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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.
While the Yankees have been mentioned as potential suitors in countless trades, the Start Tribune put forward a "logical trade" that I hadn’t seen mentioned yet. The trade would "send Hunter to the Yankees for outfielder Melky Cabrera and prospectssuch as pitcher Tyler Clippard and third baseman Eric Duncan (who has
to hit some day after all those rave reviews)."
I’m still not confident the Twins won’t try to resign Hunter in the offseason since he’s been the face of the franchise for quite some time. When you throw in the fact that the Twinkies are still in the mix in the AL Central (5.5 games back) and I wouldn’t suggest Yankee fans hold their breath. However, should the Twins slide out of contention before the trade deadline, I guess the deal could make sense.
Baseball might not be the constant fast paced action like basketball, but make no mistake, it’s a fast game and it will pass you up in a flash. In the fall of 2004, Craig Wilson was a member of the Pirates and several teams were hoping to pry him away from Pittsburgh for their final playoff push. Fastforward two and a half years later (give or take, math’s no longer my strong suit) and just like that, the game has seemingly passed Wilson by. The firstbaseman/outfielder was released by the Atlanta Braves after batting only a buck seventytwo over the course of 24 games and 58 at bats. However, a few teams seem to think Wilson may have a bit left in his tank. Since he can be had for the league minimum he wouldn’t cost a team much and if he can regain a bit of that 29 home run form of 2004 he’d be a great asset to any number of clubs. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres are considering making a move for Wilson. The Twins has also been considered possible suitors, however, the Minneapolis Star Tribune says the Twinkies don’t appear to be interested. The Cardinals would probably take a chance on anyone that could provide some pop off the bench at this point and Wilson’s old Pirates may also be interested.
On a side note, someone should tell Craig that when you’re applying for a job, you should really cut your hair and go in looking sharp. Nothing quite says down and out player like a mighty flowing semi-mullet.
While this probably comes as no surprise to anyone who watched the painful performances of Brad Radke over the course of last season, the St. Paul Pioneer Press is reporting that the 11 year veteran will announce his retirement later this month. Radke has logged nearly 2500 innings during his career and has been dealing with injuries to his pitching arm for the past couple of years. Also likely playing into Radke’s decision is his desire to end his career with the Twins. If he does retire this month, Radke will have played his entire career with the Twins, an accomplishment that is growing more and more rare in the free agent era.
Reports late Friday night are claiming that Francisco Lariano will need ligament surgery and will miss the entire 2007 season. The young pitcher posted a 12-3 record with a minuscule 2.16 ERA and with Johan Santana quickly formed a potent 1-2 punch and propelled on a late season surge that propelled them into the playoffs. If Lariano does end up out for the season, this would be quite a blow to the Twins and might cause them to enter the crowd of teams seeking starting pitching help this off-season.