I’m going to wait to look at the trades from over the weekend until after the deadline.
Here’s the latest rumors coming into the trade deadline:
Manny Ramirez – Manny has claimed that he’d waive his no trade clause if the Red Sox could find a trade partner; he’d also required that his $20MM option be declined. The Phillies and Mets could be interested, but most reports having him cost a top prospect with money in return – a steep price for a rental. The Diamondbacks and Dodgers have also been mentioned.
Brian Fuentes – Peter Gammons is claiming the Cardinals are the front-runners, but GM Dan O’Dowd has said that since his team in closing in on the Diamondbacks/Dodgers, Fuentes and Matt Holliday are not available. Holliday is off the table, but most think that Fuentes will still be dealt. The Rays and Dodgers are still in the hunt too. The Marlins won’t give up Annibal Sanchez and the Mets won’t give up Aaron Heilman.
Jarrod Washburn – The Yankees and Mariners are close to a deal, but there are many conflicting rumors. The Yankees don’t want to give up anything more than a mid-level prospects; they’ll willing to deal a better prospect if Kei Igawa is included. The Mariners want Melky Cabrera and Brett Gardner. Some say that the Mariners are waiting until Hank Steinbrenner steps in and demands they acquire a pitcher.
George Sherrill – No news on this front. The Cardinals, Tigers, Dodgers, Marlins, and Phillies are still involved.
AJ Burnett – The Blue Jays are discussing giving Burnett an additional $2MM a season to not opt out of his contract. The Cardinals are the favorites to get him, if he’s dealt. The Yankees could inquire about him if the Washburn deal falls through, but it’s unlikely the Jays will deal him in the division.
Justin Duchscherer – The Rockies recently called the A’s about Duchscherer.
Mark Teixeira – The Braves have 4 players in mind that they’d want deal built around: Kevin Youkilis (Red Sox), James Loney (Dodgers), Conor Jackson (Diamondbacks), or Casey Kotchman (Angels). The Rays and Yankees have also been linked to the slugger.
Huston Street – Quiet on this front. If he’s moved, it’ll probably be in the off-season.
Smaller stuff: The Cardinals will not be trading Kyle Lohse before the deadline…The Tigers are looking at Jack Taschner and Scott Schoeneweis…Pudge Rodriguez could be dealt in August if the Tigers are out of contention…There is a 50% shot that the Rangers deal a catcher…The White Sox could be looking for relief help…The Yankees have gotten a lot of calls on Phil Hughes…The Mets are focusing on Raul Ibanez…The Marlins will move Mike Jacobs or Cody Ross for a reliever…Arthur Rhodes is an alternative to Fuentes and Sherrill…The Rays would consider Jeff Kent an upgrade…Benige Molina is an option for the Yankees and Marlins…The Cubs are standing pat…