From Buster Olney, the new Peter Gammons.
Also within the AL West, I recently heard this: there is a sense among some rival executives that the Seattle Mariners figure to be among the more aggressive sellers. They've got the big fish in the pitching market, of course, in Cliff Lee. The Mariners got crushed again on Monday and are now 16 games under .500.
Lee has been dominant on fielding-independent performance, as Geoff Baker writes.
Heard this a whole bunch in the last week: There just doesn't appear to be much in the way of available cash in the trade market, with few teams willing to take on much money. If this holds, it will limit the number of deals that can be made, as well as the size of the deals. The player most directly impacted by this, in all likelihood, is Roy Oswalt, who bears $27 million in salary obligations and is overpriced in the current market.