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Rocco rumors growing ...



There was no official word, but there was been plenty of talk and speculation about Devil Rays centerfielder Rocco Baldelli throughout Wednesday at the winter meetings.

Among the more interesting rumors are potential deals with a) the Braves, who could offer up lefty Chuck James as part of a package; b) the Orioles, who could offer a combination of Daniel Cabrera, Hayden Penn and Adam Loewen; and c) Dodgers, who could offer any of several top young pitchers, such as Chad Billingsley, and might be more willing to do so after signing top free agent Jason Schmidt.

The White Sox and Tigers may also still be, and the Marlins remain a possibility despite breaking off talks earlier.

There was even some interesting chatter was about a potential three-way blockbuster in which Baldelli would go to the Braves, All-Star Andruw Jones would go to the Dodgers and the Rays would end up with a pair of elite young pitchers.

Nothing appears to be imminent, though talks are likely to continue even after the winter meetings end Thursday, as are conversations about other Rays, such as Carl Crawford, Delmon Young, B.J. Upton and Jorge Cantu. It will be interesting to see if the Rays feel they are getting enough back to make one of these deals.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:30am]


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