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Rumors: Twins, Reds, Rays, Padres and Yankees

As you can imagine there are about a thousand rumors flying left and right just about every minute, and odds are that will remain the case for the next seven days. In order to make sure we get all the information to you I'm going to be putting together some small little "rumor packages" every day. They won't be long featured stories, but they'll have a lot of information to talk about.

Here are some of the hot stove rumors from this morning.

  • The Minneapolis Star Tribune notes that the Minnesota Twins are interested in a pair of Oakland Athletics including shortstop Orlando Cabrera and Michael Wuertz. Additionally, the Star Tribune notes that the Twins still have interest in Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson
  • ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Rays may consider dealing left-handed starter Scott Kazmir. Olney sources report that the Rays have been heavily scouting the Angels farm system, and probably would be interested in a pitcher like Kazmir. Furthermore, Olney notes that there's still a possibility that this could be a precursor to another deal or perhaps be part of a three-team trade.
  • Heath Bell told the San Diego Union-Tribune that there's no guarantee that he will be a member of the Padres next week. Bell said, "I really guess it comes down to what someone thinks I'm worth. If the Padres could get a lot for me, I guess I'd be out of here." Bell has been a closer for the Padres, but he certainly could be a set-up man for a contending team.
  • The New York Daily News reports that Chien-Ming Wang shoulder problems could sideline him for the rest of the season. If that's the case it's likely that the Yankees would be in search of some pitching depth. ESPN's Buster Olney reported yesterday that the Yankees and Brewers were scheduled to scout A's starter Justin Duchscherer, who is returning from elbow surgery.
  • According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds won't make any short-term moves. GM Walt Jocketty told the Enquirer "We're not going to do anything for the short-term". Basically what he's saying is the Reds are going to be sellers. The Reds have several pieces that could draw some interest including starters Aaron Harang, Bronson Arroyo and relievers Arthur Rhodes, David Weathers and Francisco Cordero.