The Brewers, leading the NL Central by 8 ½ games, are kicking around the idea of trading for White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle -- a move that, while a longshot, would make sense. ... Approximately 10 teams are on Buehrle, including the Mets, Braves, Mariners and Buehrle's expected long-term choice, the Cardinals.
And earlier in the day:
According to a source close to the situation, negotiations between the Sox and Buehrle's camp have been exhausted, with Williams believing he has no choice but to trade the left-hander, ... At least seven teams have made serious contact with Williams, with three actually having the resources to pry Buehrle from the White Sox. The Atlanta Braves and New York Mets were the leading contenders until this weekend, with the Boston Red Sox now becoming the front-runner. ... According to the source, the Red Sox not only want to keep Buehrle away from the New York Yankees and are willing to offer him a contract extension in the five-year range he is seeking, but they have a farm system loaded with players in whom the White Sox are interested. Starting pitchers Clay Buchholz and Michael Bowden are on the White Sox' radar, as well as speedy outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and shortstop Jed Lowrie.
And look inside for Kenny's take.
So, are you planning on trading Mark Kenny?
"Not today."Coop says we couls sign Mark in the offseason even if he's let go. How about that?
"Something's gotta happen. I'm tired of watching this. Slapped in the face, hit upside the head, whatever you want to call it -- change needs to happen, and change is going to happen. When that happens, I don't know. We have to do our due diligence. ... There's no energy. There's no production, offensively. The starting pitching is probably the most consistent aspect we have, so if you have to do some reshuffling and help the deck, at least if you have that in tow, it makes it a ... lot easier."
"Sure, you can always hold out hope for that, but we're not working toward that."
BTW, Kenny says 10 players on the roster already have been inquired after by other teams.