News: No Return of Payton

the Mets will not be acquiring OF Jay Payton, in case you were worried he may return to Shea Stadium…

Buzz: Prospects for Gagne from Red Sox

According to ESPN.com’s Buster Olney, the Red Sox will send RHP Kason Gabbard, OF David Murphy, and 16–year-old OF Engel Beltre to Texas in exchange for Eric Gagne, assuming Gagne and his agent, Scott Boras, approve the deal.

Buzz: Bye Bye to Dye

In an update for FOXSports.com, Ken Rosenthal writes that talks between the Red Sox and White Sox regarding OF Jermaine Dye have ‘seemingly dead.’

…from what i can gather, it’s either the Red Sox or bust…at that point, if he does not get traded, i would not be shocked to see him eventually re-sign in chicago

Buzz: Dodgers Back at Blanton

The Dodgers and A’s have re-started talks involving RHP Joe Blanton, reports Buster Olney on ESPN.

…i have talked with a few people today, one reporter, one minor league guy, etc, who feel the Mets are not nearly as interested in blanton as people seem think

At Gotham Baseball Magazine, Mark Healey has repeatedly written that if the Mets were to ever make a deal with the A’s it will only be for Rich Harden or Dan Haren.

Buzz: Humber in Deal for Cordero

According to Jon Heyman at SI.com, the Mets have offered Philip Humber to the Nationals in exchange for RHP Chad Cordero, though they refuse to part with OF Carlos Gomez, OF Fernando Martinez, or RHP Mike Pelfrey.

…in other words, like i said a few moments ago, i think humber is a lock to be in this deal, assuming it actually happens, and, at this point, the Nationals are simply left to choose who that second prospect will be, which, now seems to be among a short list topped by Kevin Mulvey or Mike Carp

Heyman notes that the D’Backs have begun talks with the Nationals regarding Cordero, as well.

update at 2:47 pm

At his blog for the Washington Post, National beat-writer Barry Svlruga writes that if the Red Sox acquire Eric Gagne, the Mets will be the final team in the running for Cordero.

Buzz: Sox on Verge of Gagne

The Red Sox are ‘on the verge’ of acquiring Rangers RHP Eric Gagne, though he must waive his no-trade clause first, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

update…2:00 pm

At Yahoo! Sports, Tom Brown writes that the Red Sox have requested permission to speak with Gagne and his agent, Scott Boras.

update…2:30 pm

the buzz from boston suggests that if Eric Gagne will not approve a deal to the Red Sox, texas has a second deal with another club all set to go

Buzz: Mets are Focused on Cordero

Appearing on ESPN’s Trade Deadline Special, Buster Olney says the Mets are ‘aggressively pursuing a relief pitcher, most likely Nationals RHP Chad Cordero, since this morning’s talks with Texas left the Mets to believe they could not get Eric Gagne.

…i’m getting the sense that the Mets are closer to getting cordero than we think…i’m feeling like omar has tunnel vision going, and when that happens he tends to see it through…Lastings Milledge and Carlos Gomez will not be part of any potential deal for cordero, but Philip Humber and Fernando Martinez, and certainly Mike Carp, may…

…this is just a hunch, but, i think humber is a lock to be in this deal, assuming it actually happens, and, at this point, the Nationals are simply left to choose who that second prospect will be…

By the way, according to Olney, ‘executives involved in the process believe Gagne will eventually end up with the Red Sox.  Of course, eralier, ESPN News reported that if he is traded, Gagne will be sent to either the Brewers, Mariners or Mets.

…gotta love it

Note: Linebrink Out

Brewers RHP Scott Linebrink, who was acquired from the Padres for prospects last week, will not be in uniform tonight vs. the Mets.

Linebrink left the team on Sunday for the birth of his first child.

He is not expected to rejoin the club until Thursday’s game.

Buzz: Brewers, M's or Mets for Gagne

According to ESPN News, if he is traded, Rangers RHP Eric Gagne will be sent to either the Brewers, Mariners or Mets.

update…12:58 pm

Unless something changes, the Yankees will not be getting Gagne, writes Peter Abraham at his blog for the Journal News.

Abraham notes that the Cubs are interested in Gagne, as well.

Hmm: Silence

things are pretty quiet out there…everyone must be out to lunch…i’m a little nervous

Buzz: D'Backs will Trade Bat for Arm

At Yahoo! Sports, Tim Brown notes that the D’Backs will trade 1B Conor Jackson or OF Carlos Quentin in exchange for a starting pitcher.

…if the Mets could get Chad Cordero, let’s say, i’d work my tail off to try and move Aaron Heilman to the D’Backs for one of those two hitters, especially jackson, assuming they had any interest, which i doubt that would

Brown also gives updates on A’s RHP Joe Blanton and C Mike Piazza, and what may be holding up a deal between the Red Sox and White Sox for Jermaine Dye.