Polanco-Rincon swap has a chance

With the trading deadline drawing closer, here's the latest talk being heard from around the game:

  • The Phillies and A's continue to discuss a trade that would send second baseman Placido Polanco to Oakland for reliever Ricardo Rincon. But the teams were still trying to figure out how to bridge a $700,000 difference in their salaries for the rest of the year. Polanco makes $3.95 million, to Rincon's $1.75 million.

  • The Rangers are closing in on a deal with Scott Erickson, who was just released by the Mets.

  • The Phillies and Yankees talked about a deal that would send Ricky Ledee to the Yankees for Kenny Lofton. But indications are that the Yankees rejected it.

  • The Indians and Giants are talking about a deal that would send a reliever -- thought to be Rick White -- to the Giants for a prospect.

  • The Padres are believed to be close to a trade with Seattle to bring back Dave Hansen, whom they traded to Seattle last winter.

  • According to clubs that have spoken with the Giants, they've backed off on a pursuit of Ugueth Urbina, even though GM Brian Sabean flew to Cleveland to scout him personally. The Giants are believed to have interest in Orioles closer Jorge Julio.

    Jayson Stark is a senior writer for ESPN.com. Click here to send Jayson a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.