The AP is reporting that the A’s are on the verge of trading Mark Redman (11-12, 4.71 ERA) and Arthur Rhodes (9 saves, 5.12 ERA) to the Pirates in exchange for 3-time All Star catcher Jason Kendall (above), who has seemingly been the subject of trade rumors since the begining of time. The big question is how much of Kendall’s remaining $34 million salary (over 3 years) the Pirates will assume.

After weeks of speculation, .the Dodgers have extended manager Jim Tracy’s deal by another two years