Jays are serious about Halladay trade, but it'll take a haul (cont.)
7. White Sox: They are as aggressive and unpredictable as anyone, but GM Ken Williams said in an interview with the Chicago Tribune that he wasn't sure he would want to surrender the prospects that it would take. While the Clayton Richard-Aaron Poreda combo that was going for Jake Peavy wouldn't come close to getting this done, they also have top shortstop prospect Gordon Beckham, plus current starter Alexei Ramirez. Beckham has been cited as their one untouchable (one White Sox person said they wouldn't have traded him straight up for Peavy), but Halladay might make them think about it.
8. Brewers: They made the big trade-deadline pitching deal last summer when they got CC Sabathia, and if it were up to star slugger Ryan Braun they might already have a deal done by now. While they have inquired about Arizona's Doug Davis, the sides report "little progress.'' Milwaukee is short on young pitching but does have top shortstop prospect Alcides Escobar and fine hitter Mat Gamel.
9. Cardinals: They've shown a willingness to improve (Mark DeRosa) and could use another starter. A rotation with Halladay, Chris Carpenter, Adam Wainwright and Kyle Lohse would be deadly. The Jays-connected person was uncertain whether they'd have the prospects to do it, however.
10. Mets: They'll definitely look into it, but what they need most (after their health) is a hitter. They already have an ace but have seemed intent on holding on to pitching prospects Jenrry Mejia and Brad Holt and outfield prospect Fernando Martinez. Beyond that it's hard to classify the Mets as serious contenders at the moment.
11. Rangers: Their prospects (Derek Holland, Neftali Feliz) match up with anyone's, but they do not want to trade either pitcher, who are just the sort of inexpensive arms they need because they are flat out of money. Plus, the Jays-connected source thought that Halladay might not love their park, where he has bad memories of suffering a broken leg on a line drive off Kevin Mench's bat.
Around the majors
Mariners people told inquiring teams they would use their difficult trip to Los Angeles, Boston and the Bronx to gauge whether they will buy or sell. And after going 5-4 on that excursion they certainly don't look like a seller yet.
A Mets person suggested that he sees little hope for a Matt Holliday trade. "We can't match up with Billy Beane.'' (I'm starting to think that Beane could hold onto Holliday and take the draft choices instead.) And another Mets' person said there isn't much Adam Dunn talk, either. (Nationals interim GM Mike Rizzo said on the radio Tuesday that he isn't trading Dunn, anyway.) As for the Mets, hey, we're running out of options here.
Moneyball was a great book (though apparently won't be a movie) to explain the mind of Beane. But I'd like to see a sequel explaining why the A's needed Scott Hairston now.
Are there any more frequent trading partners than the White Sox and Diamondbacks? Tony Pena adds to a solid White Sox bullpen. And Arizona people believe that lefty slugger Brandon Allen could be its first baseman next year. Previous trades include the Javier Vazquez and Carlos Quentin deals.
Diamondbacks people think they aren't getting true value for Doug Davis, who wins but doesn't light up a radar gun or particularly impress scouts. They could still wind up extending him.
Pedro Martinez is said to want to sign this week, so he can be ready for the stretch run. Philly and Tampa look like possibilities. A Brewers person said he didn't think that Martinez would come to them.
Felix Pie, once an untouchable with the Cubs, appears to be on the trading block again with Baltimore.
Too bad Braun had to take back his soliloquy about how the Brewers need pitching. After he stated the obvious, Brewers GM Doug Melvin had Braun apologize. "Me and Doug are cool,'' is how Braun concluded his apology.
Nomar Garciaparra was quoted in the Providence Journal saying he never turned down a $60 million Red Sox offer. This comes under the heading: Great athletes never like to admit a mistake. "I remember Nomar didn't want to get much less than Jeter and A-Rod,'' one confidant recalled. That person said that Garciaparra told him he felt that the $60 million offer was light and got the impression that Garciaparra might have taken $85 million for five years at that time.
I don't want to hear how Manny Ramirez isn't in playing shape. There's no excuse. Manny had more than 50 days to get in shape, and he had 10 games to play in the minors (though he only played five).
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