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Holliday to A’s?

Several sources are reporting that the Colorado Rockies have traded, or are close to trading, Matt Holliday to the Oakland Athletics.

Per Ken Rosenthal
, as of 2:56 PM EST:

The players the Rockies will receive have not been decided, and the deal likely will not be finalized for approximately 48 hours, sources said.

Over the weekend, the teams discussed A’s outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, left-hander Greg Smith and reliever Huston Street, according to one source, but it is not known if any or all of those players will be included in the package for Holliday.

Also per Rosenthal, the A’s will not “flip” Holliday nor trade him next July. Supposedly they are increasing their payroll to $80M and “plan to contend next season”.

If true, I’m happy Holliday is out of the NL and not going to the Phillies.

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Rosenthal: Mets hot for Sonnanstine

Ken Rosenthal’s latest column suggests that the Mets are interested in Rays starters Andy Sonnanstine and Edwin Jackson …. and why wouldn’t they be?

The Rays have yet to engage in serious trade conversations about right-handers Edwin Jackson and Andy Sonnanstine. The Mets are one of many clubs interested in the two pitchers, but the Rays are no further along with them than they are with the 28 other teams. …

The question, of course, is what in the world do the Mets have that the Rays would be interested in? With a surplus of pitching and a small budget, it’s doubtful they’d want to acquire the likes of Scott Schoeneweis. Aaron Heilman might be on their radar to take the place of free agent Dan Wheeler, but the Rays certainly would want more than Heilman for either Jackson or Sonnanstine. Young starting pitchers who can win 13-14 games in the AL East are pretty valuable. Would Fernando Martinez have to be included? Jonathan Niese?

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Beimel and Other Oddities

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Mets have LHP Joe Beimel on their “wish list”:

Add left-hander Joe Beimel to the list of free-agent relievers on the Mets’ wish list. The team also is expected to investigate free-agent closers Francisco Rodriguez, Brian Fuentes and Kerry Wood, and will examine trades and internal solutions while reconstructing its bullpen. As for position players, the Mets maintain interest in outfielder Raul Ibanez, whom they tried to acquire last July and now can sign as a free agent. ..

Not clear on why the Mets would be interested in YALOOGY (Yet Another Lefthanded One-Out Guy), since they already have two of them on their roster. Both Pedro Feliciano and Scott Schoeneweis could have been as effective as Beimel was last year, if only they were used properly. You see, Beimel was used almost exclusively as a “one-out guy” by Joe Torre. In other words, Torre generally didn’t try to use Beimel as a “4-out guy”, a two-inning reliever, a closer, nor as a setup man. Yes, Beimel was effective and his ERA was sparkling in his limited role — but watch those numbers bloat when Jerry Manuel starts using him in every situation under the sun.

Kerry Wood is intriguing, on a short contract, but he likely will command a three-year deal at minimum — something I’m not sure he’ll be able to fulfill considering his long history of arm injuries. Fuentes is definitely not worth the 3-year / $36M+ that the market is suggesting. I’m not seeing the Mets buy K-Rod for the 5-year commitment he’s seeking.

Raul Ibanez is not a surprise, considering the rumors from July. I was totally against trading anyone with a pulse for him at the deadline, and as a “Type A” free agent, I’m not sure he’s worth surrendering a #1 pick. Let’s wait and see if the Mariners offer arbitration — if they don’t, he’s someone to consider in a left field platoon, on a one- or two-year deal. However, if he doesn’t hit, he’s useless. I compare the erosion of his overall game to Shawn Green’s tenure as a Met.

Also in Rosenthal’s column:

Free-agent infielder David Eckstein is making it known that he wants to play second base next season.

Hmmm …. file that thought, just in case ….

Next post: we discuss Javier Vazquez.

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