July 23 news and notes: To buy or to sell? That is the question

The trade winds are reaching a strong gust with the non-waiver Trade Deadline just eight days away. With cluttered playoff races in both leagues, clubs are waiting as long as possible before determining if they are buyers or sellers. That has stalled the trade market, though it hasn’t stopped rumors from swirling from coast to coast.

Twins southpaw Francisco Liriano can boost his stock with a quality start tonight at U.S. Cellular Field. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Angels are among a handful of teams that could be interested in the 28-year-old. Liriano has posted a 3-4 record and 2.84 ERA in 10 starts since rejoining Minnesota’s starting rotation at the end of May.

Should the Indians opt to become sellers at the deadline, they could have a couple of attractive pieces to part with. Closer Chris Perez is slated to earn a raise this offseason. The 27-year-old has converted 26 of 28 save chances this season. Right fielder Shin-Soo Choo is scheduled to hit free agency following the 2013 season. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Giants, who lost closer Brian Wilson for the season to Tommy John surgery, have shown interest in Perez.

The Brewers could also choose to sell, and right-hander Zack Greinke would be a hot commodity. Our own Adam McCalvy reported that Milwaukee offered Greinke an extension in excess of $100 million. As of now, the 28-year-old, who is 9-3 with a 3.57 ERA, is scheduled to be a free agent after the season. Should the Brewers opt to part with him, the Rangers, Angels, Braves and Nationals would be interested, Rosenthal reported.

Third baseman Aramis Ramirez could be another player for whom the Brewers would entertain offers. Our own Ken Gurnick reported that the Dodgers would be interested should Ramirez hit the trade market, though the 34-year-old admitted he’d be surprised if he was dealt, considering he signed a three-year deal to come to Milwaukee during the offseason.

Morosi also tweeted that the Dodgers and Phillies have kicked the tires on center fielder Shane Victorino, though nothing was imminent on that front.

–Zack Meisel

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