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Wow, what an incredible start to the offseason. A-Rod opts out of his contract, the Yankees reportedly offer Joe Girardi their vacant managerial job, and now a big time trade.
The Atlanta Braves have reportedly traded short stop Edgar Renteria to the Detroit Tigers for two high end prospects. The Tigers fill their need for **** and the Braves restock their farm system. I will admit I don’t know much about the youngsters involved in the deal but according the to AP, "Jurrjens started seven games in Detroit last year and was 3-1 with a 4.70 ERA. He was 7-5 with a 3.20 ERA in 19 starts for Double-A Erie. Hernandez hit .293 with four homers, 50 RBIs and stole 54 bases in 124 games at Class-A West Michigan last season."
Also, on a personal note, this will finally be the off season that I move the Rumor Mill off of MLBlogs and over to YourSportsFix. I’m not quite there yet but I finally have someone that knows what they are doing working on the site and I’m shooting for the end of next week to have the big announcement. For now though be sure to subscribe to the Rumor Mill Rumblings to keep up with all the happenings in baseball and on your favorite mlb rumor site (humor me here).
Oh and congrats to the Boston Red Sox and Red Sox Nation. You’ve become the embodiment of everything you hated just a few years ago.
Guest blogged by Derrek Wonderland
Various sources are reporting that the Braves have finalized a deal with the Royals for RP Octavio Dotel, sending SP Kyle Davies to Kansas City.
Dotel will be a very nice bullpen piece for the Braves, who are showing signs of an urgency to win now. We are not sure exactly how Bobby Cox will use him, but there are some theories that John Shuerholtz will now be willing to deal Bob Wickman and make Dotel the closer. If that does not happen then the Braves will have a formidable bullpen with Wickman, Rafael Soriano, and Dotel.
Davies is a 23 yr old pitcher who has been very inconsistent during his tenure with the Braves. Once touted as the best pitching prospect in the organization, Davies has struggled this year going 4-8 with a 5.76 ERA. Royals GM Dayton Moore has spent the last decade or so with the Braves, so he is very familiar with Davies and must feel that his best days are ahead of him.
As a Braves fan, I am sad to see Davies go because I know he has a ton of potential, but the bullpen was beginning to break down and now is aided by another big arm.
Ken Rosenthall of Fox Sports is reporting that the Atlanta Braves have acquired star slugger Mark Teixeira. This will be a HUGE deal if the report ends up being accurate. For what it’s worth Rosenthall is almost always right on these things.
"The deal is done, pending a review of the medical records of the players involved, according to major-league sources.
The Braves will receive Teixeira and left-handed reliever Ron Mahay.
The Rangers will receive catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Class A shortstop Elvis Andrus and two pitching prospects."
That’s quite a bounty and I like Salty a LOT but you’ve got to think this will be a big boost for the Braves. I’d love to hear what guest blogger Derrek Wonderland has to say about it, since the Braves are his hometown team.
Well, I’ve been struggling to keep up with the rumors lately, but thankfully, guest blogger Derrek Wonderland is on top of things. Here’s his Trade Deadline Rumor Roundup!
Mark Teixeira Update: Most sources are reporting that the Braves are still the front-runners to land slugging 1B Mark Teixeira. The centerpiece of their proposed deal is C/1B Jarrod Saltalamacchia, but they would also include a pitcher (either Matt Harrison, Kyle Davies, or Jo-Jo Reyes), and an infielder, either 18 year old phenom Elvis Andrus or Brent Lillibridge. The Braves are asking for a left-handed reliever to be included in the deal, either CJ Wilson or Ron Mahay.
The Angels are also believed to be in the running with their offer of young 1B Casey Kotchman and a couple of other pitchers, probably Ervin Santana and Joe Saunders. The Dodgers and Diamondbacks are said to be interested and both teams have enough young prospects to be a serious player in the Teixeira sweepstakes.
All indications are that the Rangers will wait as long as possible and drag this out right down to the wire.
Jermaine Dye: Dye’s name has been involved in trade talk all season, and with less than 2 days before the trade deadline, he is a central figure in many trade rumors. The Cubs, Mets, and Red Sox are all reported to have an interest in trading for the 2005 World Series MVP. The Cubs are undoubtedly concerned about the durability of LF Cliff Floyd and could possibly send OF Matt Murton back across town in return. The Mets OF has been banged up all season which makes them a player in the Dye talks, and the Red Sox want to add a bat because David Ortiz’s knee is an issue.
Dye is considered to be the most likely White Sox player to be traded before Tuesday’s 3pm deadline.
Octavio Dotel: Dotel is essentially the Royals only coveted trade piece and has been rumored in trades with several teams, including the Indians, Mets, Dodgers, Tigers, Red Sox, and Mariners.
Luis Castillo: Reports are surfacing that the Mets and Twins are in serious talks surrounding 2B Luis Castillo. The Twins had scouts at Shea stadium all weekend, but reportedly are not interested in any Mets on the current roster. So if a deal is done, it will most certainly involve prospects.
Joe Blanton: The Newark Star-Ledger is reporting that A’s pitcher Joe Blanton has been rumored in a trade with the Mets for OF Lastings Millege and another prospect, but the Mets aren’t able to trade Millege right now due to the injury issues of their OF.
I’ll check in with more updates over the next 29 hours but don’t expect a whole lot of analysis with them. Thanks again Derrek for your roundup. I’m sure all of our readers appreciate it as well.
The AP is reporting that the Atlanta Braves and Detroit Tigers traded unusually named lefty relievers. Macay McBride will be heading to the Tigers while Wilfredo Ledezma is on his way to the Braves.
Ledezma is 3-1 with a 4.79 ERA in 23 games out ofthe bullpen this year. The 26-year-old went 15-18 with a 5.15 ERA in 33
starts and 73 relief appearances during five seasons with the Tigers.
24-year-old McBride, selected by the Braves in the first-round of the
2001 amateur draft, was 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in 18 relief appearances
with Atlanta this season. He also went 1-2 with a 3.13 ERA in five
starts and two relief appearances for Triple-A Richmond.
It’s definitely not a blockbuster but I can always use a few warmups before the frantic posting of trade deadline starts up in the middle of July.
AtlantaBraves – Lack of production at 1st Base
continues to haunt the Braves. Scott Thorman (.216 / 6 HRs / 25
RBIs) is not contributing like the team had hoped, which has led to
Bobby Cox giving heralded catching prospect Jarrod Saltalamacchia
some reps at 1st Base. Salty is widely regarded as the
best catching prospect in baseball, but with Brian McCann firmly
entrenched behind the plate it appears that his only chance to play
everyday for Atlanta will be at first base.
a Braves fan, I can’t get enough of Salty at 1st
Base. As Thorman continues to battle Andruw Jones for the title of
Strikeout King, Salty has adjusted quickly to big league pitching and
seems to get clutch hits whenever he gets a chance to play.
Cubs – Earlier
this week the Chicago Tribune reported
that the Cubs may be willing to deal “ace” Carlos
Zambrano before the trading deadline, rather than lose him at the end
of the season for nothing. Zambrano, a free agent at the end of the
year, has struggled this season, going 5-5 with a 5.62 ERA in 12
starts. In an interview with the Chicago Sun
Times on June 6th, Cubs GM Jim Hendry would not
comment on any potential trades, and instead stated that he hoped
Zambrano would be better in the second half of the season, as he has
been previously in his career.
The New York
Mets, with their abundant resources, are a possible trade partner,
should the Cubs decide to move Zambrano.
Angeles Dodgers – According to the San
Diego Union-Tribune, the agent for CF Ichiro Suzuki met with
Dodgers GM Ned Colletti to discuss the impending free agent’s
The San Diego
Padres are also said to have some interest in Ichiro.
Mets – Already enjoying great production from their
starting rotation, the Mets figure to get a boost in roughly 6-8
weeks when Pedro Martinez rejoins the team. Newsday
reported on Tuesday that Martinez threw 2 mound sessions, consisting
of approximately 15 pitches each. When asked how he felt afterward,
Martinez glowingly reported, “I could
have thrown more, but we don’t want to get me hurt.”
is not good news for fans of other NL East teams. The Mets are
already enjoying a fairy tale season that seems destined to end up at
the World Series, the last thing I want to see is them add another
front line starter.
~ GUEST BLOGGED BY DEREK WONDERLAND