MLB Trade Deadline 2009

Buzz leading up to July 31 non-waiver deadline

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The Red Sox appear to be involved in almost all the big players on the trade market, including Adrian Gonzalez, Victor Martinez and Roy Halladay.

Teams were trying to figure out which way they'd go, but one competing exec said he believes Gonzalez would be preferred to Martinez because he's an even more powerful middle-of-the-order bat. Of course, his price tag is higher, as well, and the Padres have made clear it won't be easy to deal the popular, powerful local product.

Some thought Boston even had a chance at Halladay. However, it's tough to see them paying a premium price in prospects to their intradivisional rival.

While Clay Buchholz is a top pitching prospect who's big-league ready, competing execs say they believe the true untouchables may be pitcher Casey Kelly and outfielder Ryan Westmoreland. Westmoreland is a Rhode Island product and apparently the Red Sox love his story.

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