Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times has a couple of trade rumors for us this morning.
- Shaikin reiterates Ken Rosenthal’s scoop that the Padres and Dodgers have interest in White Sox slugger Jermaine Dye. Shaikin believes the "we won’t trade for prospects" edict from Kenny Williams could be stretched if Jonathan Broxton or Chad Billingsley were made available. Those guys may have graduated from prospectdom anyway. Ned Colletti is definitely working the phones for a slugger.
- Scott Linebrink is named as an available Padre, but I would not expect Kenny Williams to go for that. Throw in Clay Hensley or Chase Headley and maybe we have something.
- Shaikin also mentions that the Tigers have interest in Rangers closer Eric Gagne. Yes, I understand that most contending teams with bullpen issues will at least show a passing interest in him. Shaikin seems to indicate that Gagne’s "no-trade protection" is full and would give him leverage to change his current incentive-based contract.