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Kazmir Keeps Options Open On Demanding Trade This Winter
Scott Kazmir will have the option to demand a trade from the Angels this winter. The Angels acquired Kazmir from the Rays for three prospects on Friday. Because Kazmir was traded in the middle of a multi-year contract, he can force a move. However, the pitcher isn't worried about making a decision just yet. "I'm looking at this year right now," Kazmir told the Los Angeles Times. "That's all I can think of. "I would love to finish out my contract here, in an organization like this. I'm lucky to be a part of it."
Twins Have 'Good Chance' To Land Harden
The Twins are looking to land Rich Harden in order to help catch the Tigers in the AL Central. Minnesota is 4 1/2 games behind Detroit entering Monday's action. In order to land Harden from the Cubs, the Twins would likely have to send Chicago a pair of top prospects. Harden has been Chicago's top pitcher in the second half of the season.
Kazmir Still Expected To Be Dealt To Angels
Scott Kazmir is expected to be dealt to the Angels following Friday's game. "There's a lot of speculation out there," said Mike Scioscia. "There is nothing imminent." He wouldn't comment specifically on Kazmir, and declined to define "imminent." According to the Los Angeles Times, the Angels are expected to send the Rays LHP Alex Torres, a 21-year-old from Venezuela who was 13-4, 2.75 between Class A and AA this season, and 3B Matt Sweeney, 21, an 8th round pick in the 2006 draft who is hitting .299 with 9 homers and 44 RBIs at Class A. MLB.com reported that the deal may have fallen through.
Kazmir Deal Falls Through?
The trade that was expected to send Scott Kazmir to the Angels for two minor league prospects appears to have fallen through. The Los Angeles Times reported on Friday afternoon that the Rays were set to send Kazmir to the Angels, but MLB.com now claims that the trade is far from official. Tampa Bay was to get pitcher Alexander Torres and third baseman Matthew Sweeney in the deal.
Angels Close To Deal For Kazmir
The Angels are closing in on a deal for Scott Kazmir, according to sources. MLB.com is reporting that the Rays will receive two prospects: pitcher Alexander Torres and third baseman Matthew Sweeney. Tampa Bay's motivation would be financially motivated. Kazmir, who cleared waivers earlier this month, is making $6 million this year, and will make salaries of $8 million in 2010 and $12 million in 2011.
Harden, Heilman Claimed On Waivers
A report on foxsports.com said Aaron Heilman and starting pitcher Rich Harden have been claimed, most likely by National League clubs. The Cubs did not wish to comment on the report. If the report is accurate, the Cubs have until Monday to either allow the pitchers to be claimed by the other teams, work out trades or pull the pitchers off waivers and keep them the rest of the year. Heilman is eligible for salary arbitration this coming off-season while Harden becomes a free agent. "It's news to me; I don't know," said Heilman, for whom the Cubs traded last off-season. "I guess we wait and see what happens. Definitely a little bit, it would surprise me."
Hoffman Open To Staying In Milwaukee In 2010
Trevor Hoffman has been claimed by an unnamed team and could be dealt, but Hoffman also said he likes Milwaukee and is open to returning in 2010. ?I?m settled in here,? he said. ?I?ve had a comfort level in Milwaukee from Day 1.? Hoffman said he hadn?t heard anything about being claimed but added, ?We?re 12 (games) out. I don?t think I?m the only person put through waivers.?
Giants, Rockies, Marlins Interested In Brad Penny
The Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants and Florida Marlins are all interested in acquiring Brad Penny. Boston placed Penny on waivers this week. The interested teams would probably like to have him after he clears waivers, which could be on Monday. If Penny clears waivers, he would cost any team that acquired him only about $100,000 for the rest of the season.
Arroyo Doesn't Want To Be Dealt
Bronson Arroyo does not want to be dealt to a contender, hoping to win in Cincinnati next season. ?If they hadn?t picked up Scott Rolen, then I would have felt they didn?t have much going on, wouldn?t be going in the right direction,? he said. ?But they picked him up, and that gave me a boost. ... Let?s see if we can get over the hump with a healthy Jay Bruce and a healthy Joey Votto and Scott Rolen.?
Source: Wagner Nixes Deal To Boston
Billy Wagner is staying with the Mets. A league source told FOX Sports that the reliever will use his no-trade clause rather than accept a deal to the Red Sox. Boston wouldn't meet both of Wagner's demands. He wanted assurance that they would decline his $8 million team option for 2010, which they provided. However, the Sox wouldn't guarantee that they would decline to offer Wagner salary arbitration, making him a free agent without draft-pick compensation. "It's not about the option or arbitration. It's about his desire to end the year healthy for the future," the source added. "He feels he has a better chance lasting a month in a less competitive environment than perhaps two months in a pennant race and playoffs."
Angels Thought They Had A Deal Done For Miguel Cabrera
Arte Moreno thought the club had a trade in place with Florida for Miguel Cabrera twice in December 2007.
Wagner Willing To Join Red Sox
Mets reliever Billy Wagner will waive his no-trade clause to facilitate a trade to the Red Sox.
Coghlan Could Make Uggla Expendable
Chris Coghlan's emergence could make it easier for the Marlins to eventually trade second baseman Dan Uggla.
Rival Exec: I Don't Understand Why Royals Are Holding Onto Pieces
The Royals have been reluctant to trade attractive pieces such as Joakim Soria.
A's Trying To Deal Nomar
Nomar Garciaparra could join the pennant race with another team.
Ricciardi Unsure If Halladay Will Be On Market This Winter
Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi isn't sure whether Roy Halladay will be on the trade market this winter.
Brewers Working To Trade Bill Hall
The Brewers are working on a trade involving utility man Bill Hall.
Wagner Open For Trade To Contender
Mets reliever Billy Wagner is open to a possible trade to a contending club.
Reds Interested In Bill Hall
The Reds reportedly have interest in Brewers utility man Bill Hall.
Could Phillies Bring Wagner Back?
Some believe that the Phillies should at least entertain the idea of bringing reliever Billy Wagner back.
Brewers Unlikely To Acquire Doug Davis
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin denied rumors that the club put a waiver claim on Diamondbacks pitcher Doug Davis.
Epstein: Jays Only Looked To Get 'Blown Away' By Halladay Offer
Boston was 'really aggressive' in their pursuit of Roy Halladay.
Brewers Deny Hardy Waiver Rumors
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin has squashed speculation that J.J. Hardy is going through waivers.
Rays Could Listen To Offers For Upton
Buster Olney of ESPN is reporting that the Rays could listen to offers for center fielder B.J. Upton this winter.
Mets Could Deal Wagner To Contender
The Mets could look to trade reliever Billy Wagner before he returns from Tommy John surgery.
Halladay May Have Rejected Deal To Rangers
The Rangers thought they had a deal for Roy Halladay, but the pitcher reportedly nixed the trade.
Red Sox Tried To Get Felix From M's
The Red Sox tried to acquire young pitcher Felix Hernandez from the Mariners in a three-team deal last week.
Mariners Concerned About Keeping Hernandez
The Mariners listened to offers for pitcher Felix Hernandez prior to the non-waiver trade deadline.