Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
- According to Ken Rosenthal at FoxSports.com, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are not looking to move third-baseman Chone Figgins unless they acquire another third-baseman via trade. He believes that the Angels are contemplating acquiring Scott Rolen, but I doubt the Angels would want Scott. The Cubs have been harassing the Angels about Figgins, but GM Tony Reagins is standing his ground.
- The Phillies declined the Florida Marlins offer of relief-prospect Scott Nestor for third-baseman Wes Helms as GM Pat Gillick would like to see if Wes Helms can bounce back from his .246/.297/.368 line in 2007. Wes signed a 2-year, $5.45M last offseason.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
The Transaction Guy over at MVN.com (my other site) is reporting that the Toronto Blue Jays are attempting to move right-fielder Alex Rios over to San Francisco in return for 23-year old starter Tim Lincecum.....
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Tuesday, December 4, 2007
- Angels GM Tony Reagins told the media that there are "some interesting and exciting things have surfaced" with new teams. Hopefully the Angels can go out and acquire a number 4 hitter to bat between Vladimir Guerrero and Torii Hunter.
- The Blue Jays have met with Paul Lo Duca's agent, but have a mere $2.5M to spend on a catcher who made $6.5M last year playing everyday with the New York Mets.
- Info on Jake Peavy's extension: Peavy is set to make $15M in 2010, $16M in 2011, $17M in 2012, and a $22M option for 2013.
- Seems like a swap of Erik Bedard to L.A. for Matt Kemp and Jonathan Broxton is getting close.
The Detroit Tigers shocked the world today, moving prospects Andrew Miller, Cameron Maybin, Mike Rabelo, Burke Badenhop, Eulogio de la Cruz, and Dallas Trahern to the Florida Marlins in return for 24-year old third-baseman Miguel Cabrera and left-handed ace Dontrelle Willis. Detroit moved their number 1,3,7, and 11 prospects to Florida, but acquired two players who have superstar written all over them.
Cabrera hit .320 last year with 34 HR and 119 RBI, and is yet to eclipse 25-years old. He is going to be serious insurance for Magglio Ordonez, and will witness a huge rise in stats with Gary Sheffield batting directly after him. As for Willis, 2007 was a horrible year for the left-hander, going 10-15 with a 5.17 ERA. He is a career 3.78 pitcher, and is only 25 years of age.
Andrew Miller, the 22-year old phenom, was almost as good as Willis was last year. The good news? The right-hander had a 0.53 ERA in 30.2 innings-pitched. He will likely slot right into Florida's rotation next season. Detroit's number one prospect, Cameron Maybin, did terrible as a 20-year old major-leaguer, but has never hit below .304 in the minor leagues, and has a tremendous eye and decent speed.
Monday, December 3, 2007
The Chicago White-Sox have acquired powerful 25-year old right fielder Carlos Quentin from the Arizona Diamondbacks in return for star-studded first-base prospect Chris Carter. Quentin had a tremendous 2006, blasting 25 home runs, but struggled in 2007 and lost the job to super-prospect Justin Upton. Quentin has the ability to hit 30 home-runs if given enough at-bats, but hasn't showed enough contact to stay in the majors.
As for Carter, the 20-year old hit .291 with 25 HR and 93 RBI in 467 at-bats with Single-A Kannapolis. Baseball Prospectus' Kevin Goldstein gives us the story on Chris Carter: Goldstein believes he's a "true slugger with tremendous strength and power to all fields" but notes that his defense is quite horrific.
- Left-hander Andy Pettite will indeed return to the New York Yankees next season, agreeing upon a 1-year deal worth $16M. Pettite had a decent 2007, compiling a 4.11 ERA in well over 200 innings-pitched.
- Doug Melvin, manager for the Milwaukee Brewers, told the media that the Washington Nationals indeed offered closer Chad Cordero for young second-baseman Rickie Weeks. The move would make some sense for the Brewers, but it doesn't look like they have too many second-base replacements in the minor-leagues.
- There's a trade picking up steam, the Texas Rangers would trade third-baseman Hank Blalock to the St. Louis Cardinals in return for often-injured Scott Rolen and utility player Chris Duncan. The trade would make the Cardinals much better, but they seem very reluctant to include Duncan in any trade.
The Washington Nationals and GM Jim Bowden have acquired yet another troublesome outfielder with superstar potential, acquriring outfielder Elijah Dukes from the Tampa Bay Rays in return for left-handed prospect Glenn Gibson. Dukes has a tremendous mix of speed, power, and eye. The ex-linebacker posted a .314 OBP in his rookie season last year despite batting a mere .190 with Tampa.
With Elijah now on Washington, the Nationals are trading for some big young studs who if given the right opportunities can turn into superstars. GM Jim Bowden believes that first-baseman Dmitri Young, who won the 2007 Comeback Player of the Year can put both Lastings Milledge and Elijah Dukes in check.
As for Gibson, the left-hander posted a 3.10 ERA in 58 innings-pitched for Single-A Vermont. Scouts believe that Glenn posseses a decent fastball, a very good curve, and quite a bit of polish.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
According to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com, the San Diego Padres and 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy are close to agreeing upon a 3-year extension which would pay the ace $17M per season. Jake is already signed for 2 more years, so the extension would go from 2010-2013.
You must give Peavy some respect for taking a looks-to-be huge paycut, as he realizes that San Diego does not have the resources teams like the Yankees and Angels have.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Texas Rangers GM Jon Daniels told the media that indeed star catching prospect Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be a full-time catcher next season instead of bouncing between catcher and first-base as he did in the second half of this year. Jarrod was traded along with 4 minor-leaguers in return for first-baseman Mark Teixeira and left-handed reliever Ron Mahay. Saltalamacchia hit .266 with 11 HR's and 33 RBI's in 93 games with the Texas Rangers.
This news puts the Rangers in a prime position to sign either Sean Casey or Tony Clark, as both can provide veteran leadership and still handle themselves with the bat. Casey's got to be a better choice, as he's younger than Clark and plays very good defense over on the right-side of the infield.