11:20 a.m. A-Rod formalized his deal yesterday, and in so doing, had harsh words about Scott Boras and the “debacle” that was the opt-out.
I might have listed some of these names earlier, but with all the hubbub of yesterday, forgive me if I repeat myself.
David Eckstein signed with the Blue Jays, Cliff Floyd goes to the Rays, Chris Gomez goes to Pittsburgh, Aaron Boone to Washington, SS Adam Everett to the Twins (lessening the need for them to obtain SS Jed Lowrie from Boston???), Japanese starter Hiroke Kuroda to the Dodgers, Japanese reliever Kazuo Fukumori to Texas
I think that covers it.
Update 8:15 p.m. Pete Abraham is reporting that the Viz will soon be signing a 2-yr., $7 million deal with an NL team–the guess is the Rockies.
HAREN DEALT The A’s have traded Dan Haren to the D-Backs along with Connor Robertson for six prospects–pitchers Brett Anderson, Greg Smith and Dana Eveland, along with outfielders Carlos Gonzalez and Aaron Cunningham and first baseman Chris Carter. Haren will team with Brandon Webb, Doug Davis and Micah Owings in the rotation for the defending NL West champs. Livan Hernandez is a FA and most likely gone (maybe he joins his half-brother El Duque on the Mets?) and who knows about 44-year-old Randy Johnson and his aching back (he should probably just retire, but it would be at 284 wins).
There goes the Yanks 2nd option after Santana. It doesn’t seem like there was a good fit for a deal anyway. Of course now you have wonder what punishment, if any, Pettitte may receive now that his name shows up in the Mitchell report. With a probable battle to clear himself, the punishment (if any) and time served (if any) may come at God-knows-when.
MLB.com also reports that the D-backs traded Jose Valverde to the Astros for pitcher Chad Qualls, infielder/outfielder Chris Burke and pitcher Juan Gutierrez.
In hearing some of WFAN today (while going to a doctor to get a stubborn illness checked out), I heard more talk of the Mets and Santana. While any Yankees deal for Santana had Hughes as the foundation, the FAN stated that Jose Reyes is the key for any Mets/Santana deal, the Adam Everett signing with the Twins notwithstanding.
The Twins signed 3B Mike Lamb. Do you remember when Lamb was thought to be the Yanks 3B in 2004 (before the Yanks got A-Rod?)
Just for fun…If you follow the NBA, look at ’76er Kyle Korver. It appears he and actor Ashton Kutcher were separated at birth.
Update 12/15 9:20 a.m. The Cardinals trade Jim Edmonds to SD for minor leaguer David Freese. The 37-year-old Edmonds has had a nice career, .287 with 362 HR and eight Gold Gloves, but has slipped in the past two seasons. He hit .252-12-53 in 2007.
Update 12/16 11:50 a.m. The MLB site says that the Phils could be showing interest in FA OF Geoff Jenkins. The Phils traded Michael Bourn to the Astros and lost Aaron Rowand to free agency and the Giants. They could probably move Shane Victorino to CF and use Jenkins in RF (keeping Pat Burrell in LF). Jayson Werth would get some playing time as well, probably in a righty (Werth)/lefty (Jenkins) platoon. The 33-year-old Jenkins has spent his whole career with the Brewers, hitting .277 with 212 career HRs. He hit .255-21-64 last season. His 162 g. average is .277-28-92 with 52 walks and 147 Ks. He topped 30 hrs in 2000 and has topped the 90 RBI mark three times.
Update 12/16 3 p.m. Now MLB states that the Phils also have interest in Mike Cameron. He would be in CF and enable Victorino to stay in RF (presumably with Werth). I wonder about this one. Cameron will be 35, and will miss the first 25 games of 2008 due to a suspension for amphetamine usage. Cameron hit .242-21-78 with 18 steals in 2007 for the Padres. He strikes out a TON (67 walks, 160 K in 2007). He did steal 18 bases this past season. He has won three Gold Gloves in his career, so Rowand’s defense would be adequately replaced. Cameron’s 162 game average is .251-22-82 and 28 steals but with 72 walks and 156 Ks. Cameron once struck out 176 times in a season (2002). In 2007, Ryan Howard struck out a major league record 199 times. If the Phils get Cameron there could be a lot of power in their lineup, but a lot a strikeouts as well.