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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Rumor Mill: Beltran for Top Prospect , Izzy to Arizona?

Here are some of the Rumors that ESPN's Buster Olney have compiled in his latest blog:

Buster Olney says that a high-ranking official told him the "dam is about ready to burst on the trade market." The number of phone calls is multiplying and everyone is getting more serious. "I think that once July 24 hits, that's when you're going to see a bunch of things happen," said an AL official. "There's a lot of talk."

In that, the Tigers continue to look for high-end starters, not the third and fourth starter types that flood the market. They had scouts at Ubaldo Jimenez's most recent start.

On the Mets Front, Olney says the Mets are insisting on a top prospect in return for Carlos Beltran. He adds that pressure on the Giants to add a bat is decreasing as their division lead continues to grow.

The Diamondbacks are focused on less expensive relief pitchers, like Brad Ziegler and Jason Isringhausen.

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