American League Rumour Roundup – April 29, 2012

Thought we would take a look at some of the stories and rumours affecting our American League wildcard rivals.

From MLB trade rumours:

-Dan Mennella looks at Erik Bedard, a possible trade candidate this season.  Could the Blue Jays be interested?

-The Angels have inquired on A’s pitcher Grant Balfour and he is becoming one of the more sought-after bullpen pieces.  The Halos have also shown interest in Joel Hanrahan of the Pirates and the Mariners’ Brandon League, but Balfour seems the most logical.

-If the Twins don’t turn things around by the trade deadline, Carl Pavano will be a highly sought-after pitcher.  The right-hander is earning $8.5MM in the final year of his contract and has limited no-trade protection. Jason Marquis, Matt Capps, and Francisco Liriano could also be used as chips to land prospects.

-Teams probably have their eye on Astros right-hander Brett Myers.  Many teams, such as the Angels and Red Sox, could use the 31-year-old’s arm right now.  He has also shown that he can pitch in a big market with his time in Philadelphia.

-If Tigers outfielder Delmon Young is convicted of a hate crime, it will be interesting to see whether the the club void his contract. They would be within their rights to do so under the collective bargaining agreement.  The 26-year-old earns $6.75MM this year and can become a free agent after the season.

-The A’s are a good bet to land Brandon Inge.

-Most baseball people feel there’s no way the Red Sox let Aaron Cook hit the open market by not calling him up May 1.  The 33-year-old will earn the prorated portion of $1.5MM if he is called up to the majors.

-The Angels’ busy Friday (releasing Abreu, calling up Mike Trout and elevating Scott Downs to the closer’s job over Jordan Walden) is a sign that the team is already feeling the pressure of high preseason expectations, writes ESPN Los Angeles’ Mike Saxon.

-Mike Axisa of the River Ave Blues blog thinks the Yankees might have an interest in Abreu as at least a short-term fix while Brett Gardner is on the DL.  New York tried to acquire Abreu for A.J. Burnett in the offseason, before Burnett blocked the deal to avoid playing on the west coast.

-Yahoo! Sports Tim Brown takes a look at the crazy major  league debut of the phenom Bryce Harper.

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