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Rumor: Cubs and D'Rays Talking Lugo

Friday, January 13, 2006
There's a rumor swirling around the Windy City around the radio where the Cubs and D'Rays continue to talk trade possibilities. The Cubs are eager to trade 2B Todd Walker and may have found a taker. The rumored trade is looking like this...

Cubs get:
SS Julio Lugo (placing him at 2B possibly)
Unamed pitcher

Devil Rays get:
2B Todd Walker
RHP Jerome Williams

This is pure speculation at this point, but can give you an idea of the Cubs intentions. The two teams continue to talk.
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Red Sox Will Keep Trying to Move Manny

Multiple sources are reporting that the Red Sox will keep trying to move OF Manny Ramirez and fulfill his trade requests. Co-GM Jed Hoyer had this to say on the Ramirez situation at an annual dinner...
"I think Manny knows that we have made a good faith effort to meet his ... request. We haven't found a deal that works for us. I know that he is happy that we've talked to teams and shown a good-faith effort to trade him."

There is some talk out of Philly today about a rumored trade that would send OF Jason Michaels, OF Bobby Abreu and RHP Gavin Floyd for OF Manny Ramirez and RHP Matt Clement.
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D'Rays Huff Sick of Trade Talk

Thursday, January 12, 2006
A piece in the Tampa Tribune today explains the Devil Rays' OF Aubrey Huff frustration surrounding the trade talks he's been involved in. Huff explains...
"As soon as I signed my three-year deal [in 2004], probably a week after I signed my deal, there [were] rumors of me getting traded already," Huff said Wednesday morning, speaking on "The Cowhead Show" on WXTB, 97.9 FM. "That's happened every year since then. If you want to trade me, trade me. Just get it over with. I'm sick of hearing the rumors. If you want to do it, do it. If not, let's stop talking about it."
Huff also stated it'd be great for him to have a chance to play for a contender and the Rays should have used the $10 million being spent to refurbish Tropicana Field on a top-level free agent instead. Huff notes the Yankees and Red Sox remaining competitive, and the Orioles and Blue Jays spending this off-season to improve. Huff has been subjected to trade rumors all off-season having drawn interest from the Cubs, Red Sox, Mets, Angels and Orioles.
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Focus: Mike Piazza Market Shrinking

Over at the NY Post today, an article is out explaining the shrinking market for C Mike Piazza. During the winter meetings, there were four teams interested, the Twins, Athletics, Blue Jays and Orioles. Since then, Piazza's choices have been limited. The Twins are no longer in the sweepstakes, the Blue Jays can only offer a backup or limited role, and the A's aren't interested anymore. The Orioles may have interest if they can move C Javy Lopez.

The ideal spot described would be in Anaheim, where Piazza could be a part time catcher, designated hitter and fill a void with a needed right handed bat. He also has connections to the area dating back when he played for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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Kevin Millar Agrees to Deal with the O's

CBS4 Boston is reporting the agreeing to a one year deal with the Baltimore Orioles by 1B Kevin Millar contingent on him passing a physical. Millar would receive $2.1 million with "easily attainable incentives" that could make the deal worth $3.8 million, his salary last year with the Red Sox.
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Phillies Were Close to Getting An Ace

According to an article at the Philadelphia Daily News, the Phillies were close to acquiring an ace, but didn't specify any details, just the fact that the other team involved backed out. The speculation is that it possibly was O's RHP Erik Bedard, but that is not confirmed. Every deal for a top starting pitcher has included OF Bobby Abreu. The quote is as follows from the article, spoken by Phillies GM Pat Gillick

The new Phillies general manager said at a media luncheon here yesterday that a deal that would have brought the Phillies a No. 1 or No. 2 starter fell through yesterday morning because the other team backed out.

"They fell out," Gillick said. "Could the deal eventually happen? I'm not optimistic."

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Milton Bradley & Kiko Calero Sign 1 Year Deals With A's

Wednesday, January 11, 2006
The AP is reporting the signing of OF Milton Bradley and RHP Kiko Calero to 1 year deals with the Oakland Athletics. Bradley will receive $3 million with the chance to earn an additional $200,000 in performance bonuses. Bradley was traded to Oakland in a trade with the Dodgers that took place on Dec. 13, in order to provide some offense for 3B Eric Chavez.
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Graffanino Agrees to 1 Year Deal With Red Sox

IF Tony Graffanino has agreed to a 1 year deal worth $2.05 million with the Boston Red Sox according to various sources. Graffanino, the starting second basemen for the Sox after being acquired from the Royals, will compete for a utility job due to Mark Loretta being obtained from the Padres this off-season.
7:46 PM :: 1 comments :: Jack I. :: permalink

Sosa Heading to DC?

There's a rumor floating around according to ESPN Desportes in which OF Sammy Sosa is in preliminary discussions with the Washington Nationals for a one year agreement. The following is an excerpt from the article...

A source close to Sosa told that Tom Reich, one of Sosa's agents, will meet with Nationals' Jim Bowden on Wednesday. Neither Reich nor Bowden returned calls from to confirm or deny the meeting.

If he were to sign with the Nationals, Sosa would probably move to left field, with Jose Guillen most likely in right field and Ryan Church in center. Complicating matters would be Alfonso Soriano, who the Nats have wanted to move to the outfield, but who has also resisted a change from second base. Washington also signed veteran outfielder Michael Tucker this week.

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Red Sox Come to Terms With Julian Tavarez

Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Boston Red Sox and free agent RHP Julian Tavarez have agreed on a two year contract with a vesting option. The deal will be finalized pending the 32 year old Tavarez passing his physical.
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Marlins Eyeing Gathright

Faced with the options of starting OF Chris Aguila or OF Eric Reed in centerfield, the Marlins continue to talk with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays about trading pitching prospects for OF Joey Gathright according to the Miami Herald. Gathright has been talked about much in the off-season who has drawn interest from plenty of teams.
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Houston Wants Bagwell to Announce Retirement

According to varioius media reports, including ESPN and ABC News, the Houston Astros are asking 1B Jeff Bagwell to announce his retirement. Such an announcement would help the Astros greatly financially allowing the Astros to make a $15.6 million insurance claim of the total $17 million owed to Bagwell in 2006. Bagwell played a total of 39 games last season after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Bagwell believes he can play in 2006, quoted in the Houston Chronicle as stating:
"Nothing is going to keep me from attempting to play baseball next season. There's no question in my mind I can hit. It's whether or not I can throw for a full season. Everything has gone exactly the way I thought it should. I'm getting stronger. Am I able to throw 120 feet? No. Am I making progress? Very much so. I'm going to try and play baseball at spring training. There's no getting around that. Unless something major happens, I'll be there."

Views: It's a shame the Astros are seeking to kick Bagwell out without at least letting him have a shot at spring training. Bagwell leads the franchise in both home runs and RBI's all time. The way Bagwell talks about his ability to still hit, it does scream playing DH somewhere, but it's awfully hard to picture Bagwell playing for anyone but the Astros.

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