Mark Healey of Gotham Baseball has some new rumors for us this morning.
- There’s talk that if the Twins are more than five games out at the trading deadline, they’ll start dealing veterans. An obvious one is Luis Castillo, earning $5.75MM this season. He has long been connected to the Mets. He almost signed with New York as a free agent and the team has tried trading for him before. Healey believes Lastings Milledge is too much to give up, so don’t look for a straight up swap of those two. Though I imagine the Twins would love having Milledge to man center field in 2008.
- The Reds are ten games under .500 and ten out in the NL Central. Healey speculates that Adam Dunn, Ryan Freel, and Dave Weathers are the Reds’ most tradeable commodities. The Reds recently extended Freel through 2009, though – I think they want him around as a fan favorite. Dunn I can see being moved. He earns $10.5MM this year with a $13MM club option for ’08. He’s got an unsurprising line of .263/.366/.538; that’s worth $13 mil these days. The Dodgers or White Sox seem like good fits.