Trade Rumor - Baseball Wiretap
President: D-Backs Will Be Able To Spend
Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers will have the ability to add payroll at the trade deadline. Arizona president/CEO Derrick Hall told FOX Sports as much on Tuesday. "We've got the flexibility," Hall said. "Our ownership group is willing to invest in this team. We've told KT, 'If we're in it, we'll do whatever it takes to support you.'" Arizona opened the season with a payroll of $53.6 million, sixth-smallest in the majors.
Beltran Would OK Trade To Contender
Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran wouldn't object to a trade prior to baseball's July 31 non-waiver deadline. Teammates Jose Reyes and Francisco Rodriguez has publicly stated that they would prefer to remain in New York. "This is a business," Beltran told The New York Post. He holds a full no-trade and can block any deal, but indicated he's willing to waive that clause should Mets general manager Sandy Alderson come up with the right deal. "The team is always going to do what is best for the team, and as a player you have to make a decision if the trade makes sense or not," Beltran said.
Rays Willing To Add To Payroll
The Rays are contending in the American League East and it is possible that the team could add to their $41 million payroll in the coming month. Baseball's non-waiver trade deadline is July 31. "I can not imagine a time we wouldn't be in position to do that. Winning is still paramount to everything we do," Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said. "Doing what's best for this organization is paramount to everything we do. ... That'll always be an option. But obviously we weigh that for what it means for future years, both what we're able to spend in future years and playes that we'll have in future years."
Brewers Looking To Improve Bench
The Brewers would like to strengthen their bench, according to sources. Particularity, Milwaukee is looking for a right-handed hitter. Their bullpen is expected to be fortified when Takashi Saito comes off the disabled list, possibly this weekend.
Tigers Open To Moving Reliever Thomas
The Tigers are open to trading left-handed reliever Brad Thomas, according to a source. Detroit has been attempting to gauge interest in Thomas as of late. The Tigers have a surplus of left-handers in their bullpen.
Hiroki Kuroda Drawing Trade Interest
The Dodgers are willing to trade pitcher Hiroki Kuroda and he has drawn interest on the market. A major-league source told Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com that "a lot of clubs" are showing interest in the right-hander. In fact, the Reds and Rockies had scouts present at Kuroda's most recent outing, though it's not clear if they were there to see him in particular.
Rangers Downplay Interest In K-Rod, Beltran
Rangers president Nolan Ryan downplayed reports Monday that the club is eyeing Mets veterans Carlos Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez as the trade market begins to heat up. "I can't believe that we have an interest in either," Ryan told 103.3 FM's Galloway and Company. The Mets won two of three in Arlington over the weekend and climbed above .500. "I don't see that's an upgrade" to the Rangers' bullpen, Ryan said. "And Beltran, you worry about his knee. And you're taking on an awful lot of salary."
Astros Unlikely To Trade Pence
It remains unlikely that the Astros will trade Hunter Pence before the July 31 deadline. However, the likelihood could increase if new owner Jim Crane is approved before the end of July and he orders such a move. The organization views him as a core player, but he's getting pricey and Houston could get a lot in return because a number of contenders are seeking a right-handed bat.
Will Yankees Look To Deal Montero?
Buster Olney of ESPN.com writes that the Yankees may consider dealing prospect Jesus Montero. Montero, a catcher, has struggled this season and talent evaluators have noted his decline in play. Some wonder whether the Yankees will deal Montero in hopes of getting something of value in return.
Giants Focused On Catchers; Torrealba On List
The Giants have scored the fewest runs in all of baseball this season and could upgrade their lineup in a number of ways. According to major league sources, San Francisco remains focused on acquiring a catcher. With Buster Posey out for the season, the Giants are using a tandem of Eli Whiteside and Chris Stewart. Neither is hitting particularly well: Whiteside .221, Stewart .156. Sources say the Giants have shown interest in Texas catcher Yorvit Torrealba, who began his career in San Francisco and has been the Rangers' primary backstop this year.
Giants Unlikely To Deal Pitcher For Hitter
The Giants have an anemic offense, but they are unlikely to trade any of their major-league pitchers in order to add a hitter.
Mets Won't Trade K-Rod To Yankees
The Mets don't want to improve the crosstown Yankees by trading Francisco Rodriguez to the Bronx.
Cubs In No Hurry To Trim Salary
The Cubs have lost seven of their last eight series, but Jim Hendry says they've played better as of late.
Charlie Manuel: I Want A Hitter
Charlie Manuel wants the Phillies to acquire a right-handed bat before the trade deadline.
Rockies May Seek Pitching Help
With the trade deadline approaching, the Rockies may be in the market for some pitching.
Twins Pulling Back On Seller Stance
Minnesota has won fourteen of their last seventeen games.
Could Mark Ellis Become A Giant?
The Athletics are playing rookie Jemile Weeks at second base over veteran Mark Ellis.
Cashman: Reyes To Yankees 'Not Going To Happen'
Brian Cashman threw support behind Derek Jeter while discussing the possibility of Jose Reyes playing for the Yankees.
Ludwick Drawing Interest From Mariners, Phillies, Reds
Ryan Ludwick is eligible for free agency at the end of the season and San Diego is believed to be open to dealing him.
Would Marlins Be Better Off Trading Ramirez?
Hanley Ramirez's future has been a hot topic as of late because of his struggles at the plate, Florida's trouble winning games and his reported chronic tardiness.
Mets Not Ready To Hold Fire Sale
Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said Tuesday that the team has yet to decide what course of action they'll take prior to the July 31 trade deadline.
Red Sox May Consider Targeting Reyes
The severity of Jed Lowrie's injury will determine what Boston does at shortstop.
Reds Looking For Starting Pitchers
Cincinnati has interest in Jeremy Guthrie, according to a report.
Red Sox, Giants Have Discussed Pudge With Nationals
Pudge Rodriguez is hitting just .224, but he's still a very good defender.
Yankees Have 'Zero Interest' In Zambrano
The Yankees don't view Carlos Zambrano as a solution to the holes in their starting rotation.
Zambrano Would Waive No-Trade Clause
Cubs right-hander Carlos Zambrano has reiterated that he would waive his no-trade clause if the team asked him to do so.
Soriano Expects To Remain In Chicago
Alfonso Soriano doesn't expect to be traded, but if the Cubs move him he seems open to a change of scenery.
Yankees Have Looked At Zambrano
The Yankees had top advisors to general manager Brian Cashman watching Zambrano during Chicago's recent 10-game road trip.
Angels Won't Spend Any More Money
Angels owner Arte Moreno has told general manager Tony Reagins not to spend any more of his money this year.