Roundup: Padres players on the move?
In trade news from around baseball Saturday:
* All-Star closer Heath Bell may not be the only piece of the Padres moving before the impending Trade Deadline. San Diego general manager Jed Hoyer has been fielding calls about Bell, as well as his battery mates Chad Qualls and Mike Adams.
The Padres also are looking to move outfielder Ryan Ludwick. Without many players in the pipeline ready to make an impact at the big-league level, the Padres are looking for prospects with great upside and impact potential.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that the Indians are eyeing Ludwick — along with other veteran outfielders such as Josh Willingham and Carlos Beltran.
* Rather than deal him before the Deadline, the Orioles inked shortstop J.J. Hardy to a three-year contract extension Saturday. Hardy was considered the Orioles’ best trade chip, and has been one of the club’s best offensive players since being acquired in the offseason in a trade with the Twins.
*Despite the team’s struggles this season, the Twins reportedly are not interested in trading Michael Cuddyer, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. Both the Mariners and the Angels need a bat at third base, and Cuddyer could also roam the outfield.
*A number of clubs are expected to scout Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda’s start on Saturday night against the D-backs. He has 10 losses this year, but an ERA of 3.06 and a solid resume that has drawn interest from multiple clubs. Still, the Dodgers haven’t said Kuroda is available and the right-hander hasn’t yet said he’ll wave his no-trade clause.
* FOX Sports reported Saturday that the Cubs are “open for business” but infielder Jeff Baker is not available.
* The Dallas Morning News reported that the Athletics have received calls on closer Homer Bailey, and the Rangers are among those teams. According to the report, the A’s have started to look in depth at the Rangers’ farm system.
– Joey Nowak