is just about ready to go after his latest back procedure. Agent
says there's a chance Crede could help a team this season, but it's more likely he will look to sign in the offseason with an eye on 2011. …
is looking for a deal of at least four years for $60 million after having to settle for a two-year deal with the Nationals in his first run at free agency. The Nats want to keep him, but not at that price. It's likely he will be traded, with the Yankees, Angels and White Sox at the head of the list. … The Rangers remain interested in a right-handed-hitting first baseman they can pair with
is among those on the Rangers' radar, as is the Red Sox's
The Rangers agreed to a Lowell trade in spring training, but the deal fell apart because of health concerns with Lowell and the Rangers'
(Royals) have been promoted from Double A to Triple A. Ackley could be Seattle's regular second baseman next year; Moustakas could take over third base for Kansas City. … Teams are shying away from
possibly because they believe they would have to exercise a $16million option for 2012 to get him to waive his no-trade clause. … The Tigers would have loved to have landed
who went from the Blue Jays to the Braves for
Shortstop has killed them all season, as has catcher. They had the fewest RBIs from the 7-9 spots in the AL at the All-Star break. … Can the Red Sox hold together until they start getting players back?
were scheduled to start for Triple-A Pawtucket this weekend and could be back next week. But
was still on crutches at the All-Star Game, and no one seems to know how long it will take
left thumb to heal.
could be 10 days away from testing his ribs in a rehab assignment. While GM
is looking to trade for a reliever
( Kerry Wood?),
has been moved from the rotation to the bullpen at Pawtucket.