Buzz: The Stick, Dye, A.J., and LaRoche

This morning on ESPN Radio, Peter Gammons said the Nationals offered Nick Johnson to the Red Sox for 27–year-old set-up man Manny Delcarmen, who has a 0.95 ERA in 18 relief appearances for Boston.

…this makes sense, since i was told by a person connected to the team that the Nationals will likely want Bobby Parnell from the Mets for johnson… in my opinion, this is fair, but is not worth the risk because of johnson’s history with injuries

Parnell is 2–0 with a 1.96 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the Mets.

Gammons also said the Indians will not trade Cliff Lee or Victor Martinez.

Later, in a report for ESPN.com, Gammons wrote of more trade rumors, including players like Matt Holliday, Jake Peavy and Khalil Greene.

Meanwhile, also on ESPN.com, in his latest Rumblings & Grumblings report, Jayson Stark says the White Sox are ‘open for business,’ suggesting the team will listen to offers for OF Jermaine Dye, 1B Paul Konerko and C A.J. Pierzynski.

Stark also believes the A’s will wait until July to begin fielding offers for Matt Holliday, and suspects players like Orlando Cabrera and Jason Giambi could also become available as well.

…this is an intriguing and reasonable group of players for the Mets to consider, especially pierzynski, dye and cabrera, who would only be needed if Jose Reyes and Alex Cora are out for a super-long time

The Mets and White Sox were connected in rumor regarding Dye throughout much of the off-season.

…if Gary Sheffield fizzles out, and Daniel Murphy is successful at first base, dye could move to left and be the missing power bat in place of Carlos Delgado… meanwhile, pierzynski is the type of catcher the Mets always talk about wanting, but never seem to go and get, i.e., a vocal, tough, infield leader

By the way, to listen to fans and reporters, such as this chat from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, it’s seems a foregone conclusion in Pittsburgh that the Pirates will trade 1B Adam LaRoche this season.

LaRoche hit roughly .270 with 20 or so home runs and around 85 RBI in each of the last two seasons, but is hitting just .232 in 39 games for the Pirates this year.

…from what i can gather, the Mets have no interest in laroche, which i am glad to hear… i still believe murphy can match those sort of numbers if given a full season at first base, where he’ll play more or less the same caliber defense as laroche

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