Tuesday, September 30, 2008
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Sunday, September 28, 2008
- According to Jon Heyman, the White Sox are working on an extension for GM Kenny Williams, whose contract is set to expire in 2009. Williams is one of the best GMs in baseball, having most recently acquired Carlos Quentin and Alexei Ramirez, as well as drafting Gordon Beckham, one of the top infield prospects in America.
- Blue Jays CEO Paul Godfrey told reporters that J.P. Ricciardi will be back for the 2009 season, but did not hint at whether or not he will be given an extension. If the Blue Jays can boost their infield and give Travis Snider a shot at DH, they could compete for a playoff spot. Expect the Blue Jays to be very aggressive this season in resigning A.J. Burnett, as well as several other players.
- According to Jon Heyman, Phillies GM Pat Gillick may not retire after this season after all. While this would not bother many Phillies fans, it would probably bother Ruben Amaro Jr., who has been waiting for this job for a very long time. He could decide to leave and sign up with another team in their GM spot.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
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Posted by Will McComb
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Several teams have said that they would like to add a second baseman, suggesting that both Robinson Cano and Brian Roberts could be on the move this offseason. The Brewers attempted to land Brian Roberts last spring, but failed after their unwillingness to trade Alcides Escobar or Manny Parra. It is possible the Brewers will try again after seeing Rickie Weeks fail to find his swing again this season. With Sabathia and Sheets heading to free agency, it is likely the Brewers will be very busy trying to keep their team together.
The Yankees are looking for outfield options and have set their sights on Matt Kemp. They could work a deal involving Robinson Cano, and bring in Kemp as their center fielder. Other options for center field include David DeJesus, but he struggled defensively this season. Another option is Milton Bradley, who is a free agent following this season playing for the Texas Rangers. Playing for a good team could entice Bradley, who hasn't played for a contender in his career.
The Rockies would like to add a number one starter and may pursue Ryan Dempster or Jon Garland. They could also pursue Derek Lowe if he doesn't sign with the Dodgers.
After LaTroy Hawkins dominated for the Astros, there is word that the Astros would like to resign him. Hawkins is very familiar with the NL Central and is very comfortable and confident with what he has. He would be a good signing for the Astros.
Andy Pettitte will likely wait until January or February to sign with a club. It is frustrating that that Andy Pettitte continues to put off his decision till the very last minute, but there is nothing we can do about it. He will likely sign with the Yankees, Astros, or Dodgers.
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Sunday, September 21, 2008
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- The Dodgers: Cano's first manager Joe Torre manages the Dodgers and the Dodgers have an opening at second base. The Dodgers have the prospects, and could use Cano to support an already dangerous lineup. He would likely benefit to playing in the NL.
- The Angels: The Angels will likely unload Chone Figgins this offseason, making room for several prospects they have. While they will likely keep either Francisco Rodriguez or Mark Teixeira, it is possible they would trade a package of prospects to the Yankees for Robinson Cano. They have the spot and he would make that lineup a little younger, and even more dangerous.
- The White Sox: Alexei Ramirez is looking like a long term player for the White Sox. He has made the proper adjustments, and is a great fielder all around the field. If the White Sox were to move him to shortstop, they could put a package together and acquire Robinson Cano. They have the prospects, and it would easily make them the favorites in the Central.
- The Rockies: The Rockies will definitely be in the market for a second baseman and could use a prospect or two in a trade involving Garrett Atkins and acquire Robinson Cano. Cano playing in Colorado will definitely boost his numbers, as well as being in the NL.
Thus far in the 2008 MLB season, the Toronto Blue Jays have enjoyed having statistically the best bullpen in the American League and one of the best in baseball. One of the biggest surprises this season has been 27 year old rookie LHP Jesse Carlson, who has been the Jays most reliable reliever this season(6-1 record, 1.82 ERA, 52 K's, 22 BB's, 2 Saves, .195 Opponents Avg., 1.05 WHIP). He has a very deceptive delivery and can get righties out just as easily as lefties. He often K's righties with a good, hard sweeping curve that gets in on their hands. This gives the Jays 3 solid left-handed relievers in Carlson, Scott Downs and closer BJ Ryan. With Carlson's unexpected emergence, does this mean the Jays could potentially trade Ryan to fill in a gap in another position? It's hard to say because Carlson is just a rookie but he possesses a closer's mentality, strong composure, extreme confidence, above average repetoire, etc. And Ryan is currently in Year 3 of his 5 year, 47 million dollar deal. In his first year as a Jay, Ryan was nearly unhittable through most of the season but he was over-worked by then Jays manager John Gibbons, who would often have Ryan come in to get a 4 or 5 out Save. His 2nd year was wiped-out due to Tommy John Surgery and so far in his 3rd year, Ryan's been good but not great, which is to expected has he's a year and 4 months removed from having his Tommy John Surgery. The Jays could potentially trade Ryan to a team in need of a closer for a Shortstop plus Prospects. With Francisco Rodriguez being the most sought after Free Agent reliever, the Jays could dangle Ryan and see what offers come out of it.
Posted by Will M.
Several days ago, ex-Jay and current Jays broadcaster Rance Mulliniks said that Jason Giambi might be willing to sign with the Jays as the permanent DH and speculated that it might cost the Jays around 12-15 million dollars a season over a course of a 2-4 year contract. Giambi, who will be 38 by next season, is hitting .251 with 30 Home Runs and 92 RBI's. A signing like this would likely prove costly considering Giambi's age and declining production(his OBP has gone from a .440 in 2003 to a .377 in 2008 and his average has hit .270 once in the last 6 seasons). A cheaper option for the Jays may be to re-sign current back up outfielder Brad Wilkerson or re-sign current pinch hitter/spot starter Kevin Mench to an incentive laden deal with a base salary of around 750K. Both Mench and Wilkerson have shown they have Home Run pop in the past(Wilkerson has hit 20+ Homers 3 times in his career while Mench has done it twice before) but neither has been able to make quality or consistent contact over the last few seasons. Another cheap option would be to sign current Free Agent Richie Sexson to a 1 year incentive laden deal and have Jays hitting coach Gene Tenace work with him on his swing. One other option would be to use a rotating tendem between Left Field and DH using Adam Lind and Travis Snider.
Posted by Will M.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
However, owner Frank McCourt has spent a lot of money on a lot of players who have been unsuccessful, so he may be hesitant to take a chance on Sabathia, especially with Manny Ramirez eligible for free agency.
Red Sox Sign Epstein: The Red Sox have agreed to a contract extension with General Manager Theo Epstein. Theo Epstein is one of the best GMs in baseball, having won two World Series for the Red Sox. He has made great draft picks, as well as great trades, along with free agent signings, if necessary. Epstein is young, and is still learning about the game he has nearly mastered. His assistants, Jed Hoyer and Ben Cherington, will likely be GMs elsewhere in the near future.
The consensus among Cubs fans for the next owner was Mark Cuban, but Ricketts is from Chicago and plans to be a big part of the Cubs future.
Monday, September 15, 2008
They are currently 7.5 games out of the division and tied for the wild card.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
- Dayton Daily News writer Hal McCroy talked with Adam Dunn about his impending free agency. Dunn told McCroy that he has not spoke with the Diamondbacks, and isn't worried about it. Dunn will make a lot of money wherever he goes, so he shouldn't be worried. I spoke with Josh Byrnes recently and he studies every potential signing before he even arranges a meeting. Signing Dunn is a big investment. While you are adding a lot of power, he brings no average to the table and knocks someone out of a starting job. The Diamondbacks have money to spend, but they are more likely to invest in an infielder and an OBP top of the order hitter before they spend the big bucks.
- Brewers starter Ben Sheets will likely leave the Brewers, especially if the Brewers don't make the playoffs. A source has informed me that the Brewers will try very hard to sign CC Sabathia and are willing to offer him upwards of 130 million dollars. While I think there is a great chance the Brewers will sign Sabathia, it is very possible that Sabathia will sign for 150 million dollars with the Yankees, and Sheets will be too far along in negotiations with another team to turn back. Doug Melvin has a busy offseason ahead of him.
- The Rockies are looking to land a number one starter. They have set their sights on a low top tier pitcher in Ben Sheets, in hopes that he will stay healthy and lead this rotation back to the playoffs. However, it doesn't stop there. Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd and Cubs GM Jim Hendry have had talks all season long about a trade involving Ryan Spilborghs. The Cubs are looking for depth in the outfield and the Rockies are looking for pitching depth, a trade that could line up well this offseason. Cubs manager Lou Piniella does not like Jason Marquis, despite the above average year he is having. He is entering a contract year and could be up for a big year. The Cubs could take Marquis and trade him to the Rockies for Spilborghs. Marquis would give them a lot of ground balls while Spilborghs would give the Cubs more depth. It would also clear up money for the Cubs to resign Dempster.
- The Red Sox are eying a young catcher and have set their sights on Jeff Clement of the Mariners and Jarrod Saltalamachhia of the Rangers. Trading for Saltalamachhia would probably cost them Michael Bowden, but they might be able to trade Justin Masterson and a low level prospect. Either way, it is a win-win for both teams.