Chasing Tex in Texas might set off a high-stakes bidding frenzy... or not.
Texas first baseman Mark Teixeira remains the most intriguing player who could be moved before the deadline, and Atlanta continues to look like the frontrunner. The Braves are reportedly willing to offer a package of right-hander Kyle Davies, rookie catcher/first baseman Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and infield prospect Elvis Andrus.
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The first stretch deal's a move for middle relief help. Is that the flavor of this deadline?
We won't know for a while if the Padres or Brewers got the best end of this deal. A lot depends on whether Will Inman develops or not. I've heard scouts on both sides. Joe Thatcher is an Indy native picked up out of the Frontier League, so while his results have been fine, he's the very definition of free talent, something the Brewers really understand. Scott Linebrink is a nice acquisition for Milwaukee, in part because they believe in pitching coach Mike Maddux's ability to make quick fixes. Also, don't discount the value of the draft picks the Brewers will get when/if Linebrink leaves.
Is this really a seller's market? John and Will let you know what's going on behind the scenes.
Detroit feels that adding another late-inning reliever is the last piece to its puzzle, which is why the Tigers have been scouting Texas closer Eric Gagne. However, the Tigers are one of the teams Gagne can block in a potential trade to as part of the limited no-trade clause in his contract. He may only agree to a trade to Detroit if he was guaranteed to replace Todd Jones as the closer, since most of the incentive clauses in his contract are based on games finished.
The Angels are being pushed by the Mariners, and that's pushing Bill Stoneman. Stoneman has stood pat for a couple seasons, losing some trade value on his top prospects in the meantime. That seems to be making it harder for him to make a deal now that he finally seems ready to do so. The Angels are looking for an "impact bat," and so far haven't been able to find anyone to match up with. One player that seems truly off the table in talks is Nick Adenhart, but Adenhart and Brandon Wood seem are the names that other teams seem most interested in getting back.
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What pitching is available? I've talked to sources with every team, and while they all have a bit of a different answer, it's easy to triangulate on widely-acknowledged solutions. The Royals have Octavio Dotel on the market and are willing to talk about others, but GM Dayton Moore is an unmotivated seller. The Rangers are more reluctant to deal Eric Gagne with Aki Otsuka on the DL, making a Gagne deal one that might happen late, if at all. The Giants are willing to move Matt Morris, but there are no takers yet; one source said he's worth nothing outside of his current home park. The White Sox would listen to offers on Jose Contreras, if there was anyone out there interested. So far, there's not. Jon Garland is not available, and Javier Vazquez would need a bigger offer than anyone's willing to make to pry him loose. The Reds have a couple pitchers they would deal, and would listen to offers for Bronson Arroyo, but Wayne Krivsky's prices have been more Neiman Marcus than Wal-Mart. That's it, that's the list. This is a seller's market.