Trade talk blog: Tuesday (cont.)
Tuesday, July 29
The Phillies have entered the Manny Ramirez talks with the Red Sox. For more information, click here.
The Angels have acquired first baseman Mark Teixeira from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Casey Kotchman and minor league pitcher Stephen Marek, SI.com has confirmed. For more information, click here.
A's GM Billy Beane is fielding offers from teams and still may deal closer Huston Street. The Dodgers, Rays, Brewers, White Sox and Mets have all checked in. It's believed the Mets are reluctant to surrender their top prospects, though, so it may be tough for them to get Street. Another possibility for the Mets would be to promote hard-throwing reliever Eddie Kunz at some point this year.
The Diamondbacks, Rays and Angels appear to be the most enthusiastic players in the Mark Teixeira Sweepstakes. Atlanta has said it doesn't absolutely have to have a first baseman in exchange, but they'd get one back from Arizona (Chad Tracy) and probably also from Tampa Bay (Carlos Pena). But the big question now is whether the Angels will trade their first baseman, Casey Kotchman. The Angels have always been reluctant to deal their young players, but there are differing reports about whether they'd surrender Kotchman.
One Angels person just characterized their chances for a deal as "remote'' now, so perhaps they wouldn't. If not, Arizona, which has been shown to be a deal-maker, may wind up with Teixeira.
The Diamondbacks and Braves are still said to be "apart'' in talks involving Mark Teixeira. Arizona is telling Atlanta it won't include either of its top two pitching prospects -- Max Scherzer or Jarrod Parker -- in a deal with first baseman Chad Tracy, whom they've already offered to Atlanta as part of a different package.
The Dodgers are talking with the Red Sox about adding Manny Ramirez. For more, click here.
The Brewers were among teams looking at Seattle's Arthur Rhodes last night. Milwaukee's only real need is in the pen as they chase their first playoff appearance since 1982.
The Yankees are scouring the market for another starting pitcher after becoming frustrated at the lack of progress in talks for Jarrod Washburn. The Yankees were offering to take the entire $14 million left on Washburn's contract through 2009 and a mid-level prospect or a better prospect if the Mariners would take Kei Igawa. However, Seattle wants the better prospect and no Igawa. So the Yankees are looking around for a different pitcher to provide an upgrade over Darrell Rasner for the rotation.