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There are rumors of a significant trade going around the winter meetings involving an All Star. Check it out in either the Pittsburgh Pirates Rumors category or the Cleveland Indians Rumors category over at YourSportsFix.com.
Guest blogger J.P. Maxwell emailed me today with his take on the Pirates trading for starting pitcher Matt Morris.
I watched an interview with Cards GM Walt Jocketty before Tuesday night’s game with the Pirates. My intention was to find out why the Cards didn’t do more at the deadline and I was also curious about why the Cards didn’t get in on Matt Morris. I understand why the Cards let him walk way a couple of years ago, but I thought the Cards could have sent a mid-level prospect to the Giants plus had the Giants “eat” about half of Morris salary to make the deal work. I know Morris hasn’t been great in about the last month and a half, but I think Morris returning to the Cardinals would have been a boost that he needed to return to his old form. Well as it turns out, Jocketty said the Cardinals were in on Morris till the last minute and were actually the front runners till the Pirates jumped in and offered to pay the remainder of Morris’ contract. I don’t know what the specifics of the deal would have been for Morris to return, but now all we can do is wonder.
Cardinal and Pirates fans out there, what do you think?
Several readers have emailed me letting me know the Pittsburgh Post Gazett is reporting that the Pirates have "acquired starting pitcher Matt Morris from the San Francisco Giants for outfielder Rajai Davis and a player to be named later".
This must have been one of the last deals to be allowed as it wasn’t announced until well after the 3pm eastern deadline. MLB.com has more on the deal.
Guest Blogger J.P. Maxwell just sent me a note that the Cubs had made a move, and indeed, they have. The AP is reporting that "the Cubs traded backup shortstop Cesar Izturis and cash to Pittsburgh on Thursday in a deal that could free the Pirates to trade former All-Star Jack Wilson." It was presumed that the move was made so the Cubs could then call up Ronny Cedeno, however, the report states the Cubs have instead "purchased the contract of catcher Jake Fox from Double-A Tennessee". With D. Lee serving his 5 game suspension, Fox is probably just a temporary call up but we’ll see.
Guest Blogged by J.P. Maxwell
According to the Oakland Athletics team site (now also in the San Francisco Chronicle), the team designated OF Milton Bradley for assignment yesterday. The team now has ten days to either trade or release Bradley. This is a surprising move, considering how well Bradley can play at times and it seemed the A’s worked very hard to acquire him a couple of years ago. Bradley can hit for power and average, runs pretty well, and has played well on defense. He has had some trouble with injuries over his career and some “character” issues in the past as well. To me, those two things had to be major factors for his designation. He is due to make $4 million this year, a little bit more than half of that should be remaining for the rest of this season. A few teams who need help in the outfield are believed to have interest including the Padres, Marlins, Cardinals, and maybe even the Pirates. It is believed that it would not take much talent to acquire Bradley in a trade. If Bradley is not traded after the ten days, the A’s then have to release Bradley and “eat” the remaining money on the contract.
Apparently J.P. and I think a lot alike as I was working on a post about Bradley being linked to the New York Mets (and team officials shooting it down) when he sent this post in. Personally I think Bradley would be a great pickup for whichever team gets him. He’s been very injury prone and has a reputation for being tough to get along with in the dugout but as J.P. mention, I can’t imagine it would take much to get him. However, the interested parties could very well wait it out until the A’s are forced to release him (see the Cardinals persuit of Ohka) in order further minimize their risk.
Baseball might not be the constant fast paced action like basketball, but make no mistake, it’s a fast game and it will pass you up in a flash. In the fall of 2004, Craig Wilson was a member of the Pirates and several teams were hoping to pry him away from Pittsburgh for their final playoff push. Fastforward two and a half years later (give or take, math’s no longer my strong suit) and just like that, the game has seemingly passed Wilson by. The firstbaseman/outfielder was released by the Atlanta Braves after batting only a buck seventytwo over the course of 24 games and 58 at bats. However, a few teams seem to think Wilson may have a bit left in his tank. Since he can be had for the league minimum he wouldn’t cost a team much and if he can regain a bit of that 29 home run form of 2004 he’d be a great asset to any number of clubs. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres are considering making a move for Wilson. The Twins has also been considered possible suitors, however, the Minneapolis Star Tribune says the Twinkies don’t appear to be interested. The Cardinals would probably take a chance on anyone that could provide some pop off the bench at this point and Wilson’s old Pirates may also be interested.
On a side note, someone should tell Craig that when you’re applying for a job, you should really cut your hair and go in looking sharp. Nothing quite says down and out player like a mighty flowing semi-mullet.