MLB Trade Deadline Blog

July 31, 2008 at 7:23 am 2 comments

From MLBtr at 5:07 pm: Peter Abraham says Manny Ramirez‘s team options were removed and he has agreed to decline arbitration.

From MLB.com at 4:50 pm: General manager John Mozeliak just confirmed by text message that the Cardinals did not complete any moves prior to the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

From MLB.com at 4:39 pm: The Pirates will be announcing a trade shortly, as they are a part of a three-team trade that involves the Pirates, Dodgers and Red Sox. According to an industry source, Manny Ramirez has been dealt to the Dodgers. The Pirates are believed to have gotten Brandon Moss and Craig Hansen from Boston and Bryan Morris and Andy LaRoche, the brother of Pirates’ Adam LaRoche, from Los Angeles. Boston is believed to have received Jason Bay.

From SI.com at 4:37 pm: The Red Sox traded embattled slugger Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers late Thursday afternoon, SI.com has learned.

Jason Bay is headed to Boston as part of the deal, SI.com has learned. The Pirates will get four minor leaguers in the three-way trade.

The Red Sox went back-and-forth with the Marlins and Dodgers as the 4 p.m. ET deadline approached. Ramirez said earlier today, as first reported by SI.com, that he would accept a trade to any team.

The announcement will be made in conjunction with a World Baseball Classic announcement at Dodger Stadium shortly.

From MLB.com at 4:28 pm: Just when it seemed the Red Sox weren’t going to be able to find a deal for star slugger Manny Ramirez, they have reportedly dealt the right-handed hitting run producer to the Los Angeles Dodgers. SI.com reported the news. The Boston Globe also reported that the Red Sox had traded Ramirez, but didn’t say where. Rumblings are that Jason Bay is in fact going from Pittsburgh to Boston to make it a three-way deal.

Details to come.

From MLB.com at 4:26 pm: After all the talks about Jason Bay heading to Tampa Bay or Boston, it appears that the Dodgers may have landed the Pirates left fielder just prior to the 4 p.m. ET deadline.

MLB.com has confirmed that they were a late player in the race for Bay and that it was L.A. One industry source in Pittsburgh believes that a deal between the two clubs has been made.

Also, keep in mind that after talks fizzled regarding a three-way deal with Boston/Florida/Pittsburgh, the Dodgers jumped into the ring as a possible suitor for Manny Ramirez. If so, there could be a scenario in which the Red Sox still landed Bay while the Dodgers got Manny Ramirez. This remains pure speculation, but the addition of the Dodgers in the mix certainly has made it a possibility.

Stay tuned for more details.

From SI.com at 4:25 pm: The Red Sox have traded Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers, SI.com has learned.

From MLB.com at 4:18 pm: The Trade Deadline passed with the Royals making no deals. The club announced at 3 p.m. CT that the club did nothing although left-handed reliever Ron Mahay and second baseman Mark Grudzielanek were among Royals rumored to be attracting interest.

From MLB.com at 4:11 pm: With the 4 p.m. ET Trade Deadline past, a baseball source in Tampa Bay confirmed that no deal was struck between the Rays and Pirates to send Jason Bay to Tampa Bay in exchange for prospects.

While there remains the possibility that another team could have snuck in an offer before 4 p.m., it appears right now that Bay is staying in Pittsburgh. No other substantial offers were known to be on the table.

From FoxSports at 4:08 pm: Ken Rosenthal flip flops again and says the three-way Manny Ramirez blockbuster remains dead, according to two sources with clubs involved in the negotiations.

The Pirates have been talking with other teams about Bay as well.

The potential Ramirez deal has taken numerous twists and turns over the past 24 hours, and the teams involved kept trying to piece together the blockbuster.

In the initial proposed trade, the Marlins were to trade outfielder Jeremy Hermida and a prospect for Ramirez, and the Red Sox then would flip Hermida and prospects to the Pirates for Bay.

From SI.com at 4:06 pm: The Yankees talked about trading infielder Alberto Gonzalez to the Nationals for pitcher Yadier Peralta. No word if the deal was done.

It is now 4pm EST and we are awaiting word on any deals that have gone through or have beem granted an extension. Deals always come through the wire late so stay tuned.

From FoxSport at 3:55 pm: The Rays were also in talks to acquire Jason Bay in the minutes leading to Thursday’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver deadline, but one source has said that the Tampa-Pittsburgh deal is off “unless a miracle happens.”

As of 1:30 p.m. ET, the Manny Ramirez trade was “dead,” according to an executive with one of the three teams involved in the discussions.

However, the deal has taken numerous twists and turns over the past 24 hours, and the teams kept trying to piece together the blockbuster.

In the initial proposed trade, the Marlins were to trade outfielder Jeremy Hermida and a prospect for Ramirez, and the Red Sox then would flip Hermida and prospects to the Pirates for Bay.

The Pirates’ return for Bay, sources say, was the apparent holdup in the deal. The Pirates are seeking an “appropriate return for an All-Star caliber left fielder” — and one who is affordable at $5.75 million this season and $7.5 million in 2009.

From MLB.com at 3:50 pm: Updating an earlier blog entry, there are conflicting reports about whether or not Jason Bay will in fact be headed to Tampa Bay.

A short while ago, a source in Pittsburgh corroborated an earlier MLB.com report that Pirates outfielder Jason Bay is likely to be traded to the Rays before 4 p.m. ET this afternoon. As reported earlier, the Pirates are believed to be satisifed with taking shortstop Reid Brignac and pitcher Jeff Niemann in exchange for Bay.

However, it could be a little more complicated than that. According to another industry source in Pittsburgh, the Rays still are not believed to be offering both Brignac and Niemann. One, it is not known which, is deemed unavailable, along with Wade Davis, David Price and Jeremy Hellickson. A third baseball source also confirmed that no deal sending Bay to Tampa Bay is done as of 15 minutes prior to the deadline.

From MLBtr at 3:49pm: Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says the Manny Ramirez three-way is dead, while the Dodgers are in play. Gordon Edes of the Boston Globe says to count out the Dodgers on Manny.

From ESPN at 3:46 pm: Looks as if Raul Ibanez is staying in Seattle. Just when it appeared that the Blue Jays and Mariners were close to a trade for the Seattle outfielder, the Mariners apparently had second thoughts. According to an official of one team that spoke with those clubs Thursday, this would have been a 2-for-1 deal involving all major-league players.

From ESPN at 3:42 pm: First, Brian Fuentes. Now, Will Ohman. The Braves have informed clubs that were interested in Ohman that they’re keeping their primary left-handed setup man unless some team dramatically steps up its offer in the next half-hour. Ten teams were interested in Ohman. But the Braves obviously felt none of them made an offer that provided more value than the compensation pick if they lose him to free agency.

Oh. And the Ken Griffey Jr. deal is now official if anyone’s interested.

From ESPN at 3:38 pm: The Phillies made a move for a starting pitcher in Joe Blanton at the All-Star break, and they have evaluated the market for relievers. But with 30 minutes remaining before the deadline, it did not appear the Phillies would land a reliever; it was more likely the deadline would come and go without the Phillies making a trade, sources said. Of course, that could change with a single phone call.

From MLB.com at 3:34 pm: Another source in Pittsburgh has corroborated an earlier MLB.com report that Pirates outfielder Jason Bay is going to be traded to the Rays before 4 p.m. ET this afternoon. It has been confirmed that Tampa Bay prospects – Wade Davis, David Price, and Jeremy Hellickson were deemed unavailable by the Rays. However, as reported earlier, the Pirates are believed to be satisifed with taking shortstop Reid Brignac and pitcher Jeff Niemann in exchange for Bay.

From MLB.com at 3.29 pm: There are reports that the White Sox have interest in right-hander Joel Hanrahan. It’s not known what the Nationals want in return. As of 3:00 p.m. ET, Hanrahan didn’t hear anything about being traded to the White Sox.

There was an earlier report that the White Sox were close to acquiring Nationals left-hander John Lannan, but he is the ace of Washington’s staff and they have nothing to replace him.

From ESPN at 3:14 pm: With an hour left until the trading deadline, two major deals are still alive — Jason Bay to the Rays and Raul Ibanez to the Blue Jays. Sources say Toronto has been officially eliminated from the Bay sweepstakes, and the Cubs are out of the Ibanez derby — a sign that the remaining clubs are zeroing in on each other. The Mets also have been linked to both hitters. But there has been no indication Thursday that they’ve made any progress on either.

Despite persistent reports that Tampa Bay has a deal for Adam Dunn waiting as a backup plan, a source that spoke with the Rays’ brass says that trade is dead.

From MLB.com at 3:09 pm: With the three-way deal between the Pirates, Red Sox, and Marlins falling through, an MLB.com source says that the Rays are going to acquire right-handed hitting outfielder Jason Bay for Minor League prospects including shortstop Reid Brignac and right-hander Jeff Niemann. The Rays have not confirmed the deal.

From ESPN.com at 3:00 pm: Arizona had talked to Atlanta about Mark Teixeira, and to the Mariners about Raul Ibanez, in its search for an experienced hitter.

But with an hour left before the a deadline, it appeared “highly unlikely” that Arizona will make a deal today. Of course, as in every situation, that can change with one phone call.

From MLB.com at 2:58 pm: With 70 minutes to go before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, there are no indications that Indians right-hander Paul Byrd is going anywhere — yet.

Because he is making $7.5 million this season and is sporting a 4.93 ERA, Byrd is certainly a candidate to pass through waivers and get dealt to a contender in August. But his recent improvement — three straight quality starts — the veteran presence he brings to a clubhouse and his past playoff success all might make him attractive to a team like the Rockies or Dodgers in the season’s final months.

Byrd is slated to start for the Tribe on Friday in Minnesota. Consider it an audition.

From ESPN at 2:45 pm: Maybe Greg Maddux isn’t going to wind up back with the Dodgers after all. The Dodgers and Padres have always been uncomfortable making deals with each other. And with 90 minutes left until the deadline, they’ve been unable to reach agreement on a trade that would send Maddux back to L.A., the only team he has told the Padres to which he would approve a deal.

One source familiar with the two clubs’ discussions say the $3.3 million remaining on Maddux’s salary this year is not a major issue. But the Dodgers have been unwilling to make anything beyond a modest offer, obviously because they’re clearly aware they’re the only taker.

From ESPN at 2:42 pm: Many baseball officials think the trade deadline is irrelevant in the talks between the Yankees and Mariners regarding Jarrod Washburn. Since Washburn is owed $10.35 million next season, most officials think he will easily pass through waivers after today’s 4 p.m. ET nonwaiver deadline.

From SI at 2:32 pm: The potential blockbuster trade that would have sent embattled Boston slugger Manny Ramirez to the Marlins has hit a snag, but the Red Sox are now talking to the Los Angeles Dodgers, as well, SI.com has learned.

The Dodgers have offered young outfielder Andre Ethier, but Boston is believed to prefer Matt Kemp. To read the rest of the article click here.

From MLB.com at 2:30 pm: With about 90 minutes to go before the non-waiver trading deadline, the Phillies are still focused on nabbing a left-handed reliever, with Jack Taschner, Jesse Carlson, and John Grabow in play, and well as the more pricey Brian Fuentes and George Sherrill, who are more like to remain with Colorado and Baltimore, respectively, than be dealt.

From ESPN at 2:29 pm: Angels GM Tony Reagins pulled off one of the biggest trades of July, adding slugger Mark Teixeira. But with about 90 minutes to go before the deadline, Reagins said that “for all intents and purposes, we’re done” — and he didn’t expect the Angels to make another trade.

The Angels had been linked in many conversations about relievers, from Brian Fuentes to George Sherrill, but as it turned out, the Teixeira deal was the big bullet that Reagins fired to upgrade his team.

From ESPN at 2:22 pm: While no player on the trade market has been talked about more in the past month than Brian Fuentes, he isn’t going anywhere.

The Rockies have decided that unless a team dramatically upgrades its offer in the next two hours, they’re going to hold onto him. In fact, it’s unlikely the Rockies will make any kind of deal before the deadline. They’ve also talked about a number of starting pitchers (Josh Fogg, Tim Redding, Jarrod Washburn, etc.), but couldn’t find a match.

From ESPN at 2:09 pm: Those on-again, off-again Jason Bay-to-Tampa Bay talks are back on, according to a source familiar with the discussions. The two sides have been so far apart that it appeared they’d given up on each other as of early Thursday afternoon. But the source said they’ve closed that gap somewhat and are still talking.

Tampa Bay has hinted its willing to structure a package around pitcher Jeff Niemann and shortstop prospect Reid Brignac, but the Pirates have been seeking one of their elite pitching prospects — Wade Davis, David Price or Jeremy Hellickson. Looks like the Pirates will blink first. Good job by the Rays for sticking to their guns.

From SI at 2:07 pm: The White Sox are talking about a deal for Nationals pitcher John Lannan, SI.com has learned. The Sox have been looking to add a pitcher since Jose Contreras suffered an injury recently.

From ESPN at 1:57 pm: Jason Bay isn’t the only bat the Blue Jays have made a run at today. They’re also in on Seattle’s Raul Ibanez. Ibanez was linked to the Mets and Cubs earlier in the week, but Seattle didn’t like the offers from either team.

From MLB.com at 1:54 pm: If the Reds trade of Ken Griffey Jr. to the White Sox is approved by Bud Selig then they could go after Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, who is tearing up Triple A Oklahoma but is blocked at the big league level. The Rangers could also try to move outfielder Marlon Byrd and make room for Cruz. The Rangers are still talking to the Marlins about catcher Gerald Laird. The Reds are also interested.

From SI at 1:50 pm: The Mets are talking to the Nationals about a deal for reliever Luis Ayala, SI.com has learned. GM Omar Minaya badly wants a reliever. He also wouldn’t mind making a deal. This could be it.

From MLB.com at 1:44 pm: Though the Tigers had to offer up Ivan Rodriguez to teams on Wednesday as a chip to pry a veteran reliever off the trade market, president/general manager Dave Dombrowski isn’t done chasing relievers. Dombrowski said after the Rodriguez trade that he has talked with several other clubs about lesser deals for relievers, but he used the term “substantial returns” to describe the asking prices. Todd Jones‘ newly-revealed shoulder injury could provide urgency for even more relief help, either from the left or right side.

No deal appeared to be close as of Thursday morning, according to Jim Leyland, but Dombrowski and assistant GM Al Avila have been on the phone at various points Thursday afternoon from their box at Progressive Park as the 4 p.m. ET nonwaiver deadline approaches.

From ESPN at 1:40 pm: Yet another official with one of these three teams says the Manny Ramirez – Jason Bay deal is dead. In the aftermath, the teams involved seem unsure of what happened. The Pirates are blaming the Marlins. The Marlins are blaming the Pirates. And the Red Sox aren’t too happy with either of them.

From FoxSports at 1:37 pm: Barring a last-minute change, the Indians are unlikely to trade right-hander Paul Byrd before the 4 p.m. ET non-waiver deadline.

The Yankees, frustrated by their attempts to land Mariners left-hander Jarrod Washburn, “kicked around” the idea of adding Byrd, but their interest appears minimal, according to major-league sources.

The Indians likely would not seek much in return from Byrd, who also has drawn mild interest from the Rockies.

Byrd, 5-10 with a 4.93 ERA, could be moved during the August trading period. He is unlikely to be claimed on waivers due to his $7.5 million salary.

From ESPN at 1:29 pm: Tigers put Todd Jones on DL, await Kyle Farnsworth to take his place.

From ESPN at 1:27 pm: That never-ending Yankees-Red Sox intrigue has found its way to Scott Eyre. Both clubs are in on the Cubs left-hander, who is expected to be moved for a very modest return. But both teams also have him as a back-burner option as they search for more impactful bullpen help.

From FoxSports at 1:20 pm: The Phillies continue to target three left-handed relievers — the Braves’ Will Ohman, Pirates’ John Grabow and Giants’ Jack Taschner. The team also had been in the mix for the Royals’ Ron Mahay, but could not meet the Royals’ price.

An executive from one team in touch with the Royals says he does not believe that Mahay will be traded. The Royals have Mahay under contract next season for a salary of $4 million.

From FoxSports at 1:08 pm: The Marlins are still pushing to acquire Rangers catcher Gerald Laird, but the teams have been unable to agree on which of the Marlins’ starting pitchers the Rangers would receive, according to major-league sources.

The Marlins completed one trade Thursday morning, acquiring left-handed reliever Arthur Rhodes from the Mariners for minor-league pitcher Gaby Hernandez, sources confirmed.

That deal, first reported by ESPN.com, figures to end the Marlins’ pursuit of Pirates left-hander John Grabow in their three-way talks with the Pirates and Red Sox regarding Sox left fielder Manny Ramirez.

The Ramirez trade remains on hold as the Red Sox try to assemble the prospects necessary to acquire left fielder Jason Bay from the Pirates.

The Marlins have informed the Red Sox they will part with outfielder Jeremy Hermida and a prospect, but no more.

From ESPN at 12:56 pm: The Rangers had a surplus of catching to try to make a deadline deal, but they haven’t received an offer strong enough to convince them to part with Gerald Laird. Barring a last-minute change of heart, they’re going to keep Laird and try to move him this winter. With Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Max Ramirez and Taylor Teagarden in the system, Laird is an extravagance for Texas now that he’s eligible for salary arbitration.

From PBC Blog at 12:52 pm: Dejan Kovacevic just heard Ronny Paulino‘s name … for the first time in a while. Florida is looking for a catcher, and Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez was jokingly referring to Paulino as “Babe Ruth” when he faces their team on their last visit to Pittsburgh. Thing is, Paulino has missed nearly a month to that ankle injury in Indianapolis and has yet to rejoin that lineup.

From FoxSports at 12:50 pm: The Yankees, frustrated by their attempts to land Mariners left-hander Jarrod Washburn, are “kicking around” the idea of adding Indians righty Paul Byrd, according to major-league sources.

As of 12:30 p.m. ET, the Yankees and Indians had not yet exchanged names, but a deal could come together quickly if the Yankees decided to pursue it.

The Indians likely would not seek much in return from Byrd, who also has drawn mild interest from the Rockies. For the Yankees, Byrd would be a potential upgrade over right-hander Darrell Rasner.

From ESPN.com at 12:46 pm: A source close to the three-way negotiations involving Manny Ramirez says the deal is close to dead. Florida has reportedly asked Boston for a cash outlay beyond the $7M to cover Ramirez’s contract, in addition to two prospects. That essentially would add up to the Red Sox trading Ramirez, $9M and two prospects for Jason Bay.

From ESPN.com at 12:45 pm: As the Red Sox, Marlins and Pirates continue to try to piece their Manny RamirezJason Bay blockbuster together, the buzz around the sport is that the Pirates are still talking to other teams about Bay as well.

The latest team to make a run is Toronto. It seems doubtful that the Blue Jays would give up the three-prospect package Pittsburgh is looking for, almost certainly starting with outfield phenom Travis Snider. But Toronto and Pittsburgh were still talking as of Thursday afternoon.

From SI at 12:42 pm: The Mariners’ agreement to send reliever Arthur Rhodes to the Marlins may be giving the Yankees hope that perhaps Seattle will also relent and agree to trade Jarrod Washburn to the Yankees. Word is, Hernandez was on the table for weeks. Perhaps the Mariners will also relent on Washburn. The Yankees have generously offered to pick up the rest of the $14 million remaining on Washburn’s contract through 2009 while sending them a middling prospect. Seattle has been calling around to try to beat that, but the suspicion is they won’t. So maybe the Yankees will get Washburn after all.

From FoxSports at 12:39 pm: The Manny Ramirez trade appears to be moving closer to completion “It sounds like things are taking off and Pittsburgh is getting what they are looking for,” said an executive who has been in contact with the clubs involved.

Another source familiar with the discussions, however, continued to express caution, indicating that the talks remain in a tenuous state.

The Red Sox, Marlins and Pirates have been talking seriously about a three-way trade involving Ramirez.

The Marlins would trade outfielder Jeremy Hermida and a prospect for Ramirez, and the Red Sox then would flip Hermida and prospects to the Pirates for left fielder Jason Bay.

The Pirates’ return for Bay, sources say, is the last holdup in the deal. The Pirates are seeking an “appropriate return for an All-Star caliber left fielder” — and one who is affordable at $5.75 million this season and $7.5 million in 2009.

To trade Bay, who turns 30 on Sept. 20, the Pirates presumably would need to exceed the offer they received from the Braves last week — Class AAA outfielder Brandon Jones, Class AAA shortstop Brent Lillibridge and two pitchers in the low minors.

From ESPN at 12:37 pm: It now looks as if the Rays won’t make a deal of any kind between now and the deadline. According to sources who have spoken with them, they’ve backed off on Adam Dunn because he makes their lineup too left-handed, and they’ve been informed by Pittsburgh that Jason Bay is likely to go somewhere else.

The Rays and Colorado had already agreed Wednesday that they didn’t have what it takes to get Brian Fuentes, if the Rockies decide to trade him at all Thursday. And that looks less likely all the time.

From MLBtr at 12:29 pm: The Pirates could back out of Jason Bay talks entirely if they don’t get what they want. The Red Sox will continue shopping Manny Ramirez regardless, with the Dodgers and a mystery team in the mix. The Dodgers might be willing to part with Matt Kemp.

From MLBtr at 12:22 pm: Ken Rosenthal says the Fish are pushing for catcher Gerald Laird, but won’t give up an MLB-ready starter for him.

From Yahoo.com at 12:24 pm: The three-way deal for Manny Ramirez was still a work in progress between Boston, Florida and Pittsburgh. One major league source indicated he felt the deal was slightly hung up on an extra prospect that Pittsburgh might want to feel as though they’re receiving proper return (they’re getting Jeremy Hermida and prospects) for left fielder Jason Bay and reliever John Grabow.

There are different scenarios for that prospect. There’s the possibility that the extra prospect would have to come from Boston, which would be a real problem considering the Red Sox are dealing Manny Ramirez and offering to pay the rest of his salary. (Incredibly, the Florida Marlins might acquire a $20 million superstar and make money on the deal). If that were the case would the Sox require another player (shortstop Jack Wilson?) to go along with Bay and Grabow? There’s also the possibility that Florida has to pony up another blue-chipper to make it work.

And certainly if this falls through, Tampa Bay, in spite of their interest in Adam Dunn, would rather jump in and take Bay. They have a plethora of prospects to pull it off. Source: Boston.com

From SI at 12:19 pm: Ebattled superstar Manny Ramirez has approved a trade to the Marlins, SI.com has learned. While the Red Sox, Marlins and Pirates are still negotiating details of the mega-trade and nothing has been finalized by the teams, one major hurdle has been cleared by Ramirez accepting the deal ahead of time, according to people familiar with the negotiations. The Red Sox approached Ramirez in advance of their negotiations, and got his OK. Ramirez signed off on the paperwork, contingent upon the two $20-million team options for 2009 and ’10 being dropped. The move will set the stage for Ramirez to become a free agent this winter, assuming a trade can be completed by the three teams.

From MLBtr at 12:17 pm: La Velle E. Neal III and Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune have the latest Twins buzz.

The Twins would like to trade Boof Bonser to make room for Francisco Liriano. The Giants and Rangers might be interested.
Targets for the Twins: relief help, third base, and second base.
Talks for Adrian Beltre are not dead. The Mariners are eyeing Nick Blackburn, Scott Baker, Kevin Slowey, Glen Perkins, and Denard Span. The Twins aren’t biting.
The Twins asked about Brian Roberts but couldn’t get anywhere.
The Rays might be looking at Craig Monroe as a bench option.

From MLB.com at 12:08 pm: Nationals general manager Jim Bowden said it’s doubtful that he will trade his veteran players before the Trade Deadline on Thursday afternoon.

With the exception of right-hander Tim Redding, the rest of Washington’s veterans don’t have any trade value. The Nationals are trying to deal players such as infielders Ronnie Belliard and Felipe Lopez and catcher Paul Lo Duca, but all are having subpar years.

The Nationals have made one deal thus far, sending reliever Jon Rauch to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Minor League second baseman Emilio Bonifacio on July 22.”

“For the most part, there isn’t much of a market,” Bowden said, referring to his veteran players. “Rauch was our one marketable player that we traded. Look, we are a last-place team. A lot of them are underachieving. That’s not surprising.”

One opposing scout, who saw the Nationals recently, said Wednesday that Redding would be the best pickup off the Major League roster.

From MLB Trade Blog at 12:01 pm: Even in the Trade Deadline’s final hours, all reports indicate that the Rays will not budge on top arms such as David Price, Wade Davis, and Jeremy Hellickson.

SI.com also reported Thursday morning that the Rays have taken top infield prospect Reid Brignac‘s name off the table, and any trade will most likely revolve around RHP Jeff Niemann.

As reported in Thursday’s St. Petersburg Times, the Rays are still in talks for Pittsburgh’s Jason Bay but early morning reports from FOX Sport’s Ken Rosenthal and SI.com have the Rays listed as the Pirates back-up option if the blockbuster three-way trade with the Red Sox and the Marlins doesn’t pan out.

If they miss out on Bay, the Rays are also rumored to be eyeing Reds’ slugger Adam Dunn, with Cincinnati expressing interest in both Hellickson and Niemann. As a left-handed hitter, Dunn is a less than ideal fit as the Rays are in dire need of a right-handed bat that can also platoon in right field. But Dunn does pose power — with a Major-League leading 32 — home runs, and could be an option if the Rays come up short in Pittsburgh.

ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reported just before noon that the Rays were unsure which way talks could go and believes promoting right-handed hitter Rocco Baldelli could also be the solution.

An outfielder with four years of Major-League service, Baldelli has on a Minor League rehab assignment that is set to conclude August 4.

The Rays are also still believed to be in the market for a left-handed reliever, but no clear favorites have emerged.

From ESPN at 11:54 am: The Oakland Athletics were among the most active teams in trade discussions over the last 35 days, swapping pitchers Rich Harden and Joe Blanton, and they had some talks with the White Sox about Huston Street in recent days. But one source says the chances of the A’s making a deal today, before the deadline, are “about one percent.” Everything can change with one phone call, of course.

From SI and MLB.com at 11:36 am: Ken Griffey Jr. has approved the trade sending him to the Chicago White Sox. The deal is pending approval from the Commissioner’s Office.

From SI at 11:19 am: The Rays’ superb play has surprised them a bit, so they didn’t expect to be buyers at the trade deadline. They hoped to contend by 2009 or perhaps ’10. The Rays appear to be adjusting to their new role as trade-deadline buyers, but with Jason Bay possibly going to Boston in the Manny Ramirez deal, it appears that Adam Dunn may be their best shot. It is believed the Reds are seeking some of the Rays’ vaunted young pitching, including Jeff Niemann and Jeremy Hellickson. Tampa has refused to include big shortstop prospect Reid Brignac in the Bay deal. So presumably he’d be off-limits as well for Dunn, who’s lefthanded and doesn’t fit Tampa quite as well.

From MLBtr at 11:16 am: Griffey deal almost done. The deal awaits Ken Griffey Jr.‘s approval, but it’d be for Danny Richar and Nick Masset according to Danny Knobler. The Reds will hopefully be willing to kick in some cash for Junior to approve the deal if necessary.

From Yahoo at 11:12 am: Even if the Rays don’t get Jason Bay today — another report had them looking at Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth as an option — they are still believed to be in the market for bullpen help. Various reports have linked them to lefty relievers Will Ohman (Braves), Scott Schoeneweis (Mets) and Ron Mahay (Royals). ESPN.com reported Wednesday night that the Rays had told the Rockies they were no longer interested in closer Brian Fuentes. Source: Tampa Tribune

–From MLBtr at 11:12 am: More on the Manny Ramirez trade. Ken Rosenthal says the three teams have a framework for the major players, but no agreement on the prospects. The Bucs’ return from the Red Sox is the holdup. Rosenthal says Ryan Tucker and Mike Stanton will stay put, by the way.

From SI.com at 10:58 am: Competing GMs say the Mets’ Omar Minaya is “itching” to do a deal. And it’s no wonder with the Yankees stealing the show across town and the competing Marlins close to possibly adding superstar Manny Ramirez. However, a lot of Mets people want to hold onto their top prospects, including outfielder Fernando Martinez, and pitchers Jon Niese, Eddie Kunz and Robert Parnell. Seattle requested “two premium prospects” for outfielder Raul Ibanez, and Mets people don’t like that idea. Minaya is spending more time on the relief situation, which is looking iffy lately, especially with Duaner Sanchez‘s radar gun readings down.

From MLB Trade Blog at 10:54 am: According to a source familiar with the situation, a deal is in place between the White Sox and Reds for the White Sox to acquire Ken Griffey, Jr.–pending his approval.

Griffey is getting a few questions answered, of which none have to do with his contract, and his decision still could go either way.

From MLBtr at 10:54 am: According to ESPN’s Peter Gammons, the Marlins have acquired lefty reliever Arthur Rhodes for 22 year-old righty Gaby Hernandez. The Fish acquired Hernandez in ’05 for Paul Lo Duca. Hernandez is a solid return for Rhodes, even if he struggled in a Triple A stint this year. He spent some time on the DL this year with a left intercostal strain.

Dumb move in my opinion.

From PBC Blog at 10:53 am: Dejan Kovacevic just got off the phone with a couple people — non-Pirates — and there seems to be this growing sense that it is the Pirates really dictating this process. There are too many teams and too many moving parts to imagine that they are outright playing one deal off the other, but they probably are as close as they can be to doing exactly that. The Pirates’ thinking, according to one, is that they want two high-end types and one or two others, depending which direction they turn. Obviously, giving up John Grabow makes for the higher number.

From Yahoo at 10:50 am: Baseball’s nonwaiver trade deadline expires at 4 p.m. today, and the Baltimore Orioles aren’t worried about what will happen when the dust settles.

“I don’t see it any different than any other time. I think the misnomer is that it’s the trading deadline,” Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. “People still make trades after the trading deadline. They go through waivers. I think, to be quite honest with you, it’s overhyped.”

Reached last evening, Orioles club president Andy MacPhail said trade talks with other teams have not heated up.

“I don’t see anything on the horizon,” MacPhail said. “That could change with a phone call, but I see nothing on the horizon for now.”

For a player to be traded after 4 p.m., he must pass through waivers without being claimed by another club. If claimed, the Orioles can revoke the waivers once. Over the next few days, the Orioles — like all clubs — will attempt to get most, if not all, of their players through waivers so they, in theory, could be traded in August.

Several Orioles, such as first baseman Kevin Millar, outfielder Jay Payton and reliever Chad Bradford, are expected to pass through waivers and could be the subject of trade rumors next month. Source: Baltimore Sun

From PBC Blog at 10:45 am: When one looks at this from the Tampa perspective, it is easy to see how the Rays might feel some additional pressure to part with one of those golden prospects and get this done with the Pirates: The Rays, Red Sox and Yankees are in a tight race. If the Red Sox get what they want (Jason Bay), that is not good for the Rays for that reason alone. The Tampa link there is the first I have heard of Reid Brignac being in the untouchable category, by the way.

From MLBtr at 10:37 am: Kovacevic says the Pirates are open to trading Jason Bay to the Red Sox or the Rays.

From ESPN at 10:37 am: The Mariners and Yankees had not picked up the threads of their conversations about pitcher Jarrod Washburn, and executives involved in the trade talks don’t expect that their standoff will be resolved.

The Yankees are willing to pay the rest of Washburn’s salary, about $14 million, but aren’t willing to trade a good prospect in the deal, and the Mariners asked for the Yankees’ best pitching prospect. It is a situation, however, that can change rapidly with one phone call.

From MLBtr at 10:33 am: Mark Zuckerman of the Washington Times says the Nationals are leaning toward keeping Tim Redding, and have even had preliminary extension talks with him. Trades of Paul Lo Duca, Odalis Perez, and Felipe Lopez are also unlikely.

From Yahoo at 10:03 am: Pitcher Greg Maddux last night packed a glove for Dodger Stadium in anticipation that the San Diego Padres — who are eager to shed more than $3 million of his salary — might trade him to Los Angeles Thursday.

“I’m bringing this glove,” Maddux said while pulling a black glove onto his left hand. “Do the Dodgers wear blue spikes?”

Maddux may not be the only Padres player out of the lineup when the club resumes play. Shortstop Khalil Greene almost certainly will sit out because of a hand injury suffered last night when Greene — frustrated by his season-long hitting slump and the pain of hitting a ball off his shin — socked a storage chest near the dugout.

“It’s not good,” Greene said of his left hand, which was discolored and swollen well after the last-place team’s error-filled, 7-3 loss to the first-place Diamondbacks at Petco Park.

A few Padres players said they feared that Greene fractured the hand, and Greene, who was replaced at shortstop by Luis Rodriguez in the eighth inning, said, “There’s something definitely wrong” with the hand. Source: Union-Tribune

From SI.com at 10:20 am: The White Sox’s trade for Ken Griffey Jr. is perplexing some baseball people. “He can’t play,” one AL exec said. “I think it’s a huge mistake.” It remains uncertain how the White Sox will utilize Griffey — assuming he approves the trade — but don’t be surprised if White Sox GM Ken Williams has more surprises. He and A’s GM Billy Beane are the biggest dealmakers. Maybe Williams just got bored and had to do something. At least he got a longtime favorite of his. It’s still to be worked out how he fits all his hitters into the lineup or whether one of them will go in a companion trade. Griffey once rejected a trade to the Mets (before he came to the Reds), but with his Reds contract expiring anyway, he’d look pretty bad to turn down a deal to play for a first-place team.

From MLBtr at 10:22 am: ESPN’s Jayson Stark’s source has this at 50-50. The Pirates are insisting on Mike Stanton but the Marlins don’t want to give him up. John Grabow coud end up in Florida rather than Boston. Ryan Tucker is in play but not a lock to be moved.

From ESPN.com at 10:00 am: Here’s one of the most surprising names to pop up on the “available” list in the last 24 hours — Kyle Lohse. Officials of two teams that spoke with the Cardinals report that they’ve been offering to deal Lohse if they can get back the right package.

The Cardinals have been looking for both a bat and a bullpen arm. And apparently, they concluded they didn’t have the prospects to get both. They got Chris Carpenter back from the disabled list Wednesday, with Adam Wainwright a couple of weeks behind. And they have no assurance they can re-sign Lohse because he’s a Scott Boras client.

So Lohse could dramatically alter the starting-pitching market Thursday if the Cardinals can find the right taker. Among the teams still looking for a starter: White Sox, Rockies and Yankees.

From Trade Talk at 9:53 am: The momentum that built throughout Wednesday night that Manny Ramirez could be dealt to the Marlins continued into Thursday morning. Talks are continuing, according to a source early Thursday, and indications are a deal could in fact be reached by the 4 p.m. ET non-waiver deadline.

The way the Marlins typically operate on trades, until paper work is exchanged, in their eyes there is no firm deal. So they don’t really recognized “done deal” until it actually is signed off by all parties.

Since this is a three-team trade, and there are Minor League prospects involved and large sums of money changing hands, the deal is complicated. Still, the primary pieces of the deal, Manny to the Marlins, Jeremy Hermida to the Pirates and Jason Bay to the Red Sox, are in place. There is speculation that Florida pitching prospect Ryan Tucker, a 21-year-old with a 95 mph fastball, could be included. Another prospect the Marlins may have to surrender is 19-year-old outfielder Mike Stanton, the team’s second round pick in 2007. Stanton is an imposing athlete with tremendous power potential.

From SI at 9:40 am: More and more, the Rays are looking at Adam Dunn as a realistic possibility. He isn’t the right-handed hitter they have been seeking, but he would bring them needed power. He leads the majors in homers over the last five years (198) and this year (32). He also hit two Wednesday night, boosting Reds GM Walt Jocketty’s position.

From MLBtr at 9:10 am: Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald has a source saying chances of a deal are “less than 50-50.” Some members of Red Sox front office are not convinced Manny should be traded. What do you think? Are they better off with Bay and Grabow or Manny?

From MLBtr at 8:53 am: According to Bob Dutton of the KC Star, the Twins are in the market for a second baseman. Alexi Casilla has a serious thumb injury. Dutton mentions Mark Grudzielanek, Rich Aurilia, and Brian Roberts as possibilities. Roberts, however, may be off the market. Dutton says the Twins could use Boof Bonser and Craig Monroe as bait.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell
multiple sources include MLBtraderumors.com, ESPN Trade Blog, MLB Trade Talk, SI Daily Scoop, Yahoo MLB Sports Rumors, FoxSports

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  • 1. Erik  |  July 31, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Bad trade by Boston… As good as Bay is he’s not going to make a difference with his bat. He is a better defender but he is not the feared hitter Ramirez was. Pirates get yet another LaRoche what about Neil Walker? Boston also traded away Moss. The team that benefits the most is probably the Dodgers and even still it is just a 2 month rental.
    Arthur Rhodes to the Marlins seems of little significance.

    Griffey to the sox… well 8 years ago it probably would have mattered but he isn’t a gold glove CFer anymore.

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  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  July 31, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    I’m still trying to digest it all. My brain hurts from all this.

    Reply

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