MLB Trade Deadline Roundup: Tigers' Relief, Lee, Oswalt
With Joel Zumaya out for the year, the Tigers could use relief help. That explains the presence of one of their top scouts at last night's Royals-Mariners game.
Detroit special assistant to the general manager Dick Egan was in Seattle, and one source said he was there to check out bullpen arms.
Kansas City has Kyle Farnsworth, who has a 2.03 ERA in 28 appearances and pitched well for Detroit in 2005 (2.32 ERA in 46 games) before being traded to Atlanta.
Seattle has Brandon League and Chad Cordero, although the availability of either isn't known.
• Elsewhere on the relief market, Cleveland has tried to get teams interested in Kerry Wood, and Pittsburgh seems willing to deal Octavio Dotel.
• According to a major league source, the Marlins front office will meet this week to decide whether to sell or buy.
• Acquiring Roy Oswalt would apparently cost a great deal. Word is that the Astros would not only make the acquiring team pay all of Oswalt's salary -- the rest of his $15 million this year, $16 million next year and a $2 million buyout on the 2012 team option -- but also wants three major-league-ready young players in return.
It's possible that demand comes from owner Drayton McLane and not GM Ed Wade. Pretty steep price, and that doesn't even factor in Oswalt's full no-trade clause.
• The Mariners' big prize is obviously lefty Cliff Lee, and an official from one team interested said Tuesday -- as others have recently -- that his club has expressed its interest but has not heard back from Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik as to what he seeks in return. So it seems the Lee saga is not close to resolution.
• A major league source said that the word is the Twins' offer to the Mariners for Lee includes catching prospect Wilson Ramos and outfield prospect Aaron Hicks. They are both among the top 100 prospects in baseball. -- Jeff Fletcher
• Charlie Kerfeld, one of the Phillies' top special assignment scouts, was at Ben Sheets' start against the Yankees in Oakland on Monday night. The Phillies are likely considering Sheets for the back of their rotation. Although GM Billy Beane has said he'd be inclined to keep Sheets because of the influence he's had on the young pitchers, Beane may not be able to resist the opportunity to get one or two hitting prospects, which the A's lack. The A's would probably pick up some of Sheets' salary for the right prospects. -- Jeff Fletcher