Victor Martinez Rumors: Friday

12:24pm: ESPN's Jayson Stark: "The Rays continued to talk with Cleveland about Martinez Friday afternoon, but clubs they've spoken with say they're more focused on "under-the-radar" bullpen arms."  San Diego closer Heath Bell is among those names, but the Rays didn't like the price.

11:49am: MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo (via Twitter) finds a 50% chance of a Martinez trade.

7:44am: Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports describe the Indians as "pessimistic" about their chances of trading Martinez.

6:36am: Yesterday ESPN's Jayson Stark brought up Victor Martinez as part of a possible three-way trade involving the Red Sox, Indians, and another club.  Let's see what's cooking today…

SI's Jon Heyman writes of "brief talks" between the Mets and Indians for V-Mart.  However, the Mets prefer to keep their top prospects and probably already turned down an offer from Cleveland.  We know this because GM Omar Minaya admitted to turning down two offers for big-time players.  Heyman still sees Boston as the favorite for Martinez.  Joel Sherman of the New York Post expects some kind of big move out of the Sox today.  Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports agrees.


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