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Trade Deadline: Cardinals and Nationals reportedly discussing relievers 07.25.11 at 5:06 pm ET
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The Cardinals and Nationals are talking about a trade involving Nationals relievers according to a FoxSports.com report. The Cardinals have been aggressive in their search to improve their bullpen and are believed to have an interest in a few of the Nationals relievers.

The Nationals have made right-hander Todd Coffey available, according to the report. Coffey has a 3-1 record with a 3.92 ERA in 42 appearances. He has struggled lately and in his last 10 outings he has an ERA of 8.10.

Another member of the Nationals bullpen that has gotten some interest is All-Star setup man Tyler Clippard. Per the report, the Nationals reportedly would like to hold on to him, but it is believed he would be available in the right deal.

Clippard has only allowed 11 earned runs in 57 1/3 innings  this season. He is 1-0 with a 1.73 ERA.

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Trade Deadline: Reds reportedly drawing interest on Edinson Volquez 07.25.11 at 4:42 pm ET
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The Reds are reportedly drawing interest from multiple teams on starting pitcher Edinson Volquez, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.

Volquez has struggled this season and has even been spent some time in Triple-A, but the right-hander throws hard and does have some upside. He has a 5-4 record with a 5.93 ERA this season.

This is Volquez’s seventh season in the majors. He played for the Rangers for the first three seasons of his career. His best season came in 2008 in his first season with the Reds, finishing with a 17-6 record and a 3.21 ERA.

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Trade Deadline: Nationals and Twins reportedly have discussed Denard Span 07.25.11 at 4:26 pm ET
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The Nationals and Twins have reportedly discussed a trade involving center fielder Denard Span, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com. Span, the Twins outfielder has been out since June 7 with a concussion, but is currently on a rehab assignment.

Closer Drew Storen and All-Star setup man Tyler Clippard are players the Twins will most likely seek, but according to Rosenthal’s sources the Nationals are unwilling to deal them. Rosenthal adds that the Twins might seek right-hander’s Todd Coffey or Henry Rodriguez.

Before suffering the concussion Span was hitting .294 with two home runs and 15 RBIs. Rosenthal also notes that the Nationals are reportedly interested in outfielders including the Rays’ B.J. Upton, the Cardinals’ Colby Rasmus and the Astros’ Michael Bourn.

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Trade Deadline: Red Sox reportedly have interest in Hiroki Kuroda 07.25.11 at 3:36 pm ET
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The Red Sox are one of the teams that have reportedly shown interest in Dodgers starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com.

He writes that the Tigers have been “very interested,” while the Red Sox, Yankees, Indians, Brewers are all believed to have shown interest as well.

One obstacle in trading the pitcher is that Kuroda has a no-trade clause. Knobler does write that Kuroda could be persuaded to go to a contending team for the final two months of the season.

Kuroda’s record is not that appealing at 6-12, but the lack of offense from the Dodgers have not helped his cause. He does have a respectable 3.19 ERA in 20 starts this season.

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Trade Deadline: A few teams reportedly interested in B.J. Upton 07.25.11 at 2:56 pm ET
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Over the weekend reports have surfaced linking a few teams interested in acquiring B.J. Upton from the Rays at the upcoming trade deadline. Those teams include the Giants, Indians, Phillies, Nationals and Royals.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com, the Giants and Indians are pursuing Upton, and the Braves, Phillies and Rangers could also potentially target the center fielder.

The Phillies have also showed interest in Upton, tweets Jen Royal, a CBS Radio reporter. The Nationals are also reportedly interested in Upton’s services, according to the Washington Post. The Nationals sent a scout to the Rays-Yankees series last week to get a better look at Upton. Joel Sherman of the NY Post tweets that the Royals are also reportedly interested.

Upton is batting .229 with 15 home runs and 52 RBIs this season. This is his seventh year in the majors.

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Trade Deadline: Cardinals reportedly offer Colby Rasmus to White Sox 07.25.11 at 2:10 pm ET
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According to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals have made Colby Rasmus available to be dealt the White Sox pending the right deal. The report says that negotiations have “accelerated” in recent days and the White Sox could make free agent pitcher Edwin Jackson or left-handed reliever Matt Thornton available to the Cardinals.

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said Saturday that he considers Jon Jay the team’s primary center fielder. Rasmus is in the midst of a two-month slump. Rasmus says that he will discuss any trade speculation.

“I’ve dealt with some of that in the past already. I’m just going to try not to think about it and, wherever I’m at, I’m just playing baseball,” Rasmus said. “I’m getting back to keeping it simple. You get too many things going at the same time and it doesn’t work. I’m going to keep it simple and play baseball. It’s what I did today, I played pretty good, and I’m going to try to keep it going.”

Rasmus is hitting .244 with 10 home runs and 37 RBIs this season.

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Trade Deadline: Red Sox still interested in Ubaldo Jimenez? 07.25.11 at 2:05 pm ET
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The Red Sox might not have given up on acquiring Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez at the upcoming trade deadline.

SI’s Jon Heyman tweets that the Red Sox were one of the teams that scouted the right-hander Sunday in his start vs. the Diamondbacks. Other teams that reportedly attended were the Reds, Rangers, Tigers, Blue Jays and Yankees. Jimenez struggled, as he gave up five runs in five innings and suffered the loss.

Troy Renck of the Denver Post wrote Sunday that the Reds and Yankees are the best “matches” for Jimenez, but the Rangers and Red Sox are “lurking.”

FoxSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi has tweeted that according to his sources close to Rockies trade talks, the chances of Jimenez being traded are “50/50.”

The right-hander has a record of 6-9 this season with a 4.20 ERA. He has recorded double-digit win totals in each of his past three seasons with the Rockies, including 19 last year.

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Trade Deadline: Astros reportedly will not deal Hunter Pence 07.25.11 at 1:50 pm ET
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According to a tweet from SI’s Jon Heyman, the Astros are saying they will not trade outfielder Hunter Pence. Tweeted Heyman: he’s face of franchise, fine example for young players. Heyman added that the Astros felt obligated to listen to offers because they need to rebuild, but they consider Pence to be their best player.

Heyman reports that the Phillies, Braves and Pirates have all showed interest in the outfielder.

Last week, the Houston Chronicle reported that the Astros were “willing” and “expected” to trade Pence. That report stated the Red Sox, among other teams could be interested in the young outfielder.

Pence played in his first All-Star Game earlier this month and is batting .308 with 11 home runs and 62 RBIs.

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Peter Gammons on M&M: Sox ‘might get right-handed hitting outfielder’ at trade deadline 07.21.11 at 1:29 pm ET
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MLB Network and NESN analyst Peter Gammons joined the Mut & Merloni show Thursday to talk about the Red Sox and how they might approach the trade deadline, among other things related to the Red Sox. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

Gammons does not expect the Red Sox to make a blockbuster deal at this year’s trade deadline. He believes they have what it takes to win a World Series with the players they have now, but does not rule out a minor deal for a right-handed-hitting outfielder.

“There is nobody out there that can replace [Jon] Lester or [Clay] Buchholz,” Gammons said. “Can they win the World Series if they have [Josh] Beckett, Lester and Buchholz in their three? Absolutely. Especially with the way the bullpen has performed. We always talking about going out and getting relievers, what they did to get Matt Albers and Alfredo Aceves here I think was remarkable. They have been huge parts of this team.

“I think they might go get a right-handed hitting outfielder, like a Reed Johnson [outfielder with the Cubs]. I know they keep dabbling with the Mets. One thing is Theo Epstein always stays in on the high ceiling guys, just in case. He has always said ‘I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t.’ But, remember two years ago when they got Victor Martinez they had one deal involving Victor Martinez and Cliff Lee, and another five for one with Roy Halladay and a six for one with Felix Hernandez. He gets his fingers on everything.”

Gammons also notes that trading for Beltran would mean Josh Reddick would have to be benched, and he said it would not be a good thing for Reddick as well as the Red Sox. According to Gammons, the talks with the Mets have not been serious, as names of players have not been discussed.

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Trade Deadline: James Shields does not want to be traded 07.21.11 at 12:32 pm ET
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With many teams seeking starting pitching help, James Shields‘ name has been thrown around as one player who could be traded to help boost a teams starting rotation. He told the St. Petersburg Times that he has no interest in being traded from the Rays.

“I want to play here,” Shields said. “I want to be here. This has been my home for my whole career. I haven’t really thought about it, to be honest with you. I love this town. I want to be here. And I think we have a good team.”

Currently the Rays are in third place in the AL East, eight games behind the first place Red Sox. They are also in third place in the Wild Card standings, 6.5 games behind the Yankees. Shields is 8-8 on the year with a 2.60 ERA.

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