They may be in the market for a third baseman depending on the progress of Mike Lowell, who returned from the DL last week with soreness in his right hip. If they obtain the Nats' Nick Johnson, Kevin Youkilis could move to third, where he's played 24 games this season.
The rotation is solid, but the lineup still has holes. However, their trade last month for centerfielder Nate McLouth ($5.25 million a year though 2011) supposedly left them tapped out.
TEAMS SEEKING ARMS
Baseball's best club lacks an ace and would love Halladay or Lee. They are also looking for relief.
They tried to add the Rockies' Street and the Padres' Heath Bell to their bullpen but were turned down. But with Phil Hughes thriving in the eighth inning, a starter makes more sense. Perhaps they will revisit Mariners lefty Jarrod Washburn.
They want to bolster their rotation, but only on the cheap.
OFF-LIMITS PROSPECTS (THOUGH IF HALLADAY IS ON THE TABLE, WHO KNOWS?)
After the Red Sox recalled the righty from Triple A last week, he beat the Blue Jays—then was sent back down. Boston execs say that his promotion was to reward him for a standout year in Triple A and to rest Boston's veteran starters, not to showcase him.
A White Sox person says the team wouldn't trade the 22-year-old middle infielder straight-up for Padres ace Jake Peavy, who's been on the market since last winter.
Neftali Feliz and Derek Holland
"These are exactly the players Texas needs to keep now," considering the club's financial difficulties, says an AL exec. In addition to the two young pitchers, don't expect third baseman Justin Smoak, the Rangers' top draft pick in 2008, to be on the block either.