Another wonderful day of baseball is in the books. The non-waiver trade deadline is exactly one week away now. Here is a recap of Wednesday's news from around the league.
ROSTER MOVES & TRANSACTIONS
Yankees: Designated RHP Bruce Billings for assignment and called up RHP Chris Leroux, the team announced.
RUMORS & SPECULATION
Padres: Rangers assistant GM A.J. Preller has emerged as the top candidate for their vacant GM job (Jon Heyman) ... They've set a high price for RHP Ian Kennedy and could wind up keeping him and RHP Joaquin Benoit. They're talking to teams about those two as well as OF Chris Denorfia. (Jon Heyman)
Twins: They are "open to trading" DH Kendrys Morales. (Fox Sports)
Yankees: GM Brian Cashman said it's "too early to call" whether the rest and rehab program is working for RHP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) (MLB.com) ... Placed UTIL Kelly Johnson on the 15-day DL with a groin strain, the team announced.
Mark McGwire: When asked about his relationship with Jose Canseco, McGwire said "I don't care to ever speak to him again."