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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.
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.
Well, I have to give credit, where credit is due. MLBTradeRumors.com scooped me on this one. Apparently the Seattle Times is reporting that the Mariners will sign veteran pitcher Miguel Batista to a three year deal worth about $24 million.
Last week it was rumored that Batista had narrowed his choices down to either the Kansas City Royals or St. Louis Cardinals, however the Mariners’ offer appealed more to Batista. The deal is contingent on the pitcher passing a physical which should not be a problem, however, we’ve already seen deals fall through further into the process this winter so I’ll try to update you when everything is finalized.
As a public service announcement, I ask that all readers be sitting down while reading this article.
The Kansas City Royals today agreed to a deal with right handed starting pitcher Gil Meche. The deal is reportedly (please for the love of everything holy have a seat!) for 5 years worth $55 million! That’s right, the cheapest of all cheapskates, the Royals, awarded Meche for his 11-8 record last year with a contract worth averaging $11 million a year. Now, I realize the Royals had some money to spend, and any free agent is going to demand more to go play in front of 15 fans for a team that has lost 100 games more times than I can count, but this is just ridiculous. Meche’s ERA last year was 4.48, dropping below 5.00 for the first time in the past three years! His career record is 55-44 with a career ERA of 4.65 and somehow the Royals think that is worth $11 million a year for 5 years!
If you need me I’ll be out back stretching out my arm. I haven’t pitched in about 5 years and I’ve had some shoulder problems in the past as well but at this rate I’ll be a millionaire this time next week.
A quick Rumor Mill Update: There is a ton of news that I need to post about. I’ll get to it as soon as possible but I also have a real job so it might take me a bit. For now though if you have a rumor or signing I should cover, feel free to tip me off about it. Also be on the lookout for The Rumor Mill Rumblings’ Winter Meeting Wrap Up in the next day or so. If you’re not yet registered, you can do so at the top left corner of our site. Enjoy!
It is apparently a given that Miguel Batista will play his home games in the state of Missouri next year. Now it’s just a matter of deciding which team he’ll be playing those games for. The Kansas City Royals are reportedly offering the free agent pitcher $24 million over three years, however the reigning champion St. Louis Cardinals have also reportedly made an offer.
I realize I’m a Cardinal fan and a bit biased but if the Cardinals’ offer is more than $12 million total, I’d take it over pitching in front of an empty stadium for a losing team in Kansas City. Batista’s decision should come soon.