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The All New Rumor Mill is Launched!

Well it’s been a long time coming but the all new Rumor Mill has been launched! Scoot on over to yoursportsfix.com/mlbrumormill to take a look at the new digs and even check out a Los Angeles Dodgers Rumor!

From now on all the mlb trade rumors and news items you’re used to finding here will be featured over on the new site. I will post over here on a fairly regular basis for a while with links to remind everyone where to find the most up-to-date news and notes from around the league. It’s been fun being a part of the MLBlogs community but it just doesn’t offer the flexibility and options I was needing.

Thanks and I’ll see you over at the new stomping ground!

Trade Report: Yankees and Dodgers Dealing

ESPN.com is reporting that the Dodgers have dealt Wilson Bentiment to the Yankees for reliever Scott Proctor. The Dodgers have been looking for bullpen help and apparently they believe Proctor will be just that. Bentiment was only batting .230 with the Dodgers but provided some pop and still has some upside. Plus, he can play about a million positions so he might be viewed as ARod’s replacement if/when he opts out at the end of the year.

Sorry I’m a bit behind on the rest of the rumors and trades. I’ll try to catch up as the day progresses.

National League Rumor Roundup

AtlantaBraves – Lack of production at 1st Base
continues to haunt the Braves.  Scott Thorman (.216 / 6 HRs / 25
RBIs) is not contributing like the team had hoped, which has led to
Bobby Cox giving heralded catching prospect Jarrod Saltalamacchia
some reps at 1st Base.   Salty is widely regarded as the
best catching prospect in baseball, but with Brian McCann firmly
entrenched behind the plate it appears that his only chance to play
everyday for Atlanta will be at first base.

a Braves fan, I can’t get enough of Salty at 1st
Base.  As Thorman continues to battle Andruw Jones for the title of
Strikeout King, Salty has adjusted quickly to big league pitching and
seems to get clutch hits whenever he gets a chance to play.

Cubs –
this week the
Chicago Tribune reported
that the Cubs may be willing to deal “ace” Carlos
Zambrano before the trading deadline, rather than lose him at the end
of the season for nothing.  Zambrano, a free agent at the end of the
year, has struggled this season, going 5-5 with a 5.62 ERA in 12
starts.  In an interview with the Chicago Sun
on June 6th, Cubs GM Jim Hendry would not
comment on any potential trades, and instead stated that he hoped
Zambrano would be better in the second half of the season, as he has
been previously in his career. 

The New York
Mets, with their abundant resources, are a possible trade partner,
should the Cubs decide to move Zambrano.

Angeles Dodgers –
According to the
Diego Union-Tribune
, the agent for CF Ichiro Suzuki met with
Dodgers GM Ned Colletti to discuss the impending free agent’s

The San Diego
Padres are also said to have some interest in Ichiro.

New York
Mets –
Already enjoying great production from their
starting rotation, the Mets figure to get a boost in roughly 6-8
weeks when Pedro Martinez rejoins the team. 
reported on Tuesday that Martinez threw 2 mound sessions, consisting
of approximately 15 pitches each.  When asked how he felt afterward,
Martinez glowingly reported, “I
have thrown more, but we don’t want to get me hurt.”

is not good news for fans of other NL East teams.  The Mets are
already enjoying a fairy tale season that seems destined to end up at
the World Series, the last thing I want to see is them add another
front line starter.




Trade Report: Cardinals Acquire Catcher from Dodgers

KThe St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have acquired veteran catcher Kelly Stinnett for cash considerations from the Los Angles Dodgers. The move comes no doubt in response to starting catcher Yadier Molina’s injury and ends the rumors we reported earlier this week.

Personally, I’d have liked to see something a bit more substantial but with the way Gary Bennett has been swinging the bat lately (.300 and 6 RBI in his last 7 games) I can understand the Cardinals taking the safer route. Stinnett isn’t exactly an offensive force, batting only .209 with 9 RBI last year in 91 at bats split between the Yankees and Mets, however, the 13 year veteran will provide the experience behind the plate until Molina returns.

Rumor: Dodgers and Cardinals Dealing

PennyThe St. Louis Post Dispatch dropped a bomb into the Hot Stove and then acted like it never happened. In an article about Adam Wainwright possibly becoming a starter next season, sportswriter Derrick Goold threw out Penny’s name in regards to a possible trade, and then moved on to more pressing issues. Here’s the statement:

Tuesday’s non-tender deadline freed one starting pitcher that the club
has interest in, Seattle’s Joel Pineiro. Other intriguing free agent
pitchers include Tony Armas Jr. and Tomo Ohka. Ohka’s agent said
Wednesday seven teams have expressed interest in the righthander, but a
Cardinals official said they are not among them. On the trade front,
the Dodgers are dangling starter Brad Penny as a spark for talk with
the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are, of course, still looking to fill at least one, but possibly two holes in their starting rotation and would obviously be interested in a pitcher of Penny’s caliber. The Dodgers suddenly found themselves with an over abundance of starting pitching after landing free agents Randy Wolf and Jason Schmidt. However, I’m not quite sure that the Cardinals would match up well with the Dodgers’ needs. To date, all the trade talks out of LA involving Penny included some big name slugger such as Toronto’s Vernon Wells or the like. The Cardinals don’t seem to have that big of a bat to deal. Chris Duncan impressed many with his work at the plate last year, and his name has been floated in trade rumors this winter, however, Duncan is far from the impact bat that Wells would be. So, who would the Dodgers ask for in return from the Cardinals?

Well, I’ve got an idea but it’s PURE CONJECTURE. The rest of this article is nothing more than a figment of my imagination. The only Cardinal name I’ve seen mentioned in a trade rumor this winter that even comes close to matching the Dodgers desires is Scott Rolen. Now, it’s possible (and probably more plausible) that the Dodgers would come down off their demands a bit and accept some sort of package deal of Duncan and a prospect or two. However, if they stuck to their guns, the only players that I see as a fit would be the obviously untouchable Albert Pujols, the newly re-signed (and finishing his career in St. Louis) Jim Edmonds, and Scott Rolen (who feuded with manager Tony LaRussa during last year’s playoffs). Would the Cardinals be interested in a package of Penny and perhaps Wilson Betemint in exchange for their gold-glove third baseman? I don’t know, but it sure makes for a great Hot Stove discussion.

Update: Just in case any of you wondered why I had to capitalize and BOLD the part about this being PURE CONJECTURE, check out this thread over at the Cards Talk Forum of Stltoday.com. Despite the occasional idiot that didn’t even bother to read the post, a couple of good points were brought up. The Dodgers could substitute Andy LaRoche for Betemint to sweeten the deal a bit. LaRoche is a young stud of a prospect and Spiezio could serve as safety net in case the youngster isn’t quite ready for the big show.