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Trade Rumor Roundup: 8 Days Left

To begin with, this just isn't true.  With the Kearns deal and probably Soriano trade, the 2006 deadline just can't be classified as a dud.  That honor belongs to 2005 for sure.  The trading action never matches the buildup, but this year's still a good one.

Read Ken Rosenthal's latest.  The White Sox are in the Soriano game, the Rangers have interest in Luis Gonzalez, the Braves could add another reliever, Julio Lugo still might become a Blue Jay, and the Brewers look like sellers.  In my opinion, some Brewers besides Carlos Lee that could be unloaded: Geoff Jenkins, Corey Koskie, Brady Clark, and Dan Kolb.  Koskie will need to recover quickly from his concussion, however.

Still hearing that the Cubs like Willy Taveras, which would definitely fit their m.o. of players who don't get on base.  Phil Rogers also mentions that Seattle's Rafael Soriano is being asked about. It would be surprising to see the Mariners deal that kind of young talent.

Tons of great rumors coming from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.  He's got a rundown of the Red Sox, all sorts of teams scouting Humberto Sanchez, and more. 

Buster Olney mentioned in his blog today that the Astros are among various teams scouting Elmer Dessens.  The Astros are also looking at Damaso Marte.

Unfounded rumor department: Could the Dodgers be after Aramis Ramirez?  Ramirez has picked a fantastic time to heat up, and L.A. has some top shelf young talent...is there anywhere Julio Lugo could go besides Toronto?  How about the Rockies?

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Id like the Phillies to offer up a young pitcher (not a great prospect, but a decent guy having a decent season) for Lugo, and then attempt to re-sign him for 3B in the offseason. Trading for him now allows us to keep our draft pick that we'd lose for signing him in the offseason.

"Still hearing that the Cubs like Willy Taveras, which would definitely fit their m.o. of players who don't get on base."

Taveras stinks. Isn't he just a poor-man's Juan Pierre?

Tavaras is still relatively young, but at this point, yes.

What about the mlb.com article that the Nats president wants Soriano to stay? Possibly a Jim Bowden ploy?

Tavaras has a much better arm than Pierre, but he has absolutely no ability to drive the ball, or run the bases effectively which makes him close to useless.

Point 1. Willy T could, given a good teacher be alot better then what his numbers suggest. We have to remember that he should still be in Triple A. I think if the Astros can trade him, then they should. He could very well be a feature building block for some team.
Point 2. What would the Astros have to give up for Damaso Marte? Who are the Pirates intersted in? Are they looking for Major-Leage ready players or prospects?

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