July 2006 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Dodgers Acquire Lugo From Devil Rays
The Dodgers have acquired Julio Lugo from the Devil Rays for two minor leaguers, Joel Guzman and Sergio Pedroza, according to ESPN.
Cubs And Dodgers Reach Agreement On Maddux Trade
According to Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs have reached a tentative deal to trade Greg Maddux to the Dodgers. The deal requires the commissioner's approval because it involves a cash transaction of more than $1 million going from the Cubs to the Dodgers. ESPN is reporting that Cesar Izturis could be on his way to Chicago in the deal.
Dodgers Make Progress On Maddux Trade
Buster Olney is reporting that Dodgers are making progress on acquiring Greg Maddux from the Cubs. The Padres are also in the running.
Bowden Has Two Deals On The Table
According to Jayson Stark, Jim Bowden reportedly has two teams he can do an Alfonso Soriano deal with right now, one is an American League team and the other is in the National League. The Twins are reportedly the team from the AL, as the A's have dropped out of the running.
Dodgers Top Targets: Tejada And Maddux
The Dodgers' top targets remain Chicago Cubs starter Greg Maddux and Baltimore infielder Miguel Tejada, although the possibility of acquiring Tejada likely decreased this weekend when the Orioles shortstop said he did not want to move to third base, which would be where the Dodgers likely would prefer to play him. Colletti remained steadfast that he would not part with top young players such as Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp and Russell Martin and said the Dodgers don't necessarily need to make a trade in order to win. "There's not a team in the division that feels like it can just run away with it," Colletti said. "If you play well, you have a chance to win games and get back into it. We have the players who can do it. If we can add to that, so much the better."
Soriano Derby Down To Five Teams
Nationals' GM Jim Bowden continues to hold discussions with at least five teams interested in acquiring Alfonso Soriano: the Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros and both the Los Angeles Angels and Dodgers. Earlier this week, ESPN reported a deal that would send Soriano to the White Sox as being nearly complete, but it now appears as if the two sides are not talking about a deal.
Braves Acquire Baez, Aybar From Dodgers
Two teams hoping to make second-half runs at a postseason spot made a deal Friday, when the Braves acquired reliever Danys Baez, and infielder Willy Aybar, from the Dodgers for infielder Wilson Betemit. Baez, who struggled in the closer's role with Los Angeles before losing the job to Takashi Saito, will help an ineffective bullpen in Atlanta. Baez was 5-5 with a 4.35 ERA and nine saves for the Dodgers after posting 41 saves for the Devil Rays last season. The righthander will help set up for new closer Bob Wickman, who was acquired last week from the Indians.
Five Teams Still After Soriano
All indications on Tuesday were that the market for Alfonso Soriano remained hot, with the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox among the teams interested. Some believe that GM Jim Bowden is actively attempting to pit teams against each other to raise the value of the lead-off hitter. "We know the price that we need to have from clubs," he said. "The price doesn't change. The price today is the same price it's going to be at the deadline. We don't have to trade anybody. . . . You're not going to see us, at the last minute, all of a sudden, we change our price. I've never done that. I don't believe in it."
Dodgers Trade Perez To Kansas City For Dessens
The Kansas City Royals obtained left-handed pitcher Odalis Perez and right-handed pitchers Blake Johnson and Julio Pimentel for right-handed pitcher Elmer Dessens, Royals Senior Vice President-Baseball Operations/General Manager Dayton Moore announced today. Perez, 29, is 4-4 with a 6.83 ERA in 20 games (8 starts) for the Dodgers this season. In 59.1 innings, he has allowed 49 runs (45 earned), 89 hits and 9 home runs. The left-hander, who is signed through the 2007 season, has struck out 33 batters while issuing just 13 walks. Perez, 6-0, 220-pounds, has pitched in the Majors since breaking in with the
Dodgers And Cardinals Interested In Burrell
The Phillies are certainly shopping Bobby Abreu, but appear more eager to trade Pat Burrell. The Dodgers and Cardinals may have interest in Burrell.
Dodgers, Padres, Angels Interested In Hillenbrand
Shea Hillenbrand is being pursued by multiple teams after his falling out with the Jays.
Nomar's HR Wins Game For Dodgers; Bonds Hits No. 720
Nomar Garciaparra's tie-breaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning led the Dodgers to a 9-7 victory over the Giants on Friday night.
Dodgers Gagne Will Undergo Season-Ending Back Surgery Saturday
Dodgers closer Eric Gagne will undergo season-ending back surgery on Saturday. He has a herniated disc in his lower back.
Gagne May Need Back Surgery
Dodgers closer Eric Gagne, limited to 16 appearances since the beginning of last season because of elbow problems, might need back surgery.