The latest from Ken Rosenthal’s Full Count video:
- The Braves called the A’s about Joe Blanton but did not even come close to meeting Billy Beane’s price.
- The Dodgers may not want to lock up Rafael Furcal, the oft-injured shortstop, to a long term contract. Also, with Brad Penny’s struggles, they may pass on his 2009 club option and trade him this season. They’d get something in return rather than pay his $2MM buyout in the offseason.
- The only way the Jays will trade A.J. Burnett is if they fall completely out of contention. Otherwise, he is a cornerstone to their only chance: "pitching teams into the ground."
- The Royals could field offers for Zack Greinke. Their farm system has thinned and they could replace Greinke in the rotation with Joakim Soria.
By Nat Boyle