Buzz: Dodgers back in on Halladay

Our good friend Tim Brown at yahoo! sports is reporting the Dodgers and Red Sox have grabbed the lead in the Roy Halladay sweepstakes.

According to Brown, the Dodgers’ offer is believed to be all minor league prospects except right-handed pitcher James McDonald, who has pitched 38 major league innings.
Starters Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw have not been offered, and neither have any of the team’s starting position players.

Additionally, the Red Sox’s offer includes top pitching prospect Clay Buchholz. The Blue Jays also have been given the choice of reliever Justin Masterson, Triple-A pitcher Michael Bowden or Double-A first baseman Lars Anderson, with lesser prospects from the farm system filling out the Boston offer. The Red Sox from the beginning have included Buchholz because the Blue Jays made it clear he would have to be the starting point of any deal.

This is getting crazy. I mean, if the Dodgers can somehow pry Halladay loose without giving up anyone of note on the big club, it would be a huge, huge get.

Buzz: Marlins might reel in Heath Bell

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.

New York Times: Manny, Ortiz on 2003 steroids list

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.