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12/11 Report: Phillies interested in Soriano

According to Jon Heyman of and MLB Network, the Cubs and Phillies have discussed a deal that would send Alfonso Soriano to Philadelphia in exchange for Domonic Brown. Heyman notes the Phillies may be more inclined to sign a free agent, such as Cody Ross. The Cubs are reportedly willing to pay $10 million of the $38 million remaining on Soriano’s deal if they can get top prospects in return. Soriano, who turns 37 in January, batted .262 with 32 home runs lsat season. As a player with 10-and-5 rights, he would have to approve the deal.

— Carrie Muskat

Red Sox in contact with Bay

The Red Sox are in the market for at least one starting outfielder, if not two, and a familiar name is out there. Jason Bay was a popular run producer during the year-and-a-half he played in Boston, but then went to the Mets, where he has had three horrific, injury-plagued seasons. Some thought that Bay was a bad fit for the Mets right from the outset. Could coming back to Boston resurrect his career?

It is at least a possibility. ESPN’s Buster Olney tweeted the following: “The Red Sox are among the teams in contact with Jason Bay, as he considers his options for 2013. Looking for opportunity, familiarity.”

Fenway’s friendly dimensions in left field are a far better fit for Bay’s swing than CitiField ever was.

The Red Sox’s interest in Bay could depend on how things go with Cody Ross, who was a positive presence on the field and in the clubhosue for Boston in 2012. Ross is a free agent and said to be seeking a three-year deal. The Braves are among the teams who have shown early interest.

Ian Browne

Rox talk to Cuddyer; Twins back in the mix

Negotiations continued Thursday between the Rockies and free-agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer. The Mariners, Phillies and a somewhat unexpected suitor, the Twins, are also in the mix. It’s not clear how quickly the Rockies or anyone else can come to an agreement.

Cuddyer has spent his entire Major League career with the Twins, who made him a three-year offer. It was believed that the Twins were no longer a possibility when outfielder Josh Willingham signed for three years and $21 million. But multiple reports said the Twins had not dropped out of the running.

The Rockies’ prime focus is Cuddyer. The team has expressed interest in six-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Beltran, but he is considered a longshot for the Rockies, mainly because of health concerns. Beltran has dealt with serious knee issues, including arthroscopic surgeries on both of them before the 2007 season and a further surgery on the right knee in 2010. The Mets had to be careful with his playing time early last season. Beltran put up strong numbers after being traded to the Giants for their lat-season run. However, the Giants have not signed him even though they have a need in the outfield.

Cody Ross remains a possibility to be signed to work in a tandem in left field with Seth Smith. If Cuddyer is signed, expect the Rockies to attempt to trade Smith to fill other holes.

— Thomas Harding

Rox pursue Beltran in addition to Cuddyer

The Rockies are trying to sign free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran, two Major League sources told on Tuesday. The Rockies’ involvement with Beltran was first reported Tuesday by CBS Sports.

A six-time All-Star, Beltran is coming off a 2011 in which he hit a combined .300 with 22 home runs and 84 RBIs for the Giants and Mets. He hit .323 with seven homers and 18 RBIs in 44 games after the Giants acquired him for a late-season stretch run.

The switch-hitting Beltran, who turns 35 on April 24, is a career .283 hitter with a .361 on-base percentage, and has 302 home runs and 1,146 RBIs. In 25 career games at Coors Field, Beltran has hit .276 with six home runs, 24 RBIs, nine doubles and a triple. He has compiled an .880 OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) at Coors as well.

The Rockies’ search for an outfielder to bolster their lineup has led them to pursue free-agent Michael Cuddyer, who is considering a three-year offer with the Twins, the team with which he has spent his entire Major League career.

It is not clear when a decision from Beltran, who has fielded interest from the Cardinals and the Red Sox, or Cuddyer will come.  The Rockies are looking at signing one outfielder to bolster the lineup. Cody Ross’ name has surfaced, but the Rockies are not pursuing him at this time. They are unlikely to do so until after looking at other possibilities. <p />

That outfielder, however, will not be Josh Willingham, whose name has been connected with the Rockies in recent days. Willingham’s agent, Matt Sosnick, said Willingham’s decision is down to three teams but the Rockies are not one of them, and Rockies sources say they have not been in on Willingham.

The Rockies currently have an outfield, with Seth Smith in left, Dexter Fowler in center and Carlos Gonzalez in right. However, the Rockies have been dangling Smith, a left-handed hitter with strong numbers against righty pitching, in trade talks in attempts to shore up other areas of the club.

— Thomas Harding

Reds talk w/Rays

It’s been a slow week for the Reds, especially in their efforts to nab a starting pitcher in a trade. General manager Walt Jocketty said Wednesday has had some meetings about trades, including with the Rays.

“I’ve talked to them several times,” Jocketty said. “I don’t think we’re close to anything.”

Jocketty did not divulge who was discussed. I can imagine James Shields had to have been one of the teams from the Rays’ end.

*Further down the list has been a search for a right-handed hitting left fielder. There has been thought given to adding free agent OF Cody Ross, who had a very brief stint with the Reds in 2006.

“We kicked it around,” Jocketty said. “I saw his agent around in the lobby. He said he’d be interested in coming back. I told him we’d discuss it and we did. We have some other things to do first.

*When asked about OF Dmitri Young, who has been in Dallas seeking a job and comeback, Jocketty said he would consider it. He liked him when he had Young in St. Louis.

— Mark Sheldon

Marlins acquire Ohman from Orioles

Minutes before the Trade Deadline, the Marlins acquired veteran lefty reliever Will Ohman from the Orioles for right-hander Rick VandenHurk.

Ohman appeared in 51 games with the Orioles, and he posted a 3.30 ERA.

A free agent after the season, Ohman provides a second left-hander to the Marlins bullpen, as he joins Taylor Tankersley.

Ohman turns 33 on Aug. 13, and the team is hopeful he can join the team in San Diego for Sunday’s game.

With a 52-51 record, the Marlins are hopeful of making a late push. President of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said in recent days the team hadn’t been seeking to move established players. They were hoping to add, rather than subtract.

But a number of teams made calls on outfielder Cody Ross, who is remaining with Florida.

— Joe Frisaro

Cody Ross to stay put?

Barring an offer the Marlins can’t resist, the club reportedly will not trade outfielder Cody Ross.

Ken Rosenthal of reported on Saturday morning that the Marlins likely will keep Ross because they can’t find a deal they like. The Red Sox and Braves are possible spots for the outfielder.

Until the 4 p.m. ET deadline passes, however, don’t be surprised if situations change. A year ago, the Marlins and Nationals swung a last-minute trade that sent Nick Johnson to Florida for pitching prospect Aaron Thompson.

In recent days teams have approached the Marlins about Ross’ availability. A source on Friday said the club was “on the fence” on what to do with the outfielder.

The Marlins are hopeful to get into the playoff picture, and the source noted that the outcome of Friday’s game was factoring into their trade decision. Florida beat San Diego to improve to 52-51 on the season.

Independently, the Marlins are actively trying to land a big league-ready reliever — preferrably a left-hander — for the stretch run.

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins pursuing relief help

The Marlins are actively pursuing Major League-ready bullpen help by Saturday’s Trade Deadline. Indications are the team is confident it will land an arm who can help for a final stretch run. 

It’s unclear if the team is shopping outfielder Cody Ross to land the big-league ready reliever. The Marlins primarily are in need of left-handed relief help. Taylor Tankersley is the lone lefty in the bullpen.

— Joe Frisaro

Cody Ross still available

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

Braves are showing more interest in Ross

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