Ohman in high demand

July, 28, 2008
• Mark Teixeira doesn't figure to be the only Brave who will get traded this week. If the Braves also put left-handed reliever Will Ohman on the market, they'll have "no problem" moving him, said an official of one interested club.

Teams that already have called about Ohman include the Tigers, Rays, Yankees and Cardinals.

• The Marlins continue to hunt for what one baseball man described as a "battle-tested" left-handed bullpen arm. Brian Fuentes and George Sherrill have been at the top of their list. But the Marlins have been at a standstill on Fuentes for a couple of weeks, and they don't appear to have the centerpiece prospect Baltimore is looking for in a Sherrill package -- a young shortstop who is near-big-league ready. So unless they can make headway on Kansas City's Ron Mahay, they could turn to someone like Seattle's Arthur Rhodes, who is turning into the most popular back-burner option for all the teams in the left-handed relief market.

• Now that Jeff Samardzija looks as if he can be to the Cubs what K-Rod was to the 2002 Angels and what Joba Chamberlain was to the Yankees last year, the Cubs are no longer shopping for arms of any kind. According to clubs that have spoken with them, the only commodity the Cubs are still asking about is left-handed-hitting center fielders. But that's a need they're more likely to fill in the offseason than in the next three days.

Jayson Stark | email

ESPN Senior Writer


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