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Deadline thoughts

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  July 27, 2006 11:39 AM

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As we head toward the end of the week and subsequently toward the non-waiver trading deadline (Monday at 4 p.m.) trade activity could begin to unfold fast and furious. But as of late this morning two general managers who would like to buy are suffering from sticker shock.

"The price for what we'd like to do is absolutely ridiculous right now," said one AL boss. "I think we're going right up to Saturday and Sunday before things start to pop when the sellers come down a bit. I'm sure there'll be teams that will overpay because they have to, but we're not one of them."

A National League GM, who needs pitching desperately said, "I think there's going to be a frenzy right up until Monday. You have to decide if you're going to give up that one prospect that you convinced yourself was untouchable. That's the dilemma. To make a deal now, that's what you have to do. If you wait until there's desperation of their (sellers) part, you might make a fair deal."

Both GMs said there's also a game played of hoping your stiffest competition overpays and gives up the next future Hall of Famer for a fourth starter or reliever.

Where does this leave the Red Sox?

The Sox are working quietly to make a deal.

One major league source said the Sox have kicked the tires on Dontrelle Willis and have been (like many other teams who have tried including the Yankees and Mets) rebuffed so far. They're still intrigued to work a deal with the Phillies, who have Cory Lidle, Jon Lieber, lefty reliever Rheal Cormier and Bobby Abreu.

Clemens on the block?

There are teams who are also starting to monitor Roger Clemens. The Astros, five games out of the wild card, don't look like a team ready to make a late-season run as they did last season. They, and the Angels, have been trying to obtain Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada, or another bat to help their at-times anemic offense.

If they continue to falter in days leading to the deadline would they consider sending Clemens away to save money and round up some prospects?

Clemens' agent, Randy Hendricks said in an e-mail he had no idea what the Astros were thinking.

Astros manager Phil Garner told Fox Sports radio "I don't know that Rocket's an option. Now if Rocket were to come to us and say, 'Look, I wanna go someplace else for the last month or two,' that's a different story. I don't think that we are in a posture of trying to do something with Rocket, or would consider that, unless it were the other way around, that Rocket asked for it. We committed to Rocket. Our owner Drayton McLane committed to Rocket and I don't think there's gonna be jumping ship with Rocket."

White Sox Blues

Baseball people think the White Sox might have to pay the price of right-hander Brandon McCarthy for Alfonso Soriano in the end considering their recent free-fall. The White Sox are in need of a shake-up. There's also competition for Soriano and the very team causing them their current tailspin - the Twins - might also be in the Soriano hunt.

The best bet is that White Sox GM Ken Williams and Nationals GM Jim Bowden might be the ones to break the logjam.

Stay tuned.

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