Archive for December 4th, 2007

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

Tigers Acquire Cabrera, Willis from Marlins

Mets Rumors & NewsYankees Rumors & News

Well the road to an NL East title just got a little bit easier for the Mets, while the road to their first World Series appearance since 2003 may have gotten a little bit harder for the Yanks.

ESPN is reporting that the Marlins and Tigers have agreed to an 8-player deal that will see Florida’s Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis shipped to Detroit in exchange for outfielder Cameron Maybin, left-handed pitcher Andrew Miller, catcher Mike Rabelo, and minor league pitchers Eulogio De La Cruz, Dallas Trahern, and Burke Badenhop.

It’s unclear whether Cabrera will play third in Detroit, forcing the team to move incumbent Brandon Inge, or if he’ll move back to left field, where the team has a hole. Cabrera prefers third, and will probably be a big baby about moving back to the outfield. We’ll see. For the record, he claims to be slimming down this offseason as well.

There. They promised these Winter Meetings …

Rumor: Orioles and Dodgers Discussing Bedard

Mets Rumors & News

Hold your breath Mets fans.  Despite all the rumors that the Mets and Orioles are getting cozy, WFAN is reporting that the Orioles and Dodgers are discussing a deal that would send Erik Bedard to Los Angeles for Matt Kemp and Jonathan Broxton.

If this deal does go down, it’s a good deal for both teams.  Kemp will fill an outfield hole, and Broxton would assume the closer’s role vacated when Chris Ray underwent Tommy John Surgery.

Haren Headed to Arizona?

Yankees Rumors & News

There are rumblings that the Oakland Athletics and Arizona Diamondbacks are engaged in “constructive talks” that could see A’s pitcher Dan Haren shipped to the D-backs in exchange for Conor Jackson, Carlos Gonzalez, and other young players, according to the Boston Herald.

It had been widely assumed that serious discussions for the market’s other marquee pitchers would not begin in earnest until the Santana sweepstakes neared its finale. Perhaps this news is an indication that teams are proceeding as if Johan is indeed headed to Boston for a package surround lefty Jon Lester.

Regardless, should this rumor come to fruition, the Yanks would miss out on one of their most viable alternatives to Santana.

Stefanski Leaves Jersey to Helm Sixers

Knicks Rumors & NewsNets Rumors & News

It was only a matter of time before the two-headed management team of Rod Thorn and Ed Stefanski was broken up in New Jersey. Personally, as a Knicks fan, I was hoping my Knickerbockers could lure Thorn across the Hudson to replace Isiah Thomas while Stefanski took the reins with the Nets.

Unfortunately for me, that scenario won’t be playing out, as Stefanski will be taking over as General Manager of the Philadelphia 76ers, replacing Billy King, who was fired this morning.

As I said, the move really affects the Knicks more than the Nets, since it appears Thorn, one of the most respected minds in basketball, isn’t going anywhere. Speaking of the departing Stefanski, Thorn had this to say:

He’s been a big part of our success here the last seven years,” Thorn said. “He’s a wonderful guy. Very competent. I’m sure he’ll do a great job there.”

While I might have reached for a more flattering word than “competent” if I were Thorn, you get the idea…

Winter Meetings Day 2: The Mets Like Livan

Mets Rumors & News

Enrique Rojas from ESPN is reporting the Mets have interest in free agent pitcher Livan Hernandez.  Hernandez went 11-11 with a 4.93 ERA for Arizona last season.  Hernandez is a crafty pitcher, who’s location keeps hitters off balance.  His numbers have spiraled the past few sesaons, but pitching at Shea would settle them down.  He’s a decent option for a #4 or #5 starter.

Latest On Santana – Not Good For Yanks

Yankees Rumors & News

UPDATE: Reporting a moment ago on WFAN, Sweeny Murti stated that the Yankees seem to be under the impression that Johan Santana is on his way to Boston, and may be turning their attention to A’s pitcher Dan Haren.

Move away from the ledge, Yankee fans.

For better or worse, it appears – for the moment at least – that the Yanks are sticking to their guns in the Santana Sweepstakes. In his LoHud Yankees Blog, Peter Abraham reports that discussions between the Yanks and Twins hit a dead end last night as the Twins continue to request Ian Kennedy in addition to Phil Hughes and Melky Cabrera in New York’s package for the Minnesota ace. As such, Hank Steinbrenner’s self-imposed Monday night deadline came and went, and the Yankee offer is allegedly off the table.

In light of this developement, the Sox appear to have reconsidered including center field stud Jacoby Ellsbury in their offer for Santana, and instead have emerged as the front-runners with a package …

The Mets Want Bedard, but do They Have Enough?

Mets Rumors & News

Today’s Post is reporting the Mets are still in pursuit of Erik Bedard.  Most likely they’ll offer a deal centered around outfielder Carlos Gomez.  Various rumors have mentioned Aaron Heilman, Ryan Church, Mike Pelfrey, Joe Smith and Philip Humber as names that also could be included. 

There’s a small paragraph that I question if the Mets have enough.

In fact, Bedard is so attractive the Tigers and Phillies – clubs initially told by Baltimore they do not match up – were still pressing to try to find ways to get involved on the talented lefty.

There’s no doubt the Phillies farm system isn’t deep.  Carlos Carassco is one of the league’s top 30 prospects, but he’s at least a year away.   Other then that nothing really stands out.  I’m not so sure about the Tigers.  They’ve made it clear that Andrew Miller is available, and Cameron Maybin might not be too far behind.  Gomez is going to be a good player, but Pelfrey and Humber’s stock isn’t what it was a couple years ago. 

Do the …

Mangini Mum on Coles and Cotchery

Jets Rumors & News

To nobody’s surprise, Eric Mangini was his usual “mums the word” about injuries to Laveranues Coles and Jerricho Cotchery during his Monday press conference.

On Coles’ ankle injury via the New York Jets website:

“It’s going to be an ongoing process with that. It’s always like that with a wide receiver and any type of injury that affects the legs. They have got to run fast and hard and got to be able to run after the catch and all that stuff, so it’ll be an ongoing management of us continuing to give him the rehab and prep he needs and him working at it as well.”

On Cotchery’s right index finger:

“We’ll have to see where he is Wednesday-ish. It is what it is.”

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Yankee Clippard Dealt to Nats

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Tyler Clippard – who made his Yankee debut in spectacular fashion this past season against the Mets – has been dealt to the Washington Nationals in exchange for right-handed reliever Jonathan Albaladejo, according to the Washington Post. The 6-5, 250 pound 25-year-old has seen limited time in the majors, but posted a 1.88 ERA in 14.1 innings of work during a callup with the Nats this past September.

Clippard, meanwhile, will look to dominate the Mets on a more consistent basis as he seeks to crack a paper-thin Washington rotation. Clippard is the type of guy that will look a lot better pitching for the Washington Nationals than the New York Yankees. On the surface, this appears to be a solid, if minor move for both clubs.

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