Tag:Casey Blake
Posted on: December 17, 2008 11:07 am
Edited on: December 17, 2008 11:39 am

Wigginton Too Pricey For Twins?

According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

The Twins like Ty Wigginton but believe he's looking for a bigger contract than the three-year, $17.5 million deal the Los Angeles Dodgers gave Casey Blake. So the Twins have had little to no dialogue with Wigginton's agent, Dan Lozano.

I had Wigginton pegged for two years and $12MM or so, but he is four years younger than Blake and outhit him in 2008 (though he had 172 fewer plate appearances and was largely aided by Minute Maid Park).  If Wiggy can really get a better contract than Blake, it would've made sense for the Astros to tender him a contract and then trade him.

Christensen adds that the Twins still have hope for acquiring Mark DeRosa, but talks for Garrett Atkins and Adrian Beltre hit dead ends.  Also, Jon Heyman tosses the Twins into the mix for Michael YoungWe'd previously heard about the Mets, Angels, Dodgers, and Royals discussing him.  Heyman did not find evidence talks for Young got serious with any team, though, and he wonders if Young would approve a trade to Minnesota.

In other Twins news, Christensen notes that the Twins expressed interest in free agent reliever Brandon Lyon, who seems to be waiting until Brian Fuentes signs.

Posted on: December 7, 2008 11:33 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2008 12:43 am

Manny, Lowe, Blake Decline Arb Offers

11:31pm: Type A free agents Manny Ramirez and Derek Lowe also declined arbitration, according to Tony Jackson of the L.A. Daily News.  The Dodgers will get two picks for each if they sign elsewhere.

10:32pm: According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, Type B free agent Casey Blake turned down the Dodgers' offer of arbitration as expected.  The Dodgers stand to gain a draft pick if he signs elsewhere.  Blake received a few two-year offers but aims for three.

Posted on: December 7, 2008 10:55 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2008 11:40 pm

Stark's Latest: Dye, Greinke, Teixeira

Jayson Stark's Winter Meetings preview is up; let's take a look.

  • Stark sees "just about zero chance" the Padres trade Jake Peavy at the Meetings.  The Cubs will need at least a few weeks to settle their ownership situation before they can make a trade and take on his contract.  Plus, a Stark source says it makes sense for the Padres to wait until the top free agent starters are off the board.
  • The Braves, Reds, Royals, Rays, and possibly Mets have shown interest in Jermaine Dye.  Dye played for the Royals from 1997-2001 before he was traded for Neifi Perez.  The White Sox are willing to trade Paul Konerko and Jim Thome too.
  • The Mariners would listen on "pretty much anybody."  But given the surplus of closers on the market, it seems unlikely that Jack Zduriencik will be bowled over with an offer for J.J. Putz.
  • The Royals really don't want to trade Zack Greinke, but they'll at least discuss him.  The price would be massive.  It doesn't look like they want to trade David DeJesus or Mark Teahen either, but Jose Guillen can be had.
  • The Marlins have been pushing Jorge Cantu over Jeremy Hermida, though Hermida's drawn plenty of interest.  Nick Cafardo named the Rays, Reds, and Giants earlier today.
  • The Angels figure to attach a two or three-day deadline to their eventual Mark Teixeira offer.
  • Stark sees Rafael Furcal and Casey Blake as the two free agents most likely to sign this week.  Most execs Stark surveyed see Teixeira and Manny Ramirez signing in January.
Posted on: December 6, 2008 3:14 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2008 12:02 am

Thin Market for Furcal

3:07pm: There's a great debate going on in the comments about whether the Twins could swoop in and make an offer to Furcal now that they've pulled out of negotiations with Casey Blake. I do wonder if word that the A's and Furcal couldn't come to terms precipitated the sudden split between the Twins and Blake. Certainly, Tim saw a good fit between the Twins and Furcal back in October, and Furcal is four years younger than Blake -- but still, I think Furcal's monetary demands are pretty steep. No official Twins-Furcal rumors yet, but if anything comes in in the next couple of hours I'll update this post again.

As reported here yesterday, after shortstop Furcal rejected the A's offer of 4 years, $35-40MM, the A's in turn declined to go any further with Furcal.

2:13pm: Buster Olney says that the market for Rafael Furcal "never really developed; if you were to draw up a list of five players who have been hurt by the economic slowdown, Furcal might be somewhere near the top of the list." Olney breaks down how Furcal's suitors all ended up looking elsewhere, and says the A's biggest need is veteran starting pitching. Furcal is "the perfect player for some big-money contender to snag for a big-money, short-term deal, but such an offer may not emerge for some time."

Meanwhile, Athletics Nation agrees that "the only person who believes there is a big market for Rafael Furcal appears to be Furcal" and says A's GM Billy Beane is now the one holding all the cards in that (apparently bilateral) negotiation.

Chris Haft at MLB.com lists Oakland's other options at short.

Sarah Green (sarah@umpbump.com) writes for UmpBump and the Boston Metro.

Posted on: December 4, 2008 9:33 pm
Edited on: December 4, 2008 11:42 pm

Stark's Latest: Burnett, Cantu, Lowe, Furcal

Jayson Stark's got a heaping helping of hot stove updates in his most recent blog post at ESPN.com.

  • The Braves' most recent offer makes them the frontrunners for A.J. Burnett, says Stark.
  • We're still waiting for another team to come close to the Yankees' offer for C.C. Sabathia. Stark suggests Sabathia may make up his mind by next week.  He also says there's "increasing buzz about the Yankees' interest in Ben Sheets."
  • The White Sox appear to have expressed some interest in Jorge Cantu.
  • Stark doesn't think the Phillies stand a very good chance of signing Derek Lowe.
  • Only the Dodgers and A's, and perhaps the Orioles, remain interested in Rafael Furcal.
  • If the Dodgers end up missing on Furcal and Casey Blake, their focus might shift to names like Ty Wigginton and Adrian Beltre.
Posted on: December 3, 2008 8:44 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2008 9:30 pm

Dodgers Starting With Infield

More from Ken Rosenthal.  The FOX hot stove guru says the Dodgers plan to sort out their infield before worrying about starting pitching.  They can use Blake DeWitt at second or third, but that still leaves them two infielders short.

Casey Blake is the obvious free agent fit at the hot corner; maybe the Dodgers will stretch and give him that third year.  If they miss out on Blake they could always go for Joe Crede.  It doesn't sound like Ned Colletti plans to sign any of the top three free agent shortstops, while talks have stalled for Jack Wilson.  Just wondering, how about a trade for Miguel Tejada or Jason Bartlett?

Rosenthal sees plenty of starting pitching options for the Dodgers, tossing out names like Randy Wolf and Randy Johnson.  Meanwhile Tom Krasovic says the Dodgers are gathering information on Johnson, Andy Pettitte, and Trevor HoffmanKen Gurnick adds Russ Springer to the mix.  The Dodgers are searching for a veteran who can help the team's young pitchers.

Rosenthal considers re-signing Manny Ramirez a longshot, meaning the Dodgers may have to turn to another free agent like Adam Dunn to replace his OBP and power.

Posted on: December 3, 2008 6:51 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2008 9:30 pm

Stark's Latest: Sabathia, Furcal, Peavy

A few notes from Jayson Stark's latest blog post...

  • Stark believes the possibility of C.C. Sabathia signing with the Giants is alive, and the Giants have talked to the pitcher's agent.  Such a signing might compel Brian Sabean to remove Matt Cain's "untouchable" tag, in Stark's opinion.  Earlier today Ken Rosenthal suggested the Giants were a dark horse for C.C.  Also, Sabathia's wife Amber prefers the Giants according to George King.
  • The Giants offered three years to Rafael Furcal.  He wants four, so they switched their attention to Edgar Renteria.  The Giants want a shorter-term deal so their own prospects can take over within a few years.
  • Stark notes that the recent Jake Peavy-Cubs rumors do not seem to be coming out of Chicago.  He suggests those talks may not be active, partially because the Cubs are in payroll limbo til their sale goes through.
  • The Twins and Dodgers have two year offers out to Casey Blake.  Whichever team blinks and adds a third year can get him.
Posted on: December 3, 2008 10:09 am
Edited on: December 3, 2008 9:16 pm

Twins, Dodgers Lead Charge For Blake

6:31pm: Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune says the Twins offered Blake a two-year deal worth about $6MM per year with an option for 2011.  Christensen says not to expect a signing tonight.  Jayson Stark wrote earlier today that if the Twins or Dodgers guarantee a third year they'll get Blake.

9:07am: Casey Blake's agent Jim McDowell talked to all kinds of outlets yesterday.  In speaking with Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, McDowell said they're not far apart with the Dodgers or Twins.  The Twins are apparently "within shouting distance" on the years and money.  The Indians seem less interested than the other two clubs; Anthony Castrovince doesn't see it happening.  Castrovince notes that the Tribe could've signed Blake through '09 a year ago but figured Andy Marte would be ready.

Yesterday Yahoo's Tim Brown said McDowell's initial request was $20MM over three years for Blake, more than the Twins want to spend.

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