Marlins in market for reliever
With the bullpen's inconsistency an increasing source of frustration internally, the Marlins are looking for relief help but rejected overtures from unsigned ex-Marlins closer Antonio Alfonseca. Florida will need to add a potential closer for next season unless Kevin Gregg (who will be arbitration-eligible) pitches like an All-Star in the second half or Matt Lindstrom improves dramatically. Unfortunately, the Marlins don't have any minor-league prospects who project as a big-league closer, said Jim Fleming, the team's vice president/player development and scouting. (Miami Herald)
Phillies looking for pitching
The Phillies still think they can add pitching help before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. The Phillies were aggressive in their pursuit of CC Sabathia, but they did not have the young power hitter the Cleveland Indians required in the deal. They had some interest in Rich Harden but were much more focused on Sabathia because the Phillies considered him the only A-list pitcher available. Now the Phillies have to comb the B list, which could include Seattle Mariners lefthander Erik Bedard and Toronto Blue Jays righthander A.J. Burnett. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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