AHH! That’s Hot!

Hot Stove talk from around the MLB.

A.J. Burnett Burnett has been offered a deal from the Atlanta Braves. It is supposed to be worth about $15MM per year. Frank Wren says it doesn’t include a guaranteed 5th year but would most likely have an option for one. Wren will push Burnett to sign before C.C. Sabathia. If Sabathia doesn’t land with the Yankees they will most certainly turn to Burnett.

Jack Wilson Wilson has been involved in trade talks with several teams. The newest is the Los Angeles Dodgers. L.A. is looking for a replacement for Rafael Furcal who will be leaving via free agency. The Detroit Tigers have also been involved with their search for a replacement for Edgar Renteria. I see the Dodgers making the trade as they can eat some of Wilson’s contract. They may not like it but they are more likely at this point.

Edgar Renteria Renteria has signed a 2-year contract with the San Francisco Giants. I don’t really understand this trade as the Giants are old and Renteria is old. Not a good choice in my opinion.

Derek Lowe – Lowe has drawn interest from a handful of teams. One team could possibly be the World Champion Phillies. The Yankees and Red Sox are also expected to make offers to Lowe. The Red Sox I believe are the favorites at this point as both sides have mutual interest and Lowe has a desire to return to Boston.

Khalil Greene Earlier today Greene was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals. Greene was traded in the Padres‘ attempt to dump salary. The departure of Greene could increase the chances that Jake Peavy can stay. Greene is coming off a very disappointing season in which he hit just above .200 with 10 home runs and 35 RBI.

Jake Peavy – The Chicago Cubs are apparently still in talks with the Padres for a deal involving Jake Peavy. The Cubs have tried to bring in a third team that would supply them with the prospects required to land Peavy. Almost all of the reports have come out of San Diego and not Chicago. This means that Padres GM Kevin Towers could in fact be exaggerating the progress of the trade. From a prospect standpoint the Braves put the best deal on the table but pulled out of the running. This could be Towers’ attempt to lure the Braves back.

Adam DunnDunn was not offered arbitration which makes him a free agent. Dunn has not drawn much interest outside of the Washington Nationals. The Nationals can put out a competitive offer but it is unlikely Dunn would accept. The deal would most likely be in the $15MM per year range. The Nationals would be bringing in a big piece that wouldn’t be surrounded by much so it doesn’t make much sense on Dunn’s part. The Nationals have also asked about Zack Greinke from the Royals but don’t have the prospects to land him.

Later,

~Ben 

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10 comments

  1. hardballblog

    Sorry, I will correct that. Kind of a dumb move for Arizona as he would almost certainly decline but whatever.

  2. juliasrants

    Ben, Thanks for your words of support for Wes Welker from the Patriots and for condeming Ryan Clark, of the Steelers, for his hit on Welker. I don’t view the Steelers as a dirty team – football is a game of hard hits – by Clark’s hit on a defenseless player who didn’t have the ball was uncalled for and had the potential to injure Welker. I too agree that there should be consequences for what he did.

    Julia
    http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

  3. Kaybee

    This Peavy situation is so strange. I just hope he STAYS. That would resolve a few problems. I have no idea why he would want to go to the Cubs. Khalil’s going is sad, but we will need a shortstop. If Jake goes, we will have to get a shortstop.
    http://kaybee.mlblogs.com

  4. Elizabeth D.

    As far as Tazawa goes, the latest report on redsox.com featured a quote from Theo saying that over the past thirteen months since they first talked with him, his velocity has increased to 91-94 mph. I think that’s the most reliable one, but I’m not sure… I’ve heard a lot of stuff too. He dominated the Japan Industrial League.
    -Elizabeth
    http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

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