Two afternoon trade rumors.
**According to Jon Heyman, there is a “strong probability” that the San Diego Padres will deal Chase Headley. Heyman reports that the Padres are “down the road” in talks with teams who are willing to give up a top prospect to land the third baseman. The Yankees recently lost Alex Rodriguez, but Heyman says they’re not willing to make a strong push for Headley. Heyman says that Padres’ GM Josh Byrnes has set a “tremendously high price” on Headley, and that the Pirates, Indians, Athletics, and Orioles have expressed interest in the third baseman.
**Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com reports that several teams have asked the Red Sox about outfielders Ryan Kalish, Cody Ross, and Ryan Sweeney. He says that the Pirates and Reds have scouted Boston extensively. The Pirates reportedly expressed interest in Sweeney prior to the 2010 season when he was with Oakland, and the Athletics were asking about Andy LaRoche.