MLB notes: Talks on for Beckett, Dempster
By QMI Agency
|Boston Red Sox's Josh Beckett (L) and catcher Kelly Shoppach talk on the mound during the second inning during an American League MLB baseball game against Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts July 20, 2012. (REUTERS)
Right-handers Josh Beckett of the Boston Red Sox and Ryan Dempster of the Chicago Cubs are among other starting pitchers on the trade block.
The Texas Rangers are said to be interested in Beckett, perhaps as a backup plan should they not be able to make a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies for Cliff Lee. The Red Sox also have talked with the Braves, sources said, but Atlanta is more interested in left-hander Jon Lester, according to MLB.com.
Beckett, 32, is 5-9 with a 4.57 ERA. He is slated to make $15.75 million each of the next two seasons.
Dempster, 35, initially was set to pitch Monday night but the Cubs gave the starting assignment to Justin Germano instead. That was meant as a deal-sweetener, the Chicago Tribune reported, allowing Dempster to see action right away with his new team.
The Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers have renewed talks, with outfielder Alfonso Soriano now included in a package with Dempster, ESPN Chicago reported.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Monday he'd be surprised if Dempster were still a member of the Cubs after the trade deadline.
BREWERS POINT FINGER
The Milwaukee Brewers have dismissed bullpen coach Stan Kyles in the wake of a bullpen meltdown.
Kyles had been with the Brewers organization since 2001 and bullpen coach since after the 2008 season.
Lee Tunnell, the team's minor-league pitching co-ordinator, will replace Kyles.
Brewers relievers are 15-26 with a 4.80 ERA. They have the most blown saves (20) in the majors and are 28th in ERA. On Sunday, the bullpen gave up nine runs over five innings of in an 11-inning 11-10 loss to the Washington Nationals.
"Something had to be done," Kyles told the Milwaukee Sentinel Journal. "I understood it perfectly, the way the bullpen has performed most of the year and especially the last couple, three weeks have been pretty bad."
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