With no assurance Barry Zito and Dontrelle Willis will be on the trading block next month, Greg Maddux could be the focus of a midseason bidding battle that also might involve the Yankees, Red Sox, Giants and Padres. He deserves to pitch in a pennant race, and he'll have that chance as soon as he says the word. -- Chicago Sun-Times
Willis not at wits' end with the Marlins
USA Today: "This day, the rumor has Willis being traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. Last week it was the Arizona Diamondbacks. And the New York Mets were the flavor of the day last month? Or was it the Yankees? "I get 'em all mixed up," Willis says. "But I don't pay attention. What for? My friends keep calling and say they hear I'm going here. They hear I'm going there."
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The latest trade rumor has the Phillies returning centerfielder Aaron Rowand to the Chicago White Sox for righthander Jon Garland. -- Philadelphia Inquirer
Rowand staying in Philly
Inquirer writer Todd Zolecki says there's no way the Phillies will trade outfielder Aaron Rowand back to the White Sox for pitcher Jon Garland.
Bobby Abreu and Pat Burrell are available, Alfonso Soriano can be had and Reggie Sanders probably can be, too. But the Yankees also have their eye on Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn, should either become available. -- Newsday
Wilson will be moved
Pittsburgh Tribune Review
With Pittsburgh's Craig Wilson set to become a free agent at the conclusion of the season, Tribune Review writer Joe Rutter expects to see the veteran first baseman/outfielder, who is unhappy about his lack of playing time, dealt before the July 31 trade deadline.
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