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Rumor Mill Central - June 30th, 2008


Cincinnati Reds: The Reds could be on the verge of dealing  their young arm Homer Bailey. Bailey has struggled this season with a 0-3 record and a rough 8.76 ERA. Bailey wouldn’t be the main man in a deal, it would have to include a player like Adam Dunn. Look for a team like the Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox or the scuffling Arizona Diamondback’s to get involved.

Cleveland Indians: Last week the Indians reported they are trying to seal up a deal to keep their 6’7" lefty in the rotation for years to come. Who could blame them after his last start in Cincinnati, throwing 8 shut out innings including 11 strikeouts while scattering only 4 hits.

Oakland A’s: Sorry teams looking for a Rick Sutcliffe type rental player this year but Rich Harden isn’t going anywhere. The A’s are only 4½ games out of the division lead behind the L.A. Angels. Unless, the A’s struggle mightily in July there will be no fire sale by the bay.

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Seattle Mariners: Everyone on this roster should try and not get used to wearing teal and gray anymore. Especially players like Jose Vidro and Richie Sexon whom will get cut here pretty soon. As for Erik Berdard, he has been injured as of late and I don’t see a major contender taking a chance on him.

Toronto Blue Jays: The biggest diamond in the rough this July might just be A.J. Burnett. Burnett threw 7 shut out innings with 11 strike outs while scattering only four hits. Don’t be surprised if the Chicago Cubs swoop in rather quick to jump in on Burnett who basically said in an interview that he would love to be a Cub.

Atlanta Braves: Possibly the biggest question on the trade market these days is whether or not Mark Teixeira will be deal by the Braves or not. This upcoming July could be déjà vu for the young power hitting first basemen. He made the biggest splash last year in the trade market and could end up doing the same thing this July. Look for the Yankees to make this big splash.

Freddy Garcia: An under the radar type pitcher might be signing a contract very soon. The two teams vying for his services are the New York Mets and New York Yankees. The former 17-game winner would bolster any starting rotation.

Milwaukee Brewers: Contrary to many reports Brewers starting pitcher Ben Sheets will not be traded. Sheets previously stated that he will test the free agency waters which compelled most to think Sheets would be traded for some value before he leaves this upcoming winter.



By Aaron Partridge
DFN Sports Guest Writer

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