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Deadline Day's MLB Trade Rumors: A Look Back At What Did And Didn't Happen

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Astros Nearing Multiyear Extension For Brett Myers

A few days ago, the Houston Astros made starter Brett Myers 'untouchable'. They took bids for him leading up to the deadline, naturally, but they weren't in any hurry to move him, and now it seems they like him so much they're taking things to the next level:

Astros close to multi-year deal with Myers

Myers has an $8m mutual option for 2011. With the Astros, he's been able to post a career-low ERA while keeping his walks and home runs down a fair bit. Without knowing what other teams were offering, it's impossible to say whether the Astros should've worked harder to move Myers at the deadline. This extension, though, if it happens, will give them continuity to a roster that may not have very much.


MLB Trade Rumors: Braves Looking At Chone Figgins

Chone Figgins was one of the Seattle Mariners' key offseason pickups last winter. Could he really be moving less than a year later at the MLB trade deadline? ESPN's Jerry Crasnick is hearing rumblings:

Seattle has approached Atlanta about a Chone Figgins deal. The M's would have to eat a lot of the $$$ #trades

The Mariners approaching the Braves makes it sound like general manager Jack Zduriencik might sense weakness, especially with the knuckle injury Martin Prado just sustained.


MLB Trade Rumors: Giants May Land Brewers' Corey Hart After All

The Brewers' Corey Hart appeared to be off the market earlier Saturday, but in the final minutes before the trade deadline, it appears possible that the Giants may be able to pick him up after all.

Just heard Corey Hart to Giants might be resurrected at the last minute. J. Bautista/Kelly Johnson/S. Downs also in play.

Hart's 22 home runs and .911 OPS could give the Giants the extra push they need to pass the Padres in the N.L. West.

As mentioned in the tweet, the possibility of a three-way trade between the Giants, Blue Jays, and Diamondbacks has also been mentioned. Landing Jose Bautista or Kelly Johnson -- or both -- would more than answer the Padres' recent acquisition of Ryan Ludwick.


MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees Taking Long, Hard Look At Kerry Wood

I think missing out on Cliff Lee might have made the Yankees mad, because now they've gone into ultra mode.

Heard this: The Yankees are closing in on deal for Kerry Wood.
Heard this: The Indians would eat a lot of the money owed to Kerry Wood if the Yankees and Cleveland finish this deal.

Wood is owed nearly $4m on the rest of his 2010 contract, which explains why the Indians would want to shed what salary they can. The long-time setup man missed time with a shoulder strain earlier in the year, but he's come back with the same impressive velocity, the same iffy command, and the same occasional fits of unhittability. Though not always reliable, the Yankee bullpen has been in search of help, and between Wood, Joba Chamberlain, and David Robertson, they'd have three possible setup options with very good stuff. None of them are presently pitching very well, but odds are good that at least one of them would be able to get hot down the stretch.


MLB Trade Rumors: Luke Scott Drawing Interest From Dodgers, Rays

We're now less than an hour away from the trade deadline, and we've come across what might be the most interesting item of the day. From FanHouse's Tom Krasovic:

#Dodgers are making a push for Orioles OF Luke Scott. #Rays also in the mix.

Luke Scott hasn't made a lot of noise over the past couple of days, though we knew the Rays were looking at him. The news that the Dodgers are interested makes previous reports of their willingness to deal Manny Ramirez seem even sillier.

The general assumption over the last couple of days is that the Rays would have to land Adam Dunn in order to proportionally answer the Yankees' acquisition of Lance Berkman, but the stats tell us that Luke Scott would certainly be a suitable alternative -- he's mashed 17 home runs for the Orioles this year and maintained an OPS of .908, not far off from Dunn's .926.


MLB Trade Rumors: Rays Shopping For Bullpen Help, Interested In Scott Downs, Brandon League

With under two hours until Saturday's trade deadline, the Tampa Bay Rays remain in the rumor mill. According to the New York Post's Joel Sherman, the Rays are taking a look at relievers Scott Downs and Brandon League.

#Rays have interest in Downs #Blue Jays, League #Mariners, but cost still high in relief market

Grant Balfour's trip to the disabled list is likely the Rays' prime motivator here. Between closer Rafael Soriano (1.77 ERA), Joaquin Benoit (0.74), and Dan Wheeler (2.94), they already have a very impressive bullpen even without Balfour.

Downs, a 34-year-old southpaw, has put together a 2.34 ERA in 42.1 innings for the Blue Jays. Over in Seattle, League has a 3.40 ERA in 53 innings.

For more, head over to our Rays blog, DRaysBay.


MLB Trade Rumors: Not Content, Diamondbacks Still Shopping Kelly Johnson, Adam LaRoche

Lest you think that Edwin Jackson, Dan Haren, Chris Snyder, and Chad Qualls were the only players the Diamondbacks were looking to move, you should think again:

Spoke with someone who says #Dbacks would still like to move K. Johnson and/or LaRoche. This, folks, is a housecleaning.

LaRoche is due seven figures the rest of the way and has a $1.5m 2011 buyout, while Johnson is an attractive, movable infielder, so it's easy to see why the Diamondbacks would be looking to swing more trades. One team expressing interest in the latter?

#SFGiants view Kelly Johnson as possible option for infield and outfield. Remember: He has played LF and 2B. #Giants love versatility.

LaRoche has a .776 OPS and is a middling option perhaps better suited for a contending team's bench, so he's a candidate to get moved in August if he isn't moved today. Johnson, meanwhile, has cooled off since a torrid start, but he still has an OPS of .865, plays a passable second base, and has some experience in the outfield. The fact that he's arbitration-eligible next season only makes him more attractive.


MLB Trade Rumors: Adam Dunn Pursued By Tigers, White Sox, And Rays, But May Stay Put

We're now three hours and change from the trade deadline (4:00 P.M. Eastern), and the biggest prize, Nationals slugger Adam Dunn, has not moved. However, the Tigers, White Sox, and Rays are still in the mix, tweets Jim Bowden of Fox Sports:

Confirmed....3 Teams are still "in" on Adam Dunn: Detroit, Chicago WS and Tampa Bay....50/50 he's moved....Confirmed

The biggest issue regarding Adam Dunn is that Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is refusing to lower his asking price. Jayson Stark tweets:

Odds of Adam Dunn going anywhere today are less than 50-50, sources say. #Nationals still say not lowering price. #trades

Dunn himself would like to be moved, and has even made something of an about-face by saying that he'd be okay with serving as a designated hitter. This is certainly where the Rays and White Sox would want to put him.

How Dunn would fit with the Tigers, though, is a little more interesting. Dunn can only really play left field (occupied by Rookie of the Year candidate Brennan Boesch), first base (Miguel Cabrera, who is making a mockery of American League pitching), and designated hitter (Johnny Damon, who is still productive at the plate). The most likely option would be to vacate the DH spot by moving Damon to center field, but Damon's back issues may present an issue, and the speed of current center fielder Austin Jackson is nice to keep in the lineup.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for further updates.


MLB Trade Rumors: Manny Ramirez Drawing Some Interest As Deadline Nears

With Prince Fielder and Corey Hart off the market and Adam Dunn looking impossible to acquire, there are still teams out there in search of a big bat, but few big bats available to get. Solution? Try the wild:

It's a halfcourt shot, but it's still in the air: Source says #WhiteSox intend to make one more run at Manny today.

And, from Joel Sherman:

#Rays still looking for RH bat to hit 5th, inquired a while back on Manny Ramirez, but went nowhere with #Dodgers

Asking about a guy isn't the same as getting deep into negotiations for a guy, but this is interesting specifically because it's Manny Ramirez. The Dodgers are currently 4.5 back in the Wild Card race, Ramirez is currently on the DL for the third time this season, and he's still due something like $7m on a $20m 2010 contract. It is highly, highly unlikely he gets moved, but the deadline can make some teams desperate, and he'd certainly be an impact bat were he to go East.


MLB Trade Rumors: Padres Making Push For Cardinals' Ryan Ludwick

On the day of the trade deadline, the Padres are apparently making an effort to add some power to their lineup in the form of outfielder Ryan Ludwick. FanHouse's Tom Krasovic tweets:

Heard this from NL club: Padres are deep into talks to get Cardinals OF Ryan Ludwick. Good power bat.

This is one of the first rumors we've heard that involves two teams in the playoff hunt. The Padres lead the N.L. West and hold the best record in the National League thanks to their pitching. Save for Adrian Gonzalez, though, they don't have anyone in their lineup with an OPS greater than .800.

The 32-year-old Ludwick is signed to a one-year deal. This season, he's hitting .281 with 11 home runs and an .827 OPS. At this point, it's unclear who or what the Cardinals, who hold a slim lead in the N.L. Central, would get in return.

For more, check out our Padres blog, Gaslamp Ball, and our Cardinals blog, Viva El Birdos.


MLB Trade Rumors: Dodgers Now Front-Runners To Land Ted Lilly

In the final hours before the trade deadline, the Los Angeles Dodgers appear to be making the strongest push for Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly. From the L.A. Times:

The Dodgers and Cubs have discussed a potential deal that would send Lilly and infielder  Ryan Theriot to Los Angeles, but one source indicated that the Dodgers might be focused on acquiring only Lilly.

It isn't known what the Dodgers would give the Cubs.

For the time being, the Yankees, who were in the Lilly conversation for a time, appear to be less interested.

Lilly's contract expires at the end of the season. The 34-year-old southpaw experienced a breakout year in 2009, posting a 3.10 ERA with a 1.056 WHIP. This season, his numbers remain solid -- he holds a 3-8 record with the Cubs, but has a 3.69 ERA in 117 innings pitched.

The 54-49 Dodgers are currently seven games removed from the N.L. West-leading San Diego Padres. Though Lilly could certainly help the Dodgers' starting rotation, it seems that their bullpen is more in need of help.

For more, check out our Dodgers blog, True Blue LA, and our Cubs blog, Bleed Cubbie Blue.


MLB Trade Rumors: Astros Again Considering Dealing Brett Myers

It was on Wednesday that word spread of the Astros calling Brett Myers 'untouchable' in trade talks. Guess who might be backtracking?

Late Friday, however, one major-league source indicated that the Astros have become more open-minded to offers for Myers, their ace-of-the-moment.

It’s possible now that Myers, signed to a one-year, $5.1 million contract in January, will be the top right-handed starter moved in the final hours before Saturday’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver deadline.

The Astros have already been stripped nearly bare with the trades of Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman, and if they were to deal Myers, they would have precious little left on the Major League roster. On the other hand, Myers isn't exactly an untouchable kind of talent, and if there are interested teams out there willing to deal some sort of young value in exchange, the Astros have to pay attention. It would do the organization a disservice to be closed off to any proposals that may float in.

If Myers is indeed back on the market, it's expected that the Twins will make a play.


Deadline Day's MLB Trade Rumors: Rays In Pursuit Of Chad Qualls

Well, it's after midnight on both major coasts, which means it's July 31st, or MLB non-waiver traded deadline day. What's the first rumor we have on the table? It's not the most exciting rumor in the world, but, well, take it away, Ken Rosenthal:

#Rays showing serious interest in #Diamondbacks RHR Chad Qualls.

Qualls' name has come up a number of times in recent weeks as an interesting case study as a guy whose 8.29 ERA doesn't match his performance or ability. Arizona wants to shed his salary and he'd be a cheap, easy acquisition for a team willing to overlook the number of runs he's allowed. Enter the Rays, who are apparently in hot pursuit. What's unclear is just how Qualls would fit in with a group that, as a unit, has been arguably the American League's best bullpen all year, but he could always take the place of Lance Cormier, who has walked eight more batters than he's struck out on the season. If the Rays were to get Qualls, and if Qualls were to pitch up to his ability, there would be nary a flaw in the Rays' entire staff.

Qualls has drawn some degree of interest from several clubs in recent days.

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