MLB: Wilson & Grabow on the move?

 

Jack Wilson SS Pittsburgh Pirates is drawing interest from up to 5 teams Interested: Det, Tor, Bal, CLE, LAD, ATL? The Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays have shown significant interest in Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson. The Tigers and Blue Jays have made plays for Wilson in the past and both teams have held talks with the Pirates. The Tigers could be the front runner to land Wilson and they are also believed to be interested in reliever John Grabow. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports Pirates would like to acquire Marlins catcher Matt Treanor and then trade him to Detroit along with Wilson. If the Giants fail to land Rafael Furcal, a source indicates the Giants may join the Wilson sweepstakes.

The Latest MLB Buzz; Red Sox join Burnett sweepstakes

 

This talk of the Braves being out of the Jake Peavy sweepstakes is being a bit overblown. The New York Post is reporting the New York Yankees are prepared to make A.J. Burnett a offer that could be worth $80 million over five years. This comes on the heels of the Yankees making an initial offer to pitcher C.C. Sabathia in the range of $140-145 million over 6 years. The Red Sox have also joined the Burnett sweepstakes According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Cubs are close to re-signing Ryan Dempster to a four-year contract. The deal is believed to be in the range of $52 million. As expected the Baltimore Orioles have begun their pursuit of Maryland-born first baseman Mark Teixeira. The Washington Nationals have been in on Adam Dunn, Mark Teixeira and Manny Ramirez. The addition of outfielder Matt Holliday hasn’t stopped the A’s from buildingRead More »

MLB Free Agency Frenzy

 

The Latest Rumors from Day 1 3:00 p.m. MLB Free agency is not like NHL free agency where all of the big names are gone in the first two days. There is even talk that Mark Teixeira may not sign until December. 12:57 p.m.Juan Rivera on the Pirates radar? Indications are the Pirates have interest in former Angels outfielder Juan Rivera. In 89 games last year Rivera hit 12 home runs – 45 RBI’s. Rivera has been injured the past couple seasons but he still has some good baseball left in him. 12:50 p.m. The Nationals are really creating a lot of buzz today. They are believed to be prepared to make a pitch for Adam Dunn, Mark Teixeira and even Manny Ramirez. (In that particular order) 12: 43 p.m. The Orioles are believed to be prepared to offer A.J. Burnett a four year deal in the $58 – $60Read More »

MLB Free Agent Chart

 

1. LAD LF Manny Ramirez 37 HR – 121 RBI .332AVG Interested: LAD, NYY, SF, WAS TOR, BAL, NYM For the Short term there is not a better hitter on the market than Manny Ramirez. At age 36 Ramirez is going to find it difficult to get the 4-5 year contract he wants. The Dodgers have currently made a 2 year offer worth 45 million. They are willing to go three years but it remains to be seen whether they will go four years. Sleeper Team:Washington Nationals 2. MIL P C.C. Sabathia 17-10 2.70 Interested: NYY, LAD, NYM, LAA, SF, MIL, BOS The Yankees are expected to make a 6-7 year offer worth $150 million. No one will match that. Sabathia expected to garner significant interest from the Dodgers and Angels. Sleeper Team: Milwaukee Brewers Latest: Reports indicate there is pressure from the Union for Sabathia to accept the YankeesRead More »

Cliff Lee wins A.L. Cy Young Award

 

Cleveland Indians pitcher Cliff Lee has won the A.L. Cy Young award. Lee went a major league-best 22-3 this season with a 2.54 ERA. He received 24 of 28 first-place votes and 132 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced Thursday. Toronto ace Roy Halladay finished second with four first-place votes and 71 points. Lee ‚Äòs former teammate C.C. Sabathia was the 2007 winner. 2008 was a story book season for Cliff Lee. Lee was demoted to the minors in 2007 and was nearly dealt to the Pittsburgh Pirates in return for outfielder Jason Bay last winter but the Pirates decided to hold onto Bay

Pirates to explore the trade market?

 

Expect to see the Pirates more involved in the trade market than the free agent market. The Pirates are looking to restock their system and will listen to offers for just about everybody. The Pirates will be players at the GM meetings and a lot of names will be rumored It is very unlikely that Nate McLouth will be moved. The Yankees have considerable interest but it‚Äôs going to take a package of Robinson Cano, Ian Kennedy for the Pirates to move McLouth. The Marlins have also made an inquiry The Rangers, Rockies, Mets, and Yankees have interest in Ian Snell. The Braves have also shown interest and if they miss out on Jake Peavy they may explore making a play for Snell and signing a bigger name in free agency like Derek Lowe. Still, just as it is with McLouth, the Pirates asking price is high with Snell. TheRead More »

MLB: Monday’s Rumor Mill

 

Holliday officially on the trade block After a disappointing season, the Colorado Rockies are shopping star outfielder Matt Holliday. Holliday a Scot Boras client is a free agent following the 09 season. The Rockies are looking for young pitching in return. the Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Royals, Nationals, Angels, Cardinals, Mets, and Phillies have shown interest. Pirates eye Japanese pitcher? Japanese media reports indicate the Pirates are among seven teams that interest pitcher Junichi Tazawa. The Pirates are a major longshot to land Tazawa. Nationals eye big names Not all small market teams stay away from the big names in the trade market or on the free agent market. The Nationals are expected to pursue big names, Adam Dunn, Prince Fielder, Matt Holliday and Mark Texeira. Report: Yankees to decline option on Marte The Yankees will not pick up the option on reliever Damaso Marte, according to the New YorkRead More »

MLB: Jim Tracy candidate for Brewers Job?

 

Former Pittsburgh Pirates manager Jim Tracy is itching to manage again and could become a candidate for the Milwaukee Brewers job. Tracy who was successful in his five seasons with the Dodgers had no success in Pittsburgh managing one of MLB’s lowest payrolls. As manager of the Pirates Tracy was fired after seasons of 95 and 94 losses. Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel