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[6:30pm] Joe Strauss is now reporting that the Cardinals insisted on either James Shields or Jeremy Hellickson for Colby Rasmus.
[3:57pm] Even though we heard yesterday that the Rays won’t trade James Shields, Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Reds are “targeting” Shields. Rosenthal later added that the Rays are still unlikely to move Shields, but that the Reds have a deep minor league system, suggesting they are one team that might be able to change the Rays’ mind.
[1:50pm] Tim Kurkjian is reporting that the Giants are close to landing Carlos Beltran. That means there is one less team interested in acquiring BJ Upton. By our count, that leaves the Nationals, Royals, Indians, Pirates, Reds, and to a lesser extent, the Braves. We have also heard conflicting reports that the Phillies might be interested.
[7:30am] This is what we know about BJ Upton so far. Just about everybody thinks it is a lock that BJ will be traded by Sunday’s deadline. And most of those people feel that the Nationals are the front-runner. The Rays were even scouting the Nationals triple-A team the other day.
It looks like the Nationals are holding on tight to their top pitching prospects. However, shortstop Ian Desmond may be available.
As far as James Shields goes, it looks like he is off the table for now and for the foreseeable future.