Roundup: O's could see more deals
Birds may move more veterans; Halladay market active
In the wake of Sunday's trade that sent infielder Oscar Salazar to the Padres for side-arm reliever Cla Meredith, the Orioles may be looking to make a few more moves as the non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, now only 11 days away.Baltimore may look to move veterans like outfielder Aubrey Huff, plus pitchers George Sherrill and Danys Baez. Manager Dave Trembley said Monday he wouldn't be surprised if his team dramatically changed.
"I think we'll all have to stay tuned to see what happens," Trembley said. "It's the time of the year right now when we're not the only team that's doing their due diligence. This is basically the second Hot Stove season. You've got the offseason leading up to Spring Training when there are all kinds of talk about movement of players. And now, obviously, there's talk about moving players before the Trade Deadline."Trembley said he'd continue to speak to Andy MacPhail, the Orioles' president of baseball operations, about the team's prospective moves. And he also said that Salazar's teammates were thrilled to see him get an opportunity elsewhere in the Majors. "It would've been harder to lose him or send him back to the Minor Leagues," Trembley said. "I thought Andy MacPhail did the right thing. Oscar Salazar deserved the opportunity to go play for somebody in the big leagues. We didn't have a roster spot for him here." Elsewhere around baseball:
Boston: The Red Sox don't seem to be in the market for Toronto starter Roy Halladay, right now the most coveted player on the market. The price -- major prospects, not to mention the money to sign Halladay long-term -- figures to be too steep for Boston's taste. GM J.P. Ricciardi -- according to several reports -- told both the Red Sox and Yankees that the price for them would be significantly steeper than a non-American League East team.Cleveland: The two hot names on the market are former AL Cy Young Award-winner Cliff Lee and catcher Victor Martinez. The Indians hold affordable options on both cornerstone players for 2010, and trading either or both of them before the '10 season would be a tough sell to the fan base. Indians GM Mark Shapiro has been working the phones, but he has no sense whether a deal will get done. "We're extremely busy and active right now," he said. Detroit: The Tigers were one of many teams with a scout in Toronto for Roy Halladay's start Sunday, according to FOXsports.com. Kansas City: The Royals have traded for Yuniesky Betancourt to fill their shortstop need and Ryan Freel to help in the outfield and infield. But don't expect them to break up the rest of a young nucleus to make any more deals. They are not likely to part with pitchers Zack Greinke, Luke Hochevar or Joakim Soria, first baseman Billy Butler or third baseman Alex Gordon. "We need to hang on to our good young players as most clubs try to do so any deal we make would be centered around holding on to our good young players," GM Dayton Moore said. Los Angeles Angels: General manager Tony Reagins told the Los Angeles Times that he "hadn't ruled out anything" about potential trades, including one for Halladay.
Los Angeles Dodgers: The Blue Boys also had their scouts in Toronto to watch Halladay throw on Sunday, but their more pressing need may be relief pitching, which management considers at least equally important. The Dodgers might make that pursuit a little easier by sweeping the Reds this week and turning Cincinnati into a seller, because the Reds have three relievers the Dodgers are watching -- Francisco Cordero, David Weathers and Arthur Rhodes. Among the other veterans they are scouting is Baltimore's Sherrill.New York Mets: SI.com tweeted on Monday that the Mets turned down a package of Fernando Martinez, Bobby Parnell, Jon Niese and Ruben Tejada for Halladay. But ESPN's Keith Law then tweeted that the proposed offer was "bogus" and "shot down by multiple sources."
Philadelphia: The Phillies sent scouts to St. Louis this weekend to check out D-backs closer Chad Qualls, reported MLB Fanhouse. The 30-year-old righty makes $2.5 million this year and won't be a free agent until after next season, so he should command good prospects in any trade, especially considering how well he's pitched this year. Qualls has 17 saves with 33 strikeouts and five walks.Pittsburgh: Late last week, the Pirates extended contract offers to Freddy Sanchez (two years, $10 million) and Jack Wilson (two years, $8 million) with the intention of taking them off the trading block if each accepted. However, both have rejected their individual offers and neither has presented the Pirates with a counteroffer. Pirates GM Neal Huntington sees the absence of a counteroffer as a sign that neither of the two middle infielders want to return. If dialogue doesn't reopen between the various sides, he plans on listening to offers from clubs interested in acquiring either player by the Trade Deadline. Texas: The Rangers also are interested in Halladay. There has been dialogue between the two clubs and the Blue Jays are scouting the Rangers farm system. The biggest obstacle is the Rangers' ability to take on Halladay's salary with the club for sale. Another obstacle is that the Blue Jays need a shortstop, perhaps Elvis Andrus. Rangers officials term being able to land Halladay a "long shot."
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.