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Royals Fan
07-30-2006, 09:36 PM
Padres target Ensberg, Maddux

Astros third baseman Morgan Ensberg remains the Padres' primary trade target, but Cubs right-hander Greg Maddux could represent Plan B, FOXSports.com has learned.

To obtain Maddux, the Padres likely would need to outbid the Dodgers, who are increasing their efforts to land the future Hall of Famer and possess a greater number of trade chips.
The Padres' plans hinge on two unrelated scenarios the prognosis for right-hander Chan Ho Park, who went on the disabled list Sunday, and the Astros' pursuit of Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada.

Ensberg, currently on the DL with a bruised right shoulder, is part of the Astros' offer for Tejada, according to major-league sources.

The Astros, however, are unlikely to trade Ensberg in a lesser deal. They were not enthused by the Padres' initial offer of right-handed reliever Scott Linebrink and either infielder Mark Bellhorn or Geoff Blum and probably would want a more substantial regular, such as Padres shortstop Khalil Greene, in return.

Ensberg, 30, hit a home run and two doubles in his first rehabilitation start Saturday at Class AAA. He is a potent offensive force when healthy, and is not eligible for free agency until after the 2008 season.

Park, suffering from abdominal pain, went on the DL retroactive to July 26. The Padres could intensify their efforts to acquire Maddux if they believe Park's injury is serious, but their primary goal is to add a third baseman, not a starting pitcher.

Ken Rosenthal is FOXSports.com's senior baseball writer.

Johnny Footstool
07-30-2006, 09:43 PM
Ensberg played a month with a severely injured shoulder and his OPS is still .890. I hope the Astros trade him.

Jpup
07-30-2006, 10:40 PM
Ensberg played a month with a severely injured shoulder and his OPS is still .890. I hope the Astros trade him.

He would make a good 1st baseman for the Reds. I don't think the Astros are dumb enough to trade him here or that Krivsky would even try to get him.

Jpup
07-30-2006, 10:41 PM
Steve Phillips is reporting that the Rangers have offered Hank Blalock for Brad Lidge.

buckeyenut
07-31-2006, 05:32 AM
When Lidge was in his prime, I would have taken that offer from Astros side. Has blalock fallen off that much?