The Boston Red Sox recently called the Brewers to inquire about the availability of outfielder Jim Edmonds, who still wasn’t sure as of Friday afternoon whether he wanted to be traded to a contender.
The Marlins aren’t going to force anything, but for the right price, they will trade outfielder Cody Ross by Saturday’s 4 p.m. ET Trade Deadline.
The Braves and Red Sox remain teams interested in Ross, who is batting .272 with nine homers and 52 RBIs.
Several other clubs could be in the mix, and the Marlins are on the fence of which direction to go with the outfielder.
One source said it may go down to whether the Marlins win or loss on Friday at the Padres.
Ross, who is making $4.45 million in his second season of arbitration, does not fit into the team’s long-range plans.
The Marlins on Thursday traded Jorge Cantu, and the team cleared all but $600,000 of the $2.2 million that remains on his $6 million deal.
A prime reason Cantu was dealt was because he didn’t fit into the club’s future.
The Marlins have several outfielders they are wanting to get a look at, including Bryan Petersen, Emilio Bonifacio and Cameron Maybin, who is in Triple-A New Orleans.
When the Marlins traded Cantu, the team noted that it was looking to position the roster for now and into the future. In 2012, they move into a retractable-roof ballpark, and they want to be as competitive as possible. Already, 20-year-old Mike Stanton is gaining valuable playing time in right field, and he projects to be a future star.
By moving Cantu on Thursday, prospect Logan Morrison was given the job in left field. The Marlins have high hopes for Morrison, who promises to be a centerpiece player in the years to come.
— Joe Frisaro
While winning just two of their first six games on this road trip and watching the Phillies upgrade their roster with the addition of Roy Oswalt, the Braves are now showing a little more interest in Cody Ross.
After Chris Coghlan injured his left knee earlier this week, the Marlins indicated they wouldn’t move Ross. But it appears they may be willing to deal the veteran center fielder in exchange for an attractive package of prospects.
The Red Sox are also showing interest in Ross and multiple sources have said they may be a better fit than the Braves.
The Braves had minimal interest in Ross last week. But while scoring three runs or fewer in seven of their past 14 games, they have gained reason to believe they may need to upgrade their lineup.
While homering once every 22.2 at-bats during the 2008 and ’09 seasons, Ross may have qualified as a definite upgrade.
Still despite homering just once every 42 at-bats and compiling a .734 OPS this year, he could certainly prove more productive than Melky Cabrera, who has hit just three homers and compiled a .687 OPS in 306 at-bats for the Braves.
– Mark Bowman
Ty Wigginton has been considered the Orioles best trade chip for months now, but he could end up staying put at the Trade Deadline. Why?
There’s a few reasons to take into account, namely that yesterday’s trade to move Miguel Tejada was
primarily to clear a space for top position prospect Josh Bell. The O’s
don’t have a first baseman nearly as ready, although Michael Aubrey has been on a tear lately and could earn a call-up to help share a possible platoon with either Jake Fox or Luke Scott.
far, the offers for Wigginton aren’t deals that would really improve
the O’s. He would likely get the same type of mid-level prospect
acquired yesterday from San Diego, and his departure would help leave a
significant hole in a Baltimore lineup trying to avoid going down as the
worst team in franchise history.
President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said yesterday after
the Tejada trade that no more moves were on the immediate docket, and
given that tomorrow at 4 p.m. ET is the deadline, an “immediate move”
would have probably been deemed as something early this morning. Still,
things can change in an instant and the O’s could be moved to move
Wiggy. But with the Tejada trade and the Rangers –thought to be the
front-runners — acquiring Jorge Cantu, I wouldn’t be shocked if he
What’s becoming increasingly more likely is that the Orioles could trade reliever Will Ohman who
is cheap and a lefty specialist. Particularly with the bullpen nearly
back at full force and Jim Johnson progressing along in Sarasota, the Os
could get a decent return on moving Ohman, who was signed to a Minor
League deal this spring.
* While looking at what happened today and what could happen before 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, we’ll also look back. Roy Oswalt to the Phillies, Jorge Cantu to the Rangers, Miguel Tejada to the Padres and Matt Capps to the Twins were the biggest moves made prior to Friday, in what has still been a rather slow-moving Trade Deadline.
NEW YORK — The D-backs are closing in on a deal with the White Sox that would send Edwin Jackson to Chicago with Daniel Hudson being the centerpiece of what Arizona would receive in return, a baseball source confirmed Friday.
Jackson, who was acquired by the D-backs last winter in a three-team deal that included the Yankees and Tigers, is 6-10 with a 5.16 ERA in 21 starts this year. He threw a no-hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays on June 25.
Hudson, 23, is a highly-regarded pitching prospect, who was called up by the White Sox to take injured hurler Jake Peavy’s place in the rotation. The right-hander was selected by Chicago in the fifth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.
Hudson rose quickly through the Minors. He started at Class A in 2009 before shooting all the way up to the Major Leagues by season’s end.
In nine big league games, including five starts, Hudson is 2-2 with a 4.72 ERA. He is scheduled to start Friday night for the Sox.
If the trade is completed, the D-backs would likely turn their attention to moving closer Chad Qualls and catcher Chris Snyder.
— Steve Gilbert
Rockies right fielder Brad Hawpe has homered in two of his last three games. Part of it could be he’s at Coors Field, where he hits way better than on the road. Or it could be one of his patented hot streaks. If that’s the case, the Rockies have a tough decision on whether to trade him. The rumors are geting heavier. Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com Tweets that the Tigers have interest. Troy Renck of the Denver Post, via Twitter, noted that the Padres and White Sox have inquired about Hawpe. But the White Sox’s pursuit could depend on whether they can obtain Adam Dunn from the Nationals, and the Padres acquired Miguel Tejada yesterday.
Could Ted Lilly go back to the Dodgers? According to Fox Sports reports, the Dodgers and Cubs have talked about Lilly and Ryan Theriot, but the catch is that the Dodgers want the Cubs to add cash in the deal. Lilly has $4.3 million remaining, Theriot $933,000.
Lilly actually was drafted by the Dodgers in 1996 in the 23rd round but traded in July 31, 1998, to the Montreal Expos in a six-player swap. This season, he’s 3-8 with a 3.69 ERA in 18 starts, and has received the least amount of run support in the Major Leagues.
The lefty would join a rotation of Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Hiroki Kuroda and Vicente Padilla. The trading deadline is Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.
The Twins were interested in Lilly but chose to add to the bullpen, acquiring Matt Capps from the Nationals on Thursday. A Mets official told the New York Post it’s “very doubtful” they’ll get Lilly because they do not want to take on the money remaining and give up prospects.
Theriot received a $2.6 million salary for 2010 after losing an arbitration case to the Cubs. He’s under team control through 2012. The Fox report said Theriot could take over at second, sending Blake DeWitt to Triple-A. But DeWitt was batting .272 with one homer, 15 doubles, four triples and a .352 on-base percentage. Theriot is hitting .285 with one homer, 10 doubles, two triples and a .321 on-base percentage. The Padres had looked at Theriot but instead traded for Orioles third baseman Miguel Tejada.
— Carrie Muskat
The Dodgers have continued talks with the Cubs this week to acquire pitcher Ted Lilly, baseball sources confirmed. Lilly, who came up through the Dodgers farm system, also played for manager Joe Torre with the Yankees. He’s been on the Dodgers’ short list of targeted starting pitchers all month.
Fox Sports reports the talks also include Cubs infielder Ryan Theriot. — Ken Gurnick