Tuesday morning TROT COFFEY*

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(* Trade Rumor Offerings To Chew On
For Fun, Even Yuks)


Not to be confused with Brewers
journeyman reliever Todd Coffey, the TROT COFFEY is an
update on various trade rumblings unearthed, if not hatched, by the media:


Roy Halladay has given Toronto GM J.P. Ricciardi
a list of teams he would agree to be traded to despite his no-trade clause (Joe
McDonald of the Providence Journal,
and others)


Roy Halladay has not given Toronto
GM J.P. Ricciardi a list of teams he would agree to be traded to (Bob
Nightengale of USA Today, and others)




Halladay, who will face Hanley Ramirez, Chase
Utley, and Albert Pujols in the bottom of the first tonight, thinks the chances
he’ll be traded this month are 50-50 (Jerry Crasnick of ESPN)


The Blue Jays will not allow any interested club
a window of time to negotiate conditionally with Halladay on a long-term
extension if a trade is agreed upon in principle (Tony Massarotti and Nick
Cafardo of the Boston Globe)


The Red Sox are bringing Clay Buchholz up to showcase
make Friday’s start against the Blue Jays (he’ll join Brad Penny and Jon
Lester in that series, pushing John Smoltz, Josh Beckett, and Tim Wakefield to Boston’s
series in Texas)


The Rangers are interested in Pittsburgh All-Star
lefthander Zach Duke (who went to Waco Midway High School, which knocked
Hillcrest out of the state playoffs my sophomore year – when Duke was two years
old) or Pirates lefty Paul Maholm . . . the Pirates had special assistant to
the GM Marc DelPiano (who coached and scouted in the Rangers minor league system
in the early ’90s) in Seattle for the opener of the Mariners-Rangers series (a
Tommy Hunter start – but Pittsburgh may also be scouting the Mariners, who have
reportedly shown interested in Pirates second baseman Freddy Sanchez) . . . and
the Pirates have “heavy interest” in Derek Holland and Martin Perez (William
DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports, crediting John Perrotto of Baseball Prospectus)


Of course, you can’t name a baseball organization that doesn’t
have heavy interest in Holland
and Perez.


Duke would be under team control through 2011.


I can’t reprint what prospect analyst John Sickels wrote
about what he saw out of Neftali Feliz in Sunday’s Futures Game.  Well, I can reprint all but one seven-letter word:


“After intense analysis, I have come to the conclusion that
Neftali Feliz throws ________ hard.”


The Rangers have signed undrafted righthander Jake Geglein,
who finished a five-year career at the University of Cincinnati
as the program’s all-time saves leader.


San Diego
released AAA outfielder-first baseman Vincent Sinisi.


The only other two times Nelson Cruz and Prince Fielder
homered back-to-back were July 27, 2005 and August 16, 2005, when the two were
AAA Nashville teammates for 10 weeks in the Brewers system.  


Fielder would never see the farm after that summer.  Cruz would return for a third run at Pacific
Coast League pitching the next season, before his July inclusion in the trade
to Texas that
featured Francisco Cordero and Carlos Lee. 


Four years ago, it’s likely that only one of those two
envisioned last night. 


I’m not a huge fan of what goes on during the All-Star Break
– I’m eager for the season to get back underway – but that was a pretty cool
thing for Cruz.


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You can read more from Jamey
at www.NewbergReport.com.


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