MLB Trade Rumors: Updates from Around the League
There are still a number of moves that could be made in the days leading up to the 2012 MLB trade deadline, and the rumor mill has never been hotter.
While a few big names have already been traded, there are still a number of potential game-changing players who are on the block.
It would not be surprising to see at least one more shocking trade before we reach this season's MLB trade deadline. Here are some of the latest hot MLB rumors that have surfaced.
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After Ryan Dempster refused a trade to the Atlanta Braves, it seemed as if there were only two places that he could end the year: Los Angeles or Chicago.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says that there are still some complications surrounding Dempster, but that he is still on their list. After the Dodgers traded for Hanley Ramirez, they may be more willing to go after the starting pitcher that they need.
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Now that the Philadelphia Phillies have re-signed Cole Hamels, there is some talk that the Phillies may have interest in dealing Cliff Lee. Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports have indicated that the Phillies are still uncertain if they will deal Lee.
Doug Mittler of ESPN (Insider required) has indicated that the Phillies could look into dealing Lee now. The Texas Rangers could be a good destination for Lee since they lost Colby Lewis for the year.
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Buster Olney of ESPN has noted that talks between the Yankees and the San Diego Padres about Chase Headley are all but inevitable.
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Denard Span was almost dealt to the Washington Nationals in 2011, and now he could actually be dealt in 2012. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Cincinnati Reds are interested in Span.
Span would help stabilize the Reds outfield, but Rosenthal has mentioned that the Reds are not willing to overpay for him.
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The Tampa Bay Rays are going to have a very difficult decision to make in the coming days in regards to James Shields.
Jayson Stark of ESPN believes that he Rays may decide to make Shields available soon. If Shields does hit the market, there will be a lot of interest in him.
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The Milwaukee Brewers thought that they had a chance at reaching the playoffs this season, but a six-game losing streak may have changed their minds. According to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, the Brewers will now be sellers.
Zack Greinke will be a highly coveted commodity, and he may be the best pitcher available this summer. Don't be surprised if there is a bidding war for Greinke.
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The Philadelphia Phillies already have a good idea of what they would want in return for Shane Victorino. They are looking for pitchers who could help their bullpen.
Jim Bowden of ESPN has reported that the Phillies are interested in acquiring Logan Ondrusek from the Cincinnati Reds or Josh Lindblom from the Los Angeles Dodgers, in return for Victorino.
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Matt Garza has been on the trade market for a few weeks now, and the Chicago Cubs have been negotiating with a number of teams.
Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports has said that these discussions are continuing. The Cubs will likely keep talks going over the next few days so that they can make the decision about if they want to re-sign Garza or deal him.
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Although the New York Mets said that they were not going to be sellers at the trade deadline, their awful performance after the All-Star break may have changed that.
Joel Sherman of The New York Post has mentioned that the Mets are now listening to offers for Scott Hairston and Tim Byrdak. They may listen on other players if they fall further out of contention.
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Three Miami Marlins have already changed teams this summer, and there may be a few more that are on the move.
Joel Sherman of The New York Post has said that the Marlins will trade Josh Johnson for a huge package of prospects, and that they are also willing to listen to deals for anyone, including Giancarlo Stanton.
If the Marlins do decide to trade Stanton, there will be a long list of teams that could be possible destinations for him.