MLB Rumor Wire: Claudio Vargas Focus of Early Whispers

Andrew KneelandSenior Writer IApril 5, 2008

Opening Day has come and gone, and the playing field is once again uneven for some teams.

Numerous teams across the league are already considering possible trades that would help their ballclub in the years to come.

Let's take a deeper look into the newest rumors to grace the MLB...


Claudio Vargas, Milwaukee Brewers

The New York Mets were reportedly interested in the Brewer's pitcher, and Met's GM Omar Minaya discussed things with Vargas' agent last Thursday.

No deal was reached, and it appears that the Mets will not offer Vargas a contract and will wait for pitcher Orlando Hernandez to return to the roster.

Vargas' agent, Bean Stringfellow, said that the Mets were not yet willing to offer a deal that would put Vargas into the Mets rotation.


Alex Rios, Toronto Blue Jays 

Despite the fact that the Toronto Sun placed a deadline on an Alex Rios extension, a deal was announced yesterday regarding the outfielder.

Alex Rios will be a Blue Jay for the next six years, earning $64 million over that span. The deal involves a seventh year option for Toronto, and a complete no-trade-clause for Rios for the first two years.


Tampa Bay Rays 

The Rays are in need of an outfielder, and a few teams might just fit the bill.

The Angels, Mariners, and Dodgers all have extra outfielders that the Rays might be interested in. 

The St. Petersburg Times reports that Tampa Bay will "be aggressive if something presents itself," according to GM Andrew Friedman.

The Rays are willing to offer starters Jason Hammel and Edwin Jackson for an outfielder.