Saturday, November 17, 2007
* Tadahito Iguchi’s agent told the media that the Angels, Brewers, Padres, Rockies, and Astros have contacted Iguchi about signing with their respective clubs. Tadahito made it clear he wants to play 2B next year, so the Brewers will probably not work. The Angels are also a long shot unless they trade Howie Kendrick in the Miguel Cabrera deal.
* Free-Agent Aaron Rowand explained that the “interest is definitely mutual” with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Signing Rowand would force Juan Pierre to left-field and would also push yet another young outfielder out of the starting spot. Matt Kemp would most likely be the outfielder pushed out, and there might be a Baltimore Oriole deal in the works for ace Erik Bedard if Baltimore fails to re-sign him long term.
* Ex-Cardinals’ SS David Eckstein would like to receive the exact deal that Julio Lugo received last season, a 4-year deal worth $36M total. Looks impossible for the veteran to receive such a deal, but most believed it was impossible for Lugo to do the same.
* The Houston Astros have signed second-baseman Geoff Blum to either a 1 or 2 year deal, Fox 29 reports. Blum will be returning to the club that he spent 2002 and 2003 with. He will most likely be a bench player next year however.
* Amazing turn around in the Yorvit Torrealba to Mets deal, as now there is no deal reached despite reports from the other day. The Mets told the media that there is no more ongoing conversation with Yorvit, so it looks like Paul Lo Duca will probably be back next year.