Truth + Rumors
Posted: Friday July 30, 2004 11:27AM; Updated: Friday July 30, 2004 1:03PM
Diamondbacks owner Jerry Colangelo is not going to trade Randy Johnson to the Yankees, partly because New York doesn't have much to offer and partly because Colangelo does not want to assist the Yankees. In 2001, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner upset Colangelo by convincing David Wells to back out of a deal with the Diamondbacks and re-sign with New York.
Although Randy Johnson has expressed that the only way he'll waive his no-trade clause is if he's headed to the Yankees, Angels owner Arturo Moreno believes that his team still has a chance to acquire the future Hall of Famer.
The Marlins are close to a three-way deal with Los Angeles and Arizona that would bring Paul Lo Duca and Kaz Ishii to Florida. Details are scant, but the Marlins would give up Brad Penny -- presumably to the Dodgers -- and a non-regular hitter from the major league roster. The Dodgers would also send Jayson Werth and other pieces to Arizona for Steve Finley.
The Twins backed out of a deal for Pirates hurler Kris Benson yesterday, deciding to keep some top prospects, particularly Triple-A outfielder Jason Kubel. The Mets, Braves and Angels are the most likely teams to acquire Benson.
The Mets, Pirates and White Sox are trying to work out a three-way trade that would land Kris Benson in New York. The Mets would send Cliff Floyd to Chicago, while New York would ship Ty Wigginton and pitching prospect Matt Peterson to Pittsburgh. Chicago would also send a minor-leaguer to Pittsburgh, possibly Single-A outfielder Ryan Sweeney.
The Mets may send their top prospect, pitcher Scott Kazmir, to Tampa in a package deal for Victor Zambrano.
The A's, Yankees and Phillies have a three-way deal brewing. The A's would send Ricardo Rincon to New York, the Yankees would send Kenny Lofton to Philadelphia and the Phillies would send Placido Polanco to Oakland. The Phillies are also interested in Paul Wilson, but the Reds want major-league-ready pitching in return.
Rockies outfielder Larry Walker doesn't seem interested in the Marlins, so the Yankees and Rangers appear to be the only possible suitors remaining.
The Orioles have offered Rafael Palmeiro to the Dodgers. Baltimore would also like to deal either Brian Roberts or Jerry Hairston to Oakland, but A's ownership won't let the team take on any money.
The Giants may make a move for Rockies outfielder Jeromy Burnitz.
Jason Kidd returned from vacation yesterday and requested a meeting with Nets management during which Kidd's expected to demand a trade.
Vince Carter is trying to force the Raptors to trade him to New York.
Free agent Robert Traylor -- who is mulling over offers from the Suns and Cavs -- could very likely leave the Hornets.
The Nets are very interested in free-agent forward Eric Williams and guard Ron Mercer.
Free agent Jon Barry may retire if he doesn't receive what he considers to be a sufficient offer.
Receiver Keenan McCardell could be done in Tampa Bay. McCardell is holding out until he receives a "fair market contract."
ESPN fired NBA analyst David Aldridge.