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What a day for Boston sports fans! Not only did the Celtics land Kevin Garnett, but the AL East leading Boston Red Sox have acquired closer Eric Gagne from the Texas Rangers. According to ESPN.com "Boston sent left-hander Kason Gabbard and minor league outfielders David Murphy and Engel Beltre to the Rangers" for the once dominant closer. Gagne set the all time record converting 82 straight save opportunities for the Dodgers but three surgeries had all but ended his career before this year’s comeback performance. The Rangers did a great job of getting maximum value for their free-agent-to-be. Not only did they acquire three prospects for what is likely a rental by Boston, the Red Sox also are reportedly picking up 2.1 million of Gagne’s performance bonuses.
The St. Louis Cardinals are desperate for starting pitching, and it shows. ESPN.com is reporting that they "acquired right-hander Joel Pineiro, optioned to the minors last week by the Boston Red Sox, and cash for a minor league player to be named." Pineiro certainly isn’t going to fill the void left by injured ace Chris Carpenter but I guess when you have Kip Wells and Anthony Reyes combining for 23 of the Cardinals 53 losses, you can’t be too picky. Who knows, maybe this will turn into another Dave Duncan reclamation success story.
Stay tuned, only 2 and a half hours left until the deadline.
Update: There are rumors running around that Buerhle has resigned with the White Sox for 4 years at $50 million. To me that seems way too low to be true and so far it’s only 3rd hand information. I’ll work under the assumption that he’s not resigned until I find a more reliable source.
I’ve been writing the Rumor Mill for quite a while now and reading rumors for even longer but I can’t remember any situation ever being as crazy as the Mark Buerhle saga. He’s been on the trading block for weeks, several teams have been rumored to be front runners, the Red Sox jumped to the lead, then claimed Chicago had planted the rumors, Buehrle’s affinity for the Cardinals was rumored to be a sticking point with several teams (they were basically assured of getting a rental), and now it appears that Buerhle might not be going anywhere?!?
The Chicago Sun Times today reported that the White Sox and Buerhle have apparently had a change of heart and hope to get an extension done by the end of the week.
"The Boston Red Sox, who had jumped out as the clear favorite to acquire White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle during the weekend, have pulled out of the sweepstakes, according to one source. And not because the asking price of top minor-league prospects was too high or because they no longer coveted Buehrle’s services, but because Buehrle is no longer on the trading block for the time being."
The article goes on to say
The Sun-Times has learned that a change of heart in both the Buehrle and White Sox camps during the last 48 hours has led to talks about the sides somehow getting together and agreeing on a contract extension by the end of the week.
Now, call me a skeptic but I’ve always had a hard time believing stories that relied heavily on unnamed sources. **** I could sit here and tell you that a "source" from the Cardinals organization told me that they are bringing Big Mac out of retirement and trading for Roger Clemens and Randy Johnson. Of course that would be complete BS but hey, it’s from a source right?
I don’t see any reason Buerhle would sign with any team before testing the free agent market. With the kind of money that was thrown around last year, the offer would have be pretty compelling. Being a Cardinals fan I would like to think that the lefty still wants to play for his home town team and would do so at a considerable discount, however, when you’re talking about that kind of money, I think all bets are off.
There’s sure to be more news and twists in this suddenly entertaining soap opera, and I’ll try to keep you updated as best I can.
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Guest Blogged by J.P. Maxwell
A lot of confusion has been made in the last 24 hours or so, since White Sox GM Kenny Williams made it known that he is shopping his Sox players. Williams didn’t say exactly who would be made available, but Williams stated after later that hard decisions would soon follow, but some changes HAD to be made. The likely to go are Mark Buehrle and Jermaine Dye. Many believe that for the right price, starting pitchers Jose Contreras and Javier Vazquez can also be acquired.
Yesterday, a report had the Red Sox stated as the “front-runners” to acquire Buehrle. This morning, a report had the Mets kicking up their attempt to acquire Buehrle or Contreras or both. For Buehrle and/or Contreras to be dealt to the Mets, you’d have to think Lastings Milledge would have to be included in any deal. Are the Mets deciding to try and go after Contreras b/c they believe it would take less to acquire him instead of Buehrle? It is believed that the Yanks and Brewers have also inquired about Buehrle, who will be a free agent after this season. A dark horse still wanting to see if they can make a deal happen is the St. Louis Cardinals. Many believe Buehrle will sign with his hometown Cardinals in free agency this winter anyway, so why not push to acquire him now to help this season and sign him before he can test free agency? It is believed that Williams could deal Buehrle (if not others) as early as this week. No matter which player he gives up or who to, the asking price will be a lot.
Editor’s note: Gawd I LOVE this time of year.
Just a quick post before I head to bed… Today, when asked if there were plans to trade free agent to be Mark Buerhle to the Boston Red Sox, White Sox GM Ken Williams said "not today." I’ll have more tomorrow on the plethora of trade rumors surrounding the suddenly pathetic pale hose but I’d expect something to happen fairly quickly as the frustration mounts in the north side of chi-town.