Trade Rumor - Baseball Wiretap
Yankees Eyeing Francisco Liriano
Bob Nightengale of the USA Today reported that the New York Yankees are keeping a "close eye" on Francisco Liriano of the Minnesota Twins. Similarly, the Twins are "keeping tabs" on Yankees prospects in case they decide to trade the 27 year old starting pitcher. Liriano is under team control until the end of the 2012 season.
Yankees Keeping An Eye On Liriano
The Yankees are keeping an eye on left-hander Francisco Liriano, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Minnesota is also keeping tabs on New York's prospects in the event a deal is struck.
Carpenter Wouldn't Turn Down Trade
Chris Carpenter is open to a trade, but he knows one may be unlikely. St. Louis fully intends to contend even without righty Adam Wainwright, who will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the entire season. With 10 years of service, Carpenter has the right to block any deal. "It's not up to me. If the Cardinals wanted to trade me, obviously I would go. There's no question about that," Carpenter said. "I'm not going hold back or veto or do anything like that if they're looking to move me. "I'm not concerned about, though. I'm concerned about getting myself ready to pitch at the beginning of the season."
Phillies Looking For Help Off Bench
The Phillies look great on paper, but they may not be done tinkering. They have inquired with the Nationals about right-handed hitter outfielder Michael Morse.
Braves Aren't Looking To Trade Starter
The Braves aren't looking to trade a starting pitcher, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez. "[Are the Braves] looking at trading somebody? Oh, no, no, no," Gonzalez said. "I think this is where you build your team from. Your strength is your starting pitching. No, I don?t anticipate us moving any of those guys." Tim Hudson and Derek Lowe's name have come up in trade rumors involving the Yankees and now the Cardinals following news that Adam Wainwright needs Tommy John surgery.
Teixeira Won't Wave No-Trade Clause; Wants To Be Buried In Pinstripes
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira says he will not waive his full no-trade clause under any circumstances, trying to put to rest speculation that he could be dealt to St. Louis for Albert Pujols. "I'm not going anywhere," Teixeira said. "I got that no-trade for a reason. I'm going to be buried in these pinstripes. You know what, I would be disappointed if the fans of New York weren't looking to make our team better, but they've just got to know I'm not leaving." ESPN.com, citing a baseball official, reported earlier this week the Yankees would not explore a trade for Pujols.
Trade Talks On Young Intensify Between Arizona, Texas
The Diamondbacks are interested in possibly acquiring Michael Young in a trade with the Rangers. Arizona views Young as a possible upgrade over Melvin Mora at third base, but their talks with the Rangers have yet to escalate, according to sources. They would likely ask Texas to absorb a portion of Young's remaining salary.
Marlins Interested In Michael Young
The Marlins are interested in trading for infielder Michael Young, but they want the Rangers to absorb some of the veteran's salary, according to a source. Young is owed $48 million over the next three seasons. Florida wants Texas to pay at least $30 million of what he's owed through the 2013 season.
Twins Open To Dealing Liriano
The Twins have six starting pitchers to fill five slots and they are surprisingly open to dealing left-hander Francisco Liriano. Liriano, 27, can become a free agent after the 2012 season. According to the Star Tribune, Minnesota doesn't plan to sign Liriano to a long-term deal. Last weekend, they avoided arbitration with a one-year, $4.3 million deal. It is believed that the lefty and his camp were seeking a three-year, $39 million deal.
Rangers Will Only Deal Young If They Can Get Better
The Rangers are only going to trade infielder Michael Young if the deal can make them a better team. Texas CEO Chuck Greenberg said the Rangers are "looking at what the alternatives are" out of respect for Young, who has "made clear that he wishes to be traded." "We will only do that if we can grant his wish and still improve the ballclub," Greenberg said. "We made the decision quite some time ago that our best ballclub had Michael Young with a pivotal role on it and that's still our preference and we'll just to see how it all plays out."
Rangers GM Prepared To Keep Young
Jon Daniels is pursuing a trade of Michael Young, but he is also preparing to have him in Spring Training.
Phillies, Rangers Briefly Discussed Young
Talks between the two teams are no longer active.
Young Isn't Likely Fit With Yankees
Michael Young wants at-bats, but the Yankees don't have a lot to go around.
Blue Jays Trying To Trade Rivera
The Blue Jays have already traded Mike Napoli, the other player acquired in the Vernon Wells deal with the Angels.
Rockies No Longer Targeting Young
The Rangers were adamant about getting a proven player or top prospect in return for Michael Young.
Rangers Finding It Hard To Trade Young
The Rockies, Angels, Dodgers, Padres, Yankees, Astros, Cardinals and Twins are on Michael Young's approved list.
'Disappointed' Young Has No Regrets
Michael Young says the Rangers have deceived and manipulated him.
Astros Won't Deal Wandy Rodriguez
The Astros signed Wandy Rodriguez to a three-year extension last month.
Young Doesn't Want To Be DH
Michael Young has accommodated the Rangers a number of times, but he appears to have had it.
Young Wants Out Of Texas
Michael Young is due $48 million over the next three seasons.
Rangers Still Exploring Michael Young Trade
Michael Young could be headed to Colorado.