July 19 roundup: A pair of deals

The blockbusters, if there are any, haven’t arrived yet. But with 12 days to go before the Non-Waiver Trade Deadline, Tuesday did bring a pair of trades.

One deal sent infielder Jeff Keppinger from his three-year home with the Astros to the Giants for a pair of Minor League arms, Henry Sosa and Jason Stoffel. Top prospect Brandon Belt, whose first stint in the bigs didn’t go as planned to open the season, also subsequently returned to the San Francisco roster.

In a similar move for the Rangers, they brought aboard infielder Nick Green from the Rangers, for Minor League pitcher Zach Phillips.

The rumors flying elsewhere:

  • The Cubs’ Alfonso Soriano isn’t concerned about the possibility he could be shipped off. “I don’t worry,” he said. Soriano, 35, is owed $18 million per year through 2014 and has a full no-trade clause, but said he would not get in the way if the Cubs approached him about a possible deal. Sources told MLB.com there have not been any conversations betweens the Cubs and Yankees about a New York reprise.
  • SI.com’s Jon Heyman reported via Twitter that the Yanks won’t give up a big prospect for a reliever, and that New York does want a starting pitcher, but sees Ubaldo Jimenez as a longshot.
  • The Phillies had a scout attend Tuesday’s Mets-Cardinals game to watch outfielders Carlos Beltran and Scott Hairston and left-handed reliever Tim Byrdak, according to ESPN New York. Beltran had been out with an illness.
  • The Braves are among the teams who have shown an interest in Beltran.  If the Braves acquired Beltran there’s no guarantee he would play only center field — they’re happy with Jordan Schafer’s range at that spot. The Giants are also in on Beltran.
  • Multiple reports indicated that the Yankees and Mets kicked the tires on Beltran, but the idea never went far.
  • The Marlins aren’t expected to part with any major pieces. As the team approaches .500 in a hot July, they will consider adding a third baseman or pitcher, but not at the expense of a core player.
  •  The Padres still need to figure out what to do with relievers Mike Adams and Heath Bell. San Diego’s looking for young, controllable players in any deal, players who presumably are no more than a year or so away from being Major League contributors.
  • FoxSports.com’s Jon Morosi said the Royals and Brewers remain in touch about Kansas City infielder Wilson Betemit but had not made substantial progress in trade talks.
  • Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti has told right-hander Hiroki Kuroda he would inform him if trade talks for the right-hander took place, according to the Los Angeles Times. Kuroda has not decided if he will waive his no-trade clause. The Dodgers also released Marcus Thames.
  • Pirates GM Neal Huntington told MLB Network’s Jim Bowden he is looking to add.

– Evan Drellich

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