Posted on: December 9, 2009 11:46 am
The rumors continue to swirl about the Orioles holding trade talks with the Texas Rangers about right-hander Kevin Millwood. However Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun says other teams are coming to the Orioles with options including Atlanta Braves' Derek Lowe and the Phillies' Joe Blanton.
Schmuck has also learned that Orioles officials are getting more confident that they can complete a deal for Millwood involving reliever Chris Ray .
In addition, Schmuck seems to think the Orioles aren't in a hurry to trade Felix Pie even though he continues to draw interest from other clubs.
The San Diego Union Tribune reports the Orioles were one of eight teams to contact the Padres about 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff.
Posted on: May 20, 2009 9:11 pm
Edited on: May 21, 2009 1:00 am
"I feel really good about where I'm at right now," Hudson said. "I haven't thrown breaking balls, splits or changeups or anything like that. But how I feel right now, it's hard to think that it's going to take me three months to get ready to pitch in a game."
But the real question is this: just how well would Hudson have to pitch in the season's final month for the Braves to pick up his $12MM option? Hard to imagine anything short of a Greinke would lead the Braves to do so. They have, as an alternative, a $1MM buyout.
Posted on: January 17, 2009 5:54 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2009 11:04 pm
Reader Connor Garrison has identified an interesting point made in the middle of an article from MLB.com's Mark Bowman.
Says Bowman: "Motivated by last week's meeting and under the belief that the Phillies might attempt to create payroll space by trading Brett Myers, the Braves acted quickly and provided an offer that Lowe couldn't refuse."
Myers may have been taken off the block after Lowe signed with the Braves. On the other hand, perhaps a bigger-than-expected deal for Ryan Howard could convince the Phillies to revisit the idea of trading Myers.
Posted on: January 16, 2009 1:18 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2009 4:50 pm
On this day 29 years ago, Albert Pujols was born. 2009 will be the sixth year of his eight year, $111MM deal (safe to say Cards will pick up his '11 option). According to Fangraphs, Pujols has already been worth $151.9MM in the first five years of the contract ($30.4M per season), begging the question: How much will Pujols command following the '11 season, when he will be 32? Last winter, Alex Rodriguez signed for 10 years and $275MM prior to his age 32 season. With less than a month to go before pitchers and catchers report, many players are still looking for their own new contracts. Let's take a look at what is being written in the Blogosphere...
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Posted on: January 12, 2009 10:40 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2009 10:47 pm
O'Brien guesses that the Braves' offer was for more than the New York Mets' reported three-year offer of $36MM. He also speculates that the annual amount would be at least $15MM in at least a three-plus-an-option deal, if not a four-year deal.
Posted on: January 12, 2009 1:13 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2009 1:17 pm
There's other guys out there that we like. I have trade proposals on my desk as we speak that would bring another pitcher to us. There's other things we can do...The trade proposal that I have on my desk - that was put in place six weeks ago.
So far this winter the Braves added two starters: Javier Vazquez and Kenshin Kawakami (pending a physical).
Posted on: January 11, 2009 3:15 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2009 4:10 pm
John Perrotto's latest Every Given Sunday column at Baseball Prospectus takes a look at the top 20 remaining free agents (sorted by WARP3 - Wins Above Replacement Player) and offers destination predictions and top suitors (or lack thereof in some cases) for each one. For those without a BP subscription, here's a quick summary:
Posted on: January 11, 2009 10:43 am
Edited on: January 11, 2009 10:57 am
The Brewers aren't interested in Lowe and Davidoff heard from one Phillies official who doesn't expect him to sign with Philadelphia. The Braves remain a legitimate suitor for Lowe, but if he signs with Atlanta, the Mets could simply bring back Perez. After all, as Davidoff says, "if there's any competition for Perez, it's in hiding."