Jon Heyman at si.com says the Marlins are in serious talks with the San Diego Padres about a trade for closer Heath Bell.
According to Heyman, the Padres are seeking young pitchers Andrew Miller or Sean West in return.
Bell is enjoying a sensational year as a first-time closer with San Diego, compiling 25 saves with a 2.01 ERA. That being said, he’s one of the few chips the Padres have that will bring back a decent return.
The Marlins are on a roll, winning seven of eight to climb withing two games of the Wild Card lead, and getting Bell will definitely improve their fortunes.
According to the New York Times, Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz were among the roughly 100 Major League Baseball players to test positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, according to lawyers with knowledge of the results.
In the story, the Times says:
The information about Ramirez and Ortiz emerged through interviews with multiple lawyers and others connected to the pending litigation. The lawyers spoke anonymously because the testing information is under seal by a court order. The lawyers did not identify which drugs were detected.
Unlike Ramirez, who recently served a 50-game suspension for violating baseball’s drug policy, Ortiz had not previously been linked to performance-enhancing substances.
Scott Boras, the agent for Ramirez, would not comment Thursday.
I don’t really know what to think anymore about any of this, other than I wouldn’t be surprised no matter whose name showed up on that list.
What really gets me, though, is the 2003 test was supposed to be anonymous, as baseball was on a fact-finding mission to get a handle on the steroid propblem. The players agreed to the testing, knowing the individual results would never be made public.
I’m not condoning anything any user did, but at the same time anonymous is supposed to be anonymous, and as we’re now finding out, that wasn’t true at all.
si.com’s Jon Heyman reports the Dodgers have bowed out of the Roy Halladay sweepstakes, deeming the price to high to pay.
Instead, the Dodgers are now turning their attention on beefing up their bullpen, with Orioles closer George Sherrill very high on their list.
This makes sense, as I just didn’t see the Dodgers meeting the required asking price of Chad Billingsley or Clayton Kersaw, even for an ace like Halladay. The Dodgers will not plug one hole on the big league team while creating another.
I do feel there is a better than 50-50 chance the Dodgers do make a move, most likely the bullpen.
And from what I can gather the prospects other teams continue to ask about are RHP’s James McDonald, Ethan Martin, Chris Withrow and Josh Lindblom; shortstop Devaris Gordon, and outfielder Andrew Lambo, the former Newbury Park High standout.
Of those players, I wouldn’t be surprised if McDonald is the one who gets dealt.
The Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 3-2 tonight in St. Louis. For a full boxscore click here.
* Albert Pujols singled home Julio Lugo in the bottom of the 15th inning for the winning run.
* The Dodgers led 1-0 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, at which point Jonathan Broxton gave up a single to Ryan Ludwick, then threw a wild pitch to allow Ludwick to reach second, and a single to Colby Rasmus to enable Ludwick to score the winnin run.
* The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on James Loney’s RBI single.
* Clayton Kershaw was sensational hrough eight innings, giving up just four hits while striking out seven.
* The Dodgers left 24 runners on base.
* The Dodgers hope to salvage one game in this four-game series, and stop their season-worst four-game losing streak, by sending RHP Hiroki Kuroda (3-5, 4.57) vs. Kyle Lohse (4-6, 4.35).
Buster Olney of espn.com is reporting that the Indians will move C/1B Victor Martinez before Friday’s trade deadline.
Olney quotes an American League official as saying now that the Indians have traded pitcher Cliff Lee to the Phillies, they will increase their efforts to deal Martinez.
“I don’t think they’d move one without thinking about moving the other,” the American League official said.
Martinez is hitting .285 with 15 home runs and 67 RBIs for the Indians, who have a club option on Martinez for the 2010 season.
I mean, wow, how exciting has this trade deadline been already? And to think we still have a couple of days to play with.
Thing is, league G.M.’s had an inkling a number of good players would be made available this summer, and planned accordingly when budgeting their resources last winter.
In any event, things should get real interesting over the next 48 hours.