July 2007 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Dodgers Pursue Blanton
ESPN's MLB trade deadline telecast reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers are pursuing Oakland A's starting right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton. The Dodgers have a deep farm system and the A's are "picking through" their prospects to find a combination of players that they would accept in exchange for Blanton. The Dodgers are looking to bolster their starting pitching staff.
Mets And Phillies In On Blanton Talks
The Mets and Phillies also were in contact with the A's about Joe Blanton on Monday, sources say, but the A's prefer to deal with the Dodgers, whose farm system is one of the deepest in the game. The A's are willing to trade Blanton without acquiring any of the young players on the Dodgers' major-league roster ? a group that includes outfielder Matt Kemp, first baseman James Loney and reliever Jonathon Broxton.
Yankees Send Proctor To L.A. For Betemit
The Dodgers and Yankees have agreed in principle on a trade that would send reliever Scott Proctor to the Dodgers for infielder Wilson Betemit, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney. The Dodgers, who have a 5.61 bullpen ERA since the All-Star break, have been in on a number of trade discussions involving relievers but zeroed in on Proctor over the last 24 hours. The Yankees view Betemit as another first-base/DH/bench option for this year, and a potential third-base replacement for Alex Rodriguez next year.
50-50 Chance Betemit Goes To Yanks For Proctor
The Yankees were in discussions on Monday with the Dodgers about a trade of righthander Scott Proctor for infielder Wilson Betemit. A major-league source indicated that a deal was 50-50. Proctor has carried a heavy workload the past two seasons, leading American League pitchers in appearances in 2006 and ranking in the top five this year. Betemit, 25, can play third base, shortstop and second base. Although he is hitting only .231 in 156 at-bats, he has 10 homers and high on-base and slugging percentages.
Dodgers Make Push For Blanton
The Dodgers made a strong, aggressive push to acquire right-hander Joe Blanton from the A's on Monday, but fell short of completing a trade, according to major-league sources. The talks could revive, sources said, but only if the Dodgers initiate another effort prior to the non-waiver deadline at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Dodgers GM: Significant Trade Unlikely
With the clock ticking toward today's 1 p.m. PDT trade deadline, Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti headed home Monday evening uncertain whether his team would be able to make a deal. "We're not really close on anything right now," he said. "Nothing's imminent." Which, given recent history, could be a good thing. Last July the Dodgers had little working the night before the deadline, only to swing a pair of huge deals the following morning. "A year ago we went to sleep with nothing and then we woke up and had [Greg] Maddux and [Julio] Lugo by noon," Colletti said. And with Maddux winning six of nine decisions down the stretch, the Dodgers reached the playoffs for only the second time in 10 seasons. It's unlikely Colletti will be able to swing as significant a trade this time. According to multiple sources the only deal the team had in the works Monday would send switch-hitting infielder Wilson Betemit to the New York Yankees for middle reliever Scott Proctor, who is 2-5 with a 3.81 earned-run average and four blown saves in 52 games. But with 156 2/3 innings over the last season and a half, the 30-year-old right-hander has thrown more innings than any reliever in baseball since the start of 2006.
Indians, Dodgers, Braves, Yanks And Sox In Dotel Chase
Of all the names out there these days, Dotel's is the one that everybody seems sure will be traded by Tuesday's 4 p.m. nonwaiver deadline. As of yesterday, the Indians, Dodgers, Braves, Red Sox and Yankees -- and maybe a few others -- were all still in contention for Dotel. The Royals are said to be seeking the best major-league-ready position player they can get in return for their revitalized closer, and they may just wait until 4 p.m. Tuesday and take the best offer they have at the time. A baseball official familiar with their plans, who requested anonymity because the discussions are ongoing, said yesterday that there were already some offers they liked, so it's probable that Dotel will get traded somewhere.
Royals Unlikely To Deal Greinke?
The Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Braves and Cubs all are interested in Royals right-hander Zack Greinke, but it is doubtful the Royals would trade him unless they were overwhelmed. Greinke, 23, has excelled as a reliever this season, and some teams still like him as a starter. The Royals, though, control him through 2010. "They can't trade Greinke right now, they can't do it," one rival executive says. "They'd be crazy if they did."
Rangers To Drag Out Teixeira Sweepstakes?
Chipper Jones learned long ago not to get too excited about trade rumors, but he couldn't help himself Friday as he envisioned Atlanta's lineup should the Braves finalize a proposed trade for Texas Rangers first baseman Mark Teixeira. "It'd be awful nice to have that big bat in the lineup," Jones said of Teixeira, a switch-hitter who averaged 35 homers in his first four seasons (2003-06) and 122 RBIs during the past three seasons. "It'd make us deep. You're talking about him into the four- or five-hole, moving Mac [Brian McCann] and Frenchy [Jeff Francoeur] down a spot," Jones said. "It would make us pretty formidable, one through eight. As formidable as anybody." The Braves and at least two other teams, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels, remained the strongest contenders for Teixeira as of Friday night. But the Rangers could wait this out to the 4 p.m. Tuesday non-waiver trade deadline, hoping a team will cave in to their demands and sweeten an offer. The Braves have a three-player package featuring their top prospect, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, plus left-handed prospect Matt Harrison and one of two infield prospects, versatile Brent Lillibridge or shortstop Elvis Andrus. The Braves have asked for one of three Rangers relievers ?- closer Eric Gagne, lefty C.J. Wilson, lefty Ron Mahay ?- to be included with Teixeira, especially if the Braves are to include Andrus, an 18-year-old defensive whiz.
Dodgers, Angels, Braves, Orioles And Yanks In Teixeira Hunt
The Yankees are hanging around on the periphery of the Mark Teixeira talks, so far balking at Texas' demands for either Phil Hughes or Joba Chamberlain. The Yankees waited and waited last year for the Phillies to drop their asking price for Bobby Abreu, and they did. The difference now is that several other teams (Dodgers, Angels, Braves, Orioles) are interested in Teixeira, whereas there was little market last year for Abreu, and Texas isn't dealing him solely for financial relief. Like the Yankees, the Red Sox are hanging on the fringes of the Teixeira sweepstakes, monitoring to see if the price drops into a range that makes them feel comfortable. Like almost all contenders, Boston is looking for bullpen and bench help, but they'd happily add Teixeira's bat to the lineup if they could do so without giving up too many of their top prospects.
Yankees Eye Betemit
The Yankees tried to acquire Wilson Betemit at last year's trade deadline for Scott Proctor, and they are making the same attempt again this year.
White Sox Want Kemp From L.A. In Buehrle Trade?
When the Dodgers and White Sox spoke about Jermaine Dye this season, they were believed to be interested in pitchers Chad Billingsley and Jonathan Broxton.