Don't be surprised if the Mariners surface as an option for Hall of Famer Pat Gillick, who is under consideration for a club president's job with the Cubs. The Mariners' collapse has cut into general manager Jack Zduriencik's standing at a point when his contract is up. Gillick and his wife live in Seattle. … As they slide down the standings, the Rays are more serious about trading B.J. Upton. A lot of teams are inquiring about James Shields, but GM Andrew Friedman would have to be overwhelmed to deal him. … While the Cubs' Carlos Pena has hit 20 homers since May 2, he hasn't attracted much interest in the trade market. He would be a possible fit for the Pirates and Angels. … Stephen Strasburg cleared a hurdle when he threw a simulated game last week. He's still aiming to make a few September starts for the Nationals. They could be busy this week, with Jason Marquis on the market and Chien-Ming Wang at the end of his rehab stint after a shoulder overhaul. … Royals GM Dayton Moore downplays the chances of a Joakim Soria trade but told the MLB Network he'd consider it if somebody offered two starting pitchers — one ready now and another who can be ready by 2013. … The Red Sox reportedly have asked about Ubaldo Jimenez, Felix Hernandez, Jose Reyes, Jeff Baker, Jeff Francoeur, Ted Lilly, Michael Cuddyer, Hiroki Kuroda, Ty Wigginton, Jeremy Guthrie, Ryan Ludwick, Conor Jackson, Josh Willingham and Ryan Spilborghs.
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