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October Baseball Cartoons

Well with the playoffs in full swing and the busy hot stove season just around the corner, I’ll be once again cranking this blog up. For now though, I’m enjoying this year’s post season as much as possible without my Cardinals being in it. But hey, at least the Cards won as many post season games as the Cubs this year right? How’s that 100 years of losing coming? LoL

Anyway, there are a couple of great playoff related cartoons published over at ToonRefugee.com. One is for all you Dback and Cubs fans:

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and the other is for the Yankee and Indians fans out there:

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I’m not sure if there will be more with each series or not but the two that are up now are definitely worth a look.

Anyway, I hope you are enjoying the playoffs as much as I am, I’ll see you all after the World Series!

Rumor: Cardinal Relievers Trade Targets

As I mentioned before, just going to be throwing up quick updates over the next 29 hours and counting. Despite their 3-1 weekend against first place Milwaukee, it looks like the St. Louis Cardinals will be sellers. Several teams have scouted the defending champs’ pen and both the Rockies and Indians appear to be interested in Troy Percival. Several other teams would be interested in Jason Isringhausen but he "has told the Cardinals he isn’t going anywhere."

Rumor: Percival Won’t Get Offer… at least from the Angels

It appears that retired reliever, turned comeback kid, Troy Percival won’t be getting an offer… at least not from his long time team, the Angels. The LA Times quoted Angels GM Bill Stoneman as saying "With the strength of our pen — we have as strong if not stronger a pen than when we did not ask him back — I think that’s probably out. To think we’re looking for help for the bullpen, that’s not where our priorities are at."

However, Percival and his agent shouldn’t be worried just yet as papers from several other cities are reporting the home town team has interest in the reinvigorated reliever. The bulk of the buzz is coming from Detroit, where Percival spent two injury plagued years before retiring. The Detroit News says the Tigers are "intrigued" by Percival and report that the team has been in contact with the pitcher’s agent.

The Philadelphia Daily News reports that the Phils "like many teams" have been in contact with Troy’s agent. It also isn’t exactly a stretch to say that "the Phillies badly need bullpen help." Given that need, Percival would certainly seem to make sense there as well.

And last but not least The Plain Dealer (out of Cleveland) today insinuated the Indians might have interest in the pitcher as well although GM Mark Shapiro would not give an indication one way or the other. But, when is the last time someone refused to comment on a player that they really weren’t looking into?

So, while it may not happen in Anaheim, er I mean LA, by all indications there seems to be great interest in Percival’s services. Isn’t it nice to be wanted?

Trade Report: Mariners Acquire Davis From Indians

The Seattle Mariners have acquired Jason Davis from the Cleveland Indians for the proverbial player to be named later. According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, M’s manager Mike Hargrove is pleased with the pick up.

"I saw him pitch in the big leagues and at Buffalo when I was there in2004," Hargrove said. "He’s a big, tall guy who throws hard. And you
can’t get too many power arms in your bullpen. He’s got a fastball, a split and a little slider. He can get it up there at 97-98 (mph). And he can pitch
comfortably at 92-95."

The article also mentions that there is currently no plan to use Davis as a starter, however, Davis certainly gives the Mariners a bit more insurance for their starting rotation.

Winter Meetings Preview

WintermeetingsWell sorry about the delay folks. For once the forecasters got it right. We got 10 inches of snow on top of 2 inches of ice (both setting a new record for the ENTIRE month of November). This town does NOT deal with snow well. The word snow comes out of the weatherman’s mouth and there are 10 accidents just on principle alone. Anyway, we’re still basically snowed in but I’m back in the saddle and ready to fire up The Rumor Mill again. What better way to do that than a quick roundup of everything going on to get you ready for the Winter Meetings which I’m sure will give me plenty to write about. Hold on, cause here we go.

The Signings:

  • The Chicago White Sox signed a one year deal with Scott Podsednik for $2.9 million. The Sox are still said to be pursuing trades, namely for Chone Figgins, however, so this could just be a sign and trade.
  • The New York Mets have reached an agreement with their free agent pitcher Tom Glavine. While Glavine had been considering a return to Atlanta, the Braves were apparently not able to find the funds to make that happen. The Mets on the other hand, apparently had an extra $10.5 million laying around.
  • The Cleveland Indians have taken two big strides to bolster their bullpen. The Indians signed the left handed Aaron Fultz from the Phillies and the right handed Roberto Hernandez from the Mets. The Tribe’s ‘pen needed some experience and what better way to do that than sign a 42 year old pitcher?
  • The San Francisco Giants have re-signed their second baseman, Ray Durham. Durham had been injury prone throughout his career with the Giants, however, in his contract year last year, Durham managed to stay healthy by focusing on strength and conditioning and it paid off. Durham hit a career best 26 home runs and was rewarded by the Giants with a two year, $14 million deal.
  • The Seattle Mariners have signed Jose Guillen to a one year $5.5 million contract.
  • The San Francisco Giants have reportedly reached a deal with free agent
    outfielder, Dave Roberts. Roberts will apparently be following his
    former skipper, Bruce Bochy, to the Giants and will be given a three
    year $18 million contract.
  • The Giants also re-signed Rich Aurilia to a two year deal.

and now… The Rumors:

  • The St. Louis Cardinals are apparently taking another look at free agent pitcher Jason Schmidt. After signing second baseman Adam Kennedy and pitcher Kip Wells at what are, at least for this offseason, considered bargain prices, the defending champs apparently have some extra money to spend.
  • The Dodgers and Red Sox apparently met last night to discuss a possible deal involving Manny Ramirez and Brad Penny.
  • The Chicago Cubs are still courting Julio Lugo as well as Kenny Lofton and Jason Schmidt.
  • Toronto Blue Jays center fielder, Vernon Wells, looks to be poised to cash in big in next year’s free agent market, a fact that could prompt the Jays to trade Wells while his value is high.
  • The Seattle Mariners are reportedly shopping first base slugger, Richie Sexson.
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates are still looking for a left handed bat and might end up having to trade for one rather than pull someone off the steadily shrinking scrap heap.
  • Interest in pitcher Miguel Batista seems to be growing with the Phillies, Cubs, and Cardinals all linked to the pitcher.
  • A deal involving the Cubs’ Jacque Jones and the Rockies’ Jason Jennings has reportedly been discussed.
  • Oh, and shocking as it may be, interest in Barry Bonds is apparently quite low. I seem to remember saying something like that a while back…

Well, that should catch everyone up on the current events. The Winter Meetings are currently underway and as always I’ll keep you up-to-date on all the Rumors and Rumblings from across baseball.