MLB Trade Deadline Roundup: Prince Fielder Buzz Fading
• The Rangers still have Jorge Cantu and Ty Wigginton among the players on their list, but no deals with either are close, said a source with knowledge of the Rangers' thinking. The source also said that Texas "can't take on any money."
There were some reports that the Rangers might have escalated talks for Prince Fielder, but two sources denied that. One said the Rangers have "not mentioned" Fielder in recent internal discussions.
Generally speaking teams have "backed off" Fielder, a source said. A second source said the White Sox have made overtures about Fielder, but are "not hot" on Milwaukee's slugging first baseman. -- Jeff Fletcher and Ed Price
• An official from a team interested in starting pitching said the Cubs seem to be pushing hard for a resolution on Ted Lilly. There was buzz about a possible trade to the Phillies involving lefty J.A. Happ.
Lilly is making $12 million this season and will be a free agent this winter. He does have a no-trade clause, which could complicate efforts to move him. -- Ed Price and Jeff Fletcher
• The Dodgers are still involved with Roy Oswalt, but a source said the likelihood of Oswalt winding up in Los Angeles is difficult to gauge because the deal involves complicated finances. Oswalt has about $6 million due the rest of this season, plus $16 million next year and an option for $16 million in 2012. The Dodgers have had tight finances because of the divorce proceedings involving owner Frank McCourt.
If the Dodgers aren't able to land Oswalt, they have a couple starters on their backup list. -- Jeff Fletcher
• The Indians sent third baseman Jhonny Peralta to Detroit on Wednesday, but general manager Mark Shapiro did not sound like a guy determined to make more moves.
Pitcher Jake Westbrook's name has been mentioned often in trade rumors -- the latest to Philadelphia -- but Shapiro said he is not determined to make a trade.
"We don't have a sense of urgency," he said.
"I don't comment on any specific player prior to being traded," Shapiro said. "I would say that, compared to the past two years, there's no sense of urgency that we have to move anyone, there's no financial motivation or the need to create opportunities for anyone.
"We'll take a look at each individual case and the value we can get back, as well as alternatives that would get the playing time. Those things enter into the equation."
Which sounds like if someone wants one of the Indians starting pitchers -- Fausto Carmona's name has also popped up, though less so than Westbrook's -- said team best make a strong offer. -- Pat McManamon