Perrotto's Latest: Teixeira, Burnett, Wilson
By Nat Boyle [November 30 at 1:02pm CST]
John Perrotto of Baseball Prospectus has his Sunday article up. Let's go through it:
-The Angels may be willing to match the Yankees $140MM offer to CC Sabathia. They won't offer 10 years to Mark Teixeira. If they can't land Teixeira, they will consider Pat Burrell for first base.
-A.J. Burnett is looking at the Blue Jays, Red Sox, Yankees, Braves, Orioles, and Phillies.
-The Twins want a left-side infielder for Delmon Young, so they can open a spot for Denard Span in the starting lineup.
-The Tigers are pursuing Jack Wilson from the Pirates and Matt Treanor from the Marlins. They are also putting high priority on signing Joe Beimel who's getting interest from a number of teams.
-The Dodgers will not re-sign Rafael Furcal for health reasons so the Giants, Athletics, and Reds are his most likely destinations.
-The Cubs will need to offer more than Jason Marquis to the Royals for David DeJesus. If they can't get it done, they'd sign Raul Ibanez over Bobby Abreu.
-The Braves are interested in Javier Vazquez and Jermaine Dye...
-The Reds need to offer more than Homer Bailey to get Dye.
-The Mets are considering Jon Garland, Vazquez, Edwin Jackson, Andy Sonnanstine. --The Rays want more than Aaron Heilman for either of their starters.
-The Mets could soon become suitors for Manny Ramirez.
-The Brewers could soon become suitors for Francisco Rodriguez.
-The Astros are targeting Paul Bako and David Ross as backup catchers.
-The Rockies are trying to find lefthanders, eyeing Alan Embree, Will Ohman, Brian Shouse, and Glendon Rusch.
Cafardo's Latest: Lowe, Lowell, Dye, Saltalamacchia
By Nat Boyle [November 30 at 12:18pm CST]
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says when Derek Lowe sat down with his agent, he inquired first about the Boston Red Sox. Says Cafardo,
"This Lowe doesn't bear much resemblance to the guy who left the Sox after 2004. Back then, his out-of-control personal life seemed to consume him. The Red Sox didn't want to deal with it and let him become a free agent. Lowe feels leaving was the best thing. 'I think I'm a lot better pitcher now, teammate now, than I was four years ago,' he said. 'Sometimes you have to learn, and I think getting out of Boston was the best thing for me.'"
Lowe notes the Red Sox fit the mold of what he's looking for in his next team.
And around the bigs:
-Roy Oswalt is pushing Ben Sheets to consider the Astros.
-Split opinions on interest in Mike Lowell, but either way this shouldn't affect the Red Sox pursuit of Mark Teixeira. Cafardo lists Dodgers, Angels, Indians, and Twins as possible destinations for Lowell.
-Jermaine Dye is a good fit for Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, and the Mets. The White Sox would want more than Andy Sonnanstine or Edwin Jackson in exchange for Dye.
-Jarrod Saltalamacchia looks good in the Dominican League, hitting .435 with 4 homeruns and 2 doubles in 23 ABs.
-Willie Bloomquist could be Alex Cora's replacement at utility in Boston.