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trade deadline 2007
Countdown: Deadline passed

Payton discussions with Mets
The Baltimore Sun reported that first baseman Kevin Millar, outfielder Jay Payton, and starter Steve Trachsel are the most likely players to be dealt from the O's before the deadline. Millar and Trachsel are pending free agents while Payton is in the middle of a two-year deal. The Newark Star-Ledger reported that Baltimore has had discussions of sending Payton, a former Met back to New York. With the Mets concerned about the recovery of injured Endy Chavez and the abilities of Moises Alou and Shawn Green, Payton could be a valuable addition as a fourth outfielder. According to the Baltimore Sun, the Cubs have also expressed interest in Payton and could send two mid-level prospects to the Orioles in exchange for the 34-year-old outfielder. -- Spencer Fordin
Sox could be close on Dye
Boston, according to numerous published reports, is closing in on deals for White Sox right fielder Jermaine Dye and Texas closer Eric Gagne, widely considered the top remaining players on the market after Mark Teixeira and Octavio Dotel. The Boston Herald reported that the Red Sox have the best offers on the table for Gagne and Dye. A deal for Dye would undoubtedly include Wily Mo Pena, while Devern Hansack could also be included. Boston originally balked on including Manny Delcarmen or pitching prospect Justin Masterson in a deal, but it is believed White Sox GM Kenny Williams is seriously considering an unknown "revised" offer from the Red Sox. -- Alex McPhillips
Pushing for Gagne
It's simply a waiting game for the Yankees, who are said to be pursuing relievers Eric Gagne of Texas and Al Reyes and Dan Wheeler of Tampa Bay, as well as infielder Wilson Betemit of the Dodgers, according to several reports. The team is also trying to trade reliever Kyle Farnsworth. -- Caleb Breakey
Mariners eyeing Reyes
With the hours dwindling and the Rays having made some significant moves already, they're feeling no pressure. Still, the Seattle Times reported of the possibility of the Mariners pursuing closer Al Reyes as a last-ditch effort. Tampa Bay has the upper hand in this matter, and it's likely to request one-time No. 1 pick Jeff Clement, a catcher. If the Mariners don't bite, the Reyes buzz is likely to die. The Times also tossed out the idea of the Rays putting reliever Dan Wheeler, whom they acquired from the Astros over the weekend, to the trade table. -- Dawn Klemish
Towers deal falls apart
Talks between the Blue Jays and Phillies about Toronto right-hander Josh Towers have all but ended. Philadelphia had a representative scouting Towers during his July 21 start against the Mariners and reportedly placed a call to Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi with a trade offer. Ricciardi confirmed the two sides had talked, but says Philadelphia never came up with a strong enough offer. "Nothing's going to happen with Philly," Ricciardi said."They didn't want him bad enough. We're done." -- Gregor Chisholm
Dye's market value unknown
While Jermaine Dye remains that most likely White Sox player to be on the move, it is unclear whether the market will be strong enough for the 33-year old outfielder to get the high-level prospect that Williams is asking in return. Dye has helped to boost his trade value, hitting .318 with seven home runs since the All Star break. Jose Contreras, Javier Vazquez or Jon Garland could also be on the move. But manager Ozzie Guillen has repeatedly stated that the Sox plan to build around a strong starting rotation, and Garland and especially Vazquez have been some of the best pitchers in the American League this season. -- Alex Gyr
Tribe focused on Dotel
The Plain Dealer reported that the Indians' top priority remains acquiring Royals closer Octavio Dotel. If the Royals back off on their demand for Franklin Gutierrez -- a prospect GM Mark Shapiro will not trade for a two-month rental -- Dotel could serve as the Tribe's bridge to the eighth inning while also lightening the load on setup man Rafael Betancourt and closer Joe Borowski. If talks on the Dotel front fall through, The Plain Dealer reported that the Indians could make a last-second push for Devil Rays closer Al Reyes. -- David Briggs
Talking with Bucs about Wilson
GM Dave Dombrowski has made a move at the trade deadline in each of the previous two seasons, and there's a chance he could make it three straight. According to the Detroit Free Press, the Tigers are in discussions with the Pirates about shortstop Jack Wilson, who would provide a more stable option off the bench behind Carlos Guillen. The deal could also include a veteran reliever like Shawn Chacon, the Free Press reported. The Tigers made a similar deal last season with the Pirates last season, acquiring Sean Casey at the deadline. -- Tim Kirby
Dotel talks drying up
ESPN reported that some teams are backing off a trade for closer Octavio Dotel. Dotel, considered one of the biggest names on the trade market, missed the first part of the season with an oblique injury and has not thrown many innings this season. In the past week, Dotel has not been as effective and several teams are worried that he might not be able to hold up over a long stretch. Teams are also not willing to give up a high-profile prospect because they may just get Dotel for two months. He can be a free agent after this season. -- Conor Nicholl
Twins seeking a hitter
After trading away second baseman and leadoff hitter Luis Castillo for two Minor Leaguers, it's possible that GM Terry Ryan is going to make a deal to bring in a hitter. That's what many in the clubhouse would like to see him do. He could deal reliever Juan Rincon, who has had interest from the Rockies and the Dodgers, or starter Carlos Silva, who has been looked at by Atlanta, Arizona and the Cubs. While rumors are still circulating that Ryan will move Torii Hunter, that seems unlikely as Ryan said on Monday that his team is still in the playoff race. -- Leslie Parker
No Teixeira for Angels
The Angels were unwilling to part ways with Howie Kendrick, Ervin Santana, Brandon Wood or Nick Adenhart -- one of the four was sought out to complete a three-player trade involving Casey Kotchman and Joe Saunders -- and therefore fell out of the bidding for Texas first baseman Mark Teixeira, who was dealt to Altanta, the Los Angeles Times reported. -- Larry Santana
Plenty of possibilities
There are still grumblings about DH Mike Piazza, who is in a one-year deal, ending up with Minnesota, but most likely it would be the Angels as the A's try to get something for his expiring contract. Shannon Stewart also has a one-year deal but rumors of him being traded have cooled off. There is no secret that Bobby Kielty is available after he was designated for assignment, but trade talks with Boston have cooled and another suitor has yet to step to the forefront. It is also very much known that the A's are willing to part with LHP Joe Kennedy and there has been word that three NL teams -- the Dodgers, Brewers and Phillies -- are interested in him because of his ability to start and relieve. -- Matt Smith
Eyes on relievers
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that two sources said Seattle is close to acquiring reliever Octavio Dotel from Kansas City in exchange for Minor League prospect Wladimir Balentien. The Seattle Times, meanwhile, reported that they may be interested in Al Reyes from Tampa Bay. -- Patrick Brown
Teixeira sent to Atlanta
The Rangers have traded first baseman Mark Teixeira and pitcher Ron Mahay to the Atlanta Braves for catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Minor League pitcher Neftali Perez and infielder Elvis Andrus and a player to be named later. -- Drew Davison