With Roy Halladay facing off against Edwin Jackson on Wednesday, the Philadelphia Phillies won't be the only major league baseball team with personnel at the game. With Jayson Werth and Edwin Jackson in the lineups for the Diamondbacks and Phillies, just about every team with playoff hopes will have scouts in the stands.
Here's a look at Werth, Jackson and some other prominent rumors out there.
Multiple sources are reporting that the New York Yankees have fielded numerous calls regarding reliever Joba Chamberlain. Teams feel that the Yankees may have made a mish-mash out Joba's early career, but that the talent is still there.
He still strikes out well over a batter per inning, he hasn't hit anyone after leading the league in that category last season, and his K/BB ratio is on the rise.
His big problem seems to be giving up base hits, which might be rectified if Joba got a chance to leave Yankee Stadium, where he has a 7.84 ERA and a 1.839 WHIP in 2010.
It appears as though the Florida Marlins are going to be able to coax some low level pitching talent out of the San Francisco Giants for Jorge Cantu.
The best that can be said for Cantu is that he drove in 100 runs in 2009. He has been performing very poorly at the plate in 2010, and he is a miserable fielder.
Don't the Giants already have a player like that playing third base for them this season, by the name of Pablo Sandoval?
For a 34-year-old middle reliever whose chief talent appears to be preventing hits on a team for which hit-prevention does not appear to be a problem, Scott Downs is generating a lot of interest and may net the Toronto Blue Jays a preposterous return.
According to Jon Heyman of SI.com and George King of the New York Post, via MLBTradeRumors.com, the Blue Jays are said to be asking for Joba Chamberlain or Jesus Montero from the Yankees and Casey Kelly or Jose Iglesias from the Red Sox.
The problem with Jayson Werth is that the Phillies need to be buyers at the deadline, and Werth is a selling piece. The Phillies are not going to be able to send Werth to teams trying to sell, and they are not going to be able to get what they want from teams looking to buy.
According to Jayson Stark, the price for Jayson Werth may just be too much, and Werth is too valuable to the Phillies' fragile playoff hopes to let him go for prospects.
According to Stark, the Astros were willing to move Roy Oswalt as a favor to Oswalt, but as we've all seen over the last week, Oswalt doesn't seem too interested in taking the 'Stros up on that favor.
Oswalt has demanded that any team interested in him pick up his 2012 player option, or he won't waive his no trade clause. That option is worth $16 million.
I guess Oswalt has no problem with Houston after all.
Edwin Jackson has had a topsy-turvy career in the majors so far, as he has gone from Los Angeles to Tampa Bay to Detroit to Arizona, and not always had the most success. Nevertheless, he's also been a starting pitcher for a World Series team and he's thrown a no-hitter in 2010.
Not to be rose-colored about Jackson, but his 5.01 ERA in 2010 is deceptive. Since allowing 18 earned runs in back-to-back starts at Colorado and at Chicago in the last week of April and first week of May, he has a 3.99 ERA in 14 starts.
All of that said, the Washington Nationals are reported to be trying to do something very interesting: according to Ken Rosenthal at FOX Sports, the Nationals are trying to get young pitching talent in return for Adam Dunn, and then are going to try to swing that talent to the Diamondbacks in return for Edwin Jackson.
It looks like the Nationals are going to try to make themselves into the next dominant pitching force in the NL East.
And given their apparent lack of interest in holding onto Dunn, it also appears as though they have a plan in place for Bryce Harper.