Monday, July 28, 2008
Mets have no interest in trading for Manny
• The Red Sox ran Manny Ramirez's name past the Mets in the past 24 hours and were turned down flat, according to one source with knowledge of those discussions. So we can cancel that Manny Watch in Queens.
• The Orioles continue to tell teams they would have to be "overwhelmed" to trade George Sherrill before the deadline. But if they do trade him, there are two interested teams that have the young shortstop the Orioles are targeting as the centerpiece of any deal -- the Angels and Phillies. (Milwaukee was also on Baltimore's list but backed off a week ago.)
Indications are that the Orioles like both the Angels' big league shortstops -- Erick Aybar and Maicer Izturis. And Baltimore has scouted Philly's Double-A shortstop, Jason Donald, who is bound for the Olympic team. But neither the Angels nor Phillies seem compelled to "overwhelm" the Orioles or anybody else in the next few days. So most teams that have checked in on Sherrill have come away believing the Orioles won't make any serious attempt to move him until the offseason.
The Marlins, Cardinals and Tigers are also interested, but those teams don't have a highly regarded shortstop prospect to trade away.
• Speaking of the Angels, they're still kicking tires on available relief pitchers. But one baseball man who spoke with them believes "they're not a major player on anything right now."
The Braves continue to call them about Mark Teixeira. But the Angels have Casey Kotchman off their board, and the Braves aren't interested in Kendry Morales.