The Latest MLB Rumors (11/15)

November 15, 2007 at 11:09 am 31 comments

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— Say this for Alex Rodriguez: In a take-no-prisoners winter in which he dared walk away from the New York Yankees and $81 million, in which he sought to obsolete the game’s previous record salary (his own), into which his swashbuckling agent entered with a knife between his teeth, and into which he went armed with one of the great offensive seasons in baseball history, he lasted 18 days.

That’s almost three weeks. A lesser man might not have gotten to Veterans Day.
And by Wednesday night, not only were Rodriguez and the Yankees back on speaking terms, but sources said they were close to a deal that would pay Rodriguez $275 million over 10 years. Tim Brown, Yahoo! Sports

I personally think the Yankees are spineless for going against their word and saying they won’t deal with him if he opts out. On the other hand, they have a huge void to fill that can only be filled by A-Rod. I also think it’s dumb to be paying a player almost $30M per season into their 40s.

The Yanks, in my opinion should’ve stood firm in their original stance. The new contract is going to cost the Yanks $275M plus another $110M due to the luxury tax. That brings A-Rod’s total cost to the Yankees at $385M over 10 years! Ridiculous!

— According to a club source, Baltimore Orioles president of operations Andy MacPhail likely will begin conversations with Mark Pieper, the agent for pitcher Erik Bedard, about a contract extension before the winter meetings, which begin Dec. 3 in Nashville, Tenn.

The Orioles have gauged league interest in Bedard, 28, who went 13-5 this season with a 3.16 ERA. Among those interested are the New York Mets, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers.

However, the team first wants to find out what it might cost to sign the left-hander long term. Bedard is eligible for free agency after the 2009 season. Baltimore Sun

Tough call for me here. Bedard is a legit ace and a guy you want to build around. But in the AL East they won’t have the chance to compete unless they rebuild and the best way to do that is to trade Bedard while his value is at its highest. You never want to trade your best player but if your organization is stuck in 4th place, and most likely 5th place in 2008, then you have to look toward the future.

— A Boston television station and the Boston Globe are reporting that four teams, the Atlanta Braves, Anaheim Angels, St. Louis Cardinals, and New York Yankees, have each offered Boston Red Sox free agent third baseman Mike Lowell a four-year contract worth between $55 million and $60 million, exceeding the Sox’ three-year proposal. The Boston Globe

I find it hard to beleive the Braves would offer that for Lowell unless they are planning on moving Chipper Jones back to LF. Same with the Cardinals, they would have to trade Scott Rolen first and Im not sure Lowell at $15M per season over 4 years is better than Rolen at $11-12M over 3 seasons.

—Despite the apparent reconciliation with Alex Rodriguez, the New York Yankees are still interested in signing free agent Mike Lowell.

Lowell, however, a third baseman his entire career, would be asked to play first base.

A person familiar with the negotiations, who requested anonymity because discussions are still ongoing, said the Yankees have been in contact with Lowell’s representatives about the idea of him signing to be their first baseman. Newark Star-Ledger

I don’t like the Yanks asking him to play first. If they sign both A-Rod and Lowell then A-Rod should be at first. Lowell is one of the best fielding thirdbasemen in the Majors and A-Rod is average.

— The Texas Rangers have admitted all along they need a center fielder. They have admitted all along they would like Texas native Torii Hunter. Now it appears the Rangers may be ready to admit the cost for Hunter is too high.

The Dallas Morning News reported the possibility of a trade that would send reserve catcher Gerald Laird to the Boston Red Sox for Coco Crisp. While Crisp isn’t Hunter, he would fill the gap in center and allow the Rangers to deal from strength. Dallas Morning News

Great move by the Rangers. They have a plethora of catchers and they need a CF to man the position until Julio Borbon is ready by 2010. While Crsip isn’t Hunter he is possibly the best defensive CF in the game (minus his arm) and his bat isn’t all that bad. Plus he has a cheap 2 years left on his contract. Smart move by the Rangers if they pull this off.

— Is it possible that St. Louis Cardinals’ third baseman Scott Rolen will return to the Philadelphia Phillies? Maybe, but the Phils are refusing to comment about it.

“I know it’s become mode to talk about other teams’ players, but we are not in that mode,” said Phils assistant GM Ruben Amaro Jr.

The Phillies remain content to go after pitching and possibly a fourth outfielder. Philadelphia Daily News

— The St. Louis Cardinals have relayed their interest in two of the top starting pitchers on the market, Carlos Silva and Kyle Lohse. Silva is considered the top available free agent arm, a durable sinkerball pitcher capable of consuming innings and throwing strikes.

The Cards have also reopened dialogue with the agent for free agent shortstop David Eckstein but are reluctant to offer him a guaranteeed three-year deal. St. Louis Post-Dispatch

— The Philadelphia Phillies have been in contact with any free agent who can pitch according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

Philadelphia is interested in former Phillie Randy Wolf and former Anaheim Angel Bartolo Colon the Daily News reported Wednesday.

“We had conversations about both players,” assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said of Wolf and Colon. Philadelphia Daily News

Anyone who land Wolf or Colon on one or two year deals is going to get a bargain. Great upside play at a high risk.

— Although former Houston Astros utility infielder Geoff Blum told a San Diego newspaper he’s likely to return to Houston, no player had yet indicated to GM Ed Wade that he was ready to sign.

Wade has made offers to Luis Castillo, Randy Wolf, and Scott Linebrink. Houston Chronicle

Anyone interested in Chris Burke?

— The Arizona Diamondbacks have determined that Conor Jackson will probably return in 2008.

One club source characterized the likelihood of a trade of the young first baseman as “remote.” Things can change, of course, but right now you can expect Jackson to be Arizona’s first baseman next season. Arizona Republic

If the D-Backs traded Conor Jackson then I would question what the organization is doing. They let Tony Clark walk and if they trade Jackson they will have to move Chad Tracy to first. Jackson has a lot more value than Tracy and Jackson also has the chance to breakout into a .300/.400/.500 hitter with more walks than strikeouts.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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  • 1. Rachel  |  November 15, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    Well i personally hope a-rod just stays with the yankees, stop the drama && obviously the yankees want him and he wants to be there && I hope Rolen leaves st. louis that team is already going down hill with their pitching and if he leaves they will be worse because he is an incredible 3rd baseman!!

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  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 15, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    I agree about Rolen. He is a very good 3B but he doesn’t get along with his manager (which is ridiculous to me, grow up and act like men). But if they can trade him for some young help I would do it. The Twins need a 3B but they won’t pay that salary.

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  • 3. Ashley  |  November 15, 2007 at 2:20 pm

    Coco to the Rangers? That would be great! Then Jacoby Ellsbury could start in center for the Red Sox. That kid is awesome and SOOO fast!

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  • 4. Ashley  |  November 15, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    Mike Lowell should stay in Boston. He is so beloved there, finish your 3 or 4 years and then retire a Red Sox with your ring(s?). If they don’t re-sign him…who will they get? Boston doesn’t want stupid A-Rod and I’m not thrilled about Cabrera either, though he’s young and powerful. Keep Lowell!!

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  • 5. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 15, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    Ashley, so glad to have you commenting over here! I agree that a trade for Crisp is great for both teams. It gives the Rangers a much need CF and the Red Sox get to play Ellsbury full time. Great move for both sides if it all works out.

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  • 6. suzy  |  November 15, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    excuse me while i vomit…..anyone who takes more money than his great great great grandchildren could spend is not a true ball player. i would never want his karma give me the players that make 100 grand are talented and LOVE playing baseball everyday.

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  • 7. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 15, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    It also makes me want to vomit a little. What do you need that much money for? I hope he gives $100M to the poor. I also love young players who play their hearts out no matter what they make! Good call!

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  • 8. Erik  |  November 15, 2007 at 6:58 pm

    I wouldn’t mind the league minimum personally. I saw most of those rumors before on another site that will remain nameless. However, the Bedard rumor is kinda new. Baltimore is so messed up and worst run team in baseball it will be suprising what they get this offseason.

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  • 9. Erik  |  November 15, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    Hot off the press- Yorvit Torrelba will sign a 3yr contract with the Mets according to his agent who was on ESPNRadio. The deal is believed to be $5 million/yr. With Ramon Castro already the possible back up this means Paul LoDuca’s days as a Met are OVER.

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  • 10. Erik  |  November 15, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    Oh and here is one of no suprise to me at least… Bonds indicted! Looks like he will be in the Hall of cells instead of the Hall of Fame.

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  • 11. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 15, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    Good call Erik. LoDuca is done but I’m not sure Torrealba is the long term answer at catcher.

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  • 12. Erik  |  November 15, 2007 at 8:44 pm

    I think it is a case of a guy cashing in on his playoff performance. I think it is a big mistake. Unless they switch it that Ramon Castro is the starter and Torrealba the back up which I doubt. I have a big problem with this signing. For one Torrealba has been on SF, Seattle and the Rockies and sure he has been known as a good glove but he is like Piazza in throwing runners out. I think LoDuca is an established catcher who, the Mets probably felt has lost a lot based on his off the field drama… so the guy bets on horses… it could be worse. But in the eyes of Met brass it was time to go in another direction. That direction is… hell if I know?

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  • 13. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 15, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    I honestly think they should’ve just kept Jesus Flores on the 40 man roster (he got claimed by the Nats in the Rule V draft last year) and hge could be playing catcher for the team now. But I agree that the Torrealba signing isn’t the greatest, especially for 3 years and $5M per. Woulda, coulda, shoulda.

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  • 14. Erik  |  November 15, 2007 at 8:52 pm

    Jesus Flores had an outstanding season with the Nats. However, he was left unprotected a year ago because you can only protect those on the 40 man roster for the Rule V draft. Plus with the mets they had LoDuca so there was no room for Flores on the team. I think a better case for Rule V is Dan Uggla, or I think Johan Santana. I think Santana was a rule V pick of the marlins from the Houston Astros and then the marlins dealt him to minnesota for a bag of balls or something close to that.

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  • 15. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 15, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    I know he was left off, I’m just saying in hindsight the Mets should’ve dropped someone off the 40 man and added Flores. Woulda, coulda, shoulda. Uggla and Santana are prime examples. Not to mention last year’s Josh Hamilton and Joakim Soria. Plus Chris Shelton (who had a fine half year in the Majors) was a Rule-V guy too. I’s there are more but I can’t think of them right now.

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  • 16. Erik  |  November 15, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    Oh and I forgot at least the Mets signing of Torrealba isn’t as bad as the Milwaukee Brewers signing of Randy Choate to a guarenteed major league contract. What the hell is up with that?

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  • 17. Erik  |  November 15, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    Josh Hamilton was a case where a change of scenary was necessary (as will be the case of Elijah Dukes). Hamilton had the drug issues when he was here and cause of that he faced some problems with teams giving up a lot of monies to get him. He was then picked by the cubs who later dealt him to the reds. It was a great pick up by the Reds. Shelton I think will end up in Japan…

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  • 18. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 16, 2007 at 7:57 am

    Josh Hamilton was also a case where the Rays new he could play, they had no spot for him, and they have rooted for him the whole way. I love that the Rays left him unprotected so he could play in the Bigs. Sucks that they lost him but it works out best for the player and the person that is Josh Hamilton.

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  • 19. Erik  |  November 16, 2007 at 10:01 am

    back to rumor mill…
    Apparently the Mets and Rockies are on the verge of swapping free agent catchers with Torrealba going to NY and LoDuca being on the catchers Colorado is looking at. Jason Kendell and Michael Barrett have also been on the Rockies Radar.

    The Mike Lowell offer from the Yankees to play first base (reminds me of the Todd Zeille signing by the mets a number of years ago) The former Yankee Farmhand is actually between 50-55 million not the 56-60 million as earlier reported.

    What is it with what comes around goes around… The Mets have interest in bringing Octavio Dotel back to Queens… If the guy wasn’t injury prone he would be a great signing… and he is potential gamble.

    Oh and heh heh heh Bonds indicted… It is about time… Sorry Henry Aaron was one of my idols.

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  • 20. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 16, 2007 at 10:26 am

    The Rockies would be fine with LoDuca or Barrett, with Barrett being the better option in my opinion. I hinestly hope the Rays try to go after Barrett but I haven’t heard anything on that front. Kendall is a bad catcher. He can hit .300 but with no power and bad stolen base rate.

    The Yanks could use him but he does not belong at 1B. He is far superior to A-Rod but there is no way they will put A-Rod at 1B, assuming he is in NY.

    I would take a flier on Dotel. The Mets can afford it on a one year deal.

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  • 21. Erik  |  November 16, 2007 at 10:33 am

    A-rod and the Yankees… Who wins… NO ONE.

    Both had loaded guns but once Arod found out his market wasn’t that good he blinked. What is that crap not negotiating if he opts out… BS…

    Good Lord do I despise A-rod…

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  • 22. Erik  |  November 16, 2007 at 10:45 am

    Bad news Cub fans… they are going after Kaz Matsui… Rockies seem to be willing to let him go most likely to make room for Ian Stewart to take over at 2nd since the Rockies have no intention on trading Garrett Atkins.

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  • 23. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 16, 2007 at 11:11 am

    Bad, er, awful move by the Cubs. That’s what they need, another infielder with little power and little plate discipline.

    Stewart is going to be awful at 2B. His bat will be great there for fantasy owners but he is going to lose that job or destroy the defense.

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  • 24. Erik  |  November 16, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    Actually Stewart isn’t that bad in the field defensively… He is better at fielding than Ryan Braun .. much to the shagrin of all you rookie of the year haters of braun.

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  • 25. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 16, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    But that’s at 3B. Middle infield is a different ball game. Different arm angles, covering the bag on pick offs, stolen bases, double plays, etc. Stewart will be awful at 2B.

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  • 26. Adam  |  November 16, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    I just can’t fathom paying A-Rod all that money. As a Red Sox fan I can’t spend too much time flattering the guy, but he is a great player, but paying him that much money for 10 years!?!?

    I just don’t believe he’s going to be able to stay healthy the whole time, and it could hurt the Yankees big time. And even if he does, we’re not talking about a guy who is batting .400, he’s good, but what he’s asking for is still way above what he’s worth.

    And I do not know what the Braves are thinking, trying to get Lowell, when they already have Chipper. Either way it’s breaking point for the Red Sox, they should just give the man an extra year. It’s not like he’s asking for ten years.

    I’ll miss you Coco!

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  • 27. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 16, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    I too can’t fathom that much for anyone. And the fact that if he was offered $300M he would take it elsewhere. What’s the extra $25M going to do for you?

    I also think the Braves rumors for Lowell are false. It just doesn’t make any sense.

    I think the Sox should try to get Rolen from the Cards. He’ll be cheaper and he’s under contract for 3 years ($36M).

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  • 28. MikeMcGinnis  |  November 16, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    listen the way it seemed a-rod went back to the yanks not vice versa. given that this is a-rod we are tlaking about it wouldn’t shock me. and i think the yanks knew they couldn’t find the replacement numbers wise that a-rod gives you so it’s a no brainer to go a re-sign him.

    the yanks should stay away from lowell he’s not a first basemen and he’s one of those green monster hitters that couldn’t find that success in any other ballpark like he does in boston.

    plus, the yanks have to be smart and keep the platton of menkiewicz and phillips a 1b. they are solid defensively and are singles hitters who both had some nice situational hits for the yanks last year on a team that doesn’t need a power bat at 1b.

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  • 29. MikeMcGinnis  |  November 16, 2007 at 9:40 pm

    connor jackson is one of the steadiest hitters for average the d-backs had this season who has plenty of upside. to trade jackson would be nuts unless it was for a staff ace to go along with brandon webb.

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  • 30. Stormy Payne  |  November 16, 2007 at 11:38 pm

    Hey everyone, Kenny Rogers fired Boras and is continuing negotiations with Seattle, Texas, and Detroit by himself. Who do u think he’ll sign with.

    He did make a reference to wanting to be in a Tiger’s uniform next year, so good news for my Tigers.. YAY..

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  • 31. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 17, 2007 at 7:29 am

    I think Rogers will go to where he gets the best combination of money and chance to win and I think that’s with the Tigers. I was so happy when I saw he fired Boras!

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