Hot Stove Happenings

Mark Teixeira ~ Boston is out of the running, Baltimore, Los Angeles, and Washington are still in the hunt. I see the Angels coming out on top for Teixeira. Baltimore and Washington aren’t anywhere near winning anytime soon. I think he would take a little less money and play for a good team.

Greg Norton ~ signed a one-year contract worth $800K to remain with the Braves. Good switch-hitting, pinch hitter. Good signing.

Juan Rivera ~  has agreed to a three-year deal worth $12.75MM to stay with the Angels. Good signing if he can keep up his production. Maybe in case they can’t sign Tex?

Padres ~ signed Jody Gerut to a one-year deal for $1.1775MM. Odd signing to me. Aren’t they supposed to be cutting salary? Solid year, not bad for the money.

Cincinnati ~ are interested in Jerry Hairston Jr., Rocco Baldelli, and Willy Tavares. I like Baldelli best out of the group. He has the most upside of the three. Especially since his health issues are treatable.

Bobby Crosby ~ was placed on outright waivers by the A’s. Who’s going to play shortstop?

Mets ~ looking to acquire 2 of Derek Lowe, Oliver Perez, or Randy Wolf. Order is by preference.
Lowe is obviously the best pitcher of the 3. Perez has the most left in the tank, Wolf has the least value.

Randy Wolf ~ is seeking 3 years and $30MM. Not worth it to me.

Randy Johnson ~ has received several offers. The Dodgers are expected to place an offer while the Cubs were rumored to be interested if they didn’t land Jake Peavy. I think he lands with the Dodgers or stays with Arizona.

New York Yankees ~ could be avoiding signing Ben Sheets. Smart? Maybe. We will see.

Cheers,

~Ben

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10 comments

  1. hardballblog

    Yea, I don’t understand why they would drop out either. The Red Sox were my pick for Teixeira but now I think he stays with the Angels. I know he wants to play on the east coast, but I think winning matters to him. That means the Nationals and Orioles are out.
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  2. Jane Heller

    I agree with both of you. I see Teixeira with the Angels. On the other hand, this is Boras we’re talking about. The Red Sox did make a nice offer (8 years at $165 million?) so they must have wanted Tex. Is there really a better offer? Only time will tell.

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  3. hardballblog

    Now the Red Sox are back in the Teixeira sweepstakes. If they really are they are my favorites to land him. I think the location gives the Red Sox an advantage and the fact that they could be a better team than the Angels. We will have to see what goes down.
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  4. Kaybee

    Yeah, the Gerut signing was interesting, but we need him. He had a great year, and he definitely deserves it. But true, we only have $10 million for the roster right now. Oh boy…I am very glad to have him back though. He’s a great player.
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  5. hardballblog

    If that is sarcasm pwhjort you can leave this site for good. I’m trying to spark conversations not necessarily bring on completely new topics. Also on that Steelers comment, their offensive line is bad which makes it hard for the offense to score. Not to mention how Willie Parker was hurt and Mewelde Moore had to start at running back. And yes Nicky, Lowe is the Mets’ top target. I am not looking forward to Braves-Mets games this year. It could get ugly.

  6. hardballblog

    I think the Angels realized they don’t really have a shot. I think their max offer was about $160MM while everyone else was at about $180MM. The Angels already had a disadvantage being on the west coast while Tex wanted to play on the east coast. I think they know they would have to completely blow him away with an offer to keep him. With the Angels out I think Boston is now the front runner and will land him eventually. If not Boston I think Washington will give him the best offer.

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