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    Offseason Deals and Rumors

    Please use this thread for continued offseason deals and rumors discussion.

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    Re: Offseason Deals and Rumors

    Yankees To Sign Brian Roberts
    By Steve Adams [December 17 at 7:36am CST]
    The Yankees and second baseman Brian Roberts have agreed to a one-year deal worth $2MM plus incentives, reports Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (on Twitter). Morosi's colleague, Ken Rosenthal, reported last night that the two sides were likely to reach an agreement. Roberts is represented by Relativity Baseball (formerly known as SFX).

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    Re: Offseason Deals and Rumors

    Is it safe to say Brandon Phillips will be a red next year?
    We need a leadoff hitter, how will we acquire that piece?

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    Re: Offseason Deals and Rumors

    Quote Originally Posted by webbbj View Post
    Is it safe to say Brandon Phillips will be a red next year?

    We need a leadoff hitter, how will we acquire that piece?

    I don't think it is safe to say that yet. Walt still probably has some surprises up his sleeve. At least that's my guess.
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    Re: Offseason Deals and Rumors

    Quote Originally Posted by webbbj View Post
    Is it safe to say Brandon Phillips will be a red next year?
    We need a leadoff hitter, how will we acquire that piece?
    A guy I believe we could get is De Aza from the White Sox, not ideal but a solid option. Yorman Rodriguez for him I can see working, the Sox seem to be collecting young talent with some upside. De Aza has 2 years left before FA.

    And yeah I think we are stuck with Brandon whom I never wanted to sign this most recent deal with in the 1st place, so I hope he ages gracefully.
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    Re: Offseason Deals and Rumors

    (Yanks sign Roberts)
    I wonder if this opens up a possibility of a trade where the Os need a 2nd baseman - and possibly a closer as well?

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    Re: Offseason Deals and Rumors

    Someone on another thread mentioned that de Aza was the only centerfielder with worse defensive numbers than Choo last year. Decent bat, but probably not enough to make up for his glove.

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    Re: Offseason Deals and Rumors

    On MLB Network this morning they suggested that Reds were still in it for Choo. Seemed like Rangers and Choo perhaps have been unable to cut a deal so far.

    Wonder if Walt is proposing something creative. Like a long term deal at less money, but with options for Choo to be a free agent again after, say, two or three years.

    Guessing the Reds are stuck in neutral until they see how Choo works out. If they don't get him, then Reds maybe add a player or two, lesser free agents or trades. If Choo does work out, then maybe Reds are "selling" a couple of players to reduce team salary, or seeking a couple of inexpensive role players.

    Everything points to the Reds becoming more active once the Choo thing is settled.
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    Re: Offseason Deals and Rumors

    For the people who want the Reds to trade Phillips, the Yankees, with all their resources, filled their vacant 2B position with 36 year old Brian Roberts, who has played 133 total these last three seasons, producing a .633 OPS.
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    Re: Offseason Deals and Rumors

    Quote Originally Posted by Kc61 View Post
    On MLB Network this morning they suggested that Reds were still in it for Choo. Seemed like Rangers and Choo perhaps have been unable to cut a deal so far.

    Wonder if Walt is proposing something creative. Like a long term deal at less money, but with options for Choo to be a free agent again after, say, two or three years.

    Guessing the Reds are stuck in neutral until they see how Choo works out. If they don't get him, then Reds maybe add a player or two, lesser free agents or trades. If Choo does work out, then maybe Reds are "selling" a couple of players to reduce team salary, or seeking a couple of inexpensive role players.

    Everything points to the Reds becoming more active once the Choo thing is settled.

    I think this makes a lot of sense. Walt did say that the Reds were going to really try to sign Choo. My guess is he wasn't lying, but that he also didn't know how the market would play out. At the moment, Choo's options seem to be dwindling a bit, so Cincy really could be back in play if they can approach the deals other teams are offering. Strange thing is that Boras said at one point that Choo had an offer in-hand and was considering it. I wonder if he decided against it.
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    Re: Offseason Deals and Rumors

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/

    D-Backs, Jose Valverde Agree To Minor League Deal

    By Steve Adams [December 17 at 8:15am CST]

    The Diamondbacks and Jose Valverde have agreed to terms on a minor league deal, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (on Twitter). Valverde is a client of the Boras Corporation.

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    Re: Offseason Deals and Rumors

    I don't know why, but I am amazed that Roberts is still around. It is fun for me to see though, as I first saw him as a young kid when I was at baseball camp at UNC one summer-his dad was the coach there and he tagged along, had great skills even as a young kid.
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    Re: Offseason Deals and Rumors

    Of course the Yankees would sign Brian Roberts, are they actually trying to break the record for oldest team in MLB history?
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    Re: Offseason Deals and Rumors

    Quote Originally Posted by blumj View Post
    Of course the Yankees would sign Brian Roberts, are they actually trying to break the record for oldest team in MLB history?
    It's one heck of a 2006 lineup:

    Ichiro - .322 avg, 45 SB
    Jeter - .343 avg, .900 OPS
    Beltran - 41 HR, 116 RBI
    Soriano - 46 HR, 95 RBI
    Teixeira - 33 HR, 110 RBI
    McCann - .333 avg, 24 HR
    Wells - .303 avg, 32 HR, 106 RBI
    Youkilis - .810 OPS, 42 doubles
    Roberts - .286, 36 SB
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    Re: Offseason Deals and Rumors

    Quote Originally Posted by marcshoe View Post
    Someone on another thread mentioned that de Aza was the only centerfielder with worse defensive numbers than Choo last year. Decent bat, but probably not enough to make up for his glove.
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