MLB Trade Rumors: David DeJesus Lands on DL, Extension for Adam Dunn
Kansas City Royals outfielder David DeJesus was one of the hottest names on the rumor sheets over the last several weeks.
There were at least five teams that were in the chase to land him, but according to several beat writers, the Royals were asking far too much for teams to give up.
Well, it seems like the Royals are regretting that now as DeJesus will land on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained thumb, which will keep him out past the non-waiver trade deadline next Saturday.
Not to say that a waiver wire deal can't be completed once he's healthy and ready to return to the team, but he's going to need to prove that he can be 100 percent healthy before teams jump back in the race.
One thing is for sure at this point: The Royals won't get anywhere near what they had been demanding after DeJesus does return from his disabled list stint.
Next to the Royals outfielder, there are several rumors to update, so let's get to them.
Adam Dunn, Nationals Talking Contract Extension?
For most of this season, Adam Dunn has made it no secret that he does not want to be traded from the nation's capital. Not only that, he wanted to sign a contract extension.
Well, now, according to ESPN's Jayson Stark, Dunn will get his wish if he and the Nationals can come to an agreement on a long term deal in the next week.
However, if they are unable to get to that point, look for the Nationals to get what they can for him in the hours leading up to next Saturday's deadline.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports spoke to that exact point, saying the Nationals could offer an extension that would be deemed unacceptable by Dunn and it would give the Nationals the excuse they needed to trade him.
However, Rosenthal reports that third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has been very outspoken about the team bringing Dunn back and keeping himself, Dunn, and Josh Willingham in the middle of the Nationals lineup.
Miguel Tejada to San Diego?
After second baseman David Eckstein, again, went down to an injury after sliding into home plate a few nights ago, the Padres will step up their search for a replacement.
Although this won't be a popular name among fans in San Diego, that name seems to be Miguel Tejada. According to a source I talked to out of San Diego this morning, the Padres have interest in the Orioles shortstop and are likely to land him.
While it won't be their only move, the Padres need to step up their offense with young shortstop Everth Cabrera hitting just above the Mendoza line (.200).
Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune says the Padres can move Tejada to the outfield once Eckstein comes off the disabled list.
Chicago White Sox Have Backup Options if They Can't Land Prince Fielder
It's no secret that the Chicago White Sox would love to land Milwaukee first baseman Prince Fielder.
However, if they are unable to land him, they have backup options that they have interest in as well. Washington's Adam Dunn, Arizona's Adam LaRoche, and Houston's Lance Berkman are also on their radar.
Texas Rangers Unable to Afford Josh Hamilton?
During the bankruptcy hearings in a local Fort Worth courtroom, Nolan Ryan testified that the Texas Rangers may not be able to afford to re-sign their star outfielder, Josh Hamilton, if some sort of resolution isn't made.
There's no question that Hamilton deserves to be signed to a contract extension after this season, but the franchise may not have the money to do so and could lose him to free agency.
Six Teams After Dan Haren?
Next to Houston's Roy Oswalt, Arizona's Dan Haren is the next big thing on the trade market as far as pitchers go.
There are at least five teams after the big right-hander but two of those might run into trouble acquiring him. Haren has a partial no-trade clause in his contract and he has a list of teams that he does not want to be traded to.
Two of those teams happen to be teams that are interested in trading for him but would need his approval: the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers.
The other teams interested in Haren are the Yankees, Dodgers, Phillies, and Cardinals.
Ben Sheets Staying in Oakland?
There have been no shortages of rumors surrounding a lot of pitchers this trade season.
One of those, Oakland right-hander Ben Sheets, seems to be staying put with his team instead of being put on the open market. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the A's are willing to listen to offers but are in no rush to trade Sheets and have no problem keeping him through this season.
ESPN's Buster Olney also reports that the A's are not involved in any trade talks for Sheets at this moment—an even bigger sign that teams know Oakland isn't set on trading its pitcher.
Cody Ross to the Philles or Dodgers?
Florida Marlins outfielder Cody Ross is getting some attention on the trade market and there are at least two teams that are interested in landing him.
Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that both the Dodgers and Phillies are interested in the outfielder but so are the Braves, Red Sox, and Yankees.
When asked about the trade rumors, Ross told Rodriguez that it was not a good feeling but that he really couldn't do much about it until he's either traded or the deadline goes by without him being traded.
Royals Interested in Jeff Francoeur?
The New York Mets will be in the market as buyers but they also have a certain piece to include in a deal: Jeff Francoeur.
The former Atlanta Brave is apparently being shopped around by the Mets and, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Kansas City Royals apparently have interest in him. Francoeur even said that he'd welcome a trade if it meant that he could have more playing time.
That interest comes on the heels of their outfielder, David DeJesus, hitting the 15-day disabled list with a sprained thumb.
Red Sox in the Market for a Catcher?
The Boston Red Sox, especially with Jason Varitek getting up there in age, are in the market to acquire another catcher.
Two guys that they have their sights set on are Colorado's Chris Iannetta and Arizona's Chris Snyder, according to Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston.
Mark Cuban a Serious Bidder for the Texas Rangers?
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban attempted to buy the Chicago Cubs when they went up for sale, but he had not gotten involved in the Texas Rangers situation until just recently.
While Cuban admits that he won't have time to put together a bid on his own, he would be open to attaching himself to an ownership group in an attempt to be the owners of the Texas Rangers.
According to some, Cuban would have an unlimited amount of cash to throw at the team, a la the late George Steinbrenner, but wouldn't have the smarts to run a baseball team.
Even Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News called Cuban's interest "bad news."
While there are some in baseball circles that may not welcome Cuban as a part of baseball's "good ole boy club," others think he could be a good person to have alongside Nolan Ryan and Chuck Greenberg.
However, Nolan Ryan may not be open to being a part of that group with Cuban.