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Posted on: January 22, 2011 12:01 am
Edited on: January 22, 2011 9:47 am

Guerrero bound for Baltimore?

Vladimir Guerrero Could Vladimir Guerrero be close to joining the Orioles?

That's what former Reds and Nationals general manager Jim Bowden tweets . Bowden, now working for Sirius XM, says Guerrero is "getting close to accepting humbling deal w O's."

The Baltimore Sun 's Dan Connolly is all for it , writing the Orioles are now in a position to go get Guerrero for $5-$6 million, as the music has come close to stopping on the designate hitter version of musical chairs.

The Rays reportedly landed two DHs on Friday, Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon, while the Jays added offense in Juan Rivera and Mike Napoli.

The likely suitors appear to be down to the Angels, Rangers and Orioles. The Rangers didn't pick up his option, while the Angles didn't re-sign him after 2009.

Connolly notes the Orioles could move Luke Scott to left field, which would make Felix Pie the fourth outfielder and send Nolan Reimold to Triple-A, something the team could consider anyway.

UPDATE: That's why there was a question mark on the headline (I'm never quite sure what to do with reports from Leatherpants) -- the Orioles' Andy MacPhail denied the Bowden report in an e-mail to MASN.com's Steve Melewski . "Report is not accurate," MacPhail said in the e-mail. Of course, it could just be a differing of opinion on what constitutes "close" or it could be that the Orioles haven't talked to Guerrero.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 21, 2011 5:53 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2011 10:26 pm

Angels trade Napoli to Blue Jays for... Wells?

Napoli That would be the Jays, not the Rays.

An earlier report had the Rays trying to acquire Angels catcher Mike Napoli, but Toronto has come away with the slugger, reports FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal .

While the Angels need a power bat, the club has never been high on Napoli and he only earned playing time in 2010 once Kendry Morales went down for the season with an injury. That opened up first base for Napoli, and he banged 26 home runs thanks to the opportunity. It was the third straight year Napoli has hit over 20 home runs, as he has forced his way into playing time before.

He'll have no trouble gaining playing time in Toronto, where he will likely steal some at-bats at catcher from J.P. Arencibia -- if not cause Arencibia to be demoted to the minors entirely. He should also play some first base and DH in a time-share with Adam Lind, Edwin Encarnacion and Travis Snider.

If the club moves Jose Bautista to third base -- a decision likely to take place in spring training, although the alternative is the unimpressive John McDonald -- then Snider could play left, Napoli first and Lind DH, with Encarnacion coming off the bench. That would appear to be the best option offensively. Questions do remain about Arencibia's defense behind the dish and Bautista's preference to play right instead of moving back to the hot corner, however, and the Blue Jays are expected to try to get Rajai Davis into the starting lineup.

On the Angels' side, this move could open up a return of Vladimir Guerrero or Manny Ramirez -- or even Scott Podsednik -- to town now that Napoli's contract is off the books. He still has yet to settle in arbitration, but the team's offer was $5.3 million, so he cannot earn any less than that. Napoli is asking for $6.1 million.

Vernon Wells UPDATE : Rosenthal adds that the player going back to the Angels is Vernon Wells.

To say this is a surprise would be an understatement. Toronto must be kicking in serious cash to replace Wells, as the center fielder is owed $86 million over the next four years. This is for a player who hit .272/.331/.515 in 2010... his best year since 2006. Oh, and did we mention the defense?

It's too early to judge this trade as this deal clearly has to be bigger than Wells for Napoli. 

For one, what does this mean for Torii Hunter and Peter Bourjos in Los Angeles? Abreu could be ticketed for DH, but Bourjos could also lose a starting spot with Wells or Hunter playing right. If it's Abreu headed to DH, one would think that Bourjos would stay in center with Wells shifting to left field.

Toronto, meanwhile, could shift Rajai Davis to center field, which would allow them to keep Bautista in right and still fit in the players they plan to start.

UPDATE : Rosenthal has come out with more . Wells is expected to stay in center field with Hunter staying in right. Yeah, because keeping a nine-time Gold Glove winner in right is such a smart idea. Hunter may not be Gold Glove caliber anymore, but he's better than anything Wells can do in center.

Rosenthal also adds that Juan Rivera -- whom the Angels were trying to clear out along with his $5.25 million salary -- could be in the deal as well. Rivera would likely platoon in left and DH if so.

Peter Bourjos appears ticketed for either Triple-A or Toronto.

-- Evan Brunell

UPDATE: Rosenthal tweets the deal is indeed Napoli and Rivera to Toronto for Wells and cash. The question now is just how much cash -- Napoli and Rivera combined will make about half of what Wells is owed in 2011.

UPDATE: Shi Davidi of the Canadian Press tweets the Jays won't be sending money to Anaheim, but that seems highly unlikely.

UPDATE: The Angels have announced the deal, but the biggest question -- how much money the Angels will receive in return -- is still unanswered.

UPDATE: Well, Davidi was right -- there is no money changing hands, CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler tells me. The Angels are now on the hook for the entire $86 million left on Wells' contract. Every. Single. Penny.


UPDATE: And what would this story be without another update -- apparently the Blue Jays are throwing in $5 million. So, instead of owing Wells $86 million, they'll just owe him $81 million, which was nice of them.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 21, 2011 4:08 pm

Rays trying to deal for Napoli

NapoliThe Rays are close to signing Johnny Damon to DH, but may also be looking at Mike Napoli of the Angels, the Sporting News reports.

Napoli cranked 26 home runs, topping 20 for the third straight year but has yet to have a firm hold on a starting job. In fact, the only reason Napoli received a career-high 510 plate appearances in 2010 is due to Kendry Morales' season-ending injury in May. However, Napoli and his .238/.316/.468 line (career .251/.346/.485) showed that this is someone who deserves to start.

In Tampa, Napoli could shuttle between catcher, DH and first base and would receive ample playing time while replacing the power lost by Carlos Pena's departure. While Tampa Bay appears jammed at catcher with John Jaso and Kelly Shoppach, the first baseman is currently Dan Johnson and there's no incumbent DH. There's plenty of playing time available for Napoli.

However, Tampa would have to manage Napoli's salary. He made $3.6 million in 2010 and is due a raise. The team offered $5.3 million in arbitration while Napoli is asking for $6.1 million.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: January 3, 2011 8:03 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 8:18 pm

DH market still crowded

Vladimir Guerrero If there's a surplus of one position on the free agent market, it may be the designated hitter spot.

Jim Thome, one of last season's bargain pickups, is still unsigned, as are Vladimir Guerrero, Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon. And then there's the not-retired Jermaine Dye, Jason Giambi, Russell Branyan, Jose Guillen and Hank Blalock.

So far this offseason, the Red Sox exercised their option on David Ortiz, the Yankees have said they'll move Jorge Posada out from behind the plate, as will the Tigers with newly-signed Victor Martinez. Adam Dunn will be a first-time designated hitter with the White Sox.

As for teams with needs, that includes the team Thome DH'd for last season, the Twins, who would like him back. Of course, after putting up the year he did, he feels like he deserves a raise -- especially with his 600th career home run likely coming this season. The Rays, Angels and Rangers also have obvious needs, while the Orioles, Royals and Blue Jays could upgrade at the spot or stay put.

As it stands, here how the current AL DHs line up:
Orioles -- Luke Scott
Red Sox -- David Ortiz
Yankees -- Jorge Posada
Blue Jays -- Edwin Encarnacion
Rays -- Matt Joyce
White Sox -- Adam Dunn
Indians -- Travis Hafner
Tigers -- Victor Martinez
Royals -- Billy Butler
Twins -- Jason Kubel
Angels -- Mike Napoli
A's -- Hideki Matsui
Mariners -- Jack Cust
Rangers -- David Murphy

And here's who is left on the market (2010 AVG/OBP/SLG HR, RBI)
Jim Thome .283/.412/.627 25, 59
Vladimir Guerrero .300/.345/.496 29, 115
Manny Ramirez .298/.409/.510 16, 42
Johnny Damon .271/.355/.401 8, 51
Russell Branyan .237/.323/.487 25, 57
Jason Giambi .244/.378/.398 6, 35
Andruw Jones .230/.341/.486 19, 48
Hank Blalock .254/.319/.349 1, 7
Jose Guillen .258/.314/.416 16, 62
Jeremy Hermida .216/.268/351 6, 29
Troy Glaus .240/.344/.400 16, 71
Mike Sweeney .252/.321/.444 8, 26
Jorge Cantu .256/.304/.392 11, 56
Jermaine Dye (2009) .250/.340/.453 27, 81

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 30, 2010 6:48 pm

Red Sox fail to land Napoli

The Red Sox and Angels were not able to come to an agreement on a trade for Mike Napoli, so the catcher will remain an Angel.

Despite being one of the better bats on the Angels, Napoli has struggled for playing time the last few seasons. An injury to Kendry Morales in May led to more playing time at first base for the slugger, but he has recently started sharing time with Juan Rivera.

Napoli is expected to command a raise in arbitration to roughly $5 million in his second-to-last year of being tied to a team, which is far too much for a part-time player. As a result, Napoli is expected to be made available in a trade in the offseason now that no trade with Boston could be agreed upon.

WEEI's Alex Speier spoke to a source saying the Angels weren't motivated to deal Napoli immediately, likely because they can find a bigger market in the winter and due to having to find a replacement for Napoli for the remainder of the season, which may not have been easy.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 29, 2010 2:30 pm
Edited on: August 29, 2010 6:01 pm

Napoli claimed by team

Mike Napoli Could Mike Napoli be on his way out of Los Angeles?

The catcher/first baseman has been held back with the Angels, as manager Mike Scioscia doesn't care for the slugger's defense behind the plate. He's also losing playing time at first to Juan Rivera for no apparent reason -- so it should come as no surprise that the Angels might move Napoli, reports Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.

Morosi reports that not only did a team claim Napoli off trade waivers, but the Angels may go ahead and move him . While Napoli isn't slated to be a free agent until after 2012, he's getting pricey with a $3.6 million contract and doesn't make sense for a team that won't play him full-time.

Napoli could catch, DH and play first base for any number of contenders such as Boston, Chicago (the AL version), Minnesota, Tampa Bay and Texas, although L.A. shipping Napoli to a division rival is highly unlikely.

Morosi also speculates that teams focused on 2011 may want to bring Napoli in the fold now, such as Detroit. The Tigers have no clear starter at catcher next season.

Napoli has three straight seasons of at least 20 home runs, posting a line of .249/.317/.478 in 413 at-bats entering play Sunday. He is one of a rare breed of catchers that can drill pitches over the fence. Whether or not he's a capable defender, he's absolutely capable of playing every day.

UPDATE : ESPN's Joe McDonald reports that the Red Sox were the claiming team. Boston could use Napoli in a rotation with catcher Victor Martinez and first baseman Mike Lowell, and potentially replace V-Mart behind the plate in 2011. Boston may have also put in a claim to block other teams such as the Rays and Yankees from nabbing the slugger.

-- Evan Brunell

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