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Sabathia Sweepstakes update and other rumors

According to Buster Olney, the Rays, who were thought to be #2 in the Great Sabathia Derby, have no interest in acquiring him:

Right now, the Red Sox and Rays essentially have no interest in completing a trade for C.C. Sabathia, because of other concerns. For Boston there may be a developing need for a bat, depending on how David Ortiz recovers from his wrist injury, as well as bullpen help, and for Tampa Bay the priority is going to be a right-handed hitting outfielder -- someone like the Pirates' Xavier Nady -- and perhaps some bullpen help.
In other news, both the Dodgers and the Blue Jays need a shortstop, with the Jays potentially reciprocating with A.J. Burnett; we have two shortstops, both of whom are really increasing their value with hot streaks right now.


[UPDATE] Ken Rosenthal says the Brewers are offering LaPorta:

The Brewers' offer for Sabathia includes Class AA left fielder Matt LaPorta, according to sources with two other clubs that are interested in acquiring the pitcher.

Class AA shortstop Alcides Escobar also may be in the Brewers' proposed deal, one of the sources says.

The Brewers likely would prefer to substitute a lesser player for Escobar, or perhaps would insist upon additional talent if the Indians demanded his inclusion. But if the Brewers indeed were willing to give up both LaPorta and Escobar, the Sabathia sweepstakes might be over before they started.

"I can not imagine anyone would top that," the first source said.

The second added, "That deal should get it done."

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