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Tuesday, December 06, 2005
What, there's something besides trades and trade rumors going on? Jes' a little bit...
Rule 5 Draft PreviewBryan Smith has his Rule 5 draft preview up at the Baseball Analysts. No names I knew, so it's all good.
OT: It's Terry-ble In Its BeautyMatt Welch's stunning, gawjus wife Emmanuelle has a site redesign on her bilingual blog that includes a mast by the immensely talented cartoonist Terry Colon. You can vote for her blog in this year's incarnation of some-or-other blog awards. Incidentally, Jim Turner wrote in about my comments regarding the temporality of their awards... seems they've changed addresses without leaving a forward. Oops. And what's this?
Roster NotesDamn, there's a lot of these...
- John Olerud has announced his retirement.
- The Giants traded LaTroy Hawkins for Steve Klein.
- The Washington Post says the Orioles are close to signing Padres free agent catcher Ramon Hernandez.
- Laynce Nix had surgery on his right, non-throwing shoulder about a month ago. He is expected to be ready for spring training.
- The A's may be close to signing Frank Thomas.
- In that same story, the A's have dropped out of any bidding for Milton Bradley.
- Update: You know, I forgot to mention this one, which is nuts, because it's causing such a furor over at Jon's: Ken Rosenthal says the Dodgers are working on an Alfonso Soriano for Jonathan Broxton swap. Normally I don't comment much on these deals, but let me say that this absolutely sucks if you're the Dodgers. I'm not much of a fan of Broxton, but his superior work in the minors deserves more of a chance in Chavez Ravine than just 13.2 innings. Soriano, on the other hand, is a hacker whose time has come and passed, as exemplified by his .224/.265/.374 line on the road this year, and whose .810 zone rating is the third-worst of his career. (I also recall he had an 82 or 83 Rate2 last season, but Baseball Prospectus is down again in another one of its bad hair moments.) This is just a bad deal.
Update 2: ... or not.
- The Dodgers will offer Jeff Weaver arbitration, according to MLB.com. The team won't offer arbitration to Elmer Dessens, Paul Bako, Jose Valentin, and -- gasp! -- Darren Dreifort. But he had such heart!
- Also, the Dodgers may be near a deal for another helping of Olmedo Saenz. First base is "the least of my concerns," said Colletti.
- The Padres have bowed out of a possible David Wells trade.
In Which Philip Michaels Beats Plaschke To Plaschke's DeadlineHeh!
Here's a Rosenthal rumor about Dodgers and Soriano: The Dodgers' willingness to increase payroll apparently did not end with their signing of free-agent shortstop Rafael Furcal to a three-year, $39 million deal. The Dodgers are discussing a trade in which they would acquire Rangers second baseman Alfonso Soriano for minor-league pitching prospect Jonathan Broxton. The Dodgers apparently would move Soriano to left field, but the trade is not close to completion. The Rangers are working on other deals as well.
Jayson Stark counters with this: "Did someone say they also needed a first baseman? There were rumblings -- later denied -- that the Dodgers had talked with Texas about a deal that would send hulking 6-foot-4, 240-pound pitching prospect Jonathan Broxton to the Rangers for Alfonso Soriano. L.A. then would have moved Jeff Kent to first and given Cesar Izturis all the time he needs to recover from Tommy John surgery."
Would you buy.....growing pains? I'd fire the help but they do it for free. Okay it sucks....but I'm a Rockies fan...what do you expect?