Trade Talk

Trade Talk
July 22, 2008
Rockies want Buchholz for Fuentes
Baseball's non-waiver trading deadline is a little more than a week away, and while the Red Sox' needs may be obvious, the solutions are not. The bullpen is seen as an obvious weakness. Collectively, Red Sox relievers have lost more games than they did last season - and more than a third of the schedule remains. The Sox are one of many teams intrigued with Colorado closer Brian Fuentes, but the Rockies have asked for Clay Buchholz in return - far too steep a price for a two-month rental. Fuentes can become a free agent at the end of the season. However, the trade market doesn't offer much in the way of answers. "The asking price (for quality relievers) is sky-high right now," said general manager Theo Epstein. "It just doesn't make sense." Other lefties said to be available include Pittsburgh's Damaso Marte and Kansas City's Ron Mahay. (Providence Journal)
Contenders looking for relievers
Add the Marlins to the list of teams pursuing Brian Fuentes, the Rockies' left-handed closer. The Marlins, who are far more focused on acquiring bullpen help than adding a veteran catcher, are expressing interest in all of the top available relievers, according to major-league sources. Rival teams continue to say that the Rockies' price is high for Fuentes, who will be a free agent at the end of the season. The Rockies counter that Fuentes is a three-time All-Star who is on a roll. The Rays, Cardinals, Phillies, Red Sox, Mets and Yankees are among the other clubs that have shown interest in Fuentes. The Orioles want closer value for George Sherrill, who is not a free agent until after the 2011 season. The Cardinals, who lead the majors with 23 blown saves, have a greater need for Sherrill, but the Angels remain perhaps the best fit because of their depth at shortstop - a position of dire need for the Orioles. (Fox Sports)
With Holliday pricey, Mets look to Texas
With the price for Matt Holliday likely to include Carlos Beltran, the Mets have begun looking elsewhere for an outfield bat. New York had a scout at last night's White Sox-Rangers game to watch Texas. The Rangers likely would move outfielder Marlon Byrd but are unlikely to deal Milton Bradley. The Mets also might be checking out available Texas bullpen arms and could be interested in available starting pitcher Vicente Padilla, but Padilla wasn't pitching last night, so the scout wasn't there to look at him. (Newark Star-Ledger)
Braves trading Teixeira to Angels?
With baseball's trade deadline in 10 days, one rumor has Los Angeles Angels utility player Robb Quinlan and minor league third baseman Brandon Wood headed to Atlanta for slugger Mark Teixeira, who can become a free agent at season's end. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)
More moves in store for Giants
Giants general manager Brian Sabean should have some money to spend this winter, but on whom? There will be some good hitters available, including Aaron Rowand's good friend from the White Sox, third baseman Joe Crede, and Atlanta first baseman Mark Teixeira - but this winter's free-agent class is not going to be a grand bazaar of offensive production. Moreover, the Giants' play during a just-completed 1-8 stretch against three playoff-caliber teams, the Mets, Cubs and Brewers, drove home the point that they need much more than one big hitter to become a good team. Other experienced players could be moved by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline (or even afterward in waiver deals). Rich Aurilia could be attractive to a contending team that needs a versatile right-handed hitter off the bench. Tyler Walker would be a nice fit for a team that needs help bridging its starter and closer. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Dodgers pass on Crosby, Beltre
With the non-waiver trade deadline 10 days away, General Manager Ned Colletti said the Dodgers could enter the market for a third baseman if they're unable to land a shortstop. The Dodgers don't appear to be interested in Oakland shortstop Bobby Crosby or Seattle third baseman Adrian Beltre. (Los Angeles Times)
Red Sox ramping up interest in Marte
One Pittsburgh Pirates team source said Boston's interest in reliever Damaso Marte has heightened. The Red Sox are one of nearly a dozen teams to have inquired. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
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