Very soon, all this morning's reporting in the various local papers will be moot. As a result, I am "dumping" every rumor I have glommed from each of them this morning. Right now, I am expecting to see the Mariners make a deal, and it will likely involve a highly-regarded prospect for an aging player.
I also have every expectation that middle relievers will be sent packing as the are considered replacable and do not offer much help for losing teams. However, if Jim Bowden's offer of Jon Rauch for Cameron Maybin is typical, then all bets are off.
Across the nation ex-Texas and New York, there are asides everywhere that the Rangers will send closer Eric Gagne to the Yankees. Is that because it is more logical to deal him there because he cannot exercise his no-trade clause? The local New York papers claim the Yankees won't deal anything of value for anyone's players. That mitigates my pie-in-the-sky conjecture of Kyle Farnsworth and AA starter Alan Horne. The best Yankees' rumor has Kei igawa going to Seattle for Richie Sexson!
Please read further to see where the Dodgers, Angels, Diamondbacks, Orioles, Nationals, Yankees, Mets, Cubs, Braves, mariners, Twins, and Rockies stand according to their local beat writers. I hope you read the latest before it becomes less than useless in seven hours time.
The Angels' quest for additional offense could take on additional urgency because outfielder Juan Rivera is not progressing as quickly as expected in his recovery
Because of Rauch's performance over the past two years, Bowden has apparently asked for high-end prospects -- Detroit Tigers outfielder Cameron Maybin, who is all but untouchable, was once mentioned -- in exchange.