The baseball rumors are swirling, and this article intends to wrap up some of the big ones going around on June 27th.
First thing's first: According to MLB.com's Twitter page, the St. Louis Cardinals have acquired Cleveland Indians third baseman Mark DeRosa for pitcher Chris Perez and a player to be named later. The deal seems to end the constant juggling of the thid base spot on the Cardinals, as DeRosa has started at third base for the Indians. DeRosa was acquired by the Indians this offseason from the Chicago Cubs on December 31st, 2008. He is a natural second baseman, but has been the Indians' third baseman this season. This season DeRosa is hitting .270 with 13 home runs and and 50 RBI.
Next: rumors swirling around Kansas City Royals' infielder Mark Teahen. Teahen has been rumored, according to Peter Gammons, as going to the San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, or New York Mets. Teahen could be a good utility infielder off the bench for a team like the Giants and Red Sox, with the Cubs' and Mets' bench already filled up. Teahen is hitting .282 with nine home runs, and 27 RBI thus far this season.
Penultimate: The Washington Nationals have apparently been looking into outfield trade options, as their current core of outfielders Josh Willingham, Lastings Milledge, Adam Dunn, Elijah Dukes, and Austin Kearns might not being doing the job for Stan Kasten and Manny Acta.
When the Nationals traded promising prospect Ryan Church to the New York Mets for Milledge, the Nats thought that they would be receiving the future of the lead off spot on their roster. Milledge proved to be a complete bust, while Church has developed into a good backup player for the Mets. It could be the worst trade in the Nationals history...so far.
The Nats have been looking into the Pittsburgh Pirates' Nyjer Morgan, and the Atlanta Braves' Nate McLouth. McLouth was just acquired last month from the Pirates for a group of young pitchers. The Pirates have been interested in Milledge, as the Nats are with Morgan.
If McLouth is on the move again, it could create a Mike Piazza-in-1998 situation, in which the catcher was traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Florida Marlins with Todd Zeile for Gary Sheffield, Charles Johnson, Bobby Bonilla, prospect Manny Barrios, and Jim Eisenreich. One week later, Piazza was traded to the New York Mets for Preston Wilson, Ed Yarnall, and Geoff Goetz. Piazza became a hero in New York, playing with them from 1998 to 2005.
This season, McLouth is hitting a combined .259 with 12 home runs, with 45 RBI. Morgan is hitting .270 with two home runs and 27 RBIs.
Lastly: The St. Louis Cardinals have been ferociously pursuing Oakland Athletics' outfielder Matt Holliday, who they acquired on November 12th, 2008 for Huston Street, Greg Smith, and Carlos Gonzalez. The Cardinals are considering sending a package deal for Holliday, fronted by outfielder Ryan Ludwick. This season Holliday is hitting .274, with eight home runs, and 39 RBI.
That's it for one of the busiest rumors days of the season, so far.