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Well, I’ve been struggling to keep up with the rumors lately, but thankfully, guest blogger Derrek Wonderland is on top of things. Here’s his Trade Deadline Rumor Roundup!
Mark Teixeira Update: Most sources are reporting that the Braves are still the front-runners to land slugging 1B Mark Teixeira. The centerpiece of their proposed deal is C/1B Jarrod Saltalamacchia, but they would also include a pitcher (either Matt Harrison, Kyle Davies, or Jo-Jo Reyes), and an infielder, either 18 year old phenom Elvis Andrus or Brent Lillibridge. The Braves are asking for a left-handed reliever to be included in the deal, either CJ Wilson or Ron Mahay.
The Angels are also believed to be in the running with their offer of young 1B Casey Kotchman and a couple of other pitchers, probably Ervin Santana and Joe Saunders. The Dodgers and Diamondbacks are said to be interested and both teams have enough young prospects to be a serious player in the Teixeira sweepstakes.
All indications are that the Rangers will wait as long as possible and drag this out right down to the wire.
Jermaine Dye: Dye’s name has been involved in trade talk all season, and with less than 2 days before the trade deadline, he is a central figure in many trade rumors. The Cubs, Mets, and Red Sox are all reported to have an interest in trading for the 2005 World Series MVP. The Cubs are undoubtedly concerned about the durability of LF Cliff Floyd and could possibly send OF Matt Murton back across town in return. The Mets OF has been banged up all season which makes them a player in the Dye talks, and the Red Sox want to add a bat because David Ortiz’s knee is an issue.
Dye is considered to be the most likely White Sox player to be traded before Tuesday’s 3pm deadline.
Octavio Dotel: Dotel is essentially the Royals only coveted trade piece and has been rumored in trades with several teams, including the Indians, Mets, Dodgers, Tigers, Red Sox, and Mariners.
Luis Castillo: Reports are surfacing that the Mets and Twins are in serious talks surrounding 2B Luis Castillo. The Twins had scouts at Shea stadium all weekend, but reportedly are not interested in any Mets on the current roster. So if a deal is done, it will most certainly involve prospects.
Joe Blanton: The Newark Star-Ledger is reporting that A’s pitcher Joe Blanton has been rumored in a trade with the Mets for OF Lastings Millege and another prospect, but the Mets aren’t able to trade Millege right now due to the injury issues of their OF.
I’ll check in with more updates over the next 29 hours but don’t expect a whole lot of analysis with them. Thanks again Derrek for your roundup. I’m sure all of our readers appreciate it as well.
Wow, I guess I picked the wrong time to work on turning this blog into it’s own site. The minute I neglect this place trades start happening and rumors begin to heat up. Anyway, as I’m sure you’ve all noticed I’ve been less than up to date recently and the reason is I’m working on YourSportsFix.com. Once it’s finished I’ll be moving this blog over there, however, apparently Joomla is much tougher than I thought. If any of you reading this happen to be web-designers or Joomla experts, please let me know. Seriously…
Anyway, speaking of catching up, the Cubs have been doing a bit of that themselves lately. Not only did they acquire catcher Jason Kendel but they (unlike my beloved Cardinals) have actually made a run in the NL Central standings. I’ve not jumped over to the Cubbie blogs nor have I visited the Brewers blogs on MLBlogs but I’d imagine Cubs fans are already trying to buy playoff tickets and Brewers fans are probably trying to figure out whether they can turn Ben Sheets’ trips to the DL into a drinking game.
Staying in the Windy City, the White Sox seem destined to trade at least one of their starters before the end of July if not more. Personally I’ve always been a fan of Garland but it sounds like it’s much more likely either Contreras or Vazquez or both will be packing their bags. Then of course there’s the suddenly unhappy Jermaine Dye as well as 2nd baseman Tadahito Iguchi that they’d like to unload.
I’ll try to keep up to date with things much more regularly as I think I’ve come to the end of my knowledge on getting YSF set up and the trade deadline is quickly approaching. If I missed this time of year, what would be the point of even HAVING this blog right? I love this game!
As many of you have already heard (sorry for the delay), the Chicago White Sox have signed left handed starter, Mark Buerhle to a 4 year $56 million contract extension. The deal reportedly includes a no trade clause for the first year and a million dollar per year increase as well as a 5th year should he be traded after the first year. Basically it looks like Buerhle was looking for stability. The White Sox would have been fools to allow the no trade portion to get in the way of this extension as the $14 million a year looks to be a bargain compared to last year’s insane spending.
By the way, that noise you hear is wailing from Cardinal fans who were certain Buerhle (a St. Louis native) would come home to pitch for the home team after this season. If the lefty is ever going to wear the birds on the bat across his chest it looks like it will have to wait at least another year (and even then only come via trade).
Guest Blogged by J.P. Maxwell
It is being reported that the extension between the White Sox and pitcher Mark Buehrle is all but dead. Reportedly, the two sides agreed in terms of the contract (4 yrs., $56 million), but the two sides could not agree on a no-trade clause. Buehrle apparently wanted a full no-trade clause, but the White Sox only wanted to give him a partial no-trade clause, at the most. With the partial, Buehrle would have had to name 6-10 teams the White Sox could trade him to without his consent. Any team not listed in that 6-10 would have to be approved by Buehrle waving the clause. So now what? It is believed that now Buehrle will definitely be moved before the July 31 trade deadline. It seems to be one extreme to another. First the White Sox want to trade Buehrle, then they want to sign him long term and build the team around him, in the end to just maybe trade him again. If it goes like it could, it seems all White Sox starting pitchers could be had for the right price. Buehrle and Contreras seem the two most likely to go.
Williams claims he wants to keep Vazquez and Garland, but then says he would trade them for the right price. So, who knows who to believe anymore? All I know is that this will create many many more good trade rumors and speculation. Any baseball fan has to love this time of the year.
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Update: There are rumors running around that Buerhle has resigned with the White Sox for 4 years at $50 million. To me that seems way too low to be true and so far it’s only 3rd hand information. I’ll work under the assumption that he’s not resigned until I find a more reliable source.
I’ve been writing the Rumor Mill for quite a while now and reading rumors for even longer but I can’t remember any situation ever being as crazy as the Mark Buerhle saga. He’s been on the trading block for weeks, several teams have been rumored to be front runners, the Red Sox jumped to the lead, then claimed Chicago had planted the rumors, Buehrle’s affinity for the Cardinals was rumored to be a sticking point with several teams (they were basically assured of getting a rental), and now it appears that Buerhle might not be going anywhere?!?
The Chicago Sun Times today reported that the White Sox and Buerhle have apparently had a change of heart and hope to get an extension done by the end of the week.
"The Boston Red Sox, who had jumped out as the clear favorite to acquire White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle during the weekend, have pulled out of the sweepstakes, according to one source. And not because the asking price of top minor-league prospects was too high or because they no longer coveted Buehrle’s services, but because Buehrle is no longer on the trading block for the time being."
The article goes on to say
The Sun-Times has learned that a change of heart in both the Buehrle and White Sox camps during the last 48 hours has led to talks about the sides somehow getting together and agreeing on a contract extension by the end of the week.
Now, call me a skeptic but I’ve always had a hard time believing stories that relied heavily on unnamed sources. **** I could sit here and tell you that a "source" from the Cardinals organization told me that they are bringing Big Mac out of retirement and trading for Roger Clemens and Randy Johnson. Of course that would be complete BS but hey, it’s from a source right?
I don’t see any reason Buerhle would sign with any team before testing the free agent market. With the kind of money that was thrown around last year, the offer would have be pretty compelling. Being a Cardinals fan I would like to think that the lefty still wants to play for his home town team and would do so at a considerable discount, however, when you’re talking about that kind of money, I think all bets are off.
There’s sure to be more news and twists in this suddenly entertaining soap opera, and I’ll try to keep you updated as best I can.
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