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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.
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
and the other is for the Yankee and Indians fans out there:
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!
ESPN.com is reporting that the Dodgers have dealt Wilson Bentiment to the Yankees for reliever Scott Proctor. The Dodgers have been looking for bullpen help and apparently they believe Proctor will be just that. Bentiment was only batting .230 with the Dodgers but provided some pop and still has some upside. Plus, he can play about a million positions so he might be viewed as ARod’s replacement if/when he opts out at the end of the year.
Sorry I’m a bit behind on the rest of the rumors and trades. I’ll try to catch up as the day progresses.
Reports out of New York indicate Bobby Abreu’s stay in the Bronx might be coming to an end. The Record’s Bob Klapisch wrote today that:
One major league executive said there’s "a pretty good chance" Abreu will attract interest from a National League team this month, assuming the Yankees are willing to pay a significant portion of the $10 million he’s still owed.
While I’d never doubt the Yankee’s willingness to eat chunks of large contracts, I’m not sure what they’d stand to get in return. Abreu’s contract calls for him to make $16 million next year, although there’s also a $2 million buy out available to any interested clubs. However, this does not appear to be the same masher the Yankees acquired. Abreu’s hitting .261 and only has 5 home runs and 39 RBI. That’s not what you’re looking for from a guy set to make $16 million a year.
If there’s a managerial equivalent to Mark Buerhle right now (someone everyone wants but no one can seem to get), it would have to be Joe Girardi. The former Marlins skipper was courted by the Baltimore Orioles last week and has been rumored to be the heir apparent for Joe Torre in the Bronx. However, if the Washington Post is correct, the Orioles might get a second shot at landing the much coveted manager. According to the post, "If the Orioles still haven’t decided on a manager by the end of the season, it’s a possibility they could restart talks with Girardi then, a team source said yesterday." Apparently Girardi’s decision to turn down the Orioles’ offer last week was mostly due to the timing (taking over a team mid-season) factor.
Even if timing was the key factor, it’s tough for me to see the brown birds getting another bite at the apple. If the Yankee position opens up I’d expect to see their former catcher to accept in a heart beat. However, I think I’d rather see Girardi managing another young team similar to the situation in Florida. He’s young for a manager and might have a hard time dealing with the high priced veterans on the Yankee squad.