July 2008

White Sox Interested In Joel Hanrahan

2:29pm: Correction: the Sox are interested in Nationals closer Joel Hanrahan, not Lannan.

1:00pm: WSCR Radio in Chicago reports that the White Sox are interested in 23 year-old Nationals lefty John Lannan.  Jon Heyman has heard the same.  He has a fine 3.33 ERA in 119 innings this year.  Not much of a strikeout rate though.

Mets Interested In Luis Ayala

2:28pm: Joel Sherman says the Mets have an outside chance of snagging Ayala, a Minaya favorite.

1:12pm: According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Mets are discussing reliever Luis Ayala with the Nationals.  Omar Minaya "badly wants a reliever." 

The 30 year-old carries a 5.54 ERA in 50.1 innings, though he’s pitched better than that.

D’Backs, Angels, Mets, Rays, A’s Unlikely To Make Trades

2:05pm: Count the D’Backs out, per Buster Olney.

1:35pm: Toss the Angels into the "not making a deal today" barrel.

12:38pm: The Rays and Mets also seem quiet today.

11:00am: According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the A’s are not likely to make a trade today.  Olney’s source puts it at 1%.  So, looks like Justin Duchscherer and Huston Street can rest easy.

Greg Maddux Rumors: Thursday

1:50pm: Jayson Stark says Maddux is not heading to L.A., which means he won’t be traded.

7:07am: ESPN’s Buster Olney says trade talks for Greg Maddux have stalled between the Dodgers and Padres.  The Dodgers have mild interest and all the leverage as the only West Coast contender who will consider him.  It’s unclear whether the disagreement is over the $3.3MM owed to Maddux, possible prospects involved, or both.

Olney believes The Professor could be put on waivers on August if no deal is reached today.

Arthur Rhodes Traded To Marlins

1:41pm: MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo takes a look at Hernandez.

9:46am: According to ESPN’s Peter Gammons, the Marlins have acquired lefty reliever Arthur Rhodes for 22 year-old righty Gaby Hernandez.  The Fish acquired Hernandez in ’05 for Paul Lo Duca.  Hernandez is a solid return for Rhodes, even if he struggled in a Triple A stint this year.  He spent some time on the DL this year with a left intercostal strain.

Rhodes, 38, has a 2.86 ERA in 22 innings this year after missing ’07 due to Tommy John surgery.

Rockies Rumors: Fuentes, Redding, Fogg, Byrd

1:38pm: Jayson Stark says Fuentes is staying put.  A little more than an hour left til the deadline.

9:33am: Mark Zuckerman of the Washington Times says the Nationals are leaning toward keeping Redding, and have even had preliminary extension talks with him.  Trades of Paul Lo Duca, Odalis Perez, and Felipe Lopez are also unlikely.

THURSDAY, 8:31am: Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post indicates the Rockies want to keep Fuentes.  He says they’re looking at starters such as Tim Redding, Josh Fogg, and Paul Byrd.  Redding’s stock dropped last night with an ugly start.

WEDNESDAY, 9:12pm: On Sunday, Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd termed a Brian Fuentes trade "highly unlikely."  However, ESPN’s Jayson Stark says the Rockies will decide late tonight whether to put Fuentes on the market.  The Mets, Phillies, and Rays are out given the high asking price.

Ken Rosenthal wrote earlier that the Rockies were "poking around" with interested parties, still asking for a young MLB starting pitcher or two good prospects.

Reds Interested In Nelson Cruz?

According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, the Reds may pursue Rangers’ outfielder Nelson Cruz to replace Ken Griffey Jr. in right field.

Cruz, 28, is hitting a ridiculous .345/.436/.716 with 37 home runs in 97 minor league games.  Of course, this is his fourth shot at Triple A.

Milton Bradley Trade Unlikely

Word on Chicago radio is that the Cubs have the Rangers’ Milton Bradley on the radar.  However, it does not appear that the Rangers are motivated to trade him.

Yankees Not Eyeing Byrd, Washburn?

12:31pm: Joel Sherman does not agree – he says multiple sources shot down the Byrd idea. Byrd could end up traded in August.  Sherman considers the Jarrod Washburn talks dormant, but Jon Heyman does not agree.

12:02pm: According to Ken Rosenthal, the Yankees are "kicking around" Paul Byrd as an option.  Names have yet to be exchanged.  The Rockies have just mild interest in the 37 year-old righty.

Marlins Pushing For Laird

12:09pm: ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick sees Laird staying put, at least until the offseason.

11:22am: Rosenthal says the Fish are pushing for Laird, but won’t give up an MLB-ready starter for him.  Mike Hindman wonders if the Rangers are demanding Ryan Tucker, putting a wrinkle into the Manny talks.

10:02am: The Marlins can cross Ivan Rodriguez off their list of catching targets, though they did make a concerted effort according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark.  They obviously couldn’t part with a veteran reliever; in fact they just acquired one in Arthur Rhodes.

Stark says the Marlins are still looking for catching help.  He believes Bengie Molina will stay put, but Gerald Laird, Ramon Hernandez, Gregg Zaun, and others are still out there.