News: Gagne to Boston

The Red Sox and Rangers have agreed to swap RHP Eric Gagne in exchange for RHP Kason Gabbard, OF David Murphy, and 16–year-old OF Engel Beltre, reports Buster Olney on

According to NESN, Gagne will waive his no-trade clause and will serve as the team’s set-up man in exchange for the roughly $3 million that will cover all remaining performance bonuses in his contract.


Buzz: Mets, D'Backs, Nats Three-Way

the buzz from arizona suggests that the D’Backs are readying the promotion of OF Justin Upton, in the event they ship either OF Carlos Gonzalez, 1B Conor Jackson or OF Carlos Quentin to the Nationals for RHP Chad Cordero

update…3:33 pm

In an update for the Stark Report, at, Jayson Stark writes that the Mets, Nationals and D’Backs are actually discussing a three-way deal, as the Mets will only part with RHP Philip Humber in a deal for Cordero.


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’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, 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, 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

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