Archive for December, 2010

Tuesday December 21, 2010 Day In Review

December 21, 2010

Orioles Turn Attention from Adam LaRoche to Derrek Lee

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/blog/2010/12/currently_at_impasse_with_laro.html

The Yankees Hit with 18 Million Dollars in Luxury Tax Down From 25.7 Million in 2009.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/12/21/sports/baseball/AP-BBO-Luxury-Tax.html?_r=1&ref=newyorkyankees

Theo Epstein Reiterates Papelbon is Closer After Finalizing Deal for Bobby Jenks

http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/2010/12/epstein_papelbo.html

Angels on Again Off Again Interest in Adrian Beltre.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2010/12/angels-pull-offer-to-beltre-off-table-but-door-is-still-open-to-sign-third-baseman.html

Brandon Webb is in Texas. Wait Brandon Webb is not in Texas.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20101221&content_id=16353822&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

Athletics Finalize Deal With Rich Harden. Role as Starter or Bullpen to be Determined

http://www.insidebayarea.com/athletics/ci_16915018

Theo Epstein says Jonathan Papelbon is the Red Sox Closer

December 21, 2010
Ian Browne of MLB.com is reporting that Theo Epstein has made it clear to Jonathan Papelbon that Papelbon is the Red Sox closer going into 2011. 

There had been speculation when Bobby Jenks was signed last week that Papelbon’s closer job could be in jeopardy.

This is a story that will probably get a lot of attention in spring training and early in the 2011 season. Especially if Papelbon blows a save or two early in the regular season.

Angels Reportedly Pull Offer to Adrian Beltre

December 21, 2010
The Adrian Beltre story has been a hot topic today. 

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times is reporting the Angels have pulled their reported offer of 5 years 70 million dollars to Adrian Beltre. Though the Angels would not rule out signing Beltre.

Beltre is represented by Scott Boras who is reportedly asking for a 5 year deal in the 85-90 million dollar range . The Angels had contentious dealings with Boras in 2008 when they were trying to sign Mark Teixeira to a long term deal before being outbid by the Yankees.

Angels owner Arte Moreno has reportedly made it clear that his offer to Beltre will not be increased.

The Risk of Signing Carl Pavano to a Multi Year Deal

December 21, 2010
The signing of Cliff Lee last week leaves Carl Pavano as arguably the most sought after free agent pitcher left this offseason. Apologies to the rumored to retire Andy Pettitte since it would be a shocker for Pettitte to sign with any team other than the Yankees. 

Speaking of the Yankees, ask any Yankee fan and they can tell you the risk of signing Pavano to a multi-year deal. His four year 39.95 million dollar deal signed with the Yankees before the 2005 season can be characterized in one word. Disastrous!

In Pavano’s four injury-riddled seasons with the Yankees he logged only 145 2/3 innings while posting an ERA just over 5.00. Just mention the rumored asking price of 3 years 30 million to any Yankee fan and you are sure to get a priceless reaction.

The laundry list of Pavano past injuries includes his right shoulder, bruised buttocks, elbow strain and two broken ribs from an automobile accident he failed to report to the Yankees until 13 days after it happened in August of 2006.

Sure Pavano posted tantalizing numbers in 2010 with 17 Wins, a 3.75 ERA and 1.195 WHIP. But consider that Pavano pitched 221 innings in 2010. It was only his second season of 125+ innings since 2004 when he was 28. Pavano will be 35 in 2011 with a lot more mileage on his oft injured body.

Every baseball fan knows the value of good pitching but the prospect of paying Pavano 30 million over 3 years seems too risky.

If Pavano can come close to duplicating his 2010 production over the next 3 years 30 million will be a bargain. But with his past history 30 million over 3 years seems like an enormous risk to the team that decides to sign him.

Angels Not Out on Adrian Beltre

December 21, 2010
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the Angels are not out on Adrian Beltre as earlier reported. But he says they remain far apart in contract talks.

Rosenthal reports Beltre’s Agent Scott Boras is asking for 5 years in the 85-90 million dollar range.

The Angels are reportedly offering a 5 year deal in the 70 million range.

This should be interesting as Angels Owner Arte Moreno has stated he will do what it takes to win. But the Angels have yet to make a big splash in the free agent market this off season after reportedly losing out on Carl Crawford.

Athletics Make Harden Deal Official

December 21, 2010
Jane Lee of MLB.com is reporting the Athletics deal with Rich Harden is official.Harden is expected to compete for the 5th spot in the A’s rotation.

Harden’s massive potential and history of injuries has been well documented.

He seems like he has been around forever but will be just 29 heading into the 2011 season.

At this point in his career he is trying to salvage any hint of the potential he showed earlier in his career.

Angels Will Not Sign Adrian Beltre

December 21, 2010
Joe McDonnell is reporting the Angels will not sign Adrian Beltre.This is interesting as the Angeles had seemingly became the front runners for Beltre after losing out on Carl Crawford.

There were numerous reports of the Angels presenting Beltre with a “significant” contract offer last week. Beltre already reportedly shot down a 5 year 64 million dollar offer from the Athletics. Rumor was he was using the Athletics offer as leverage against other teams.

Blue Jays Sign Corey Patterson

December 21, 2010
Multiple sources are reporting Corey Patterson has signed with the Blue Jays. Terms of the deal have not been announced.

Patterson spent the 2010 season in Baltimore stealing 21 bases but logging a .315 OBP in 340 plate appearances. He has not been a full time player since the 2007 season.

If he earns significant playing time he could steal 25-30 bases.

Patterson has never lived up to the 5 tool hype he had when he came up with the Cubs in 2000. It is amazing that he has stuck around the league so long with a career .292 OBP.

Brandon Webb Not Expected to Make Decision Today

December 21, 2010
John Morosi of Fox Sports is reporting that Brandon Webb will not make a decision today about signing for 2011.

Webb has been linked to several teams including the Rangers, Cubs and Nationals.

Brandon Webb NOT in Texas Meeting with Rangers

December 21, 2010
T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com quickly shot down reports Webb is in Texas meeting with the Rangers.

The Rangers are still reportedly interested in signing Webb.

The Nationals and Cubs are still reportedly showing interest in signing Webb.

Stay tuned for further updates in the Brandon Webb saga.