Update: Cubs deny interest in Wells

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Quiet mornings like this one can see rumors take on a life of their own. Hence the Cubs quickly coming out to address rumors of a possible Milton Bradley-for-Vernon Wells trade, saying discussions of a potential swap have “no legs at all.”



With five years remaining on
his deal, Vernon Wells has one of the most undesirable contracts in the
game. Meanwhile, Milton Bradley has two years and $21 million left on
his.




In response to the proposed trade, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com says the Cubs may want to consider picking up Gary Matthews Jr. of the Angels, who is owed $23 million over the next two seasons.

Melvin Upton released by the Giants

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Jon Heyman reports that the Giants have released outfielder Melvin Upton. He requested his release.

Upton, who turned 33 yesterday, signed with San Francisco in early April after the Blue Jays released him. It was a minor league deal. After recovering from a rash of minor injuries, Upton batted .244/.306/.333 in 12 games at Triple-A Sacramento. There was no indication that the Giants were going to call him up. I presume that, back when they signed him, they figured they’d be contending and could maybe use a veteran bat. That’s obviously not the case anymore.

I suppose it’s possible that someone gives Upton a look when rosters expand in eight days, but I figure it’s more likely that we’ll next see him as he fights to make a team on a minor league deal next spring.

Carlos Santana left last night’s game with back tightness

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Andrew Miller leaving last night’s Indians-Red Sox game got all the press, but the Indians lost another key player in the game as well: Carlos Santana. He was forced to leave after going 0-for-3. There was no followup announcement after the game, so he’s likely being reevaluated.

Santana is hitting .250/.355/.446 on the year, but he’s been pretty hot of late, hitting .375 with a couple of homers in the past week.