ARLINGTON, Texas Less than 24 hours before Wednesday's 1 p.m. PDT nonwaiver trade deadline, rumors were flying about the Angels, who began Tuesday 14 games back in the American League West and in selling mode.
The Angels jumped into the trading game Tuesday night, sending third baseman Alberto Callaspo to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for second baseman Grant Green. Earlier reports had the New York Yankees interested in Callaspo.
The St. Louis Cardinals, with a surplus of young, high-end pitchers, have reportedly inquired about shortstop Erick Aybar; the Kansas City Royals are hot for second baseman Howie Kendrick and the Angels are pursuing Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy.
One person who seemed oblivious to it all was Manager Mike Scioscia, who is not on Twitter, not on Facebook, and not really up to speed on many rumors.
"The one thing I try to reinforce with the players is don't believe what you read in the papers and don't look at all the rumors," Scioscia said, before asking reporters, "Isn't there a website now just devoted to trade rumors?"
Told that MLBTradeRumors, the industry leader in aggregating rumors and personnel moves from multiple sources, has been in existence for eight years, Scioscia said, "Yeah, and I think we discovered electricity, too."
The Angels are not expected to trade Aybar or Kendrick unless they can get a front-line major league or major league-ready starting pitcher in return. One problem with Kansas City's pursuit of Kendrick: According to Foxsports.com, the Royals are one of 12 teams on Kendrick's no-trade list.
"I don't even know who's on my no-trade list," Kendrick said Tuesday. "I would have to ask my agent."
Kendrick, in the second year of a four-year, 33.5-million contract, has not been the subject of trade speculation for several years, but he was a regular on the rumor mill earlier in his career and is not distracted by the talk.
"I guess it means I'm playing good baseball," said Kendrick, who began Tuesday with a .298 average and two hits shy of 1,000. "I try not to focus on it. I just go out and play. If it happens, maybe it will be a good change, but I grew up in this organization, I love playing here, and I'm very happy where I'm at."
The Angels' pursuit of Kennedy, a former Westminster La Quinta High and USC star, is more of a buy-low, hope-for-high-return venture. The right-hander is 3-7 with a 5.22 earned-run average, his worst season in the big leagues, and he probably wouldn't cost the Angels a front-line big league player.
But Kennedy is only two years removed from a 2011 season in which he was 21-4 with a 2.88 ERA, and Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto, a former Diamondbacks executive, is very familiar with him.
Arizona is reportedly looking to clear the 1.4 million left on Kennedy's 2013 contract to make a run at the Houston Astros' Bud Norris or the Chicago White Sox's Jake Peavy.
-- Mike DiGiovanna