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Rosenthal's Latest: Sabathia, Blake, Greinke, Teja

Posted on: June 27, 2008 2:54 pm

And now...a fresh Ken Rosenthal column.

  • An opposing viewpoint: Rosenthal says "any team that acquires C.C. Sabathia would gain an exclusive window to sign him long-term before he reaches free agency."  Rosenthal notes that the Brewers and Rays are stacked enough to acquire Sabathia and wouldn't mind taking draft picks for him after the season.
  • Casey Blake is drawing trade interest; his versatility is a plus.  Rosenthal likes the fit for the Dodgers, Mets, and A's.
  • An anonymous general manager tossed out this "trade concept": Adam Dunn to the Dodgers for Juan Pierre, Chin-lung Hu, and cash.  Thoughts?
  • Teams such as the Braves, Phillies, and Brewers have expressed interest in Zack Greinke at some point, but the Royals plan to keep him.  He'll be eligible for free agency after the 2010 season.
  • Earlier this year the Cubs inquired on David DeJesus, but now they seem content with their Jim Edmonds-Reed Johnson platoon.  Maybe talks will be rekindled after the season?
  • The Astros will talk about any player on the roster without a no-trade clause, which would include Miguel Tejada.  Does that mean Jose Valverde, Hunter Pence, and Wandy Rodriguez aren't off limits?

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: June 28, 2008 10:38 pm

Rosenthal's Latest: Sabathia, Blake, Greinke, Teja

I agree.  That trade makes no sense.  Dunn has one year left and Pierre is in a multiple year contract that the Dodgers were willing to give away at the begining of the year.  Thus, the Reds do not need another high salary player, especially one that just steals bases.  Remember, just like Sabathia, teams are not just going to give away players becuase the two type A draft picks they get for losing the player in free agency is worth alot more. 

Since: Jun 25, 2008
Posted on: June 28, 2008 7:10 pm

Rosenthal's Latest: Sabathia, Blake, Greinke, Teja

I don't like the trade of Adam Dunn for Juan Pierre and Chin-lung Hu.  Adam done is more of a defensive liability than Pierre is.  You then loose Pierre's speed at the top of the lineup.  You can't move Dunn to first, because then what do you do with Loney.  Furcal has proven that he is a little fragile since coming to the Dodgers.  You can't rely on him to be on top of the line-up.

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: June 28, 2008 8:28 am

Rosenthal's Latest: Sabathia, Blake, Greinke, Teja

Rumors in Cleveland today are that the Indians and CC Sabathia are close to agreeing to an extension.  As publicly noted, the Indians and Sabathia are in agreement on the annual compensation, but differ in the length of the contract.  GM, Mark Shapiro, has presented CC and his agents with a very creative offer that team sources are saying that CC's agents are considering.  The creative structure is being called the "valuation gap", and in order to make the deal benficial to both parties, the Indians have agreed to an "earn out."  The "earn out" will allow Sabathia to earn an additional three years on his contract.

Thus, the summary of the proposed deal is: A four-year contract at $20M/Year and an additional three years at $22M/Year based on certain performance criteria.  In order for CC to get the additional three years, CC will have to do the following things over the four year period: (1) pitch at least 180 innings per year, (2) maintain an ERA under 4.00, (3) win at least 12 games per year.

Got to love the creativity...

Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: June 28, 2008 2:41 am

Rosenthal's Latest: Sabathia, Blake, Greinke, Teja

I hope that Dunn trade is a joke...The Dodgers would probably actually be thankful to unload the Pierre contract, and while Hu's got some pretty nice minor league numbers, a perennial 40 homer guy and a guy with a sub .230 OBP over 61 games just don't quite match up (especially when you already have Keppinger holding his own pretty well in the SS position).

And when are the Twins going to wise up and fleece a team that consistently overpays for aging pitching (aka the Yankees - and boy do they need pitching), by unloading Livan Hernandez?  Haha, I wonder if they could sneak Humberto Sanchez out of them while his stock is low. 

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