As the baseball world approaches the upcoming trade deadline on July 31, GM’s across the Majors are buzzing with excitement.
One day after the Matt Holliday blockbuster to the St. Louis Cardinals, more news began to surface on several teams respective interests. Be it in the AL or NL, it is very possible that some of baseball’s biggest names may be on the move within the next week, even some of the unexpected as well.
Roy Halladay continues to be the No. 1 most talked about name throughout the league. Various news outlets, beginning with ESPN’s Jason Stark, have reported that the Philadelphia Phillies are no longer the favorite to acquire the 32-year-old veteran.
Last night it had been stated that the Blue Jays had asked for J.A. Happ, Kyle Drabek and Dominic Brown in return. However, Philly has seemed to shun the idea of including both Drabek and Happ, meaning any immediate chances of a deal between the two squads are slim.
In regards to Halladay, other teams have stepped up instead. Both the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Los Angeles Dodgers have stepped into the game, with the Angels already having proposed an offer. The deal had supposedly included Jered Weaver alongside other prospects for the Blue Jays ace.
Toronto, however, did not find this favorable, and MLB Trade Rumors is claiming they have countered with Joe Saunders, Brandon Wood, Erick Aybar, and a choice of one from the group of Trevor Reckling, Peter Bourjos, and Sean O’Sullivan.
Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman tweeted earlier today that the Yankees had been interested in Halladay, but had been told that the price-tag would include Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain. Other members of the deal would have included the highly-touted Austin Jackson and Jesus Montero.
While the Yankees may not bite at Halladay, they still remain to have strong interest in Blue Jays reliever Scott Downs.
The Boston Red Sox, fresh off their deals for Adam LaRoche and Chris Duncan, also have inquired about Halladay. Though not listed as serious contenders for him yet, they have been linked often to Cleveland’s Victor Martinez. A trade for Martinez could signify the end of the Varitek era in Boston.
In other news, the Reds have interest in Toronto’s third baseman, Scott Rolen. Cincinnati’s Edwin Encarnacion is rumored to be involved.
Peter Gammons is reporting that the Tampa Bay Rays will not deal outfielder Carl Crawford.
The Tigers have interest in the Nationals Adam Dunn, whom the team would like to add in order to bolster their lineup. He could replace the struggling Magglio Ordoñez through next season.
It is also rumored that the Twins are highly interested in the Orioles George Sherrill, and it is likely he will be moved by the deadline.
SportsFullCircle will have more on the deadline throughout the week.