WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

Vladimir Guerrero
Expos
Yankees Jul. 31 - The New York Post cites an Expos source who says the team has nothing cooking with the Yankees and is unlikely to trade Guerrero. Expos GM Omar Minaya told the New York Times he spoke with the Yankees on Wednesday, but not about Guerrero.
He added that any offer for Guerrero would have to overwhelm him. "I could be a seller if somebody really gives me a very, very good deal," Minaya told the Times.

Rumors Wednesday suggested Yankees owner George Steinbrenner wanted to make a run at a big-name outfielder like Guererro in response to recent moves by the division-rival Red Sox.



WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

Aaron Boone
Reds
Yankees
Dodgers
Mariners Jul. 31 - The Dodgers, Yankees and Mariners reportedly are battling each other to acquire Boone from Cincinnati after the third baseman told the Reds he wanted out. The New York Post reports the Mariners' deal has fallen through, and the L.A. Times reports the Dodgers and Reds are having trouble settling on which minor-league pitcher L.A. should surrender.
That leaves the Yankees, whom the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports will send Brandon Claussen and $3 million to Cincinnati for Boone and left-hander Gabe White.



WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

Sidney Ponson
Orioles
Giants
Astros
Cardinals
Braves
Mariners
Red Sox Jul. 31 - The Washington Post reports the Giants have emerged as the top contender for Ponson, having offered young right-hander Kurt Ainsworth, the Giants' No. 1 draft pick in 1999, in exchange. But the paper indicates the Orioles are seeking at least one more player in addition to Ainsworth.
The Astros also have made a play for Ponson, with the Post reporting an offer of right fielder Richard Hidalgo. But according to the paper, Baltimore wants the discussion to start with third baseman Morgan Ensberg, instead.

That would be in keeping with reports that Baltimore has set the price for Ponson very high. One GM told ESPN.com's Jayson Stark that his team would be "out of our minds" to say yes.



WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

J.D. Drew
Cardinals
Yankees
Marlins
Mariners
A's
Padres Jul. 31 - Add New York to the list of teams pressing the Cardinals about the availability of Drew, whom St. Louis manager Tony La Russa reportedly has said he does not want traded.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports New York has offered Jeff Weaver for Drew and Brett Tomko, with Tomko thrown in mostly to offset the impact of Weaver's salary on the Cardinals' payroll. However, the paper indicated St. Louis is unlikely to bite on that deal, especially when they have so many others from which to choose.

The rumored deals: Three-way with Florida and Pittsburgh for Jeff Suppan; three-way with Oakland and Toronto for Kelvim Escobar; four-way with Oakland, Toronto and Boston to bring Boston's Casey Fossum and another pitcher to St. Louis; straight up with Seattle for Freddy Garcia; straight up with Florida for a starting pitcher and all-star second baseman Luis Castillo, with Drew and second baseman Bo Hart going to Florida; straight up with San Diego for Kevin Jarvis.



WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

Darin Erstad
Angels
Yankees Jul. 31 - After trading pitcher Scott Schoeneweis earlier this week, the Angels dropped hints that weren't done dealing, and even that they hoped to pull off an even bigger deal. Thursday's New York Post indicates that bigger deal could involve sending Erstad to the Yankees.


WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

Jeff Suppan
Pirates
Phillies
Giants
Red Sox
Cardinals
Braves
Astros Jul. 30 - The Astros have jumped firmly into the middle of the chase for Suppan, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The Phillies also have made an offer for Suppan, but reports indicate they're not willing to part with the type of prospects the Pirates are expecting in return.
A number of other teams also are in the mix, according to various reports, including the Cardinals, Braves, Giants, Red Sox and White Sox.



WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

Freddy Garcia
Mariners
Cardinals
Giants
Red Sox Jul. 31 - The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports the proposed deal to send Garcia to St. Louis for J.D. Drew was sputtering, but the Mariners still are offering the right-hander in trade. The Giants might be interested, apparently nervous about entering a pennant race with two rookies in the starting rotation. However, reports Wednesday indicated the Giants lost interest when the Mariners asked for third baseman Pedro Felilz in return.
The Times also reported Wednesday that Boston offered Trot Nixon for Garcia, but Seattle needs a third baseman more than an outfielder and asked instead for Bill Mueller. The Red Sox declined.



WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

Kelvim Escobar
Blue Jays
Phillies
Braves
Cardinals
Giants
Red Sox Jul. 31 - Escobar's agent reportedly told the pitcher the Phillies and Braves have joined the list of suitors for his services, according to the Toronto Star, but the Jays don't appear closer to actually pulling off a deal.
The Cardinals and Giants scouted the right-hander Tuesday, and the San Francisco Chronicle reports the Giants want Escobar. But the Jays' reportedly are interested in the Giants' Jesse Foppert in return, and San Francisco is unlikely to part with him. The Newark Star-Ledger also suggests the Yankees could get in on the Escobar chase in order to keep up with the Red Sox in the A.L. East's arms race.



WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

Pat Hentgen
Orioles
Cardinals Jul. 31 - The Baltimore Sun and St. Louis Post Dispatch report that Hentgen going to the Cardinals is a distinct possibility. Hentgen once won 15 games for Tony La Russa and Dave Duncan in 2000. The name heard most often by ESPN.com's Jayson Stark as going to Baltimore in exchange? Faded pitching prospect Jimmy Journell, currently 5-6 with a 4.15 ERA in 36 appearances (seven starts) for the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. Journell was a combined 15-6 in the minors in 2001 but slipped to 5-7 in 2002 after offseason elbow surgery.


WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

Adrian Beltre
Dodgers
Yankees?
Mariners?
Jul. 31 - If the Dodgers land Aaron Boone, the might turn around and try to interest the Yankees in Beltre, whom they've been trying to unload since last winter. Boone and Beltre both make $3.7 million and are eligible for arbitration. The Mariners are also seeking Boone and might be convinces to take a look at Beltre should Boone land in L.A.


WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

Rafael Palmeiro
Rangers
Twins
Royals Jul. 31 - The St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports the Twins and Rangers were discussing Palmeiro on Wednesday but indicates the talks didn't go very far. Wednesday, ESPN.com's Jayson Stark suggested the Twins might make a play for Palmeiro to fill their need for a DH-type bat. They had been talking to Texas about Juan Gonzalez before he got hurt.
The Royals also had been talking to Texas about Gonzalez, and the Kansas City Star mentions Palmeiro as a possibility for the them, as well.



WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

Melvin Mora
Orioles
Dodgers Jul. 31 - The Dodgers, who made an offer to the Orioles to acquire Mora earlier this month, appear to have renewed their interest as the deadline approaches. The Baltimore Sun reports he has drawn serious interest from L.A. and Baltimore might be willing to move him.
However, when the teams talked in early July, Baltimore GM Jim Beattie told the Orange County Register, "We're not interested in moving Melvin for minor-league players." The Dodgers reportedly offered several prospects, including center fielder Wilkin Ruan. Beattie also told the Baltimore Sun, "We're not shopping (Mora). Teams are simply calling us with interest."



WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

Jeff Weaver
Yankees
Astros
Cardinals Jul. 31 - One day after reports circulated that New York had decided not to deal Weaver, the Yankees' sudden interest in acquiring a big-name bat has Weaver's name in play again. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports New York has offered Jeff Weaver for Drew and Brett Tomko, with Tomko thrown in mostly to offset the impact of Weaver's salary on the Cardinals' payroll. However, the paper indicated St. Louis is unlikely to bite on that deal.
Recent reports have indicated Houston had been scouting Weaver recently, and the Astros are desperately seeking pitching after placing Roy Oswalt on the DL on Wednesday.



WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

Jason Kendall
Pirates
Padres Jul. 31 - It's becoming increasingly likely the deadline will pass without the blockbuster deal to send Kendall and Brian Giles to San Diego taking place. The sticking point remains how to split the remaining $42 million on Kendall's contract. Pittsburgh reportedly is willing to eat up to $10 million of that sum, but the Padres are asking the Pirates to eat as much as $24 million. Reports indicate this deal could be tabled for now and revisited in the offseason.


WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

Brian Giles
Pirates
Padres
Yankees
Royals
Mariners Jul. 31 - With the blockbuster deal to send Giles and catcher Jason Kendall to San Diego on hold, the outfielder's name is surfacing elsewhere, including in reports of possible deals to Philadelphia and New York.
The Pirates reportedly called the Phillies to see if they wanted Giles, but reports indicate Pittsburgh was asking for too much in return. The Yankees want to make a big deal by the deadline, and Giles is among the outfielders on their shopping list. However, the Pirates haven't approached Giles or his agent about waiving his no-trade clause.

The Kansas City Star reports the Royals still are looking for an impact bat, with GM Allard Baird saying there still are three hitters on the market that meet that definition. The paper indicates Giles is among those three.



WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

Rondell White
Padres
Marlins
Mariners Jul. 31 - Scratch Kansas City from the list of possible destinations for White. The Kansas City Star noted Thursday that while the Royals continue to search for an impact bat, White doesn't appear to be on their shopping list.
That leaves Florida as the best bet. Wednesday, ESPN.com's Jayson Stark reported even White thought he'd be a Marlin by now. Florida apparently has backed off somewhat because of increased production from rookie Miguel Cabrera (12-for-29, .414 average, .793 slugging percentage in his last seven games) and the team's more-pressing need for a relief pitcher.



WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

Juan Gonzalez
Rangers
Royals
A's?
Yankees? Jul. 31 - Gonzalez reportedly told the Rangers he only would waive his no-trade clause and accept a deal if the team paid him all of his deferred salary up-front. The Rangers aren't likely to do that, so he is staying put for the moment. However, Texas still will try to move him in August, with the hope his $12 million salary will deter teams from claiming him off waivers. The Kansas City Star reports the Royals remain interested and will keep trying to get him.