The Walk-Off: Trumbo trade talks heat up, Choo chatter reaches critical point

Mike Oz
Big League Stew

The Walk-Off is your end-of-the-day collection of news and gossip from the world of baseball, plus the best of the blogosphere and other assorted goodness.

TODAY'S HOT COMMODITY: Angels slugger Mark Trumbo, who is so very back on the trade market. There are reportedly 12 teams in the mix. [MLB Trade Rumors]

GOSSIP: The sweepstakes for free-agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo has reached the "critical" stage, with the Rangers still heavily involved. [@Ken_Rosenthal]

OH REALLY? A report out of Boston says there's "nothing to" the rumors of a Red Sox-Dodgers trade involving Matt Kemp. Of course, tomorrow is a new day. [WEEI]

GOSSIP: Philadelphia Phillies actively shopping Domonic Brown and his potent bat, trying to sell high. Looking for "controllable pitcher." [@JeffPassan]

GOOD READ: Hall-of-Famers to be Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony LaRussa embodied "the baseball life," writes Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown. [Yahoo Sports]

REACTION: Current and former Phillies remember the career of Roy Halladay. []

CLASSY: As he departs for Miami, ex-Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia writes a letter thanking Boston fans. [Boston Globe]

FUNNY: Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik's resume and cover letter are "uncovered" (aka hilariously forged for our amusement). [Old Time Family Baseball]

ELSEWHERE IN MARINER LAND: Jack Z says he has no interest in trading young pitcher Taijuan Walker, a talked-about trade chip in a potential David Price deal. []

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Brett Anderson responds to Brett Anderson trade speculation in typical Brett Anderson fashion. [@BrettAnderson49]

GOOD READ: Attention Nelson Cruz suitors: "A sobering list of comparisons that might make you reconsider your bids." [Fangraphs]

GOSSIP: Corey Hart met with the Brewers, but a deal is not imminent. [Journal-Sentinel]

ICYMI: Chris Sale might be available in the trade market. [Yahoo Sports]

GOSSIP: Cuban infielder Aledmys Diaz is attracting a lot of attention from MLB teams, including Braves, Yankees, Giants, Dodgers, Blue Jays and Cards. [@JeffPassan]

JUST BECAUSE: 20 clips/photos of Bobby Cox arguing with umps. [Cut4]

GOSSIP: Mets, Orioles among the teams most interested in pitcher Bartolo Colon, who would be looking at a one-year deal. [@JonHeymanCBS]

THE MORE YOU KNOW: The Mariners once saved the world from a Sasquatch invasion ... or something like that. [Baseball Continuum]

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