The envelope, please: Presenting my 2009 midseason awards
It's been a great year for very young starting pitchers, surprise managers in the American League and
One AL executive called Peralta a "solid'' player, fairly faint praise for a shortstop that was once seen as a home-run threat. However, diminishing power (only four home runs) has turned him into a fairly average player this year, a shortstop with so-so range or a third baseman with below-average power. The Red Sox would seem to be a candidate, but they have hopes for a
"I think they'd listen on anyone,'' one competing executive said of the Indians. Listen, yes. However, there's still a lot of doubt as to whether they'd seriously consider trades for either
The Indians do not want to create the impression that they are giving up on 2010, too, so it would take an overwhelming offer to land either of those players. In Lee's case a contract extension seems unlikely. But Shapiro believes he can still trade Lee a year from now and get a decent haul for him. That may come from the fact that Shapiro got a decent return for CC Sabathia with a little more than a half-year to go. However, while Lee's very good, he's also no Sabathia.
The Royals, despite all their issues, have several pitchers that interest teams. Their closer,
It also appears that the Royals are reluctant to trade
Bannister, who's 6-6 despite the Royals' weak offense, actually isn't such a bad fallback choice for teams interested in a starter in what appears to be a much weaker market than anyone envisioned.
• The A's' pickup of
• There was said to be "little progress" in trade talks involving
• Shortstop whiz
• Best of luck to good guy
• Yankee Stadium isn't playing any longer lately. But if you think something will have to be done, consider how much it is benefiting the Yankees, who have 78 home runs at their new place. They are a team of fly ball hitters and strikeout pitchers. So it suits them.
• There was a little birthday celebration for Yankees owner
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