Seems that a couple of the more interesting rumors to come up today have proven to be nothing at all.
The first was ESPN’s rumor that Brandon McCarthy would be included in a Soriano to the White Sox deal, which was to be extremely close. It seems that the deal has fallen through at least in the short term, and Kenny Williams stated publicly that neither McCarthy nor Josh Fields will be traded. Still in the stockpile: Brian Anderson, Ryan Sweeney, Jerry Owens, Sean Tracey, Lance Broadway, Casey Rogowski, and Charlie Haeger.
It has also been noted that Humberto Sanchez missed his start tonight due to a tender elbow. Not exactly a way to pump up a prospect’s value, so the Tigers may have to deal other prospects. They’ve still got Brent Clevlen, Jordan Tata, and Jair Jurrjens, among others. Still, Sanchez seems like the one available trading chip who could help bring a star player to Detroit.
Also, we’re unclear at this point whether the rumored ESPN Radio report of a completed Aaron Heilman for Gil Meche trade is legit. Indications are that it was a hoax. Sorry ’bout that. Here’s MetsBlog’s take on this (non)rumor.