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.
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 Dunn – Dunn 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.
Francoeur had one down year and now everyone wants to trade him. Don’t get me wrong, Greinke is a good pitcher that played for a very bad team. He could be a great addition to the Braves staff but Francoeur has so much potential it is ridiculous. Francoeur also had expectations higher than anyone I have ever seen.
After his rookie year people were predicting a 35 homer, 120 RBI, 30 stolen base season. That is crazy talk for someone who is only 24 years old and was only 22 at the time. Give the kid a break, he earned it after that rookie season.
He was barely out of his rookie season and was already on the cover of Sports Illustrated and was in commercials hitting autographed baseballs to kids across the globe. Yea, he did have a disappointing season but it only seemed so bad because the expectations were so high. I think he is more than capable of bouncing back and hitting .290 with 20 home runs and 100 RBI. Just give the kid time. After all, he is a freaking kid.
In the end I doubt Kansas City will even pull the trigger. The only reason this is being brought up is because the Kansas City GM loves Francoeur. They also don’t seem to care much about on base percentage at all or else they wouldn’t even bother talking about Francoeur. He just needs to cut down on his strikeouts and draw a few more walks. Drawing more walks would lower his number of at bats and take away some of those ground/fly outs that bring down his average.
Greinke may be better now but I think Francoeur has the edge in the future. Which is exactly why he should not be traded.
Till next time,
on his victory the other night. Whether you wanted him to win or not,
he is our president.
I simply wanted to give him the congrats he deserved, this will not
turn into a political flame fest. So don’t even think about it.
Back to baseball. It looks like Greg Maddux is going to retire. All you
can really say is thank you. Thank you for the great years and a World
Series. Maddux was an amazing pitcher that deserves nothing but the
Not only was he an amazing player, he was a wonderful
person. It seemed that the only players that disliked him were the
opposing batters. But honestly, how can you hate Maddux, he is Greg
freaking Maddux. 1st ballot Hall of Famer, no contest. He should be
inducted today just because he is that good.
I don’t think
Glavine is to far behind Maddux. He just can’t contribute the way he
used to. It is just reality. You cannot deny the obvious. Thank you for
the great years and WS. He is also a 1st ballot Hall of
I almost hope that Smoltz hangs it up just so the trio can all be
inducted together. That would be simply amazing. One of the greatest
days in the history of baseball. If he doesn’t hang up his cleats I
would like to see him in the Atlanta bullpen.
There are a few more rumors going around the site. The biggest one is
still Jake Peavy. Everything is at a standstill for now. We will see
how it is going in about a week or so. I still believe if Peavy doesn’t
end up in Atlanta he will stay in San Diego.
A big trade that has just surfaced in the past few days is Kelly
Johnson for Ryan Ludwick. Eh, not really a bad trade. I’m not really
loving it though. Ludwick did hit 37 homers last year, but it almost
seems like a fluke. The problem with Ludwick is he strikes out a ton,
and yes, even more than Francoeur. You thought you were mad that
Frenchy went down 100+ times, wait till Ludwick shows up. It could be like having Andruw Jones back, but in left field. Oh no, we don’t
want that now do we. Also he won’t make the plays Druw did defensively.
Could Francoeur be traded? Well, yes. The Royals love him with a
passion. I don’t know why, but they do. Atlanta wants Zack Grienke in
return but the Royals apparently are smarter than we first expected.
Doesn’t look like they are going for it so I don’t see Francoeur moving
anytime soon. I think he still deserves another chance. After all he is
“the natural.” So I hear.
To cap off this entry, and just for giggles… Philly fans you know you laughed so don’t deny it.