Nick Johnson and Other Rumors
A week ago, rumors were swirling around Nick Johnson and his possible move to either Boston or New York. Today, Ken Davidoff writes that Johnson, Austin Kearns, and Josh Willingham are the top pieces of trade bait for Washington. And according to Gordon Edes of Yahoo, the Nationals are scouting Jonathan Niese, Mike Antonini, and Eddie Kunz.
However, I’d be surprised if the Mets pulled the trigger on a deal now, as they seem content to give Fernandog Martinez a full shot in right field, and Dan Murphy has cemented himself at first base for at least two weeks after a three-hit, five-RBI day against those same Nationals.
In other news, the Yankees are supposedly looking at Mark DeRosa, another guy who looked like a target a week ago. But with Alex Cora coming off the DL next week, and, again, Murphy doing the job at 1B, it would seem that if DeRosa does come to New York, he’ll be in pinstripes.
Other players rumored to be changing uniforms between now and the end of July are Jake Peavy, Jermaine Dye, Aubrey Huff, Jose Guillen, Chad Tracy, Matt Holliday, Adam LaRoche, Eric Hinske, and Brad Hawpe.