July 24 news and notes: The latest on Upton, Hanley, Dempster
The first shoe dropped on Monday when the Tigers acquired pitcher Anibal Sanchez and infielder Omar Infante from the Marlins. Minutes later, the Yankees dealt for 10-time All-Star Ichiro Suzuki, who switched dugouts at Safeco Field and then went 1-for-4 against his former team, the Mariners.
With the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline just one week away, the hot stove is scorching. Despite making a move on Monday, the Marlins aren’t shying away from the spotlight. Our own Joe Frisaro notes that Josh Johnson and Hanley Ramirez are garnering plenty of interest from numerous teams should Miami make them available. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says Ramirez could fit for seven different teams, with the Athletics being an intriguing option. FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports that first baseman Carlos Lee, right-hander Ricky Nolasco and southpaw reliever Randy Choate could also be up for grabs.
The Braves tried to strike a deal on Monday for Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster, who leads the league with a 2.11 ERA. Dempster can veto a trade to any team. Rosenthal reported that the Cubs are stalling to see if the Dodgers — Dempster’s preferred destination — make a better offer.
“I want to look everything over before I make a decision, and I’ve got time to do that,” Dempster said Tuesday. “There’s a week before the Trade Deadline.”
Our own Carrie Muskat reports Dempster might string this out right up until next Tuesday’s deadline.
The D-backs have been mentioned as a club that could potentially be a seller. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, however, says the club won’t deal right fielder Justin Upton. Team president Derrick Hall told ESPN.com he would be “completely shocked” if the club moved Upton during the season. The 24-year-old hit 31 home runs and tallied 88 RBIs last season. He has a clause in his contract that allows him to block a trade to the Yankees, Red Sox, Indians or Cubs.
– Zack Meisel