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Thursday night trade rumors roundup

Posted on: July 28, 2011 10:45 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 12:05 am
By Matt Snyder

We're less than three days away to the non-waiver trade deadline in Major League Baseball. As we inch closer, it seems that more players are becoming available, so there are bound to be some fireworks this weekend. Let's check out what happened Thursday night.'s Danny Knobler reports that the Braves and Phillies -- losers in the Carlos Beltran sweepstakes -- are interested in White Sox right fielder Carlos Quentin. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says the Braves are front-runners on Quentin.

MLB Trade Deadline's Scott Miller reiterates the Braves' desire for an outfield bat and throws the name of Padres' outfielder Ryan Ludwick into the discussion. Mark Bowman of also reports the Braves are after Ludwick.

Knobler reports that, though the Blue Jays are believed to be done making moves after the Colby Rasmus trade, they still could deal relievers Frank Francisco and/or Jon Rauch.

• Some of the biggest movement of the day happened in terms of Hunter Pence's status. It had been reported for all the early part of this week the Astros were holding onto their All-Star right fielder tightly, but things may have changed. Knobler noted that interest has picked up with Beltran off the market, though some rival GMs still don't think Houston will deal Pence. Fox Sports reports the Braves are in on Pence but the Phillies are the most serious suitor. Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports added that the Indians are also in the mix and the chances of Pence being traded are better than 50-50. ESPN's Jayson Stark says the interest in Pence is "exploding" and the Braves, Phillies, Red Sox and Reds are in on him. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports said as many as eight teams are after Pence. In a contradiction to some of the above reports, however, is that Jon Heyman of earlier in the day reported the Phillies have given up on Pence and the Braves are the only team left with a shot.

Ubaldo Jimenez's name continues to bounce around, but the status is pretty much the same as before: The Yankees have the best shot, but it's not even close to being a sure thing and the Rockies may keep him.

Per Rosenthal, both the Yankees and Red Sox scouted A's starter Rich Harden during his outing against Tampa Bay Thursday.

• The Tigers are interested in Jason Marquis, reports Bill Ladsden of

• The Braves have had discussions about A's outfielder Coco Crisp, reports ESPN's Buster Olney. Rosenthal reports the Braves also have interest in A's outfielder Josh Willingham.

• Though Hiroki Kuroda's a hot name in the weak starting pitching market, as Knobler pointed out earlier Thursday, Newsday's Ken Davidoff reports that the Dodgers are not taking offers for him. Sherman reports the Yankees are in regular contact with the Dodgers about Kuroda, though.

• The Red Sox have the following starting pitchers on their radar, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe: Rich Harden, Erik Bedard, Hiroki Kuroda, Jeremy Guthrie, Aaron Harang, and Ubaldo Jimenez.

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:19 pm

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Hey seismicshift; what damage are you speaking of bro? Maybe winning 2 out of 3 in Cleveland; splitting a series in Chicago or taking the rubber game vs. the Tigers will make your season? The Royals are the poster boys for what ail's MLB. As long as the current system is in place, the majority of AL teams will never sniff the playoffs.

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:58 pm

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Hopefully Royals stand pat unless they can thieve some top shelf starting pitchers. Glad Dayton Moore has hopefully decided to stand pat with Melky and Francouer. Pitchers perfom the way they can and Mousakis starts to hit they can do some damage yet this year. Need to get on a strong run immediately though.

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:24 pm

Thursday night trade rumors roundup


Harden started Thursday. I thought you were an A's fan?  

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 5:24 pm

Thursday night trade rumors roundup

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 3:51 pm

Thursday night trade rumors roundup

The number of rbi isn't the question, it's the ability to drive in runners that are on base.  Pence is hitting .363 with runners on base, whereas Quentin is hitting .279.  That's 84 points, and definitely significant.  Pence can't help that he doesn't have players getting on base in front of him.  If he did, his rbi total would be much higher.

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Thursday night trade rumors roundup

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