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trade deadline 2007
Countdown: Deadline passed

Braves to turn to pitching
Once the Mark Teixeira deal is finalized, GM John Schuerholz will turn his focus toward improving his pitching staff. If he's willing to part with Kyle Davies, there's a chance he could land Royals closer Octavio Dotel. With one NL scout saying the Braves are still in discussions with the White Sox, there's a chance Schuerholz could land Jon Garland or Javier Vazquez. Although Bronson Arroyo is on the radar, the Braves may not have the necessary pieces to add him to their rotation. -- Mark Bowman
No blockbuster moves planned
Marlins general manager Larry Beinfest told reporters Monday that the Marlins shouldn't be expected to make any blockbuster moves before the deadline. Beinfest said the upcoming return of injured players like Josh Johnson and Ricky Nolasco would likely be Florida's biggest acquisition. The lack of advance scouts at any of Dontrelle Willis' recent starts seem to indicate the D-Train will be staying in its current station, further confirming Beinfest's statement. -- Tom Keller
Mets turn to pitching
The Mets filled one need on Monday when they acquired second baseman Luis Castillo from the Twins for two Minor Leaguers. Their lineup should be set for the stretch run, so GM Omar Minaya will likely look almost exclusively at pitching as the deadline nears. The prime target has become Eric Gagne of the Rangers, though any pitcher who could step into a setup role -- most notably Chad Cordero or Jon Rauch of the Nationals -- remains an option. The Mets have also been linked to starting pitchers Joe Blanton and Jon Garland, but the asking prices have so far been too high. -- Anthony DiComo
Phils could add reliever
The Phillies got the back-of-the-rotation starter and GM Pat Gillick said that adding a reliever was a possibility. The Phillies got a good look at Pirates lefty Damaso Marte when he was in town over the weekend. Left-handers are hitting just .080 against Marte this season. The Phillies have made their first two deals using Minor League pitchers. Potential trade piece Michael Bourn sprained his ankle Monday against the Cubs and is expected to sit at least a week -- Stephen Fastenau
Interest in Cordero, Rauch
After locking up Dmitri Young and Ronnie Belliard to long-term contracts, any trade action involving the Nationals will probably center on relievers Jon Rauch and Chad Cordero. The Washington Post reported that the Tigers, Dodgers and Mets have scouted out the relievers. Cordero is the Nats' closer, but Rauch took over the role briefly while Cordero went on bereavement leave earlier this season. Both have had strong seasons and could contribute immediately to a contender. However, both are young, so it's possible that the Nats will hold on to them. -- Michael Phillips
Cubs may keep dealing
The Cubs picked up catcher Jason Kendall from the A's, and after the deal was announced, GM Jim Hendry said it might not be the only move the Cubs make before the deadline. Manager Lou Piniella seemed to agree before Tuesday night's 4-2 loss to the Giants. "Possibly just a little more tinkering," Piniella said. "We'll see. If Jim [Hendry] can improve this baseball team, he will, believe me." -- Marc Zarefsky
Padres interested in Dunn
The San Francisco Examiner reported that the Padres, a team in desperate need of offensive help, have their attention on Reds left fielder Adam Dunn. -- Mark Sheldon
Teams inquiring about Ensberg
GM Tim Purpura told the Houston Chronicle he had spoken to 15 or 20 teams on Monday about potential deals, but that the Astros weren't close to pulling the trigger on anything. Purpura added that several teams had called to ask about Morgan Ensberg, who was designated for assignment on Sunday. A Major League official told the Chronicle that Jason Jennings scared off any potential suitors by allowing 11 runs in two-thirds of an inning on Sunday, and that interest in infielders Mark Loretta and Mike Lamb was minimal, with two or three teams showing interest. -- Ben DuBose
Brewers in on Gagne talks
The Brewers have jumped into last-minute discussions with the Rangers about acquiring reliever Eric Gagne, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported. The Brewers' bullpen lately has struggled under a heavy workload, even with the acquisition last week of right-hander Scott Linebrink from the Padres. The Brewers so far have resisted dealing outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr., about whom several teams have inquired. -- Kelvin Ang
Wilson going to Detroit?
When the Pirates acquired Cesar Izturis, a light-hitting shortstop, rumors immediately began floating that the Bucs would trade their incumbent light-hitting shortstop, Jack Wilson. That speculation might come to fruition as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Detroit Free Press reported that the Pirates and Tigers are talking about Wilson. Wilson would provide the Tigers with good infield depth and he could potentially start for Detroit in the future. Wilson will likely not fetch much from Detroit alone, but it's possible the Bucs will send a reliever -- either Salomon Torres, Shawn Chacon or Damaso Marte -- to sweeten the pot and get a better return. -- Jeremy Anders
Cards may deal later
If the Cards make any moves, they could very well come after the July 31 deadline. GM Walt Jocketty is known for making deals after the deadline, acquiring Woody Williams in 2001 and Larry Walker in 2004. There were at least seven clubs scouting the Cards last series against the Brewers. Troy Percival is among the players attracting interest, with St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporting that the Rockies are interested in the veteran reliever. Clubs have also shown interest in starter Anthony Reyes. The Padres are reportedly interested in David Eckstein to play second base and the Angels could go after right fielder Juan Encarnacion. If the Cards do make any moves, it would likely be for a starting pitcher. -- Daniel Berk
D-backs doing lots of talking
Although Mark Teixiera won't be going to Phoenix, the D-backs were still sorting through a few proposals on the eve of the trade deadline. General partner Jeff Moorad said the club has been looking into possible additions to a pitching staff that has lost Randy Johnson to a season-ending back injury. "At this point, we have engaged in a significant [discussions] as well as several others, all designed to improve our roster both in the short term as well as we move forward beyond this season," Moorad told The Arizona Republic. A middle-of-the-order bat would be a welcome addition as well, with Arizona struggling offensively much of the year. -- Michael Schwartz
Tigers eyeing Rox prospects?
The Denver Post reported that the Tigers have sent scouts to check out first baseman Joe Koshansky and third baseman Ian Stewart of Triple-A Colorado Springs. Koshansky leads the PCL in RBIs and Stewart has regained the form this season that made him the organization's top prospect in 2004-05. The Rockies, meanwhile, are interested in a late-innings reliever. They've shown interest in Boston's Julian Tavarez and Manny Delcarmen, the Rangers' Akinori Otsuka and the Yankees' Kyle Farnsworth. Brian Fuentes could be dealt for another arm if he proves he's healthy once he returns from the DL. --C.J. Moore
Ailing staff to get boost
The Dodgers are unwilling to part with Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, James Loney or Jonathan Broxton so a trade is now becoming unlikely. The team, however, is in desperate need of an arm, especially with the uncertainty surrounding both Derek Lowe and Randy Wolf. If a team is willing to trade for a Minor League prospect like Andy LaRoche or Delwyn Young the Dodgers would most likely agree to do it. -- Jayson Addcox
Friars won't stop looking
A starting pitcher may be what GM Kevin Towers is seeking. Towers told the San Diego Union-Tribune he could make a trade for a starting pitcher, which would add to an already ample rotation that's deep with veterans and All-Stars. He also said he could potentially deal for a bench player as well. Already proven buyers, the Padres will most likely try their luck again. -- Elizabeth M. Botello
Padres pine for Klesko?
Is Ryan Klesko headed back to SoCal? According to FOX Sports, the veteran is being considered as a leading option to return to the Padres and join the NL West contender's bench. -- Becky Regan