Tag:Huston Street
Posted on: December 10, 2008 1:24 pm
 

Rockies still trying to deal Taveras

LAS VEGAS -- The Rockies haven't been forced into the fire sale they feared, but they're still trying to deal center fielder Willy Taveras, a source familiar with their plans said.

When the Rockies acquired Huston Street as part of the deal with Oakland for Matt Holliday, the plan was that they would deal Street to another team, and also that they would trade third baseman Garrett Atkins. The situation has changed, though, and for now ownership is content to let the Rockies keep Street, Atkins and most of their other arbitration-eligible players.

 

Posted on: November 11, 2008 3:51 pm
 

Rays showed interest in Holliday

Before agreeing to trade Matt Holliday to the A's, the Rockies discussed Holliday with the Cardinals, the Phillies . . . and the Rays.

Colorado officials were surprised (and perhaps disappointed) that they could never get the Mets, Yankees or Red Sox interested in Holliday, but they did have at least preliminary talks with Tampa Bay, according to sources.

And even though those talks didn't result in a trade, they serve as a reminder that the Rays have a need in the outfield and may be williing to spend significant money to fill it.

Asked Tuesday if the Rays could be a player for a big-name position player this winter, club president Matt Silverman said Tuesday: "For next year, it's unlikely, but not out of the realm of possibility."

Silverman wouldn't confirm the Rays' previous interest in Holliday. But he did say that the Rays won't shy away from a player who is due as much as $13.5 million, which Holliday will make in 2009.

"A price tag isn't necessarily a deterrent," Silverman said. "It's just a little harder to make the math work."

The Rays had a $43.7 million opening day payroll in 2008, up from $24 million in 2007. They have 10 players signed for $39 million for 2009.

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As CBSSports.com reported Monday, the Rockies are prepared to spin Huston Street to a third team, after acquiring him in their Holliday deal with the A's. While there's still a chance the Rockies will keep Street, it seems more likely that he'll be dealt, possibly to the Indians.

The Rockies are also willing to talk about outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, but sources said they didn't acquire Gonzalez with the idea of trading him. Rival scouts called Gonzalez the key player in the Holliday trade, and some raved about his ability.

"He's a five-tool player, a real stud," one scout said. "And he's got a 70 arm (on an 20-80 scouting system)."

Official announcement of the Holliday trade remains on hold, until all players pass physicals. That's not a formality in the case of Street, who spent part of 2008 on the disabled list, or in the case of left-hander Greg Smith, who had an operation to remove bone chips from his elbow just last month. But even if the Rockies turn down Smith and/or Street, it's expected that they would be able to agree on other players and still send Holliday to Oakland.

Posted on: July 22, 2008 5:13 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2008 5:38 pm
 

Could Pena pitch? It sure looked like it

One scout who watched Kansas City shortstop Tony Pena Jr. pitch the ninth inning Monday night against Detroit joked about trying to trade for him as a reliever.

At least I think the guy was joking.

Seriously, though, you have to wonder whether Pena should be pitching rather than playing shortstop. There's a shortstop shortage in baseball, but there's not much demand for guys who hit .152 with no power.

There is demand for guys who can throw the ball over the plate with some velocity, especially when they can also throw 75 mph breaking balls over the plate.

"He was throwing 91, with sink," the scout who watched Pena said. "I guarantee you someone is thinking about (a position change)."

Pena told the Kansas City Star that he pitched as an amateur, and that some teams that scouted him wanted to sign him as a pitcher.

"I liked playing short more," he said.

If it means staying in the big leagues, maybe he'll change his mind.

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On the one hand, it's no shock to see the Astros trade for Randy Wolf, because owner Drayton McLane has been demanding that his team approach the July 31 deadline as buyers rather than as sellers. On the other hand, are you kidding?

The Astros are 12 games out of first place, and as one National League scout said today, they'll have a hard time finishing ahead of Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, let alone the Cubs or Brewers.

But McLane refuses to give up. At last week's baseball dinner at the White House, McLane apparently told President Bush that the Astros will win the National League Central.

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Speaking of the Brewers, they seem serious in their pursuit of Oakland closer Huston Street. Milwaukee scout Dick Groch followed Oakland from New York to Tampa Bay.

"If they get a closer, that would put them ahead of the Cubs, in my opinion," said one scout familiar with both teams.

But that same scout expressed concerns about Street's velocity, which has been down this year.

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The Dodgers are still looking all over for a shortstop, but they don't seem nearly as concerned about replacing injured closer Takashi Saito. Jonathan Broxton has always been seen as Saito's eventual successor, and the Dodgers were very impressed with Broxton's first two outings in Saito's absence.

One good sign: Broxton, who never threw above 97 mph, threw his first two pitches at 99 and 101 the other day in Arizona.

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Condolences to the family of longtime Chicago baseball writer Jerome Holtzman, who was definitely one of the legends of our business.

 

Posted on: July 20, 2008 12:03 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2008 3:49 pm
 

Contreras to DL, White Sox seek pitching

The White Sox put right-hander Jose Contreras on the disabled list today, and they could well intensify their search for more pitching.

Contreras had elbow trouble in his final three starts of the first half. The Sox were hopeful that he could pitch through it, but now they're concerned that he could miss significant time.

D.J. Carrasco, who was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday, was brought back to replace Contreras on the roster. The original plan was that Carrasco would also replace Contreras in the rotation, but manager Ozzie Guillen used Carrasco in relief today against the Royals. The Sox remain in the market for another starting pitcher. Chicago is also seeking bullpen help, with Huston Street and Jon Rauch the two pitchers they've watched most closely.
 
 
 
 
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