It seems awfully quiet out there right now, but it's early and things will pick up. In the meantime, I'll catch up with a few of last night's late rumors...
- 6:33 PM: A bit of a slow afternoon as far as rumors go, but now Bruce Levine is reporting that the Red Sox have made an offer for Ryan Dempster, this after we'd been hearing that they were basically out on him and more interested in Matt Garza. But then again, Nick Cafardo said the Red Sox were lagging behind on him too. So really, who knows?
- 6:30 PM: Jayson Stark tweets that The Nationals would need to get creative to complete a trade and the Braves don't appear to be pursuing Dempster aggressively. They prefer starters under team control beyond 2012.
- 1:49 PM: Jon Morosi of FoxSports tweets that sources are saying there is a 50/50 chance that Ryan Dempster gets traded today to the Dodgers, though there is still time for a team to swoop in. Jon Heyman said that the Nationals are pushing hard while tweeting that the Cardinals have also checked in.
- 12:56 PM: Meanwhile Nick Cafardo posts that the Red Sox are lagging behind in the Matt Garza talks. They rationalized to themselves that Garza wouldn't be an upgrade to what they currently have -- even though Garza's xFIP is higher than any of their current starters. The more reasonable explanation is that they simply don't want to pay market value.
- 12:49 PM: George Ofman tweets that the Tigers may be more interested in Matt Garza than Ryan Dempster. That makes sense and much of our focus has been on Garza to Tigers rumors, mostly involving top pitching prospect Jacob Turner. The Tigers have a bit of a dropoff after their first two prospects and the secondary guys probably weren't enticing enough for the Cubs while the Tigers likely felt that Turner was too much for a rental like Dempster. Garza is just the better fit for both sides.
- 12:20 PM: Five minutes after Rosenthal made his tweet, Levine tweets that the Dodgers remain in hot pursuit and would like to get a deal done as soon as possible. I'm getting dizzy.
- 12:05 PM: This make make some of our readers unhappy, but Rosenthal now tweets that Ryan Dempster is scheduled to pitch tonight and a trade could drag on for a few days.
- 11:42 AM: Ken Rosenthal writes that Cole Hamels may soon be off the market (if he signs) and teams are concerned with Zach Greinke and he's losing value on the market. He states if that's the case, then the value of Matt Garza could raise dramatically. It would also make Ryan Dempster one of the more attractive rentals on the market.
- 10:07 AM: The Rockies and Royals exchanged starting pitchers with the Royals obtaining Jeremy Guthrie in exchange for the recently DFA'd Jonathan Sanchez.
- 9:51 AM: The Astros and Blue Jays made a 10 player trade with the Jays picking up starter JA Happ, relievers Brandon Lyon, and David Carpenter. The Jays gave up a couple of major league players in OF Ben Francisco and RP Francisco Cordero as well as a number of prospects, led by RHP Asher Wojciechowski, but none are potential impact guys. The other prospects were pitchers Joe Musgrove and David Rollins, plus catcher Carlos Perez. The Astros will also receive a player to be named later. The Jays could still use pitching, but this lessens their need. I'm puzzled by the trade, though. The Jays may have saved their best prospects but what did they really gain for 2012 or the long term? Happ and Lyons aren't going to help them vault past the Rays, Red Sox or Yankees. UPDATE: Happ now figures to start in the bullpen and Carpenter to AAA. They are considered depth.
- 8:45 AM: Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Cubs have had discussions with the Braves about Ryan Dempster without getting real specific about names.
- 8:40 AM: Stan Kasten, president of the Los Angeles Dodgers, is saying not to expect a blockbuster deal. He's looking for deals that make sense, and what appears to make sense to him right now are rentals like Ryan Dempster instead of a guy like Matt Garza. This implies that the Dodgers aren't willing to trade top prospects, and we heard yesterday that Zach Lee will not be part of any potential Dempster trade. There are enough interesting arms in the Dodgers system however. There have been indications that the Dodgers have already made multiple offers, as Tom reported before any other blog or mainstream media outlet.
- 8:35 AM: Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Cubs are getting a number of calls about Reed Johnson and Jeff Baker. Both can be valuable members off the bench, particularly against RHPs. Johnson also can play all OF spots well while Baker provides the ability to play all 4 corners and 2B. Expect the usual return on something like this; an upper level guy with a modest ceiling (i.e. reliever) or a lower level prospect with some projection left.
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