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Konerko Says He'd OK Trade If It Helps Sox
Paul Konerko says that he would approve a trade from the White Sox if it helps the team going forward. "You never know, because the answer could be you help them by leaving," Konerko said. "I would never be opposed to that. It doesn't have to be a breakup that's antagonistic. It doesn't have to be a thing where heads are butted." Regardless, Konerko will always be loyal to the White Sox. "I'm here for this organization -- whether I play for another team or whatever, it won't matter. I'll always be a member of the White Sox. If it ever got to a point like that where it's better for me, better for the team -- I would also look at the team I'm going to because I feel like you do go through hell to get that right. Only a small percentage of players get that right and I've got it, but again, we all hear that if we're not playing well this year, they're going to do something."
Giants And Twins Want Marte
The San Francisco Giants and Minnesota Twins are the two teams that probably would have the most interest in third baseman Andy Marte, who was designated for assignment Thursday by the Indians.
Will Jays Deal Halladay At Deadline?
The Blue Jays could be a seller at this July's trade deadline if they are far behind the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays in the AL East. Ace Roy Halladay could be a prime candidate. "Ownership wants no part of trading Roy at this time," general manager J.P. Ricciardi said. "He's the face of the organization. Right now we are not thinking about going down that road. But that is what we feel in February. Who knows how you feel in June?" Two sources say Toronto tried to trade Vernon Wells during the offseason. Scott Rolen and Lyle Overbay also could be dump candidates. However, B.J. Ryan and Halladay could help fetch 5-6 prospects to accelerate a Blue Jay rebuild.
Lugo Will Ask For Trade If He Doesn't Win Starting Gig
Red Sox shortstop Julio Lugo will request a trade if he doesn't land the team's starting job at the position this season. "It's a business and you want to be where people want you," said Lugo. "We're going to see at the end of spring training. We're going to have to wait and see what happens." Infielder Jed Lowrie could the win the job that he took over at the end of last season. "Nobody is going to be happy sitting on the bench," he said.
Rangers Hold Onto Blalock As Trade Bait?
The Rangers strangely picked up with $6.2 million option on the contract of third baseman Hank Blalock this offseason, and could be looking to use him as trade bait. Texas could look to flip Blalock for pitching has they attempt to improve heading into the 2009 season.
Giants Don't Want To Deal Sanchez For A Bat
General manager Brian Sabean said Wednesday he cannot see trading Jonathan Sanchez for a hitter. Sabean also said Sanchez has a leg up on Noah Lowry for the final rotation job. Sabean saw Sanchez throw in Arizona on Tuesday and called him "bigger and stronger. He's ready to pitch. I have a hard time thinking we could trade this player for value. Plus, he's the incumbent. Lowry is going to have to unseat him."
Sox Need To Deal Dye To Sign Abreu?
The White Sox have spoken to Bobby Abreu's agent about a deal, but they may have to trade Jermaine Dye before signing the free-agent outfielder. Dye, who is owed $11.5 million this season, has been shopped this offseason.
Mets Shop Ramon Castro
The Mets are shopping backup catcher Ramon Castro, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. They believe that for near minimum wage Robinson Cancel can be just as good a backup to Brian Schneider as Castro.
Twins, M's Discussing Young For Washburn?
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported on Tuesday that the Mariners and Twins are discussing a trade that would send Delmon Young to Seattle in exchange for Jarrod Washburn and Jeff Clement. The Twins attempted to obtain Washburn last summer, but weren't able to complete a deal. Seattle might even be willing to eat part of Washburn's salary in a trade.
Orioles To Finalize Hill Trade Soon?
The Baltimore Sun is reporting that the Orioles are expected to finalize a trade with the Cubs that will net them pitcher Rich Hill, if they are going to swing the deal at all. With Hill available, other teams could jump in the race if Baltimore isn't able to put the finishing touches on the trade soon.