On his ESPN Insider blog today, Buster Olney takes a look at the bubbling trade market in the National League, among other subjects like the Dodgers bankruptcy (insider only).
MLB Trade Rumors, News, and Notes
The Nationals are keeping tabs on Rays center fielder B.J. Upton, which bodes with the numerous reports we've heard about this over the past year or so.
San Diego has let other teams know that they're ready to hear offers for closer Heath Bell and set-up Mike Adams, arguably the club's two largest chips at the trade deadline.
Could the Giants pursue Cincinnati's Ramon Hernandez? The Reds already have Ryan Hanigan on the MLB roster, along with Devin Mesoraco and Yasmani Grandal in the minor leagues.
The Cubs are "open for business" according to rival evaluators.
- The Mets will reportedly be expecting at least one Grade-A prospect and one good Grade-B prospect in exchange for shortstop Jose Reyes. I suppose the Giants could possibly build a deal around Zach Wheeler and Gary Brown, or the Reds could build one around Devin Mesoraco and Zack Cozart or Billy Hamilton.
- The Phillies continue to check in on relief help and right-handed hitting, and rival executives expect them to be active near the deadline.
- Houston will discuss right fielder Hunter Pence and lefty starter Wandy Rodriguez, but they're expected to have huge asking prices.
- Some rival executives have wondered whether the Braves could consider trading starter Jair Jurrjens (10-3 W-L, 2.07 ERA) because the right-hander's value is at its peak.