Information is coming fast and furious as we near Saturday’s non-waiver trade deadline in Major League Baseball. We’ll just get right into what’s going on at this hour.
Berkman headed to the Bronx
Multiple reports are now saying that the New York Yankees have a deal in place to acquire Houston Astros first baseman Lance Berkman. Apparently the Yankees moved very quickly to get this deal done and Berkman was held out of the starting lineup Friday night because of the impending move. No word on who the Astros would be getting in return, but getting the rest of Berkman’s $14.5 million deal (plus the club’s $2 million buyout for 2011) off their salary ledger will be big pluses. It would also allow the recently-acquired Brett Wallace a chance to step right in and place everyday.
The Yankees are getting Berkman to be their DH for the rest of the year and he will probably spell Mark Teixeira from time to time at first base.
Again this deal is basically confirmed to be done as of now, but we’ll update this post as the night goes on.
UPDATE: Sources are saying the Astros will pick up a significant portion of the $6.7 million left on Berkman’s contract and they won’t get any propects of note in return for him. This is clearly a dump by Houston to get some playing time for Wallace and move Berkman elsewhere and save on the $2 million buyout he’s owed next year.
Dunn would be a DH
Adam Dunn told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that he would be willing to occupy the designated hitter role for an American League team if he was traded. In the past Dunn has claimed to dislike that idea but maybe the chance to play in the playoffs this year and return to Washington next season (which seems to be his preference) while adding some prospects to the Nationals’ system would be too tempting to pass up.
The Nationals and Giants have been in deep discussions involving Dunn, by Washington has asked for Madison Bumgarner in return for the big slugger. Additionally the White Sox were very interested in “The Big Donkey” until recently. Some think the White Sox might not have enough to get Dunn though, as they used up a lot of trade ammo to get Edwin Jackson from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Some reports are claiming however that Jackson could be sent to the Nationals as part of a package for Dunn.
Again, we’ll keep updating this story.
Reds looking for arms
The Cincinnati Reds have made it clear that they would like to limit the innings of rookie starter Mike Leake. To that end, they are currently discussing possible deals for starters and relievers. The Reds recently signed Russ Springer and Jason Isringhausen but those can’t be thought of as great solutions.
Cincy has been in talks with the Chicago Cubs regarding Ted Lilly, and the Reds are not on Lilly’s no-trade list. The Reds are also looking into Kevin Gregg, Jason Frasor, Todd Coffey, Carlos Villanueva and Brandon League. They may also have some interest in David Aardsma.
Clearly the Reds are not satisfied with how their rotation and bullpen set up right now and are looking to add something into the mix.
Padres, Dodgers battling for arms
Seemingly out of nowhere Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Paul Maholm is getting all kinds of attention. Apparently early on Friday the San Diego Padres were close to a deal for Maholm, but the Los Angeles Dodgers swooped in and heated up talks for the lefty.
The Pirates now find themselves in a position of strength, battling off two suitors for a guy who is 6-9 with a 4.52 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP. The 28-year-old Maholm certainly has talent but what will either team be willing to give up to get him?
The Dodgers and Padres could also both be battling it out for Lilly and Cleveland Indians righty Jake Westbrook. The difference with Maholm is that he’d be under club control and doesn’t have a big contract like the other two.
This one could go right down to the wire on Saturday.
UPDATE: The latest news says the Padres have not contacted the Cubs about Lilly.
UPDATE II: It appears the Cubs and Dodgers are close on a deal for Lilly, the only sticking point now is the amount of money the Cubs would pay. The Yankees are also involved in talks for Lilly, so this isn’t done yet.
Cody Ross connected to everyone
Florida Marlins outfielder Cody Ross is one of the hottest names on the market right now. Why? Because he’s a versatile outfielder that won’t cost too much to acquire.
The Yankees, Giants, Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves have all expressed interest in Ross.
The 29-year-old is due a big raise via arbitration in the offseason, so even though the Marlins claim they have no plans to move him, don’t believe them for a second.
UPDATE: According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Braves are the most likely destination for Cody Ross, but as of now no one is confident a deal can get done by Saturday afteroon.
That’s the latest on the MLB Rumor front. We’ll update this post through the deadline tomorrow and keep you apprised of any changes.