MLB Rumors: Hot Rumors That You Shouldn't Believe

Rick Weiner@RickWeinerNYFeatured ColumnistJuly 17, 2013

MLB Rumors: Hot Rumors That You Shouldn't Believe

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    Just over two weeks away from the non-waiver trade deadline, there's been no shortage of high-profile players who have seen their names pop up on the rumor mill as potential trade candidates.

    From current and former All-Stars to former Cy Young Award winners, the biggest names on the rumor mill run the gamut in terms of major league success. And were any of them to be traded, it would send shockwaves through MLB.

    But working out trades for these players is far easier said than done, and while it's fun to dream about what "Player X" would look like in another team's uniform, it's far more likely that these players stay put than it is that they wind up wearing another team's uniform by the time the calendar flips to August.

    Like Public Enemy said, the wise move for fans and pundits alike is simple: "Don't Believe the Hype."

Minnesota Isn't Going to Trade Glen Perkins

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    While Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan is willing to listen on anyone and everyone on his team's 25-man roster, don't expect a fire sale in the Twin Cities.

    "If somebody overwhelms you with something, then you've got to listen," Ryan told Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press. "There's no question. You just can't say, 'No.' It's not just Glen Perkins. It would be anybody in this situation. If somebody wants to talk about a guy, I'm all ears. Go ahead."

    For contenders in need of a closer, there isn't a better option available on the trade market than Glen Perkins. Perkins is due $10.3 million through the 2015 season with a $4.5 million team option for 2016, well below what a top-end closer typically makes.

    While that very team-friendly contract increases Perkins' value substantially, Ryan won't move his closer without a team paying through the roof to get him. It's going to take multiple prospects who are closer to major league-ready than not—young pitching, especially—to make it worth the team's while.

    That's simply not a price that those with bullpen needs are going to pay.


Tim Lincecum Won't Be Traded

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    Shortly after Tim Lincecum threw the first no-hitter of his career against the San Diego Padres this past weekend, Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi cited industry sources as saying multiple teams had interest in trading for the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner and using him out of the bullpen down the stretch.

    It's true that Lincecum is a free agent after the season and that he's anything but a sure thing to return to San Francisco in 2014. The 29-year-old has struggled mightily since the beginning of last season, and there are legitimate questions as to whether his long-term future is as a starter or a reliever.

    It's also true that the defending World Series Champions find themselves eight games below .500 (43-51), seven games behind Arizona for the division lead and 10 games out of a wild-card berth.

    But Lincecum has pitched much better than his numbers would lead you to believe. And while potential suitors may be looking to use him as a reliever, the Giants aren't going to view him as anything but a solid starting pitcher, which means they'll expect a package of players that you'd expect a team to surrender to acquire one.

    Trade the "Freaky Franchise"?

    Not going to happen.

Chase Utley Will Remain in Philadelphia

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    Nobody associated with the Philadelphia Phillies wants to trade Chase Utley.

    Not GM Ruben Amaro Jr. or team chairman Bill Giles, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Not even Utley himself is interested in a scenario that finds him wearing a different uniform, per Todd Zolecki of

    Yet the trade rumors are out there.

    It makes sense for the team and Utley to agree to part ways, especially when you consider that Utley could return to Philadelphia after the season as a free agent while the team adds some valuable pieces in the deal.

    While the Phillies fancy themselves contenders and are within striking distance of a playoff spot, this is a flawed club with an aging core that desperately needs an injection of youth into the everyday lineup. Renting out Utley for two months would help to reach that goal and improve the team's chances of contending in the future.

    But between the team's aversion to moving the fan favorite, along with the fact that he can block trades to 21 teams, the chances of Utley getting traded are about as good as Mike Schmidt announcing that he's coming out of retirement.

Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon Aren't Going Anywhere Either

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    It comes as no surprise that Philadelphia's Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon have both seen their names mentioned in rumors—especially Lee, whose name is always bandied about as a trade candidate in what has become an annual event.

    But just like Chase Utley, neither of them is leaving town.

    Aside from the fact that the Phillies are looking to buy, not sell, according to Buster Olney of ESPN, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. told CBS Sports' Jon Heyman last month that he considered the pair irreplaceable.

    Whether the Phillies can make a deep playoff run this season or not, it's clear that Amaro is planning on taking at least one more shot at another World Series title with his current core of players next season.

Milwaukee Brewers Won't Trade Yovani Gallardo

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    While trading Yovani Gallardo would bring a decent package of players and prospects to Milwaukee, trading the 27-year-old right-hander this season makes no sense.

    Sure, the Brewers are nowhere near the playoffs, and it's true that GM Doug Melvin needs to shore up the roster before the 2014 season begins. But you simply don't trade a player, especially a front-line starter like Gallardo, when his value is at its lowest.

    Melvin explained to the Sporting News' Anthony Witrado last month that a team would have to "wow" him in order for the Brewers to seriously consider moving the ace of their rotation.

    That line of thinking makes sense. When was the last time you saw one general manager wow another when trying to trade for a slumping player? It just doesn't happen.

    With a track record of success at the major league level and him being under contract through the 2015 season on a rather team-friendly deal that pays him less than $25 million over the next two years, waiting until Gallardo is back on his game to work out a trade is the only logical choice for Milwaukee.

    While teams like the Arizona Diamondbacks, Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers have been linked to Gallardo recently, there's simply no reason for Milwaukee to take back a package that is less than what it would be able to get for him under normal circumstances.