Here come the Diamondbacks
Coming up to an hour to go, and several places are starting to report that my earlier theory about Arizona being involved with the Cordero discussions. They're reporting Carlos Quentin, but I just heard a new theory: Carlos Gonzalez. He's a minor-league outfielder that is hitting .276 with 15 homers and 59 RBI for Class AA Mobile right now. He's 21 and an up-and-comer in a system loaded with prospects.
Here's the theory I was just told on this: Quentin could be hard to move because that would leave the Diamondbacks with the prospect of losing Eric Byrnes to free agency and putting everything on two young guys - Gonzalez and Justin Upton - for 2008, a year they wnt to compete. They need Quentin, still young as well, to stabilize that group.
But the discussions getting this far, as I believe they are, shows that the Diamondbacks are interested in bullpen help that they can control through 2008 and 2009 (Cordero's last two arbitration seasons). Gonzalez was ranked as the 18th best prospect in the game prior to the season by Baseball America. The Nationals have no one who can compete with such a status.
Another theory on the Mets' involvement: They won't give both Lastings Milledge AND Mike Pelfrey. But would the Nationals take Phil Humber with either one of those?
Also: WIth Yankees sending Scott Proctor to the Dodgers for Wilston Betemit, don't the Pinstripers need relief help in a big way? (This one I don't know anything about. I'm just sayin'.) Also: The Dodgers' apparent landing of Proctor might be the pitching help they need, meaning they would be out of any Cordero/Rauch talks.
Also: At 2:50 p.m., Chad Cordero walked into the ballpark and was checking his phone -- likely for trade updates or for text messages. Must be a weird feeling. I'll be interested him to talk to him after the deadline passes -- either way.
Sixty-three minutes to go.
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