MLB rumor roundup


The MLB rumor mill continues to operate at full steam for Friday, May 29, with a full slate of 15 games on the schedule. Here's a quick look at a few of the more interesting stories making the rounds today.

  • Ryan Howard: Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com lists eight teams as trade candidates for the Phillies first baseman: St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Los Angeles Angels, Detroit, Houston, Seattle and Kansas City. The 35-year-old Howard has 10 home runs and is an easier sell right now than he was over the summer, but Howard may have to trade his 10-and-5 veto rights in order for the Phillies to find a suitor. And, of course, Philly will also likely have to eat a good part of the $55 million still owed to him on the original $125 million mega-deal.

  • Delino DeShields Jr.: If DeShields is going to become a regular at second base the way his father did back in the 1990s, it's probably not going to happen this season. Though he played three innings at second base for the first time in the big league career on Wednesday, Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Thursday DeShields is not quite to the point where he will get starts at the position.

  • Yadier Alvarez: The Dodgers remain the heavy favorite to sign the Cuban right-hander, according to Heyman.