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According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Padres are now planning to try to sign Carlos Quentin and Huston Street to multi-year deals.
Quentin and Street are popular trade targets this month, but both players have indicated a desire to stay in San Diego. Quentin is a San Diego native, so the match makes sense. There is some uncertainty with the Padres' ownership at the moment, but Heyman was told that current owner John Moores and presumptive new owner Ron Fowler have given approval to sign Quentin and Street to new multi-year pacts. Of course, it's possible the Padres are putting this out there as a way to raise the asking price from prospective suitors and it's possible they could put one or both players on the market if they can't make progress in contract talks before July 31.
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com gets the impression the Rockies would be willing to deal closer Rafael Betancourt.
The Rockies are out of the race, so they should be willing to listen to anyone in theory. However, Betancourt will make just $4.25 million next season and his contract includes $4.25M mutual option or a $250,000 buyout for 2014, so he'll likely cost more than a rental-type like Brett Myers or Francisco Rodriguez. For what it's worth, Heyman hears that the Rockies "seem pretty set" on keeping Matt Belisle.
Skin Blues wrote:Makes no sense for them to re-sign Street. He's playing great right now but has a long injury history and reliever free agent signings rarely turn out well because of their age when they sign them, and they're already at their peak value. Although with new owners, who knows what their plan is? It's still the most likely situation to see an incumbent closer be traded, in my opinion.
Justin_Case wrote:White Sox up 1-0 going into the bottom of the ninth and Thornton comes in for the save, I'm assuming this is because 2/3 batters to be faced were lefties. Thornton gives up two singles (to the two lefties) and then Reed comes in and promptly gives up a 3-run HR to end the game.
On a scale of 1-10 how concerned should Reed owners be by this? I was a little surprised he didn't come in to start the 9th.
The Brewers plan on John Axford regaining his closer job as soon as possible.
"The reason you turn it over is because of the impatience of people - the media, the fans, everybody else," said general manager Doug Melvin. "He's still got the best arm on the club." Francisco Rodriguez has converted both save chances since assuming the closer role, though he's done so in very shaky fashion. It's possible K-Rod could be dealt this month.
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Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Jul 20 - 9:33 AM
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