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A's Become Latest Threat In Soriano Trade Rumors

Sources are saying that the Los Angeles Angels, Minnesota Twins and most recently, the Oakland Athletics have emerged as the finalists in the Alfonso Soriano sweepstakes.

It is unknown whether the A's would keep Soriano or re-package him in another deal. Oakland GM Billy Beane has a history of working three-way deals, but if the A's hope to contend this season, Soriano makes sense because Oakland's offense is strongly lacking.

Washington Nationals general manager Jim Bowden is expected to move Soriano today with a conclusion expected to push right up against the deadline.

Via CBS Sportsline

Mets And Yankees Both Send Scouts To Zito Start

While neither team is optimistic that Barry Zito will be dealt, both the Yankees and Mets sent scouts to watch his start on Saturday.

Russ Bove, one of the Mets top scouts, saw Zito yield a grand slam to Troy Glaus in the first inning and then calm down and not allow another run for the remainder of his outing.

Via New York Daily News

Heilman Could Land Zito For Mets

Omar Minaya and Billy Beane haven't had a conversation on the phone for about two months, but have been in infrequent contact via email, but both GM's are watching the other very closely.

In the offseason, the A's set the price for Zito at Lastings Milledge and Aaron Heilman. Now Beane is willing to listen to packages that are built around either Milledge or Heilman.

Via New York Post

Mets Haven't Given Up On Zito

The Mets have not given up in their pursuit of Barry Zito, and with top scout Russ Bove expected to be in Oakland this weekend to watch the former Cy Young Award winner face the Blue Jays, it's possible that a deal could be struck by Monday's non-waiver trade deadline.

To this point, the price for the 28-year-old lefthander has been too steep, with Athletics general manager Billy Beane demanding Lastings Milledge, Aaron Heilman and perhaps even a third prospect - possibly Brian Bannister or John Maine - in return.

Via Newsday

Mets Willing To Deal Lasto

The Mets have insisted for months that they won't trade their top position prospect, Lastings Milledge, but more and more major-league executives believe that the Mets will indeed part with Milledge, 21, if they can get the right starting pitcher in return.

Dontrelle Willis is their primary target, but the Marlins hold his rights until 2009 and would demand much more than just Milledge.

Barry Zito, a potential free agent, would be a more realistic target ? the A's previously have indicated they would be willing to move Zito for a package of Milledge and Mets right-hander Aaron Heilman.

The Giants have made it clear that they are not interested in trading Jason Schmidt, but perhaps they would listen if they had a chance to acquire Milledge.

Via FOXSports.com

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