So now we let this rest for a little while, and turn our attention to Michael Bourn, et al.
There is "very little momentum" about a deal for Bourn, but anything can happen on deadline day.
Braves, Nationals, Indians, Giants have all called the Astros about Bourn.
Saturday, July 30
Dejan Kovacevic, 4:59pm:
"More interested suitors" in Willingham are the Braves and Red Sox
Rosenthal quotes a rival executive who says that the Braves now have six Untouchables, making it harder to get a deal done for Bourn.
If the Astros don't like the package they are offered, they'll hold on to Bourn until winter.
Ken Davidoff, 3:11pm:
Braves are confident they'll get an outfielder
Atlanta "working hard" on a deal for Bourn
Braves trading for Bourn means that Jordan Schafer is probably out of Atlanta's plans.
Braves getting more involved on Bourn
Jerry Crasnick, 2:28pm:
Talks to move Bourn are "picking up steam," and he expects Bourn to move by the deadline.
You may be able to cross the Indians off the Bourn list, as Olney says there's a good chance they work something out for Ludwick.
Mark Bowman, 1:50pm:
Braves have talked to Houston about Bourn, but talks have not passed "preliminary stage."
Lots here, as usual. Braves are pissed, but not compelled to trade for anyone. Bourn, Wandy, Myers, and Michaels are on the block; Yankees more interested in Kuroda than Wandy. "Good luck" getting Lee to waive his no-trade clause.
Bill Ladson, 1:04pm:
The Astros want ML-ready prospects for Michael Bourn, but Washington can't decide if they want to do it.
Braves not yet in on Bourn, as they "got in late" on Pence (?). Reds, Nationals, Indians are talking.
The Astros might hold on to Bourn. Team official: "You still have to try to win games."
Friday, July 29
Braves are in on Bourn and B.J. Upton
Morosi & Rosenthal, about 11:20pm:
The Nationals, Braves, Indians and Reds are among the clubs with varying levels of interest in Bourn, major-league sources say.
Jerry Crasnick, 10:26pm:
I didn't think Michael Bourn was on #Braves radar, but apparently he is now. Ryan Ludwick more down the list of options.
About 8:20, while everything was starting to go down with Pence...
Shortly after, Olney:
Rival executive: Reds focused on Michael Bourn, who would answer their desire to add a lead-off hitter for 2011 and beyond.
#astros price tag on bourn to #reds said wildly high.