By Evan Brunell
Today's the last weekday prior to the trade deadline, which expires on Sunday. Will there be a flurry of activity much like there was Wednesday when Colby Rasmus was part of a three-team deal and Carlos Beltran headed to San Francisco? It's too early to tell, but here's the latest rumors, headlined by Hunter Pence. If you're looking for information on Ubaldo Jimenez, we've broken that off into its own story -- head here and check it out.
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On Thursday, a deal between Philadelphia and Houston was so close that Pence was told during the game that night he was being removed due to a trade, as Heyman reports, but he never came out of the game. That's because a potential deal Philadelphia would have engineered with Jonathan Singleton, Jared Cosart and a third piece fell through when the 'Stros wanted Domonic Brown. Both sides are so close, though, it's hard to imagine a trade doesn't eventually happen. Heyman, for his part, thinks a deal will happen if it's Brown and Cosart for Pence.
However, Joel Sherman of the New York Post isn't ready to count out Atlanta. The 'Stros appear to prefer the Braves' prospects, but Atlanta refuses to deal Mike Minor. If that changes, Pence could be a Brave. Will that be enough to keep him out of Philly, a team Heyman says will "do whatever it takes" to get Pence?
- CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler says that Detroit will have a scout in attendance to watch the Mariners' Erik Bedard pitch.
- Fox Sports adds that the Tigers are looking at Jason Marquis from the Nationals. (Knobler says there are conflicting reports about the Tigers' interest in Marquis.)
- Fox Sports reports the Drew Storen-Denard Span talks are at a critical point, with Washington concerned about Span's concussion, which the center fielder is in the midst of returning from. Minnesota, meanwhile, isn't pleased with the Nats offer. Roger Bernadina could be part of the package going back to the Twins. The Twins could also deal outfielder Delmon Young, pitcher Kevin Slowey and outfielder/DH Jason Kubel, in which interest has been high.
- Remember hearing that Aramis Ramirez might consider waiving his no-trade clause? Here's his agent, Paul Kinzer, telling us via Heyman that Ramirez would only consider a team if the Cubs completely strip the team, including trading Matt Garza and others. That won't happen.
- More from Rosenthal: The Cardinals are still hoping to land Heath Bell from the Padres, but the Rangers still appear to be the top suitor. He also adds that the Indians are making a strong push for Ryan Ludwick, which is interesting given the team acquired Kosuke Fukudome on Thursday.
- What do the Diamodbacks want? Let's have GM Kevin Towers explain it, as he tells the Arizona Republic: "I'm not saying a huge contract," Towers said, "but to add an experienced player that will make us better temporarily and hopefully somebody that we can retain next year and not have to give up any of our inventory."
- Starting pitchers Jeff Francis and Bruce Chen are drawing interest from other teams, the Kansas City Star reports. There has been previous interest in outfielders Melky Cabrera and Jeff Francouer, but apparently GM Dayton Moore doesn't like the offers he is getting. “The guys we have, I think, are more valuable to us than the potential [return],” he says.
- Why don't the Pirates want Carlos Pena? Baseball Prospectus' John Perotto says its because Pittsburgh doesn't want yet another strikeout-heavy hitter.