Here are some of the latest news stories from various sources:
- ESPN.com reports that the Cardinals are getting closer to a deal with Matt Holliday. The deal could be a seven-year deal.
- Wang’s agent told 1050 ESPN
that he has heard from 15 teams who are interested in Wang. The Yankees
were one of them, while the Mets were not. No other teams were
- The Red Sox have made an offer for third baseman, Adrian Beltre, according to ESPN.com. Other teams are also interest including the Angels, Athletics and Orioles.
- Buster Olney tweets that the Athletics have pulled their offer off the table for Adrian Beltre.
- According to SNY, Jason Bay has passed his physical and is officially a New York Met, to be announced tomorrow.
- An AP source tells NBCSports.com that Bay’s deal with the Mets will have a $17M option for 2014.
- Mike Axisa of River Avenue Blues says that the Yankees should go after the A’s, Travis Buck, to play the outfield.
- The NY Post reports that David Cone will not be returning to the YES Network. Tino Martinez is a possible replacement.
- 7:40 p.m. SI.com has learned that the Red Sox are now close to a deal with Adrian Beltre. The deal is believed to be at least two-years with an opt-out option after this season.
- 9:19 p.m. Peter Gammons says via Twitter that the Red Sox have agreed to a one-year deal worth $9M, with a player option for $5M. 9:31 p.m. FOXSports.com confirms.
- 9:25 p.m. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com tweets about a possible trade that would send Luis Castillo to the Red Sox, and Mike Lowell to the Mets. The deal would work out for the Red Sox with Beltre coming, and with Castillo gone, the Mets could go after Orlando Hudson.
- 9:29 p.m. Chad Jennings of The Journal News reports that the Indians have signed Shelly Duncan.
Here are this weeks top three…
teams on the rise:
- Seattle Mariners
- Baltimore Orioles
- Philadelphia Phillies
teams on the decline:
- Anaheim Angels
- Toronto Blue Jays
- Boston Red Sox
free agent signings:
- John Lackey to the Red Sox
- Chone Figgins to the Mariners
- Hideki Matsui to the Angels (edit: thanks to Evan Coleman for the correction.)
- Curtis Granderson to the Yankees
- Cliff Lee to the Mariners
- Milton Bradley to the Mariners
available free agents:
- Matt Holliday
- Jason Bay
- Ben Sheets
If you have any questions or comments on any of the picks I made, leave a comment on this entry and I’ll reply to you.
He hasn’t been talked about much, but he’s out there. Remember a couple months ago when the Yankees were possibly going to trade for Bedard? Well, he’s now a free agent. The Yankees have starting pitching at the top of their wish list this offseason, or at least they should, and Bedard is an option.
- He had a 2.82 ERA this season in 15 starts.
- He is an overwhelming strikeout pitcher with a career 8.8 SO/9 ratio. He led the league with a 10.9 SO/9 ratio in 2007.
- He is a type B free agent, so the Yankees wouldn’t need to give up yet another first round draft pick like they would if they signed a type A such as Lackey. Eventually, the Yankees are going to need to go for the prospects. Now may be the time.
- He is a bit injury prone, making only 30 starts in the past two seasons.
- He walks a lot of people: 3.6 batters per nine innings.
- He gives up more than eight hits per nine innings. He led the league in that category in 2007.
- He has only pitched for Baltimore and Seattle and may not be able to handle a big, competitive city like New York.
Chat or Chuck?:
Chat. Why not? Bedard is the best choice besides Lackey. If the Yankees get Lackey, it will come at a much higher price and they will need to give up another first round pick, which is starting to get on my nerves. In the end, Bedard is a very good pitcher. Hey, they almost traded for him on their run to a championship.
- Damon is back in the line up after suffering back spasms for a few days.
- This batting order is the most common for the Yankees this year. They have used it 11 times.
- The last time the Yankees were able to put this batting order out on the field was on 9/3. The Yankees won that game 10-5 against the Blue Jays.
O’s (58-83) go for sweep, Yanks (91-52) try to get back on winning track.
- Hit Early: In the first inning, Guthries opponents are hitting .316 off him.
- Think RF Lefties: When Lefties pull the ball off Guthrie, they are hitting .507, when they go to the opposite field, they are hitting just .186.
- Be Patient and Get to the ‘Pen: Guthries ERA in his last 2 starts is 1.38, Baltimores bullpen has a 6.75 ERA this month.
- Stack the Righties: Righties are hitting .355 off Tillman this year.
- Swing Early (Again): Opposing hitters are batting .429 on the first pitch Tillman throws.
- Don’t Give Up: Batters are hitting ..367 off Tillman with 2 outs.
- Be Patient: After Tillman throws his 51st pitch of the game, batters are hitting .337 off him. So, for the Yankees, take as many pitches as you can to get Tillman to that 51 mark as soon as possible.
Yanks (91-50) and O’s (56-83) trying to get in opener on rainy Friday.
If I see the weather clear up, I will construct a formal preview for the game. Keep checking back! Thanks for reading!