Tag:Pat Burrell
Posted on: December 8, 2009 12:47 pm

Clarification on what the Rays are up to

Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times wraps up the Rays' winter meetings thus far:

Rumors of a trade involving Pat Burrell are not true but club officials did say they talked with several teams and agents but have no "imminent" deals.

In the past, the Rays have inquired about Roy Halladay but they did not talk to the Jays on Monday.

Furthermore, their goals for the offseason are trying to make some low-cost improvements to the bullpen and addressing the catching situation (keeping Dioner Navarro and Kelly Shoppach or trading/non-tendering one.

"Most of our energy is being spent on the relief pitcher market, but we've got a couple other things out there that we're having conversations about," Andrew Friedman said. "Some of it is looking ahead to future years, and some of it would have an impact in '10, but I think we're approaching these meetings as we have every other meetings — which is we've got one eye on the present, one eye on the future."

Posted on: December 8, 2009 12:28 pm

Bradley Trade updates

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Mets are a key for the Cubs to trade Milton Bradley in a three-way deal.  The deal is rumored to have 2B Luis Castillo going to the Cubs and Pat Burrell going to the Mets and Bradley to Tampa Bay.  The Mets reportedly don't want to settle on Burrell.

The same report suggests that eventually, it's likely the swap for Bradley will be one-for-one between the Rays and the Cubs.  The Cubs would get Burrell in that scenario.

Tampa Bay and Texas have been the most serious suitors, but multiple sources said more teams have entered the picture, with one source saying that the number of interested teams is up to four.
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Posted on: February 12, 2009 1:40 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2009 8:56 pm

Odds and Ends: Dunn, Byrd, Epstein

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Posted on: February 9, 2009 12:36 pm

Chass On Griffey, Burrell, Orlando Cabrera

The latest from Murray Chass, who seems to be doing just fine without being employed by a newspaper...

  • MLB "negotiated a new line of credit for $125MM, from which clubs can borrow."  I'd like to learn more about the topic - which teams are borrowing, if any?
  • Ken Griffey Jr.'s agent Brian Goldberg does not think the economy is a factor in his client remaining unsigned.  Goldberg said, "Junior 19s salary expectations have been modest from the beginning. He 19s realistic."  Perhaps Griffey is not seeking $5-6MM after all?  Goldberg says he continues to talk to the same four teams about Griffey.
  • Scott Boras says Pat Burrell "took a bad deal" when he signed for two years and $16MM on January 5th.  Boras says Burrell's contract froze the market for corner outfielders.
  • One additional possible explanation for Orlando Cabrera remaining unsigned: a baseball person described him as a "very caustic guy in the locker room."  Cabrera's Type A status is probably the larger issue.
Posted on: January 24, 2009 5:07 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2009 11:53 am

Griffey Jr. Market Remains Quiet

Hal McCoy at the Dayton Daily News has a story up about Ken Griffey Jr.'s offseason thus far.

Brian Goldberg, Griffey's agent, is quoted in the article as saying there was some mutual interest between Griffey and the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays' signing of Pat Burrell ended that interest, however.

Perhaps the most noteworthy thing to take from this article is the lack of any specific teams being mentioned going foward. The market for corner outfielders with declining defense remains quiet, as players like Griffey, Bobby Abreu, Adam Dunn, and Manny Ramirez continue to look for a contract.

Posted on: January 9, 2009 1:19 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2009 3:18 pm

Heyman On Manny, Lowe, Crede, Redding, Hinske

The latest from SI.com's Jon Heyman...

  • The Giants "look like a major threat" to the Dodgers for Manny Ramirez and are "making a serious run at him."  Former teammate J.T. Snow apparently raved about him.  Nonetheless Heyman says the Dodgers are "probably still considered the favorite."  Heyman lists the Rangers as "intrigued."  He believes Ramirez will get three guaranteed years somewhere.
  • Heyman says Derek Lowe is "quite possibly" in play for the Phillies, though we heard from Ken Rosenthal today that the team denied interest.  Heyman also sticks with the Brewers and Angels as outside possibilities despite reports to the contrary.  He believes Mets GM Omar Minaya prefers Oliver Perez to Lowe.
  • The Giants, Twins, and Rangers are in on Joe Crede.
  • Players said to be in on Freddy Garcia: the Mets, White Sox, and Rangers.  We can probably cross off the Mets with their Tim Redding signing.
  • Heyman believes the Dodgers want to replace Brad Penny with Randy Wolf.
  • Heyman says the Pirates offered more guaranteed money than the Red Sox to Rocco BaldelliDejan Kovacevic had this first in an article published early this morning.
  • The Red Sox were looking at Eric Hinske but with Baldelli and Mark Kotsay in tow it's unlikely.  A Japanese team has "allegedly shown interest" in Hinske.
  • Before signing with the Rays for two years and $16MM, Pat Burrell was getting offers in the one-year, $5MM range.
Posted on: January 7, 2009 1:17 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2009 4:19 pm

Odds and Ends: Crede, Swisher, Astros

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Posted on: January 6, 2009 12:38 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2009 4:30 pm

Odds and Ends: Saito, Teixeira, LaRoche

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