Hours remain until the MLB trade deadline and there has been more smoke then fire thus far. Here is a quick rundown of what is happening.
On Wednesday night Boston acquired Jake Peavy in a three team deal with Chicago and Detroit. Oakland also made a deal picking up Alberto Callaspo from the Los Angeles Angels.
With Peavy now off the block other names are beginning to appear in trade rumors.
San Diego is telling teams they are not interested in trading their outfielders but would welcome trade offers from Joe Thatcher. (2.10 ERA, 29/4 K/BB ratio) No new rumors on Huston Street at this time. This would also seem to suggest that Carlos Quentin will not in fact be traded.
The Cubs are dangling outfielder Nate Schierholtz reports Jayson Start. While Schierholtz is not a house hold name he has put together an impressive .272/.332/.517 line with 14 home runs this season.
Howie Kendrick is available but Erick Aybar is not. The Angels are more willing to part with the second baseman then their shortstop. The Angels had spoken to the Cardinals about Aybar but that deal fell through with the Angels asking price being too high.
The Cubs floated the idea of trading Jeff Samardzija but with no new reports it is safe to say that they will either wait until the winter or try to work out a long term deal. Samardzija is under Cubs control until 2015.
Solid starts by Kris Medlen and Alex Wood this week have pushed Atlanta out of the market for a starting pitcher. Peavy is now off the market and Bud Norris is hardly an upgrade. Wood went seven allowing three runs against Colorado on Tuesday. Concerns in the Braves outfield could be wiped away with the return of B.J. Upton and Jordan Schafer next week.