Mets passing on Ibanez

July, 30, 2008
The Mariners continue to ask the Mets for pitcher Jon Niese and a second prospect for Raul Ibanez. And unless the price comes down, the Mets plan to pass and wait to see which bats clear waivers in August, according to clubs that have spoken with them.

The Cubs, meanwhile, are resisting attempts by Seattle to get Felix Pie and a second prospect for Ibanez. The Cubs almost certainly would be willing to offer a couple of prospects in the Sam Fuld stratum. But teams that have spoken with the Cubs say they've shown little sense of urgency to overpay to add a final piece or two of late.

• Teams with pitching to deal report that the Mets aren't players on any of the starting pitchers still floating around the market -- namely, Jarrod Washburn or Tim Redding. The Mets prefer power arms in the rotation. So unless someone surprising becomes available or John Maine's injury turns out to be more serious than it appears, they have no plans to acquire another starter before the deadline.

• An official of a team in the Arthur Rhodes market reports his team backed off after hearing talk that a Rhodes deal with the Marlins was all but agreed upon. However, the Marlins have been refuting that rumor with other clubs this afternoon, telling multiple sources that while they're in on Rhodes, a deal is "not done."

Jayson Stark | email

ESPN Senior Writer


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