Trade Rumor - Baseball Wiretap

Amaro 'Doubts' Phillies Will Make Trade

Aug 30, 2011 3:40 PM

With the August 31 waiver trade deadline approaching, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. "doubts" his team will swing a deal. Philadelphia could use a left-handed power hitter and a lefty reliever. The Phillies have the best record in the Major Leagues, which means they have the lowest waiver priority.

Philadelphia Daily News

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Trade Rumor

Ryan Confirms Rangers' Interest In Berkman

Aug 30, 2011 3:36 PM

Rangers president Nolan Ryan has confirmed that the team will explore the possibility of trading for Cardinals outfielder Lance Berkman. Texas right fielder Nelson Cruz suffered a hamstring injury Sunday and will be sidelined at least three weeks, which has only intensified rumors. Speaking on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM, Ryan said: "Obviously with Nellie going out like he is, not knowing when he's going to be back and we got a tough schedule ahead of us, anything we can do to help the ballclub, we're certainly going to look at it. "Lance is having an outstanding year with the Cardinals. So is that a possibility? I guess you could say it's remote, but ... with a player of Lance's caliber, if that's a possibility, you certainly have to give it consideration." Berkman has cleared waivers, but the Cardinals are reluctant to move him without significant return.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, Trade Rumor

B.J. Upton Remains With Rays After Claim

Aug 29, 2011 4:26 PM

The window for the Rays to trade center fielder B.J. Upton has expired, so he will remain with the team. There was speculation that the Indians or Nationals claimed him. Upton is arbitration-eligible this offseason. "I hope [I won't be traded], but I don't see why I wouldn't be with all the talks at the [non-waiver Trade] Deadline, and with this [waiver claim]. I don't see why there wouldn't be that possibility," Upton said. "I don't want to go anywhere, but if that's what they want to do, it's out of my hands."

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Trade Rumor

Wilson Makes Pitch For Rangers To Acquire Berkman

Aug 29, 2011 4:15 PM

Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson would love to see the team acquire Lance Berkman if a trade can be worked out by Thursday. Wilson made the comments on the Ben & Skin Show on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM on Monday. Berkman has reportedly cleared waivers from the Cardinals and a source claims Texas is interested in the slugger. "You have to think about the needs of the team and the needs of the other teams that would potentially (be) going after him as well," Wilson said. "It'd be great for us to get him because the Angels could use him a lot. ... Lance Berkman is a good player. He can play first base. He can play the outfield."

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Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, Trade Rumor

Giambi Would Prefer Trade To Phillies

Aug 29, 2011 8:17 AM

The Rockies placed slugger Jason Giambi on waivers and his preference would be to land with the Phillies for the stretch run. However, it's highly unlikely that Giambi will reach Philadelphia through the waiver process.

Troy Renck/Denver Post (via Twitter)

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Philadelphia Phillies, Trade Rumor

Royals Willing To Deal Prospects For Pitching

Aug 28, 2011 5:11 PM

Royals general manager Dayton Moore is willing to deal some of the team's prospects for starting pitchers. "We'll be aggressive in trades," Moore said. "We'll try to make a trade or two that helps us. We have to look internally first, but then we have to look at trades. Then, finally, we have to look at free agency. We'll explore all of those options." Even after calling up Eric Hosmer, Johnny Giavotella, Danny Duffy and Mike Moustakas this season, the Royals still have six minor-leaguers who were chosen to Baseball America's Top 100 prospects list. "We have a minor-league system that's ranked pretty good," Moore said. "So we'll see what's out there. We're a pitcher or two away."

Kansas City Star

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Trade Rumor

Alfonso Soriano Clears Waivers

Aug 27, 2011 5:58 PM

Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano cleared waivers earlier this month. Chicago is reportedly willing to pay a majority of the $50 million remaining on his contract.

Jon Heyman/Sports Illustrated (via Twitter)

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Trade Rumor

B.J. Upton Claimed, Trade Unlikely

Aug 27, 2011 5:46 PM

Rays center fielder B.J. Upton was claimed on waivers by an unnamed team this week. Tampa Bay has until Monday to work a trade or pull him back, though it appears as of now that a deal is unlikely.

Tampa Tribune

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Trade Rumor

Carpenter Was Claimed, Pulled Back By Cardinals

Aug 27, 2011 5:33 PM

The Cardinals placed right-hander Chris Carpenter on waivers earlier this month. The former NL Cy Young winner was claimed by multiple teams and then pulled back by St. Louis, according to a baseball source.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Trade Rumor

Giants, Padres Fail To Reach Deal For Bell

Aug 26, 2011 6:18 PM

The deadline for the Padres to work out a waiver trade with the Giants for closer Heath Bell has passed without a deal. San Francisco claimed Bell off waivers on Wednesday. San Diego had 48 hours to decide whether to work out a trade for the three-time All-Star, allow him to be claimed or let waivers expire.

Associated Press

Tags: San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Trade Rumor

Twins Have 'Narrow List Of Players' To Pick From By Oct. 15
The Twins traded Jim Thome to the Indians on Thursday.

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Padres Will Keep Heath Bell
The Padres have decided to keep closer Heath Bell, a potential free agent, through the end of the season.

FOX Sports

Cardinals Willing To Become Sellers
St. Louis has a number of players set to hit the free agent market this winter.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Mystery Teams Claim Thome, Kubel
It remains to be seen which teams have claimed Jim Thome and Jason Kubel.

Buster Olney/ (via Twitter)

Carlos Pena Claimed On Waivers
Carlos Pena is hitting .223 with 23 home runs and 67 RBI in 124 games this season.

Buster Olney/ (via Twitter)

Rockies Don't Want To Pay 'Full Price' For Wandy Rodriguez
The Astros and Rockies have until Thursday afternoon to work out a trade involving Wandy Rodriguez.

Sources: Giants Claim Heath Bell
The Giants have claimed Padres closer Heath Bell on waivers.

Rangers Don't Anticipate Waiver Trade
Texas added Jeff Francoeur via a waiver trade last August.


Colorado Claimed Wandy Rodriguez
Houston has 48 hours to work out a deal, or they could let him go to Colorado in exchange for a $20,000 waiver claim.

Rockies Acquire Kouzmanoff From A's
According to the Rockies, Kevin Kouzmanoff will report to the team's Triple-A club.

MLB Trade Rumors

Rangers Reached Out To Orioles After Davis Injury
Chris Davis told the Orioles that his shoulder was bothering him when he was with the Rangers.

White Sox Could Be Interested In Thome
The White Sox could place a claim on Jim Thome.

Chicago Tribune

Yankees Have No Interest In Wandy Rodriguez
The Astros have placed left-hander Wandy Rodriguez on waivers.

Andrew Marchand/ (via Twitter)

Wandy Rodriguez Still Option For Yankees
The Astros placed left-hander Wandy Rodriguez on waivers Friday night, meaning he'll clear Monday if unclaimed.

New York Post

Brewers Aren't Desperate For Lefty Reliever
The belief is that the Brewers need a left-handed reliever, but they feel confident with their group of right-handers.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Could Thome Be Headed Back To Phillies?
The Phillies are looking for a left-handed bat for their bench and the Twins are out of contention.

Seattle Times

Astros Place Wandy, Myers On Waivers
The Astros shopped both Wandy Rodriguez and Brett Myers prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Jon Heyman/Sports Illustrated (via Twitter)

GMs Expect Quiet August Deadline
The Athletics are one of the teams that are most likely to make a deal by Aug. 31.

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Thome, Giambi Haven't Been Placed On Waivers
The Phillies would like to add a left-handed bat to their bench for the postseason.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

White Sox Won't Add To Payroll
Chicago is within striking distance of first place in the American League Central.

Scott Merkin/ (via Twitter)