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.
Getting away from rumours for just a minute, we actually had some trades go down today, although no big names were involved. The Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros hooked up on a 10-player deal, with the Jays dealing reliever Francisco Cordero, outfielder Ben Francisco and prospects to the Astros for pitchers Brandon Lyon, J.A. Happ and prospect David Carpenter. DJF had this one covered as soon as the news broke, while Getting Blanked reacts here. The second deal to go down was a battle of two struggling pitchers, to say the least. The Colorado Rockies dealt pitcher Jeremy Guthrie to the Kansas City Royals for left-hander Jonathan Sanchez, the man they acquired from the Giants for Melky Cabrera.
Now your rumours from today:
Peter Gammons tweets that three teams have pulled away from the Cole Hamels sweepstakes as they believe he will sign an extension with the Phillies.
The Cubs have been fielding calls for pitcher Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster all season, but Bruce Levine of ESPN feels teams are also calling about Paul Malholm.
The Pittsburgh Pirates remain interested in D’Backs outfielder Justin Upton, despite not having the pieces they are looking for, according to Jon Paul Morosi.
Marc Carig of the Star Ledger hears that Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez is not on the Yankees radar.
The Milwaukee Brewers offered pitcher Zack Greinke an extension worth over $100 million sometime over the last few weeks, according to CBSSports.com. Greinke is expected to test free agency, and may be traded before July 31st. Tom Haudricourt confirms that the team made the offer.
The Boston Red Sox are lagging behind a few teams for Matt Garza, according to Nick Cafardo on twitter.
The Tampa Bay Rays have not made James Shields available just yet, according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com.
The Baltimore Orioles have shown interest in Athletics starter Bartolo Colon, according to Ken Rosenthal.
There is plenty of interest for Red Sox outfielder Cody Ross, but Boston would ask for a lot coming back, according to Nick Cafardo.
The Phillies have downplayed their interest in trading Hunter Pence, according to ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark.