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There’s been a trade between the Astros and the Phillies with one major name involved. Check it out in the Houston Astros Rumors and Philadelphia Phillies Rumors categories over at The Rumor Mill’s new location, YourSportsFix.com/mlbrumormill!
The Cincinatti Reds have traded pitcher Kyle Lohse for Matt Maloney, a lefty from the Phil’s Double A team. Lohse has had an up and down season but maybe a change of scenery will help him out. Several teams had been rumored to be kicking the tires on the Reds’ starter, I would have thought the Reds could command more for him.
Jermaine Dye’s name continues to be mentioned in various trade rumors. The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting a potential deal that would send the future free agent Dye to the Yankees for struggling RF Bobby Abreu. Aside from the fact that Abreu and White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen are close friends, the Sox are subscribing to the theory that Abreu is simply off to a slow start and will heat up along with the summer temperatures.
The other prevalent deal that won’t seem to die has the White Sox sending Dye to the Phillies for former White Sox fan favorite Aaron Rowand and some bullpen help. This trade almost happened at the Winter Meetings and also during Spring Training but never came about because the Phillies wanted reliever Matt Thornton included and the White Sox didn’t want to part with him. However, now the Sox have a new bargaining chip in struggling Mike MacDougal, whom the Phillies may consider making a reclamation project.
As if that weren’t enough, the San Francisco Giants are also said to have some interest in acquiring the outfielder.
In my opinion, the deal that makes the most sense for the White Sox would be to send Dye to the Yankees for Abreu. I think they will miss Dye’s pop in that lineup more than they realize, and I don’t buy the thought that Abreu is finished. He is only 33 years old and has a career .300 batting average to go along with his .409 on base %. There is no reason to believe that he somehow forgot how to hit over the winter, I think he simply needs a confidence boost. His defense has always been a little overrated, but he is still an average outfielder with a good arm. Lately he has started to show some signs of life at the plate and is beginning to demonstrate that he could be a very valuable acquisition to any team willing to roll the dice with him.
~ Guest Blogged by Derek Wonderland
It appears that retired reliever, turned comeback kid, Troy Percival won’t be getting an offer… at least not from his long time team, the Angels. The LA Times quoted Angels GM Bill Stoneman as saying "With the strength of our pen — we have as strong if not stronger a pen than when we did not ask him back — I think that’s probably out. To think we’re looking for help for the bullpen, that’s not where our priorities are at."
However, Percival and his agent shouldn’t be worried just yet as papers from several other cities are reporting the home town team has interest in the reinvigorated reliever. The bulk of the buzz is coming from Detroit, where Percival spent two injury plagued years before retiring. The Detroit News says the Tigers are "intrigued" by Percival and report that the team has been in contact with the pitcher’s agent.
The Philadelphia Daily News reports that the Phils "like many teams" have been in contact with Troy’s agent. It also isn’t exactly a stretch to say that "the Phillies badly need bullpen help." Given that need, Percival would certainly seem to make sense there as well.
And last but not least The Plain Dealer (out of Cleveland) today insinuated the Indians might have interest in the pitcher as well although GM Mark Shapiro would not give an indication one way or the other. But, when is the last time someone refused to comment on a player that they really weren’t looking into?
So, while it may not happen in Anaheim, er I mean LA, by all indications there seems to be great interest in Percival’s services. Isn’t it nice to be wanted?
The New York and Philadelphia media are buzzing about Ron Villone’s impending departure from the Yankees. NorthJersey.com reports that Villone hasn’t heard from the Yanks while the Philadelphia Daily News cites several sources that indicate the Phillies are practically drooling at the possibility of picking the lefty up once he hits the free agent market. Before Phils fans get too worked up, they should realize there’s plenty of demand for an effective left handed reliever and would likely be more than one bidder should Villone hit the market as predicted.
Also out of New York, it appears that the Mets aren’t interested in trading for current Pirate, Jose Castillo. The Mets seem to be content with their current situation and given their recent run of come from behind wins, I can’t say as I blame ’em. Castillo started at third yesterday in place of the injured Jose Bautista and if the disgruntled infielder can prove himself capable on the hot corner it could help his trade value once Bautista returns to the lineup.
The Chicago White Sox have been shopping their excess pitching for days. The Philadelphia Phillies have been trying to improve their rotation since before the season ended last year. Today the two teams came to an agreement. The White Sox shipped veteran pitcher Freddy Garcia to the Phillies for Gavin Floyd and a player (believed to be Gio Gonzalez) to be named later. Garcia, who will be playing out the last year of his contract, went 17-9 with an ERA of 4.53 last year while the 23 year old Floyd was 4-3 with a bloated 7.29 ERA.
Despite the trade, White Sox GM made it clear that "The Chicago White Sox are still open for business" which if nothing else, is good news for The Rumor Mill.