Thursday, July 30, 2009

Thursday MLB trade talk roundup

No matter how many times the Blue Jays say a trade for Roy Halladay is unlikely, the media keeps telling us teams are in "intense negotiations" for the stud pitcher. The Phillies already passed on Halladay, leaving the Dodgers and Red Sox as the only "real" suitors. Here's the latest scoop.

- Jon Heyman says the Dodgers were interested in Halladay but have given up due to the Blue Jays high demands. Jays GM JP Ricciardi is right to ask for a king's ransom for one of the best pitchers in baseball, which makes me believe even more that the Yahoo Sports reported trade the Red Sox offered the birds was not true since it was an awful offer.

- It looks like the Dodgers are moving on and have turned their attention to Orioles closer George Sherrill. He would be a nice setup man for Jonathan Broxton, but many other teams are interested in Sherrill's services.

- Ken Rosenthal and Paul Morosi of FOX are hearing whispers of the Padres shopping starting pitcher Kevin Correia to teams, as well as first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and closer Heath Bell. The Brewers are apparently interested in Correia.

- The Marlins are after Heath Bell right now, looking for a closer to help in their pursuit of a playoff berth. The trade may not happen, though, since the Padres reportedly want young pitcher Andrew Miller back from Florida in any deal.

- The Indians are expected to deal catcher Victor Martinez before the trade deadline, although there is really no evidence of this. The infamous "rival executives" think it's likely, so who really knows. The Red Sox are interested since V-Mart could play first base and spell the horrid Jason Varitek behind the plate from time to time.

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