Update [2007-7-30 18:48:51 by Eric Hz]: Reports have Braves' starter Kyle Davies going to Kansas City for Octavio Dotel. I have some concern about a starting pitcher who was unsuccessful in the NL going to baseball's toughest division. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports the Mariners' did offer Balentin for Dotel. Ouch.
Octavio Dotel looks like he is going to be dealt. I know if I were a Royals fan, I'd like to see AAA slugger Wladimir Balentin coming to Kansas City, but recent news does not mention Seattle as a likely landing place.
If the Indians wouldn't part with outfielders Franklyn Gutierrez or Ben Francisco, I do not see how they get Dotel. Rumors had the Dodgers refusing to part with 2B Tony Abreu and that seems on par with the Indians refusal. Have the Braves offered Kelly Johnson?
If the Mariners lose out on Dotel, then the activity surrounding the Devil Rays' current closer Al Reyes will become more important. Both teams' local papers mention the other team.
Finally, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports (a day late?) on the Balentin possibility.
I guess it is possible the Mariners part with C Jeff Clement for Reyes considering Balentin's status and the fact that Mariners' GM Bill Bavasi is not afraid to deal well-regarded prospects for veterans i.e. Jose Vidro. Maybe the second-year to the contract Reyes inkied this past winter is too much to resist.
Update [2007-7-30 16:54:49 by Eric Hz]: From Buster Olney's ESPN blog: