July 30, 2007
NEW YORK – Mid-afternoon Monday, in the wake of the Mark Teixeira trade to the Atlanta Braves, the emphasis had turned to the bullpens, where the Boston Red Sox hoped to convince Eric Gagne to set up for Jonathan Papelbon, the Los Angeles Dodgers had resigned themselves to losing Octavio Dotel – probably to the Braves, and the New York Yankees were holding tight to their pitching prospects, despite their disgust with right-hander Kyle Farnsworth.
The next tier of relievers includes Washington's Chad Cordero and Jon Rauch, Tampa Bay's Al Reyes, Pittsburgh's Damaso Marte, Shawn Chacon and Solomon Torres, St. Louis' Russ Springer and Baltimore's Chad Bradford.
Gagne's contract stipulates that he must approve a trade to the Red Sox – among 16 other teams – and, thus far, would prefer to close for the Texas Rangers than set up for another club.
Meantime, the Houston Astros were making infielders Mark Loretta and Mike Lamb available to the San Diego Padres, the Baltimore Orioles were getting little action on Steve Trachsel and Jay Payton – both available – and teams were being told that Jason Isringhausen would not waive his no-trade clause in St. Louis.
The Braves also were said to be talking to the Cincinnati Reds (who dealt Kyle Lohse to the Philadelphia Phillies) about Bronson Arroyo, and the Red Sox were shopping outfielder Wily Mo Pena. The Seattle Mariners would like to add a starter and a reliever, but probably will have to settle for the latter. They were hoping to talk the Florida Marlins into moving Dontrelle Willis, but have had no substantive negotiations.