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There’s a new Tampa Bay Devil Rays Rumor posted over at YourSportsFix.com and it’s a big one. New York Met fans might want not want to read it though 😉
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.
Guest Blogged by J.P. Maxwell
A lot of confusion has been made in the last 24 hours or so, since White Sox GM Kenny Williams made it known that he is shopping his Sox players. Williams didn’t say exactly who would be made available, but Williams stated after later that hard decisions would soon follow, but some changes HAD to be made. The likely to go are Mark Buehrle and Jermaine Dye. Many believe that for the right price, starting pitchers Jose Contreras and Javier Vazquez can also be acquired.
Yesterday, a report had the Red Sox stated as the “front-runners” to acquire Buehrle. This morning, a report had the Mets kicking up their attempt to acquire Buehrle or Contreras or both. For Buehrle and/or Contreras to be dealt to the Mets, you’d have to think Lastings Milledge would have to be included in any deal. Are the Mets deciding to try and go after Contreras b/c they believe it would take less to acquire him instead of Buehrle? It is believed that the Yanks and Brewers have also inquired about Buehrle, who will be a free agent after this season. A dark horse still wanting to see if they can make a deal happen is the St. Louis Cardinals. Many believe Buehrle will sign with his hometown Cardinals in free agency this winter anyway, so why not push to acquire him now to help this season and sign him before he can test free agency? It is believed that Williams could deal Buehrle (if not others) as early as this week. No matter which player he gives up or who to, the asking price will be a lot.
Editor’s note: Gawd I LOVE this time of year.
Guest Blogged by J.P. Maxwell
According to the Oakland Athletics team site (now also in the San Francisco Chronicle), the team designated OF Milton Bradley for assignment yesterday. The team now has ten days to either trade or release Bradley. This is a surprising move, considering how well Bradley can play at times and it seemed the A’s worked very hard to acquire him a couple of years ago. Bradley can hit for power and average, runs pretty well, and has played well on defense. He has had some trouble with injuries over his career and some “character” issues in the past as well. To me, those two things had to be major factors for his designation. He is due to make $4 million this year, a little bit more than half of that should be remaining for the rest of this season. A few teams who need help in the outfield are believed to have interest including the Padres, Marlins, Cardinals, and maybe even the Pirates. It is believed that it would not take much talent to acquire Bradley in a trade. If Bradley is not traded after the ten days, the A’s then have to release Bradley and “eat” the remaining money on the contract.
Apparently J.P. and I think a lot alike as I was working on a post about Bradley being linked to the New York Mets (and team officials shooting it down) when he sent this post in. Personally I think Bradley would be a great pickup for whichever team gets him. He’s been very injury prone and has a reputation for being tough to get along with in the dugout but as J.P. mention, I can’t imagine it would take much to get him. However, the interested parties could very well wait it out until the A’s are forced to release him (see the Cardinals persuit of Ohka) in order further minimize their risk.
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 – Earlier
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
Times 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 San
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.
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. Newsday
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 could
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.
~ GUEST BLOGGED BY DEREK WONDERLAND
Say what you will about interleague play, but there’s an undeniable buzz in towns like New York and Chicago when cross town rivals duke it out. The Mets sit atop the NL East with the best record in the National League. The New York Yankees are 3 games under .500 and 9.5 games behind their bitter rivals, the Boston Red Sox. So, as the pair prepare to square off, you might think the Mets would be content being the better (and much younger) team. Apparently you’d be wrong. Joe Sherman of the New York Post while discussing the Mets dropped this bombshell that’s sure to keep the Rumor Mill spinning for the next week:
"Still, the Mets hunger for their next ace, which explains their sizable bid on Daisuke Matsuzaka. The Mets are in good budget shape, with Beltran, Reyes and Wright signed reasonably, and the pacts of Tom Glavine and Pedro Martinez due off the books over the next two years.
So don’t be surprised if they push hard to both trade for Dontrelle Willis and sign Carlos Zambrano if he makes it to free agency."
While that’s hardly "inside information", juicy speculation is often times all a good rumor needs to spread like wildfire. When you combine this story with the increased pressure the Mets have been facing to trade Lastings Milledge (Rumor Mill Rumblings subscribers know what I’m talkin about), as well as the fact that the Marlins have reportedly been telling teams "Willis isn’t available… yet" and you suddenly have a pretty plausible scenario. If Florida continues to fall behind the Mets and the Braves (they’re currently 8.5 back) and their stadium financing doesn’t come through, the Fish might just be convinced to deal their ace within the division. And thus… a rumor is born.