instead of having this spread across a ton of threads, decided to just make one...
TEAMS PREPARE AS RUMORS SWIRL, TRADE DEADLINE NEARS
“My gut feeling tells me I could be traded and I could be a part of this going forward. Either way, I'll be okay. I'm a big boy and understand the situation. I'll be happy to stay here and be the best teammate I can be, grind it out the rest of the season and make sure we keep playing hard and show up to win every day. If I get traded, I'll give the boys a big hug and I'm sure a few tears will be shed, leaving the friendships here. Then I'll go play as hard as I can to help the next ball club I'm on. Just going to take it in and we'll see how the next few days play out.”
—White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy on potentially making his final start with the team amidst rumors. (Scott Merkin,MLB.com)
“Realistically, we all know what's out there. I've been around the game for a while. I know what happens. I've seen guys come and go this time of year. But at the same time, I get motivated by playing baseball. But at the same time, I'd be lying if I said ... this is a very realistic thing. I've said all along, I'd love to win here. This team traded for me. I want to finish up the season on a high note. At the same time, there are a lot of things I don't control.”
—Phillies infielder Michael Young (Todd Zolecki, MLB.com)
“I don't have a crystal ball, Bud Norris doesn't have a crystal ball. None of us are psychic. We can't predict what's going to happen. Is there a probability? Yes, because he's a commodity which other people would like to have, but at the same time he's a commodity for us as well.
Like I said to him, just go out and pitch and don't worry about what the next day is going to bring and whether you're going to be here or someplace else. Let the decision-makers that are making those decisions be able to be allowed to make the decisions, and you control the portion of this that's in your hands, which is your performance.”
—Astros manager Bo Porter on the rumors surrounding pitcher Bud Norris. (Brian McTaggart, MLB.com)
“I've never worried about this stuff and I'm not going to start now. I'm going to play and help this team win. My thought process is battling with this team and helping us get to postseason again. Obviously I've enjoyed myself here and enjoy my teammates. I love everything about this organization and the way they treat their players. I'm assuming I'll be here the rest of the year.”
—Rangers closer Joe Nathan (T.R. Sullivan, MLB.com)