With just a few days 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.
With only a few elite type pitchers left on the trade market, one wonders what the Marlins will do with Josh Johnson. The belief is the Marlins will not move him, although one landing spot that may make sense is Boston. Jim Bowden tweets the Red Sox sent their top scout to watch Johnson’s start today. The Rangers have interest still says Bowden, but won’t pay a big price to land him. Scott Miller of CBBSSports.com tweets that the Rangers like the Rays James Shields over Johnson. Johnson pitched at home today against the Padres and walked six batters in five innings.
In case you missed it, a trade went down earlier today. The Diamondbacks acquired third baseman Chris Johnson from the Astros for two minor league players.
Now for more of today’s rumours:
The Rangers, Blue Jays, Red Sox and Braves have interest in Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.
The Twins will trade outfielder Denard Span in exchange for a major-league starter, according to Bob Nightengale.
The Mets and Cubs talked about catcher Geovany Soto going to New York, according to the New York Daily News.
Looks like the Mariners have traded reliever Brandon League, no word on his destination as of yet. UPDATE: Jon Paul Morosi tweets that no deal has happened as of yet, but the Mariners and Giants are talking.
Pirates pitcher Kevin Correia has requested a trade, and the Pirates will ask for a lot in return, according to Jon Heyman.
The San Francisco Giants have interest in Phillies outfielders Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino, according to Jon Heyman.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have been searching for outfielders, and have interest in Indians Shin-Soo Choo, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
The Padres, who were surrounded by rumours for the last month, may just have third baseman Chase Headley on the trade block after locking up outfielder Carlos Quentin last week, and closer Huston Street Sunday.
Jon Heyman feels the Cubs will deal pitcher Matt Garza this off season, if he’s not dealt before the deadline. Garza won’t make his next start until later this week due to injury.
Many people around baseball still believe Cubs starter Ryan Dempster will be part of the Braves organization soon, according to Danny Knobler.
The Mariners have their eye on the Giants Brandon Belt, according to David Cameron of Fangraphs.com.