The Pittsburgh Post-gazette reports the team requested Blue Jays' 3B Troy Glaus in return for SS Jack Wilson. It is laughable, but, if it is just an opening salvo, then maybe it is not as ridiculous as it appears. If the Pirates added Salomon Torres and/or a starting pitcher, the Jays would be forced to defend any decision not to advance the trade talks. The paper also alit upon a Torres-for-Wily Mo Pena possibility.
The Arizona Republic offers an interesting rebuttal to the ESPN.com-generated rumor that the D'backs were shopping Livian Hernandez. It reports:
I find it interesting because it demonstrates a recognition of additional consideration that a team trading or acquiring a free agent-to-be carries. What I am not sure about is how much a speculative pick is better than a proven minor leaguer.
Jeff Kennard acquisition aside, the LA Times reports the Angels are still looking for a big bat.
This comports with the information Ken Rosenthal provided this morning on "MLB Home Plate" on XM Radio. Mr. Rosenthal also mentioned that the Washington Nationals are interested in trading for Reds' OF Adam Dunn and resigning him to be a centerpiece of the team.
He also provides plenty of rumors in his latest FOXSports column. He gives the Dodgers the best odds of landing Royals' closer Octavio Dotel with 2007 Futures Game MVP Chin-Lung Hu as more likely than UT Tony Abreu. The Indians aren't willing to deal Franklin Gutierrez or Ben Francisco for Dotel, and the Red Sox could get involved as Rockies closer Brian Fuentes is still dealing with a troublesome lat muscle.
Within these ESPN.com chats, there is likely to be discussions of these and other trade possibilities/opportunities.