Live from Indy: Tuesday edition (mid-afternoon update)
UPDATE, 3:10: Gibbs High product RHP Boof Bonser (who missed last season following surgery) was designated for assignment by the Twins, who had to make room on their roster for RHP Carl Pavano. ... Also interesting, Peter Gammons is leaving ESPN.
UPDATE, 1:53: Reports are piling up that the three-way deal is on the verge of happening, with the Yankees giving up prospect Austin Jackson, RHP Ian Kennedy and LHP Phil Coke and ending up with Granderson. Ex-Ray Edwin Jackson gets traded again - to the Diamondbacks, who also get Kennedy. The D'backs give up Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth, who go to Detroit, along with Coke and Jackson.
UPDATE, 1:40: Bill Madden of the New York Daily News wins the Spink award and will join the writers wing of the Hall of Fame.
UPDATE, 12:15: Most interesting non-Rays news of the day is on- and off-again talks between the Yankees, Tigers and Diamondbacks that would net the Yankees CF Curtis Granderson and see ex-Ray Edwin Jackson go to Arizona with the Yankees giving up prospects.
UPDATE, 11:44: Getting caught up with some of the Rays-related items being rumored and reported elsewhere, the Chicago Sun-Times says they talked with the White Sox, and dismissed, a Carl Crawford-for-Carlos Quentin deal because of Crawford's salary situation, and includes an interesting quote from Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who said: ''To make that trade there is a lot of money involved. [Crawford] is making a lot of money. Personally, I don't think we have enough money to cover that. Second of all, Carlos is younger and I think we can get Carlos to have more production than what he had this past year. The story also said the Rays inquired about closer Bobby Jenks but were turned off by what the Sox would want. ... Fox Sports' Tracy Ringolsby reports the Rays are shopping Dioner Navarro in an effort to resolve their catching situation. ... And the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says the Rays are among the teams that have asked about reliever Matt Capps, who is due for a raise after making $2.45-million last season while compiling a 5.80 ERA in 57 appearances.
DEVELOPING: The lobby lurking is just getting started here in Indy, with the first order of official business a press conference featuring the newest Hall of Famers - Whitey Herzog and Doug Harvey.
Rays manager Joe Maddon has his media session this afternoon - all managers here have one sometime over the three days - so there should be some tidbits coming out of that.
Of course the Milton Bradley trade situation still hovers over the meetings, with the Cubs (and Bradley agents Sam and Seth Levinson) exploring other options to trade the talented but troubled outfielder, and the Rays sitting back waiting to see if the deal can be done on their terms, and confident Bradley won't be a problem in their environment.
Apart from all the ridiculous rumors Monday - such as the Rays being willing to trade B.J. Upton and Wade Davis for free-agent-to-be Roy Halladay - there was one slice of official business, as LHP Brian Shouse declined arbitration, electing to remain a free agent and providing the Rays another compensatory draft pick if he signs elsewhere.