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.
We can finally scratch Zack Greinke’s name from the available list, after the Brewers dealt him to the Angels last night, but what does this mean for the Rangers? ESPN’s Buster Olney wonders if the Rangers lost out on Greinke after deciding to not part with prospects Jurickson Profar or Mike Olt. Would they turn their attention now to Josh Johnson? Not according to Danny Knobler, who tweets the price tag next year of $13.5 million plus his health history all but takes Texas out of the running.
The Rangers know they need a starter, but if they won’t give up a top prospect, they may have to settle for the likes of Jason Vargas or Francisco Liriano.
Now for more of today’s rumours:
The Cincinnati Reds are looking for a hitter to hit a top their lineup, according to MLB.com.
The Baltimore Orioles are focused on acquiring pitching help, according to MLB.com.
The Angels won the Greinke sweepstakes, but according to Ken Rosenthal, White Sox general manager Kenny Williams worked his tail off to acquire him from the Brewers.
The Philadelphia Phillies are still listening to offers for outfielder Shane Victorino, according to Jayson Stark.
The Atlanta Braves are still searching for an elite type pitcher, according to MLB.com.
Bruce Levine of ESPN.com has the latest in the Ryan Dempster saga, saying he would accept a deal to the Braves or Dodgers if the Cubs come to him with a deal.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are expected to keep Stephen Drew for the remainder of the season, according to Buster Olney.
The Cleveland Indians have talked to the San Diego Padres about third baseman Chase Headley, according to MLB.com.
The Boston Red Sox are keeping all their options open, according to the Boston Globe.