Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Cubs Shopping Gaudin, Guzman

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Cubs are looking to trade pitchers Chad Gaudin and Angel Guzman. Both Guzman and Gaudin have struggled this spring, and young pitchers are beating them out for their spots. Rule 5 pick David Patton is having a great spring, and will likely make the team as a middle reliever. The Cubs have 27 players on their active roster, meaning they will need to cut two before Saturday's deadline.

The Padres have shown interest in Angel Guzman, but sources believe teams are waiting to see if the Cubs will put him on waivers. As for Gaudin, he will probably be given a chance to prove himself in April, meaning Jeff Samardzija will likely start the season in Triple-A.

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Angels To Rework Matthews Jr.'s Contract?

The Angels are trying very hard to move outfielder Gary Matthews Jr., but have been unsuccessful thus far. They talked to the Reds about a deal, which would have involved Aaron Harang or Bronson Arroyo. But talks stopped when the Angels were unwilling to part with a pitcher along with Matthews. If the Angels don't find a taker, it is possible the Angels could work out a new deal that involves deferrals in payments.

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Mariners Shopping Batista?

The Mariners are reportedly shopping pitcher Miguel Batista, the Seattle News Tribune is reporting. Batista, who will make 9 million dollars this season, went 4-14 with a 6.26 ERA in 44 games last season. Batista has given up six earned runs in 10.1 innings this spring. Batista, 38, won 16 games last season with a 4.29 ERA in 33 starts for the Mariners. 

Sources with knowledge of the Mariners thinking say that the Mariners will try to trade a portion of his salary before releasing him. Batista has been more of a ground ball pitcher over the course of his career, so if the Mariners are willing to take on his salary, he could be moved.

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Astros Acquire Keppinger

The Astros have acquired infielder Jeff Keppinger from the Reds in exchange for a player to be named later. This likely means that Keppinger will spending the majority of his time at third base with Geoff Blum, the role meant for third baseman Aaron Boone, who is having season ending surgery. Keppinger gives the Astros more options in the infield. Because he is versatile, he gives manager Cecil Cooper the option to pull Miguel Tejada or Kaz Matsui late in a game if needed. 

A solid, low cost addition for the Astros.

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Phillies Release Jenkins

The Phillies have parted ways with outfielder Geoff Jenkins, FOXSports.com is reporting. Jenkins, 31, hit .246 with 9 HR in 115 games last season, and is hitting .250 with 1 HR in 44 at-bats this spring. Releasing Jenkins clears up some space in the outfield for the Phillies, who will go with Matt Stairs as their reserve outfielder.

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Braves Extend Jones

The Braves and Chipper Jones have agreed to a three year deal worth 42 million dollars. The deal includes a fourth year that could bring up the total amount to 61 million dollars. Jones, 36, has been with the Braves since 1993. He is 92 homeruns away from 500, meaning he needs to hit at least 23 homeruns for the next four seasons to reach it. 

It has been a foregone conclusion for a while that Jones would be with the Braves for the rest of his career. He will be off the market through 2013.

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Tigers Release Sheffield

In a surprising move, the Tigers released designated hitter Gary Sheffield. Sheffield, who has 499 career homeruns, was hitting just .178 with 5 HR in 45 at-bats this spring. Injuries have really handicapped Sheffield's playing time in recent years, and the Tigers are looking for a more reliable presence in the lineup. Sheffield is a career .292 hitter and is looking to become the 25th player to ever hit 500 or more homeruns.

As for teams that could pick him, it is hard to say. He isn't agile enough to play in the field regularly, limiting his options. If Sheffield wants to play in 2009, he will need to accept a low base salary, maybe even a minor league deal.

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Tigers Acquire Anderson

FOXSports.com is reporting that the Braves have traded outfielder Josh Anderson to the Tigers in exchange for minor league pitcher Rudy Darrow. Last season in the High-A and Double-A, Darrow went 5-3 with 10 saves and a 2.02 ERA. "He's a prospect, absolutely," Wren said. "We feel good about getting an arm like that." Trading Anderson opens up the possibility that top prospect Jordon Schafer will make the big league roster.

Schafer is hitting .372 (22-for-59) this spring.

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Dodgers Sign Ohman

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Dodgers and Will Ohman have agreed to a one year deal with an invitation to Spring Training. "Will is a durable, proven left-handed reliever who has demonstrated over the course of his career the ability to get left-handed hitters out," Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said. Ohman, 32, went 4-1 with a 3.68 ERA last season with the Braves. 

Ohman held lefties to a .200 average last season. 

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Willingham Still Available

Nationals outfielder Josh Willingham is stuck in a crowded Nationals outfield. The Nationals are trying to move him, but the economy has forced a lot of teams to avoid adding payroll. Willingham would be a steal for some teams right now. He can hit for power, hold a decent average, and play two outfield positions and first base. 

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa told reporters in December that "if you can hit 20 homeruns, you will have a job in the big leagues." Willingham had two hits, one of them a homerun, against the Cardinals last week. Teams may be waiting to see how the Nationals play this. I can't see them releasing him, but with Nick Johnson still occupying first, the Nationals have four outfielders for three spots. 

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Blue Jays May Trade Halladay

The Boston Globe is reporting that the Blue Jays may be forced to trade Roy Halladay if they are forced to cut their payroll. Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi responded saying they would have to "exhaust every avenue" before that would happen, but didn't rule out the possibility. Halladay has a full no trade clause, but would likely waive it to pitch for a winner. Halladay is making 14.25 million dollars in 2009 and 15.75 in 2010, so he may be hard to move. Halladay has a career 15-6 record against the National League, and was 20-11 last season with a 2.78 ERA. 

The majority of teams are not looking to add payroll, but that could change if injuries come up. The Dodgers, Braves, Phillies, Cubs, and Giants are all teams that could make a move for Halladay. 

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Dodgers Have Interest In Mulder

The Boston  Globe is reporting that the Dodgers have some interest in free agent lefty Mark Mulder. Mulder is in the final stage of his rehab with Michigan State pitching coach Greg Gunderson, and will likely throw for teams next week. Mulder is probably looking at a Triple-A deal, but the 6-foot-6 lefty will likely join a major league team after getting used to facing hitters. His agent, Gregg Clifton, expects at least a half dozen teams to be in attendance to see him throw.

The Padres would be smart to take a stab at him.

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Keppinger On The Block?

ESPN.com's Jayson Stark is reporting that the Reds are dangling infielder Jeff Keppinger to rival teams. The Red Sox and Astros have expressed interest, but they are also interested in the Rockies' Jeff Baker. Keppinger is hitting just .145 this spring, but is a career .287 hitter, hitting .332 in 2007. He can play every infield position, and even has some experience in the outfield. 

Keppinger will be 29 in April.

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2009 Houston Astros Projection

C Ivan Rodriguez
.289 AVG, 11 HR, 55 RBI
1B Lance Berkman
.295 AVG, 32 HR, 104 RBI
2B Kaz Matsui
.274 AVG, 7 HR, 42 RBI
3B Chris Johnson
.246 AVG, 9 HR, 58 RBI
SS Miguel Tejada
.292 AVG, 21 HR, 89 RBI
LF Carlos Lee
.294 AVG, 29 HR, 97 RBI
CF Michael Bourn
.248 AVG, 4 HR, 34 RBI
RF Hunter Pence
.303 AVG, 22 HR, 85 RBI

3B Geoff Blum
.233 AVG, 7 HR, 39 RBI

SP Roy Oswalt
16-6 W-L, 3.45 ERA, 168 K
SP Wandy Rodriguez
8-11 W-L, 4.53 ERA, 125 K
SP Mike Hampton
8-9 W-L, 4.57 ERA, 56 K
SP Brian Moehler
7-10 W-L, 4.92 ERA, 73 K
SP Russ Ortiz
4-7 W-L, 5.32 ERA, 34 K

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Dodgers Eye Ohman?

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the Dodgers have made Will Ohman a one year offer worth 1 million dollars. Ohman, who is also in talks with the Pirates, threw for manager Joe Torre and others last week. The Dodgers were impressed with how quickly Ohman warmed up, which shows his strong work ethic despite being a free agent. "I've definitely been training with the purpose of being ready for opening day," Ohman said. "I think I showed that." 

The Braves and Phillies backed out of talks with Ohman after he refused to back off his original offer of 2 million annually. If the Dodgers are serious, they could probably work out a one year deal in 1.3-1.5 million dollar range.

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Quick Hits

  • In a somewhat strange story, Dontrelle Willis will begin the season on the 15 day DL due to an anxiety disorder. Willis said that he consulted with team doctors who performed a drug test that revealed reasons for concern. According to Willis and team doctors, the condition is easily treatable.
  • Kevin Gregg has won the closer role for the Cubs in an upset victory over the electrifying Carlos Marmol. Gregg has not allowed a run so far this spring and allows the Cubs to keep Marmol in the 8th inning role he excelled in last year. Lou Piniella also cited his desire to decrease Marmol's workload as another reason for his surprise decision. I wonder how this will impact Marmol's fantasy value. He racks up strikeouts and could easily become the closer if Gregg starts to struggle.
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Orioles Place Rich Hill On DL

Orioles pitcher Rich Hill has been placed on the disabled list, orioles.com is reporting. Hill was acquired from the Cubs earlier this offseason, but is still behind dealing with a sore left elbow. The lefty, who has shown better command this spring, will likely rejoin the team in the second or third week or April.

Mark Hendrickson will likely fill in for the time being. 

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Travel Update

Hey everyone-

Hope the posting has been up to par this week. I have been traveling with my family, so I haven't had much time to post. Today is the last day of my trip, and tomorrow is a travel day. I'll try to get out a couple posts for tomorrow, but expect the site to be back up and running Tuesday in preparation for Opening Day.

Eli

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Zimmerman, Martis Crack Nats Rotation

Young starters Jordan Zimmerman and Shairon Martis have won two spots in the starting rotation. Zimmerman will start the year in the minors in preparation for his first big league start on April 19th. It will be interesting to see how these guys hold up in their first couples starts. Teams caught a brief glimpse if Martis last September, but he has come a long way since then. 

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Phils Sign Young Dominican

The Phillies have come to terms with 16-year old Domingo Santana. Santana, a 6-foot-5 outfielder, was also being pursued by the Yankees. He has a strong throwing arm and the Phillies are reportedly very excited to have him. It'll be interesting to see if Santana comes to the United States to play this season, or if he goes to a MLB Developmental Academy in the Dominican or Australia.

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Giants Acquire Paulino, Ship Him To Florida

Just hours after acquiring Ronny Paulino from the Phillies for Jack Taschner, they traded Paulino to the Marlins for Hector Correa. The Marlins have had their eye on Paulino for a couple months, so it's not really a surprise to see them acquire him today. He is a decent catcher with above average power that could improve as he ages some. Taschner gives the Phillies another lefty reliever, something they need with Romero out for the first fifty days.

Paulino is not having the best spring, so he'll likely start as the teams backup. But he and lefty John Baker could make for a productive platoon in 2009.

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Hayden Penn On The Market?

Orioles pitcher Hayden Penn is out of options, meaning he must make the Orioles or be put on waivers, meaning they would likely lose him. Penn has averaged a run an inning so far this Spring, and his development hasn't gone as planned. Penn could certainly benefit from a switch to the NL, but he is 24 and the Orioles may want to hold on to him. The Padres have had interest in Penn before, so a trade for him is likely if put on the market for a good price.

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Pirates Closing In On Ohman

The Pirates have intensified talks with free agent Will Ohman, the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette is reporting. The Giants, Dodgers, Marlins, Nationals, and Indians are all interested in Ohman, but the Pirates most recent offer is believed to be closest to Ohman's demands. 

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Quick Hits: Price, Santana, De La Cruz, Paulino

Quick Hits:
  • Rays top prospect David Price has been sent down to Triple-A Durham, the Tampa Bay Rays announced. Price pitched in five games last season, but the Rays want him to get into a good rhythm in Triple-A before calling him up. Sources say the Rays would like to add Price to the roster, but it would probably have to take an injury or an impressive showing at Triple-A to get him up sooner.
  • The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Santana will miss the month of April because of a strained ligament in his elbow. While every team in the AL West is looking better than last year, the Angels are still the favorite and losing Santana might not impact them significantly.
  • The Padres, in a quest to find quality pitching, traded for Marlins pitcher Eulogo De La Cruz. De La Cruz came over from the Tigers in the Cabrera trade, and has some upside.
  • Phillies catcher Chris Coste beat out Ronny Paulino for the back up job, making Paulino expendable. Paulino could hit 10-12 homeruns, making him a possible trade candidate.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

White Sox Interested In Cabrera?

Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Yankees are exploring the idea of trading center fielder Melky Cabrera, who has been beaten out by Brett Gardner for the Opening Day spot. Trading an outfielder is a priority for the Yankees, sources say, so with Cabrera drawing more interest than Swisher or Nady, they will probably move him. Cabrera is just 24 and is four years away from free agency, making him a nice target. Rosenthal suggests the White Sox as a possible suitor because of their need for a lead off hitter, not to mention that Cabrera is a switch hitter. 

GM Kenny Williams plays these type of moves under the radar, so a move could happen before we know it. It's no guarantee though, the White Sox may stick with Dewayne Wise, who is hitting .272 (12-for-44) so far this spring. 

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Quick Hits: Matthews, Geren, Garcia, Blue Jays

Quick Hits:
  • Angels outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. is unhappy with his role with the Angels and could waive his no trade clause if something doesn't change. He is entering the third year of his five year, fifty-million dollar deal, so he may be hard to move. If it gets any worse between Matthews and the Angels, they could work out a deal that includes deferred cash.
  • Manager Bob Geren's entension runs through 2010 with a club option for 2011.
  • Mets pitcher Freddy Garcia was reassigned to minor league camp and will likely work in Triple-A before receiving a call up. That means that Livan Hernandez is the Mets' fifth starter. 
  • The Blue Jays are scouting shortstop Chin-Lung Hu of the Dodgers, as well as Eric Patterson of the A's. They could be looking to add a young middle infielder.  

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Pirates Interested In Baker?

The Denver Post is reporting that the Rockies are shopping catcher Yorvit Torrealba and infielder Jeff Baker. With Sal Fasano having a good spring, the Rockies could clear some payroll by moving Torrealba, who will make 3.5 million dollars in 2009 with a 500,000 dollar buyout for 2010. Although Baker is 5-for-22 this spring, he is very versatile having played first, second, third, and the outfield last season. The Pirates were reportedly on hand Tuesday to watch morning workouts, and a trade for Baker is possible. 

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Marlins New Stadium Approved

Miami-Dade county has voted in favor of a retractable roof stadium for the Marlins. This has been a very long process for both sides, so it is nice to see them pass this very large first hurdle. The stadium is expected to be ready by 2012, meaning construction would start sometime this year. With Hanley Ramirez, Cameron Maybin, and other young prospects under the teams control, the Miami Marlins will have a solid core of talent entering their new stadium.

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Curt Schilling Retires

Curt Schilling has decided to retire after 23 seasons in Major League Baseball. The outspoken right hander has been apart of three World Series Championships, playing a key role in 2003 with the Red Sox. Schilling often was a mentor for some of the younger pitchers, working with Brandon Webb, Josh Beckett, and others throughout his career. I expect to see Schilling either in the broadcast booth or as an instructor at somepoint down the road.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

USA Eliminated By Japan

Team USA was eliminated by Team Japan in the semi's of the WBC. While the announcers made excuses for Team USA when they were down, it is becoming more apparent that Team USA is not the best team in the world. Until the US wants to make an official roster and keep these players playing together from time-to-time during the year, we won't put together a serious showing in the WBC. 

It is possible Team USA will have a new manager next time around. 

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White Sox, Floyd Agree To Extension

The White Sox and Gavin Floyd have agreed to a four year extension worth 15.5 million dollars. Floyd, 26, went 17-8 with a 3.84 ERA last season, and will be under team control through 2013. 

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Braves Shopping Pitchers?

MLB.com is reporting that the Braves have received inquires about several of their young pitchers. Pitchers Jeff Bennett, Manny Acosta, and Buddy Caryle are all having decent springs and could be dealt before the season starts. The Braves dealt one of their top prospects Tyler Flowers to the White Sox this offseason, so if they could invest in their future by trading Bennett or Acosta, they would be taking a step in the right direction.

As for teams that could be interested, the Padres, Pirates, and Astros, among others.

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Will The Nationals Draft Strasbug

ESPN.com's Peter Gammons is reporting that top amatuer prospect Stephen Strasburg could command as much as 50 million dollars over five or six years in the upcoming amatuer draft. He has already struck out 74 while walking just 7 in 34.1 innings at San Diego State, and there isn't a scout out there who would say that this kid isn't the real deal. The Nationals have showed some interest, but may shy away from Scott Boras and his ridiculous tactics. The Nationals could always redraft Aaron Crow, who spurned them last year.

The Nationals would be smart to take their chances with Strasburg. They also have the tenth overall pick, thanks to Aaron Crow in last years draft, so they could get two very solid players before most teams make their selection. If the Nationals pass on Strasburg, he probably won't get past the Mariners at the number two pick.

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Yankees Send Down Hughes

The Yankees can't be too upset that they have to send down highly touted prospect Phil Hughes to Triple-A. With CC Sabathia, and A.J. Burnett filling two new spots, there is simply no room for him. However, Hughes came into Spring Training in a good frame of mind and posted a 2.19 ERA in four appearances. "Hughes had a great camp," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "He knows he did great." Hughes is probably the first pitcher up if someone goes down with an injury, and will likely get a couple spot starts if all goes well in Triple-A.

Last season, Hughes was 0-4 with a 6.62 ERA.

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Koskie Ends Comeback With Cubs

Corey Koskie, out of baseball since 2006, decided to end his comeback with the Cubs after feeling lightheaded during their Spring Training game on Saturday. Koskie, 35, was up for one of the final bench spots with the Cubs, but his retirement opens up opportunties for younger players. "After that play, I just thought, 'What am I doing out here?"' he said Saturday. "Whether I got the wind knocked out of me a little bit, I did feel a little funky after it. I don't think it was a concussive event. But I did feel a little funny, whether it was the heat, because it was hot out there."

In nine seasons with the Twins, Blue Jays, and Brewers, Koskie was a career .274 hitter with 124 career homeruns.

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Lackey Talks Progressing Slowly

Talks between the Angels and John Lackey are moving slower than expected, MLB.com is reporting. Lackey told MLB.com that he was not impressed with the Angels' efforts, saying that he is not inclined to give a hometown discount. Lackey is reportedly looking for a deal similar to A.J. Burnett, perhaps five years in the range of 85-90 million dollars. However, the economic recession has hurt the value of dollar in the baseball, driving prices way down. This has already halted negotiations between the Red Sox and Jason Bay, and could do the same to Lackey.

Lackey, who is 91-63 with a 3.81 ERA in 207 career games, would be the top available pitcher if he were to become a free agent next season.

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Blue Jays Talking With Hill

The Blue Jays are reportedly in talks with free agent pitcher Shawn Hill. Hill has some upside despite battling elbow injuries. Hill, who was 4-5 with a 3.42 ERA in sixteen games in 2007, pitched in just two games this Spring not surrendering a run. He could be a cheap addition to the Blue Jays who could give them a dozen or so spot starts.

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Brewers Shopping Players

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting that the Brewers have received inquires about the availablity of Mike Cameron. While Melvin denies the report, he nearly traded Cameron to the Yankees early this offseason, and is probably just waiting for the right offer. Sources have said that the Brewers would like to add some pitching depth, opening up speculation to a possible run at Pedro Martinez.

We could see teams in the next week pull of some last minute trades to get their rosters ready, so it is still possible to see Cameron or possibly Bill Hall get moved.

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Greetings From The Caribbean

Hey everyone,

Just enjoying the first day of my ten day cruise with my family. It is pretty windy on deck, so I thought I 'd escape to the Internet Cafe to do a couple posts. I plan to write everyday, but the projections will probably be put on hold until I get back on March 30th. April should be a really exciting month for MLB Rumors, with a new design and other interesting features being unveiled. Anyways, I hope everyone enjoys their Spring Break, or the nice weekend.

Stay tuned for more posts,
Eli

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Padres Lose Worrell

The Padres announced today that 25-year old reliever Mark Worrell will undergo surgery on his throwing shoulder and will miss the entire 2009 season. Worrell, who was 0-1 with a 7.94 ERA last season, had a 2.15 ERA in 52 games last season in Triple-A Memphis. Losing Worrell hurts the already weak Padres bullpen, possibly leading to a trade for the Cubs' Angel Guzman or other out of options pitchers.



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Quick Hits

-Ryan Ludwick's struggles so far this spring have been, as Tony La Russa described it, "just a mess" the St. Louis Dispatch reports. Ludwick is almost certainly feeling the pressure of his expected increased role in the Cardinals offense this season. Spring struggles often mean nothing, but it would ease some fears if he would start getting some better swings.

-Front row seats at the new Yankee Stadium will cost $2625 (!) Associated Press reports. How anyone would pay that much for a single seat at a regular season game is beyond me, but the Yankees reportedly had sold 3500 out of 4300 as part of season plans before sales slowed as the recession intensified. The lowest priced seats go from $11-27.
 
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Friday, March 20, 2009

Pudge, Astros Make Deal Official

Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez and the Houston Astros finalized a one year deal today worth approximately 1.5 million dollars. This deal was rumored earlier in the week and reached closure as Rodriguez passed his physical Friday morning. While many are wary of Rodriguez's health and ability to continue playing at a high level, his play thus far in the spring has eased some of those concerns. Pudge will have his hands full behind the plate with a relatively erratic starting rotation behind ace Roy Oswalt, but has proven in the past he is more than capable of being a leader behind the plate. All in all, this seems like a very good gamble for the Astros and should be a nice place for Rodriguez to play regularly and get an opportunity to show what he has left in the tank.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Nats, Giants Pursuing Ohman

Free agent Will Ohman is drawing interest from the Nationals and Giants, FOXSports.com is reporting. Both teams have added relievers this offseason, but look to further upgrade their respective 'pens. Ohman would help the Nationals in the seventh spot, with Beimel and Hanrahan in the 8th and 9th, respectively. 

The Dodgers, Marlins, and Padres remain interested in Ohman, who had a 3.63 ERA in 83 games last season.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Nationals Sign Beimel

The MLB Network is reporting that the Nationals and Joe Beimel have agreed to a one year deal worth 2 million dollars. Beimel, 31, posted a 2.02 ERA in 71 games last season for the Dodgers. He will be the set up man for the Nationals, giving them a solid group of late inning relievers. To make room for Beimel, the Nationals released Shawn Hill. Hill had a 5.83 ERA last season, but Acta said it was the hardest decision he had to make while in Washington. 

Hill will likely get picked up on a minor league deal, perhaps by the Padres, who drafted him back in 1999. 

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Cubs to Retire 31 for Maddux, Jenkins

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Cubs are going to retire number 31 for Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins and future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux. Jenkins won a Cy Young with the Cubs, and still holds the team strikeout record with 2,038. Maddux won at least 15 games for 17 straight seasons, as well as 18 Gold Gloves. Unlike Jenkins, Maddux played in several playoffs over the course of his career, gaining more public attention. However, Jenkins won 20 games six straight seasons in a row, and was named to three All-Star teams. 

Jenkins thought they were going to retire 31 when they didn't let Ted Lilly wear it -- he was right. May 3rd will be nice day at Wrigley Field. 

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Pirates Option Gorzelanny

Pirates pitcher Tom Gorzelanny, who came into last season as the teams ace, will be heading to Triple-A Indianapolis. The Pirates are disappointed with Gorzelanny's progress in Spring Training, especially after going 6-9 with a 6.66 ERA last season. Gorzelanny has struggled with his command so far this Spring, giving up eight hits and five walks in just nine innings.

On the surface, Gorzelanny had a solid 2007 going 14-10 with a 3.60 ERA. However, he threw over 200 innings for the first time in his career and had a WHIP of 1.40. He was giving up a lot of hits and walked 68 batters. His command did not get better as the season went on either, making his 2007 season looking more like a fluke. It will be interesting to see if he can bounce back.
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Jones To Opt Out Friday?

Rangers outfielder Andruw Jones can opt out of his minor league deal Friday if he is not on the Rangers 40-man roster. Jones is hitting .290 (9-for-31) with 1 HR. but hasn't played in a game since March 13th. The Rangers have a couple good young outfielders, meaning Jones would really have to turn some heads if he wants a shot to make the roster. But, Jones has hit .190 over the past two seasons, hitting just 3 homeruns last season.

Starting Jones in Triple-A is better for the Rangers. It leaves a spot open on the major league roster to give an opportunity to Greg Golson or Brandon Boggs, or someone at another position. It also lets them evaluate Andruw Jones to see if he is still a n effective major league ballplayer. I wouldn't be surprised to see Jones opt out and look for a job elsewhere.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Astros Close In On Martinez?

Baseball Prospectus is reporting that the Astros are on the verge of signing free agent veteran Pedro Martinez. Astros GM Ed Wade told me, as well as several other outlets, that the Astros had to make serious cutbacks back in December. To think that they are going to sign two future Hall of Famers is a surprise, and should give them some momentum early on in the season.

UPDATE: Astros GM Ed Wade denies the report.

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2009 Los Angeles Angels Projection

DH Juan Rivera
.285 AVG, 17 HR, 69 RBI
C Mike Napoli
.244 AVG, 24 HR, 66 RBI
1B Kendry Morales
.283 AVG, 18 HR, 74 RBI 
2B Howie Kendrick
.313 AVG, 9 HR, 67 RBI
3B Chone Figgins
.286 AVG, 4 HR, 50 RBI
SS Erik Aybar
.266 AVG, 4 HR, 44 RBI
LF Bobby Abreu
.297 AVG, 16 HR, 88 RBI
CF Torii Hunter
.274 AVG, 24 HR, 85 RBI
RF Vladimir Guerrero
.312 AVG, 29 HR, 108 RBI

OF Gary Matthews Jr.
.257 AVG, 10 HR, 41 RBI

SP John Lackey
13-8 W-L, 3.84 ERA, 139 K
SP Ervin Santana
10-5 W-L, 3.58 ERA, 136 K
SP Joe Saunders
11-10 W-L, 4.02 ERA, 121 K
SP Jered Weaver
12-10 W-L, 3.76 ERA, 145 K
SP Dustin Mosely
7-12 W-L, 5.24 ERA, 85 K

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Indians Like Martinez?

The Indians are reportedly interested in Pedro Martinez, the Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting. The Indians made a play for Pedro Martinez before they acquired Mark DeRosa, who maxed out their payroll. Martinez is playing very well in the WBC, and several teams have entered the race for the veteran. The Dodgers and Mets have shown interest in Martinez, while the Cardinals, Orioles, Pirates have had internal discussions about him. 

Martinez is expected to sign by early next week, giving him time to get ready with his team for the regular season. I expect a one year deal in the 3-4 million dollar range makes sense.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Astros Sign Pudge

The Astros and Ivan Rodriguez have agreed to a one year deal worth 1.5 million dollars, ESPN.com is reporting. The Astros needed to make an addition after seeing their current catchers struggle this spring. With Tejada, Lee, Berkman, and now Rodriguez, the Astros have a very strong lineup that could do some damage in the NL Central.

More details soon.

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Padres May Move Giles

Unless the Padres make a run for the playoffs, the Padres will likely pull off a midseason fire sale. Ownership would like the Padres payroll to be at the 40 million dollar mark, and a Jake Peavy trade would have made that happen. But Jake Peavy is still with the team and the Padres are trying to find ways to improve, but also cut payroll. There will likely be a market for Brian Giles if he gets off to his normal start, and there will definitely be a market for Jake Peavy at the trade deadline. Giles is hitting .200 so far this Spring, but hit .306 last season and is a career .294 hitter. While he is 38, he is durable and will give you at least 140 starts.

The Mets are team that could take a chance on Giles. There outfield has some question marks, so a veteran upgrade may be needed.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Guzman to Padres?

Cubs pitcher Angel Guzman is out of options, opening up speculation that he could be on the move before Opening Day. The Padres have been looking to add cheap pitching, and may be willing to part with a low level prospect or cash for him. Guzman was once considered a highly touted prospect for the Cubs, but hasn't been able to put a full season together since dealing with shoulder problems in 2005. Guzman also had elbow surgery in 2007, cutting his seasons short. 

However, Guzman has shown flashes of a good pitcher and is just 27 years old. He played well in Winter Ball, but is having a tough Spring. Other teams that could make a play for Guzman include the Astros, Athletics, Marlins, and Blue Jays, among others.

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Lugo To Have Surgery

Red Sox shortstop Julio Lugo is going to have arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday, the Providence Journal is reporting. If all goes well, Lugo could be back on the field in about a month. Lugo hit .268 with 1 HR in 82 games last season for the Red Sox, and won't be a free agent until after 2010. However, if Lugo gets 2,400 plate appearances between 2007-2010, an option for 2011 kicks in. So far, he has 831.

This injury opens the way for Jed Lowrie to win the starting job early on. Although Lugo was hitting .450 with 4 HR, Lowrie is hitting .385 with 5 RBI in 26 at-bats. 

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2009 Florida Marlins Projection

C John Baker
.276 AVG, 10 HR, 53 RBI
1B Gaby Sanchez
.277 AVG, 15 HR, 69 RBI
2B Dan Uggla
.264 AVG, 28 HR, 92 RBI
3B Jorge Cantu
.273 AVG, 23 HR, 63 RBI
SS Hanley Ramirez
.300 AVG, 31 HR, 74 RBI
LF Jeremy Hermida
.268 AVG, 20 HR, 71 RBI
CF Cameron Maybin
.254 AVG, 14 HR, 54 RBI
RF Cody Ross
.258 AVG, 19 HR, 67 RBI

SP Ricky Nolasco
13-8 W-L, 3.82 ERA, 174 K
SP Josh Johnson
12-9 W-L, 3.58 ERA, 153 K
SP Chris Volstad
8-11 W-L, 4.45 ERA, 94 K
SP Anibal Sanchez
8-9 W-L, 4.53 ERA, 111 K
SP Andrew Miller
7-8 W-L, 4.69 ERA, 88 K

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Beimel Close To Choosing Offer

Free agent reliever Joe Beimel is closing in on an offer, MLB.com is reporting. He is reportedly deciding between the Padres and Athletics, but the Dodgers and Rockies have had interest along the way. Beimel is the top free agent reliever remaining on the market, meaning he will likely receive somewhere between 1-2 million dollars per year.

He went 5-1 with a 2.02 ERA in 71 games last season, and has compiled a 3.03 ERA since 2005. 

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Mets Shut Down Redding

The Mets have decided to shut down starter Tim Redding due to a lack of shoulder strength, the Newark Star-Ledger is reporting. Mets GM Omar Minaya reiterated that Redding is not injured, but that he needs to build up his arm strength. "He feels good in the bullpen, but he lacks strength in the shoulder area," Minaya said. "We will let him rest for a while, make sure that his strength comes back before we put him back on the mound."

This setback probably takes Redding out of the race for the number five spot, leaving it to Freddy Garcia, Livan Hernandez, and John Niese. However, all three of those pitchers are struggling this Spring, opening up speculation to signing free agent Pedro Martinez.

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Pudge Race Heating Up

Free agent catcher Ivan Rodriguez is starting to draw more interest, SI.com's Jon Heyman is reporting. The Marlins, Giants, Twins, and Astros are all interested in Pudge, who is hitting .545 with 2 HR for Puerto Rico in the WBC. The Giants and Twins both have catchers penciled in, but Joe Mauer is getting a second opinion on his back and Rodriguez could start at first with Bengie Molina staying at catcher.

The Marlins have faith in young catcher John Baker, who is hitting .417 ((8-for-17) so far this Spring. Baker hit .299 with 5 HR last season, and is just 28 years old. The Astros make the most sense for Pudge, but have had to make serious cuts that go back to December, so they might not even have the money to sign Pudge. 

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Nationals Sign Tavarez

The Nationals and Julian Tavarez have agreed to a non guaranteed, minor league deal. Tavarez, 35, is 85-75 with a 4.45 ERA over sixteen seasons in both the NL and AL. Tavarez struggled last season with the Red Sox, Brewers, and Braves, going 1-5 with a 5.10 ERA. By adding this depth, the Nationals have more options to restructure their bullpen.

If the Nationals had a little more payroll flexibility, they could pursue lefty reliever Will Ohman. Ohman would be great for that bullpen, giving them the lefty specialist they need.

The 2008-2009 Free Agent List is starting to get pretty small, take a look at the remaining free agents!

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Mariners, Cordero Agree To Deal

The Mariners and Chad Cordero have agreed to a one year deal, FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal is reporting. The Mariners intend on making him their closer, which means Brandon Morrow will likely stay in the rotation. Cordero was courted by nearly a dozen teams this offseason, despite pitching in six games last season. Cordero owns a career 2.78 ERA with a 128 saves in 305 career games. 

Cordero will be 27 next week.

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2009 Kansas City Royals Projection

DH Billy Butler
.293 AVG, 18 HR, 86 RBI
C Miguel Olivo
.247 AVG, 14 HR, 51 RBI
1B Mike Jacobs
.272 AVG, 24 HR, 82 RBI
2B Alberto Callaspo
.281 AVG, 4 HR, 33 RBI
3B Alex Gordon
.269 AVG, 20 HR, 72 RBI
SS Mike Aviles
.270 AVG, 8 HR, 66 RB
LF David DeJesus
.286 AVG, 11 HR, 64 RBI
CF Coco Crisp
.267 AVG, 9 HR, 49 RBI
RF Jose Guillen
.273 AVG, 21 HR, 87 RBI

RF Mark Teahen
.268 AVG, 14 HR, 65 RBI

SP Gil Meche
13-11 W-L, 4.16 ERA, 168 K
SP Zack Grienke
12-9 W-L, 4.02 ERA, 163 K
SP Brian Bannister
8-12 W-L, 4.56 ERA, 98 K
SP Luke Hochevar
10-11 W-L, 4.58 ERA, 93 K
SP Kyle Davies
10-9 W-L, 4.73 ERA, 102 K

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San Jose Wants The Athletics

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed plans to make a serious run at bringing the Oakland Athletics to San Jose. The A's plans to move to Fremont fell through last month, clearing the way for San Jose to make another run at the A's. "All right, it's time for baseball. We know we have a great market for professional sports and we have a site identified." The San Francisco Giants count San Jose as apart of its fan base, so owner Lew Wolff will need to work that out with the Giants. 

Although Oakland has great fans, the A's have always struggled to draw large numbers to the stadium. Building a new stadium they can call their own as well as an excited new fan base may pump up the young Athletics.

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Dodgers 'Curious' About Martinez

Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti told the LA Times that the Dodgers are "curious" about free agent right hander Pedro Martinez. "He's somebody we're curious about," Colletti told the Times. "We know how great he has been, and we know how popular he is in Los Angeles. Sources say that the Dodgers are on Martinez's list, but he is looking for a John Smoltz-like deal. Martinez, 37, pitched six scoreless innings for the D.R. striking out six.

Martinez, a three time Cy Young Award winner, would really loosen up the Dodgers clubhouse. Jeff Kent was reportedly upset with how the clubhouse was run in his final seasons, but Martinez with Ramirez would make for a very interesting clubhouse atmosphere. More importantly though, Martinez would give the Dodgers some stability at the bottom end of the rotation, as well as mentor some of their young pitchers.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Cards Considering Grudzielanek?

Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch is reporting that the Skip Schumaker experiment at second base is not going as well as planned. Schumaker is batting .300 (10-for-30), but is struggling with his foot work at second base. The Cardinals have several in-house options so they don't necessarily need to make a move, but Strauss believes the Cardinals may explore a trade or signing. 

Free agent second baseman Mark Grudzielanek is available, but he is 39 years old and played in just 86 games last season. However, he is a career .290 hitter and a former Cardinal, hitting .294 with 8 HR in 2005. He is a Type-B free agent, but would probably sign at a low price if he was serious about playing again. Ray Durham is another option.

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Nationals Sign Kip Wells

The Nationals and Kip Wells have agreed to a minor league with an invitation to Spring Training. Wells owns a career 4.67 ERA in 256 career games, but only made two starts in 25 games last season. He probably won't have a huge impact on the Nationals in 2009, but he is a veteran pitcher, and they are always good to have around during Spring Training.

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Stock Rising or Falling

The first installment of Stock Rising or Falling for the 2009 season:

Mike Fontenot, Cubs: Fontenot came into Spring Training knowing that he would be competing for the starting job at second against Aaron Miles. Fontenot is hitting .363 (12-33) with 2 HR and six extra base hits so far this Spring, and is playing well at second base.

Brett Anderson, Athletics: Anderson, 21, is off to a good start this Spring and may be on the fast track to joining the Athletics rotation. In 5.2 innings this Spring, Anderson has given up five hits and two earned runs. I think the talk is a little premature, considering his command is still a little shaky, but this guy definitely has a future in the Athletics rotation. 

Netherlands National Team: They defeated the heavily favored Dominican National Team and have become the WBC underdog overnight. 


Stock Falling:

Joe Mauer, Twins: Mauer has been complaining of a sore back, which may put his contract talks on hold. He hasn't played in a Spring Training game yet, and doesn't have a timetable to return either.

J.R. Towles, Astros: Once a highly touted Astros prospect, Towles is being faced with another demotion if he cannot find his swing at the plate. The Astros have considered signing Pudge Rodriguez, but nothing is serious just yet. He is just 1-for-12 this Spring.

Ervin Santana, Angels: Santana has been shut down and may miss Opening Day dealing with his elbow. Santana pitched 219 innings last season, plus 5.1 from the playoffs, as well as 16 innings in the Winter Leagues.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

2009 Colorado Rockies Projection

C Chris Iannetta
.256 AVG, 21 HR, 81 RBI
1B Todd Helton
.298 AVG, 17 HR, 64 RBI
2B Clint Barmes
.274 AVG, 8 HR, 42 RBI
3B Garrett Atkins
.294 AVG, 22 HR, 95 RBI
SS Troy Tulowitzki
.288 AVG, 18 HR, 74 RBI
LF Seth Smith
.282 AVG, 13 HR, 53 RBI
CF Ryan Spilborghs
.293 AVG, 11 HR, 57 RBI
RF Brad Hawpe
.277 AVG, 24 HR, 92 RBI

3B Ian Stewart
.274 AVG, 19 HR, 69 RBI

SP Aaron Cook
13-9 W-L, 4.32 ERA, 78 K
SP Ubaldo Jimenez
11-12 W-L, 4.45 ERA, 162 K
SP Jason Marquis
9-10 W-L, 4.73 ERA, 84 K
SP Jorge De La Rosa
8-12 W-L, 4.86 ERA, 123 K
SP Greg Smith
9-11 W-L, 4.62 ERA, 119 K

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White Sox Like Ohman

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the White Sox have interest in free agent reliever Will Ohman. The Ohman saga has been stealing the headlines lately, but it should be coming to a close within the next week or two. Ohman is looking for a deal worth 2-2.5 million dollars, but might have to settle for less. The Dodgers and Phillies are still interested, but sources tell me they won't act unless Ohman backs off his demands.

Rosenthal all said that Joe Beimel and his agent, Joe Scroba, are waiting for a team to approach them that is aggressive and sincere. Until then, he isn't signing anywhere. 

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Mets Release Sanchez

The Mets have released relief pitcher Duaner Sanchez, according to David Lennon of Newsday. By releasing Sanchez, the Mets only have to pay him 281,000 dollars. Sanchez put up decent numbers last year for the Mets, posting a 4.32 ERA in 58.1 innings pitched. Sanchez's work ethic may have factored into his release, as well as a drop in his fastball. Now Brewers bench coach, Willie Randolph once sent Sanchez home for laziness. 

Sanchez will likely get a look from another team, perhaps the Nationals, but he might need to throw to teams before receiving an offer.

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Vizcaino On His Way Out?

Cubs reliever Luis Vizcaino is off to slow start, giving up 2 earned runs and walking 3 in 2.2 innings. He has a big contract and is just a year away from free agency, so he may be hard to move. Vizcaino, who went 1-2 with a 5.28 ERA in 43 games last season, has a four million dollar club option with a 500,000 dollar buyout. He is making 3.5 million dollars this season, so the Cubs would likely need to pay for half of his salary, plus the buyout. 

If Vizcaino pitches in more than 68 games this season, his club option will ultimately kick in. The Cubs would like to add more depth to the bench, possibly in the form of Bobby Crosby, but it is complicated because both have large contracts. 

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Marlins, Astros Eying Pudge?

Free agent catcher Ivan Rodriguez is still looking for a starting job, and is stating his claim for a job in the WBC representing Puerto Rico. Pudge is 5-for-8 with 2 HR so far this Classic, and has no plans to back off his contract demands. Both the Marlins and Astros are looking at Pudge, but are not willing to meet his demands just yet. Sources have informed me that the Astros are seriously considering Rodriguez because J.R. Towles is struggling (1-for-12) and they do not have an alternate to start there. 

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel is reporting that the Marlins are still interested, but are hoping Pudge will back off his demands. Pudge hit .276 with 7 HR in 115 games last season, and is seeking a one year deal. 

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Dodgers Consider Adding Lefty?

The Dodgers haven't closed the door on adding a left handed reliever, the LA Times is reporting. The Dodgers already have a lefty in Hong-Chih Kuo, but he is coming off his first good season and the Dodgers may be looking for a compliment. That compliment could come in the form of reliever Will Ohman or Joe Beimel. Both Beimel and Ohman are available and their options are closing fast. The Athletics, Phillies, Twins, and now Dodgers are all teams still considering a reliever, but they might back out if their prices do not come down. 

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Possible Yankee 3B Replacements

The Yankees have restocked their farm system over the past couple years, so making a trade for an above average player really wouldn't hurt them in the long run. While there are in-house options, there is no one that has the experience to play everyday. Here are a couple possible replacements:

Mark Teahen, Royals: Teahen is a career .268 hitter who is just starting to come into his form as a major league ball player. He is very versatile and hits left handed, so he would give the Yankees several options off the bench when A-Rod did return. Teahen has never carried much of an average, but he finished the season with a strong September and could be in for a solid season. I expect Teahen to hit around .265 with 15 or so homeruns and an OBP around .325.

Likelihood of being with Yankees: Not very likely. Teahen is a solid player, but he saw a big drop in his OBP and AVG. The drop in walks and increase in homeruns means he was more aggressive at the plate in 2008, but he scored 12 less runs which managers don't really like to see.

Blake DeWitt, Dodgers: DeWitt is coming off his first full season in the big leagues and was very successful. He hit .264 with 9 HR in 117 games last season for the Dodgers, while playing average defense at third and second. He had a .344 OBP and struck out just 68 times. He's off to a slow start this spring, but has a lot of upside. 

Likelihood of being with Yankees: Not very likely. DeWitt's best years are ahead of him, but we likely won't see that in 2009, at least not fully. With Rodriguez coming back in May and Robinson Cano already playing second, there really isn't room for DeWitt to get serious at-bats when Rodriguez returns. 

Other possibilities: Brendan Harris, Twins. Hank Blalock, Rangers. Chone Figgins, Angels.

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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Red Sox Sign Lester

The Red Sox and Jon Lester have agreed to a five year deal worth 30 million dollars, with a 13 million dollar team option for 2014. Lester, who overcame cancer to pitch in the World Series, is the third Red Sox player to be signed this offseason. He joins Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis as the Red Sox homegrown talent signed to long term deals. His ability to keep the ball down consistently played into his success this past season. If he can keep his walks down, he should be in for another big year.

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Twins Extend Baker

The Twins and Scott Baker have agreed to a four year extension worth 15.25 million dollars. Baker went 11-4 with a 3.45 ERA in 28 games last season, and was consistent all year long. Baker is a fly ball pitcher, so he is prone to give up some homeruns. But he had solid command over his pitches and kept runners off base by keeping his walks down. If he can continue to command his pitches, the Twins could have an excellent number two compliment to Francisco Liriano.  

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A-Rod To Undergo Surgery

Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez has opted to undergo surgery to repair his torn hip labrum. Rodriguez will miss six to nine weeks, returning sometime in May. This puts a lot of pressure on Mark Teixeira to perform early on for the Yankees, as well as his replacement at third base. The Yankees have several in-house options to replace him, but may want to look elsewhere. They could give Juan Miranda an opportunity to play third. Cody Ransom is another in-house option.

If the Yankees went looking for a replacement, they could call the Twins about Brendan Harris. Harris is a valuable utility infielder who can play a decent third base. Not only that, but he could hold a decent average for a month or two. Another option is Marlins' third baseman Jorge Cantu. The Marlins shopped him early, but no move could be made. 

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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Blue Jays Sign Miller

The Blue Jays and Wade Miller have agreed to a minor league with an invitation to Spring Training. Miller, who last pitched in the majors in 2007, had a 4.10 ERA in 151 games over the course of his career. The Blue Jays have an influx of veteran pitching with Matt Clement, Mike Maroth, and Miller on their roster. Miller said that he is feeling great, but the Blue Jays will see if his velocity is still there.

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A's Sign Sisco

The Athletics and free agent pitcher Andrew Sisco have agreed to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league camp. Sisco, 26, was once a top prospect for the Cubs before being taken in the Rule 5 Draft by the Royals. He had an explosive fastball in 2005 for the Royals, but he struggled to command his fastball since. He has a career 5.18 ERA in 151 games, but at 6-10, 270 pound lefty will likely get a couple looks. 

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Matt Wise Retires

Free agent reliever Matt Wise has announced his retirement, according to the Brew Beat. Wise, 33, struggled with injuries in 2008 but was 3-2 with a 4.19 ERA in 56 games for the Brewers in 2007. Wise threw for teams during the offseason but received no contract offers. Wise is known among teammates and reporters as a good guy and it's too bad to see this guy out of baseball. In eight big league seasons, Wise was 17-22 with a 4.23 ERA and 244 strikeouts. 

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Guerrero Lied About His Age?

Vladimir Guerrero admitted to reporters yesterday that he is one year older than his listed age of 33. I wonder if this gives the Angels cause to void the contract? Guerrero is set to become a free agent next season and he would have to take a discount if he wants to stay with the Angels. In 143 games with the Angels, Guerrero hit .303 with 27 HR. He is a career .323 hitter in 1750 career games.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Pierre Requests Trade

Dodgers outfielder Juan Pierre has requested a trade, Dodgers.com is reporting. The Dodgers granted that request by giving his agent permission to explore trade options. Pierre, who has 28.5 million dollars remaining on his contract, said he would be willing to defer a part of his contract to help facilitate a trade. Pierre is coming off his first season in five years where he did not play in every single game. In 281 games with the Dodgers, Pierre has hit .288 with 1 HR and 104 SB. 

When Pierre left Chicago, many thought top prospect and now Orioles outfielder Felix Pie was going to replace him. In turns out that the Cubs could have used the leadoff hitter and the speedy center fielder, but don't expect them to pursue him. I doubt teams will make a serious play for Pierre at this point. While he is a solid player, teams are still giving their young players opportunities, and won't add payroll unless they absolutely have to. 

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