Cards reportedly in mix for Lind; list of suitors for Hamels expands
By Paul Casella
It's down to the final week of trade season, with Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline quickly approaching.
It could be a busy week as rumors continue to surround a number of potential trade targets. With that in mind, here's a look at some of those top rumors floating around the league on Monday:
• The Brewers are reportedly fielding a number of calls -- from clubs in various stages of contention -- regarding center fielder Carlos Gomez, according to FOXSports.com. The Rangers and Indians have both reached out to Milwaukee regarding the 29-year-old outfielder, while the Giants and Astros are believed to have some interest as well.
Gomez comes with another full year of control, as he is in the process of earning $8 million this year and is set to earn another $9 million next season. According to the report, the Rangers not only have interest in Gomez and Phillies ace Cole Hamels, but they are also continuing to shop right-hander Yovani Gallardo and left-hander Wandy Rodriguez.
• The D-backs have entered the Hamels sweepstakes, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. The report says that the D-backs have reached out to the Phillies to make their interest known, joining a list that already includes at least the Rangers, Dodgers, Yankees, Giants and Cubs. Though Arizona is one of the 20 teams on Hamels' no-trade list, the veteran southpaw has said he'd at least consider a deal to any club.
• Though it's been unclear whether the Orioles will be buyers or sellers, ESPN.com's Jayson Stark reports that the O's have had talks with the Padres regarding outfielder Justin Upton. This falls in line with Baltimore's desire to add another outfield bat alongside Adam Jones. The O's have struggled to replace the offseason departures of both Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz.
Talks between the two clubs could expand further, however, with Stark adding that a potential deal could also include either Andrew Cashner or Tyson Ross. Starting pitching is another area of need for the O's, though it's unclear at this point just how far along these talks are or what Baltimore would offer in return.
The 32-year-old Lind is hitting .285/.365/.549 with 16 homers this season, though he missed Sunday's game after leaving Saturday's contest early due to tightness in his back. The report also mentions Orioles first baseman Chris Davis as a potential fit, if the O's indeed make him available before the Deadline.
• The Nationals and Blue Jays are reportedly among the list of teams expressing interest in Padres closer Craig Kimbrel, according to CBSSports.com. The report adds that San Diego specifically asked for Washington to include shortstop prospect Trea Turner in a potential return package, something the Nats apparently have no interest in doing.
Washington and Toronto have also both been linked to Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon, who remains without a clear-cut suitor despite his well-known desire to be moved. The market has numerous closer options, as Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman and Milwaukee's Francisco Rodriguez could also be on the move this week.
Though Prado has primarily played third base for the Marlins this year, he could provide an upgrade over Omar Infante at second base, while also filling in at times for the injured Alex Gordon in the outfield. As for Zobrist, the free-agent-to-be has generated plenty of interest leading up to the Deadline, but he's yet to be seriously connected to any one team.