All quiet on the trading front at this hour, but in the interest of rumor mongering, which is our sport of choice this time of year, here are a couple of quick snippets...
MLB Trade Rumors has this story linked up from the Denver Post, indicating that the Rockies are interested in the Tim Redding Journeyman Express. Ken Rosenthal reminds us about the incentive for dealing the the Ace of the Nat's staff, and any other vets they have hanging around:
Incentive for the Nationals to trade right-hander Tim Redding, left-hander Odalis Perez and any other veteran parts: A better chance at "earning" the No. 1 pick in next year's draft and selecting San Diego State right-hander Stephen Strasburg.
On his blog, Jon Heyman of SI.com had this to say about Adam Dunn in a 12:34PM update:
Finally, there appears to be some action on Reds slugger Adam Dunn. An NL source says at least two teams are expressing interest in the formerly unwanted star.
Bet you a crisp $5 bill I can name the GM of one of those teams. Here's a hint: his name rhymes with Bim Jowden.
Last, but certainly not least, to help clarify the headline above, we stumbled on this little glimmer of hope earlier while scouring the ends of the earth for trade rumors involving Paul Lo Duca. Despite hitting rock bottom (don't tell Manny we said that), and being unofficially eliminated from the 2008 post-season a few days ago by Baseball Prospectus' post-season odds simulator (generated daily? by simulating the remaining games in the season a million times, H/T to Talking Chop for pointing out the Nats' demise the other day), apparently there is still reason to hold out hope for the Nationals to get back in the pennant race this season. Or, at least that's what head groundskeeper Larry DiVito told Athletic Turf News on the heels of an announcement that a company has donated a bunch of a drug called CoreTect to keep the cherry trees healthy at Nationals Park:
"One of the benefits of CoreTect is that we are able to ensure that our cherry trees will survive the stress of summer with just one application. Protected by CoreTect, they will be just as beautiful in October when, hopefully, we’re in the pennant race."
(Larry DiVito, head groundskeeper, Washington Nationals, via Athletic Turf News, 7/30/2008)