Obviously, Ronny Cedeno and Jeff Clement weren't exactly the focus of the previous days worth of trade rumors we've been hearing. No that belongs to left-handed pitcher Jarrod Washburn, who is being viewed as the consolation prize for teams that don't have or aren't willing to part with the massive amounts of players being requested in trades for Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee.
Though it appears, at least according to sources, one of the potential suitors for Washburn, the Milwaukee Brewers, have decided to stop pursuing him because of their recent struggles.
And there are some rumors that Lee has been dealt to the Phillies.
Looking at today's trade for Jack Wilson and Ian Snell, it may lead some to believe that GM Jack Zduriencik acquired another starting pitcher to take the place of Washburn in the rotation when he's dealth. But Zduriencik downplayed such thinking.
"It's really not related," Zduriencik said of adding Snell. "It's has nothing to do with what might happen, it has nothing to do with us getting Ian Snell. We got Ian Snell because he has a very nice arm. If we can get him back on track, he's a talented pitcher we can add to our major league club."
But while Zduriencik wouldn't say that it affected his decision with Washburn, he admitted there have been discussions about trading Washburn.
"There's always discussions," he said. "I don't that I would classify it as a framework. Maybe someone else thinks there's a framework. I'm all ears. I can't say anything is imminent. There are people that are mentioning things, but we haven't jumped in the fray and said hey that makes a lot of sense at this moment in time."
But that moment in time could change very quickly as the deadline steadily approaches.
"I think because we have about 48 hours left, I think it gets intensified now, and if some other dominoes fall people may get more aggressive," Zduriencik said. "But right now, it's been what it's been."
But Zduriencik wouldn't say he's trying to deal Washburn. He said he's listening to offers on him.
"It's been discussions, it's been names, but you can't prevent that," he said. "I'm not sitting out there as someone might think that I'm shopping guys. People call me and I have to listen to what they have to say. When I get one or two or three phone calls, it's a courtesy to call somebody back, to say he just to let you know, we are having these discussions. I don't know if it's going to go anywhere. I can't sit here today and say this is going to happen. I wouldn't do that. I don't know that."
When asked if he would wait to see what happens with Halladay and Lee before making a decision, Zduriencik balked at such thinking.
"I don't think I've ever waited for the dominoes to fall," he said. "If there is something for us that makes sense for us to be better, then we have to entertain that. Sometimes it could be the effect of somebody else coming off somebody else's radar or it could be the fact that we sit there and look at something and say this makes sense and we move on."
Unlike other GMs this time of season, Zduriencik isn't under any desperation or things of that nature.
"I'm not saying we're going to do anything," he said. "We're just going to sit back and let the pieces fall where they may, and at the end of the day make the best call."