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Astros not discussing Tejada with Red Sox

Astros not discussing Tejada with Red Sox
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  • Trade Miguel Tejada? The Astros, bless their delusional hearts, are thinking quite the opposite. They're buyers, not sellers, pursuing bullpen help even though they're buried in the National League standings.

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    The Astros have had "absolutely no (trade) dialogue about Miguel," one major-league source says, refuting an report that said the team was discussing a Tejada trade with the Red Sox.

    The team's only discussions about Tejada, the source says, involve his long-term position. Tejada, 34, eventually will need to move to third base, but the Astros have a strong third-base prospect at Class AA, Chris Johnson.

  • The Marlins are the most aggressive suitor for Rangers catcher Gerald Laird, but add the Brewers to the list of interested clubs, which also includes the Reds and Yankees.

    Brewers GM Doug Melvin acquired Laird for the Rangers in 2002, and Laird would be a strong complement to Jason Kendall, who needs to start only 16 more games to guarantee his vesting option for next season.

    The Rangers are seeking a young starting pitcher in return for Laird, and also fielding calls on their other catcher, Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

    The Marlins, according to the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, are considering three catchers besides Laird: The Giants' Bengie Molina, Orioles' Ramon Hernandez and Pirates' Ryan Doumit.

    Matt Treanor, the Marlins' starting catcher, is suffering from a sports hernia.

  • Would the Cardinals entertain the return of Tigers shortstop Edgar Renteria? Cesar Izturis is a far better defender, but his batting average/on-base percentage/slugging line this season is only .228/.298/.288.

    Renteria isn't hitting all that much better at .261/.310/.333, and his defense has regressed markedly. The Tigers would not necessarily be worse off without him, but perhaps he would be energized in St. Louis, where he played from 2000 to '04.

  • The Orioles appear to be facing an uphill battle in their quest to obtain a young, front-line shortstop for closer George Sherrill.

    The Angels won't part with Erick Aybar, the Brewers won't budge on Alcides Escobar and the O's are reluctant to trade within the division for the Rays' Reid Brignac.

    The Phillies would love to get Sherrill — GM Pat Gillick and special assistant Charley Kerfeld signed Sherrill out of the independent leagues when they were with the Mariners — but they don't have a shortstop the Orioles desire.

  • Dodgers center fielder Andruw Jones, batting .160/.248/.224 against right-handed pitching, did not start Monday night against Giants right-hander Kevin Correia.

    Look for that trend to continue now that Juan Pierre is off the disabled list. Pierre, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier could get most of the starts against righties, reducing Jones to a $36.2 million platoon player.

  • Cubs rookie Jeff Samardzija was electric in his first two appearances, prompting one scout to say he possesses a "Gossage fastball," comparing his late movement to that of newly minted Hall of Famer Rich Gossage.

  • Reds left fielder Adam Dunn hit his 30th home run on Monday night, tying the Phillies' Ryan Howard for the major-league lead. His .941 OPS ranks ninth in the NL. And his defense, by most measures, has improved.

    Nobody wants him?

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    Added: July 29, 2008

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