With just under a week 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.
You can scratch one name off the list of potential players on the trading block, as the Philadelphia Phillies have locked up left-hander Cole Hamels to a six-year, $144 million contract extension. This we saw coming, what we didn’t see coming after a deal like this is the possibility of the Phillies turning around and trading Cliff Lee and Hunter Pence. One American League executive told Joel Sherman that both are pretty available.
Now for more of today’s rumours:
People around MLB expect the Marlins to trade Johnson, according to Joel Sherman.
The Pittsburgh Pirates made an offer for the Phillies’ Shane Victorino, but talks broke off when the Phillies wanted pitcher Brad Lincoln in return, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
The Braves have “moved on” from Ryan Dempster, according to ESPNChicago.com.
The Oakland Athletics were offered Hanley Ramirez, but turned it down, according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com.
After the hand injury suffered by the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez Tuesday night, New York will consider all their options, including the Padres’ Chase Headley, according to Buster Olney.
The Dodgers could still deal for the Phillies’ Hunter Pence or Shane Victorino even if they land Dempster, according to Ken Rosenthal.
The Cincinnati Reds turned down a deal for Victorino, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The Boston Red Sox will not go after Brewers starter Zack Greinke, according to Nick Cafardo.
The White Sox want Greinke “badly”, according to Ken Rosenthal.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are still looking to acquire an outfielder, according to MLB.com.
The market for Padres third baseman Chase Headley is “huge”, according to CBSSports.com.
Joel Sherman suggests the Blue Jays are trying to move shortstop Yunel Escobar and would love to acquire Jose Reyes.
The Boston Red Sox won’t deal pitcher Jon Lester, according to ESPN Boston.
The Kansas City Royals have talked to teams about closer Jonathan Broxton, according to Jon Paul Morosi.