Nationals to trade for Rockies OF Wilson
Posted: July 8, 2005
The Rockies have agreed to trade outfielder Preston Wilson to the Nationals for righthanded pitcher Zach Day and Class AAA outfielder J.J. Davis, but the teams are at a stalemate over how much the Nationals will pay on what remains of Wilson's $12.5 million salary, the Sporting News has learned.
Before the deal can be completed, the two clubs must agree on financial terms. Also, Wilson must OK the deal because the Nationals are one of five teams to which he can reject a trade. The commissioner's office also must approve any cash transaction between the teams of more than $1 million.
The Cubs, thought to be the frontrunner for Wilson, could re-enter the picture if the Nationals and Rockies can't work out the particulars. The Rangers also have been talking with the Rockies about Wilson.
Day has been on the disabled list since June 1 because of a broken right wrist, but he is expected to return shortly. The Rockies believe his sinkerball style is well-suited for Coors Field.
The Cubs called up Class AA outfielders Adam Greenberg and Matt Murton Thursday after they sent Corey Patterson and Jason Dubois to Class AAA Iowa.