With only a couple weeks left until baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline, general managers for all 30 clubs are keeping their cell phone companies happy in hopes of making a deal to help their club for now or the future. From now until the July 31st deadline, we here at Getting Blanked will have you covered each day with the latest rumours from around the league.
Cubs starter Ryan Dempster (5-3, 1.86 ERA, 3.13 FIP) is still employed by Chicago, but for how much longer is the question. For now, he is scheduled to pitch Friday in St. Louis, and that’s the only thing on his mind. Dempster, who can veto a trade to any team by using his 10 and 5 rights, has not allowed a run in his last 33 innings pitched. The Dodgers, Yankees and Nationals have all been linked to the right-hander, but you can scratch one team off the list. A source for ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark suggests the Red Sox are “out” on acquiring Dempster, yet still “in” on starter Matt Garza.
Here are the rest of your rumours from today:
The Miami Marlins will not trade outfielder Justin Ruggiano, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.
The Yankees, Tigers and Royals were on hand to watch the last start by Astros’ Wandy Rodriguez, according to CBSSports.com. In that start, Rodriguez threw four innings, allowing four hits and five earned runs to the Padres.
Diamondbacks pending free agent shortstop Stephen Drew is drawing interest from the Tigers, Red Sox and Pirates, according to Ken Rosenthal. Once again though, Jayson Stark quickly responded to the news via twitter, stating the Red Sox have not spoken to Arizona about Drew.
The Nationals are looking to add depth to their starting staff, and the Twins’ Francisco Liriano and Mariners’ Kevin Millwood may be of interest to Washington, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports.
We should soon know if the Phillies will make starter Cole Hamels available on the market, as talks between Philadelphia and the lefty have intensified recently, according to ESPN.com.
The Dodgers have a wish list that includes Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, according to Jon Heyman.