Let the Pedro bidding begin; is change coming to Washington?
As we know by now, he had been hoping to get a pro-rated portion of a $5-million annual salary (the original request was for between "
Here's my take on which teams are most likely to sign Martinez now:
Just when folks were starting to draw comparisons between the 1962 Mets and the current Washington Nationals, the Nationals jumped up and put on an excellent three-day display in the Bronx, limiting the Yankees to three runs and taking two of three from the storied $200-million team.
While the Nationals are unquestionably baseball's worst team, the comparisons with the Amazins were a bit premature. They aren't that bad. Yankees announcer
Meanwhile, they are a team that's threatening to stay in the news, and here are some things going on:
1. Nearly everyone's available in trade, meaning everyone except
2. A full-time, full-fledged GM will be named sometime this season. Kasten wouldn't say who, but I have to think Rizzo has an excellent chance to be the guy. My impression is the Nationals-owning
Competing GMs say Mets GM Omar Minaya is out looking for offense now. But it's not an easy chore.
While the Mets' biggest issues may be their defense and baserunning, those issues can't be fixed through trades. We'll see if the offensive issue can be. Their production at the corners has been close to the worst in baseball. So that's what Minaya's looking into.
They could all fit the Mets, but there are problems for each. Hawpe's Rockies, far from out of it, are the hottest team in baseball. While Dunn and Huff have played the outfield and first base, they are less than stellar at both spots. And in the case of DeRosa, the Indians, who haven't given up yet, are said to be asking a premium.
The Rangers are looking at starting and relief options. They have looked into Brad Penny, though one person familiar with their thinking calls a deal for Brad Penny "unlikely.''
Although, Texas' quest for pitching help may be hindered by its inability to take any extra salary. For them to take a high-salaried veteran, they will have to get the trading team to pay the salary or take back a big salary.
The way to accomplish that would be to give up a top prospect or prospects. The Dodgers managed to do that last year, acquiring
The reason Texas can't increase its payroll is related to owner
• Arizona ace
• The Yankees will consider
• The Red Sox are a rare contending team willing to trade one of its relievers (though not closer
• The Tigers, though, had no choice but to put
• Frustrated by the increasingly weak starting pitching market, the Phillies were said to be considering looking at relief help now.
• Cincinnati, Atlanta and perhaps St. Louis are interested in a right-handed hitting corner outfielder.
• Though Boston has talked to a few teams about shortstops while
• That last series was Toronto's season in a nutshell. Three more players went on the D.L. (Halladay,
• Word is the Cubs sale is being held up in part by the banks' more stringent cash requirements in these rough economic times. There is a thought the banks would prefer new owner
• Nice quote by
• Congrats to
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