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Posted on: June 4, 2008 8:05 pm
 

Draft Roundup

Tomorrow is draft day!  ESPN's coverage begins at 1pm CST.  We'll live-blog it here at MLBTR, just for the fun of it.  Here are today's draft-related links.
Posted on: June 4, 2008 8:05 pm
 

Talking Retirement: Smoltz, Trachsel, Mercker

Today we've got a trio of pitchers who may be ready to call it quits.
Posted on: June 4, 2008 8:05 pm
 

Bill Hall Hopes For Trade

WEDNESDAY: Doug Melvin says he's "not really motivated" to trade Hall at this time.  Makes sense, since trading him now would mostly be a salary dump.  TUESDAY: According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, third baseman Bill Hall would prefer to be traded.  He's unhappy about losing playing time to Russell Branyan, and believes his willingness to switch positions in each of the last two seasons should've bought him more latitude.  Hall, 28, is hitting .225/.295/.418 in 201 plate appearances.  He's a year removed from his last .800+ OPS month.  Would positional stability help Hall return to his 35 home run form?  Will any team have the patience to find out?  Hall earns $4.8MM this year, $6.8MM in '09, and $8.4MM in '10 (with a $9.25MM option for '11).  I can't imagine much of a trade market for him given his recent hitting.  Can you think of a team with a need at third or short that would make sense for Hall?
Category: MLB
Posted on: June 4, 2008 8:05 pm
 

Francisco Cruceta Designated

Casey Fossum had been tearing up Triple A, so the Tigers decided to designate Francisco Cruceta to make room for him. Cruceta, 26, has only 26 big league innings under his belt.  He's been knocked around, and lousy control hasn't helped.  Cruceta missed all of spring training with visa issues.  The Tigers are the fifth organization seduced by Cruceta's high ceiling (according to Baseball America).
Category: MLB
Posted on: June 4, 2008 8:05 pm
 

MLBTR Chat Transcript

Read the transcript from today's chat here.
Category: MLB
Tags: MLBTR Chats
 
Posted on: June 4, 2008 8:05 pm
 

The Holliday Situation

Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post talks about how opposing executives are waiting to see if the Rockies will make Matt Holliday available.  The Rockies have talked with Scott Boras about extending their slugger past '09, but both sides are mum on the state of those discussions.  Presumably, the Rockies would exhaust that avenue before putting Holliday on the market. ESPN's Buster Olney lays out the options for Dan O'Dowd: shop Holliday this summer and aim for a Teixeira-like bounty, sign Holliday to a staggering extension now, or let him play out the string while hoping he finds the free agent market disappointing.  Olney opines that Holliday "is worth more to the Rockies than he is to any other team." Teams are always going to be wary of trading for a Colorado slugger.  If I was in charge, I'd deal Holliday for 75% of the Teixeira return.  What would you do?
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