MLB Rumor Wire: Trade, Extension, and Free Agency Talk

Andrew KneelandSenior Writer IApril 10, 2008

Things are shaking and rattling in the MLB after the first week and many games. Here are some of the deals that are being made and broken so far.

Joe Crede, Chicago White Sox 

Last year, the Chicago White Sox had troubles with contract talks that got in the way of winning, and according to team Captain Paul Konerko, he said it won't happen again this year with Joe Crede.

"We're not going to go down that road this year," he said.

Crede has made it known that he won't discuss his expiring contract during the baseball season.

Here is what Konerko said of Crede's contract situation.

"We all know the business of the game sometimes doesn't take into account when someone wants to stay because when the numbers are crunched, it might not work out," Konerko said.

Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers 

With Ryan Braun's deal nearing the expiration date, his agent has settled into town.

Nez Balelo is in Milwaukee for the current three-game series, and according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, he will try to lobby for a multi-year deal for Braun.

Neither the Brewers nor Braun have given any indication that a deal is imminent.

Orlando Hudson, Arizona Diamondbacks 

In another expiring contract, Orlando Hudson is trying to reach a multi-year deal worth around $15 million annually with Arizona. 

The two parties have been negotiating since late 2007, but neither side is too far a part for any deal to be reached soon.

Claudio Vargas, Free Agent 

With the Mets in need of a pitcher after Orlando Hernandez's recent injury, New York seems to be pursuing veteran Claudio Vargas.

Vargas and his agent, Bean Stringfellow, have almost reached a minor league deal with the New York Mets.

Vargas is working out in Florida right now. 

If he is signed, he will most likely head to Port St. Lucie for some extended spring training work.

He will then move to the Mets’ Triple-A club in New Orleans.

It will likely be at least two weeks until he can actually join the New York Mets’ rotation.