Truth + Rumors
Posted: Thursday July 29, 2004 11:34AM; Updated: Thursday July 29, 2004 12:45PM
While Dodgers GM Paul DePodesta denied rumors that he'd reached a deal with Arizona for Randy Johnson involving Guillermo Mota, Jayson Werth and a pair of talented pitching prospects (a deal which Johnson reportedly nixed), more Dodger trade gossip has arisen. Los Angeles could be on the verge of acquiring Jeff Conine to play first base. If the Dodgers deal Paul Lo Duca, Florida will also throw in A.J. Burnett.
The Marlins desire Lo Duca and may give up Brad Penny to acquire the Dodgers catcher.
The Giants have dropped out of the bidding for Diamondbacks outfielder Steve Finley, leaving the Dodgers and Padres as the frontrunners for his services.
The Cubs want Nomar Garciaparra, but are unwilling to part with pitcher Matt Clement. Chicago GM Jim Hendry continues to talk to Expos GM Omar Minaya about Orlando Cabrera.
Lacking talent on the farm, the Yankees are looking to enlist the services of the Marlins to help them get Randy Johnson. The Marlins would give the Yankees a handful of prospects -- which would then be passed on to Arizona -- and end up with New York's Jose Contreras and Arizona's Brent Mayne.
The Pirates will probably receive Twins Triple-A outfielder Jason Kubel in exchange for pitcher Kris Benson.
With Trot Nixon on the 15-day DL, the Red Sox could trade Triple-A catcher Kelly Shoppach to Arizona for outfielder Danny Bautista.
If the Marlins aren't able to acquire Larry Walker from the Rockies, they will go after Anaheim's Jose Guillen. In exchange for Guillen, the Angels would receive Double-A pitcher Randy Messenger and another prospect.
Boston may look to deal for "the poor man's Greg Maddux," San Diego's Brian Lawrence.
Amid all of the trade rumors in Boston, Pedro Martinez expressed his desire for the team to keep Derek Lowe and Nomar Garciaparra for the rest of the season.
Looking for an upgrade at first base, the Red Sox could go after Twins first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman contacted John Olerud's agent.
The Phillies are interested in Yankees outfielder Kenny Lofton.
Following weeks of negotiations, the Mets are finalizing a contract with Cuban right-hander Alay Soler.
As usual, Phillies manager Larry Bowa is on the hot seat.
T.V. reality show The Bachelor asked Marlins pitcher Carl Pavano to star in a future season.
In a sign-and-trade deal, the Knicks offered the Warriors Kurt Thomas for Erick Dampier.
Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said the Clippers will match the Suns' six-year, $42 million offer to restricted free agent Quentin Richardson. But Richardson says he hopes Los Angeles doesn't match the deal, as he longs to play for Phoenix.
The Bucks could sign guard Mike James by the end of the week.
The Dolphins are strongly considering making a push for Chiefs running back Larry Johnson.
Attempting to increase their depth at outside linebacker, the Steelers made a pitch to former Cincinnati starter Adrian Ross. They also signed James Harrison.
Lance Armstrong could be engaged to Sheryl Crow.