MLB Trade Rumors 7/20/11
7:15 p. m. Eastern
-Texas, Philadelphia and San Francisco are among the teams watching Carlos Beltran at Citi Field, says Danny Knobler.
7:05 p. m. Eastern
-Jim Bowden: Brian Cashman is not looking for any starting pitching for the Yankees, but is seeking bullpen help. He also wants to remain GM of the Yankees beyond this season, but it’s not up to him. Braves Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he’s looking for an OF that can play all three positions.
7 p. m. Eastern
-Milwaukee has had internal discussions about Houston SS Clint Barmes, according to Jerry Crasnick.
6:35 p. m. Eastern
-Philadelphia and Kansas City have exchanged names in a potential Melky Cabrera trade, says Ken Rosenthal. After just dealing Wilson Betemit to Detroit, it’s unlikely the Royals will trade both Cabrera and Jeff Francouer.
-Houston has shown some willingness to trade Hunter Pence, according to Buster Olney, and the Braves have the prospects to get a deal done.
5:45 p. m. Eastern
-Kansas City is getting 19-year-old single-A lefty Antonio Cruz, 2-6 with a 3.11 ERA in 22 appearances (10 starts) for West Michigan of the Midwest League, along with 21-year-old C Julio Rodriguez, .283/.325/.354 with one home run and 27 RBIs for Lakeland of the Advanced-A Florida State League. These are both second tier prospects, according to Jayson Stark.
5:33 p. m. Eastern
-Detroit is on the verge of acquiring Wilson Betemit from Kansas City for lefty pitching and catching prospects, according to JP Morosi.
5:30 p. m. Eastern
-Kansas City is close to trading 3B Wilson Betemit, says Bob Dutton. Jon Morosi says the Tigers are the team that’ll get him.
-Atlanta is interested in Jonny Gomes. Is he the righty hitter headed to the Braves?
5:20 p. m. Eastern
-The Mets have been scouting Boston’s top prospects, including SS Jose Iglesias, OF Ryan Kalish, 3B Will Middlebrooks and pitchers Anthony Ranaudo and Felix Doubront, according to Gordon Edes (via MetsBlog). It doesn’t seem like the Red Sox are willing to pay that high price for Carlos Beltran.
4:55 p. m. Eastern
-The Braves could be close to making a deal for a righty bat, says David O’Brien.
-San Francisco is still in on Carlos Beltran but would also like help at SS and C, says Jerry Crasnick.
-The Brewers are interested in Jamey Carroll but nothing is close yet, says Tom Haudricourt.
3:40 p. m. Eastern
-Colorado never really had intention to trade Ubaldo Jimenez, according to Jayson Stark.
-The perception among teams is that the Rays are ready to move BJ Upton, according to Buster Olney.
-Teams talking to San Diego about relief pitching include the Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers, Reds, Phillies and Cardinals according to JP Morosi. The Pads won’t be trading Tim Stauffer.
-Pittsburgh and Oakland are talking about a trade involving relief pitching, but not Josh Willingham yet, according to Buster Olney. One Pittsburgh writer says Willingham and Craig Breslow would be in and Garrett Jones would be out.
-Aramis Ramirez has no interest in leaving the Cubs right now, says Jon Heyman. He has 10 and 5 rights and can block any move.
-Los Angeles is open for business, shopping Hiroki Kuroda, Ted Lilly, Juan Uribe, Matt Guerrier and Jamey Carroll (who the Brewers have called about).
-Baltimore is open for business, says Danny Knobler. Teams are interested in Jim Johnson and the Tigers, among others, are interested in Jeremy Guthrie.
-Houston is interested in lowering payroll and are shopping Wandy Rodriguez and Brett Myers, says Jon Heyman.
10:45 a. m. Eastern
-Peter Gammons: Pittsburgh would like to add a reliever like Koji Uehara, Leo Nunez or Tyler Clippard as well as a bat like Josh Willingham. There’s also a possibility the Braves acquire Carlos Beltran from the Mets in a deal including Mike Minor. Atlanta also likes Hunter Pence and Houston could get Minor and a couple of prospects they like. If they can trade Derek Lowe to a team like Detroit, it opens up even more flexibility.
-The Red Sox are not aggressively pursuing anyone right now, a source told WEEI.
8:30 a. m. Eastern
-Jason Grilli may have signed with Pittsburgh, as per his Twitter.
7:35 a. m. Eastern
-James Shields is among the pitchers the Reds have interest in, which could be why the Rays have been scouting Cincy minor leaguers this week, says Buster Olney.
-Colorado has yet to get an official offer for Ubaldo Jimenez and talks should heat up in the coming days, says Jeff Passan. The Tigers, Reds and Yankees are the most interested thus far, says the Yahoo! team. Colorado GM Dan O’Dowd is hoping that an interesting team overpays. The team is not actively shopping Ty Wigginton or Chris Iannetta. Colorado would ask for pitcher Jacob Turner from Detroit, C Devin Mesoraco from Cincinnati and Jesus Montero and Manny Banuelos from the Yankees.
-More Yahoo!- The Mets reportedly gave Carlos Beltran a list of teams to consider as they try to trade him and the Phillies are on that list. The Phils are interested in a righty bat. The Red Sox, Giants and Yankees are believed to be interested, but Beltran may want to stay close to New York this year. One scout said that the Brewers, offering Mat Gamel, was a dark horse (Though the Mets have Ike Davis at 1B and David Wright at 3B, so this may not make much sense). A source said Jose Reyes has told friends he would love to sign with the Angels this offseason, but Anaheim may not offer the money he’s looking for and the team is happy with Erick Aybar at SS. They want a 3B or power arm this year but probably don’t have enough to trade for Padres relievers Heath Bell or Mike Adams. The White Sox could end up as sellers.
-The Phillies and Red Sox have been the most aggressive teams in trying to get Carlos Beltran, with the Braves, Giants, Pirates and Indians also interested, says Joel Sherman. Texas is also believed to have had limited interest. Cincinnati is expected to make a big trade, but they seem most interest in Ubaldo Jimenez. The Mets are surprised that the Tigers don’t have much interest. New York has had so much interest that they believe they may not even have to pay the rest of Beltran’s $6 million contract. The Yankees are not suitors, but the Mets are not opposed to trading him within the division.
-San Francisco could go after Michael Cuddyer of the Twins to play 2B, says Andrew Baggarly. But the Twins’ asking price was high and the Giants needed IF help so they completed the Jeff Keppinger trade.