The biggest news to come out this morning's newspapers is the report from the Los Angeles Times that the Angels are investigating a Paul Konerko deal with the Chicago White Sox. Any offer for Teixeira would likely land Konerko, who has more cost certainly thanks to a five-year/$60MM contract he signed following the 2005 season. At an average of $12MM per season, Konerko is likely going to be less expensive than Teixeira throuhg the 2010 season. With a plethora of middle infield and pitching prospects, this match-up is more favorable for both teams.
The latest Royal to hit the trade rumor is Gold Glove second baseman Mark Grudzalaniek. With a $4.5MM option for 2008 that kicks in at 500 plate appearances, Grudz is a very attractive player for a team like the Mets. Would Mike Pelfrey be too steep a price?
Finally, the Nationals have been rumored to be exploring an extension with 1B Dmitri Young. After signing 2B Raphael Belliard to a two-year deal, I can't help but wonder that Nats GM Jim Bowden is trying to spite the other major league clubs who won't meet his trade demands. Young is just a season removed from serious personal issues. Now a younger, less-expensive Ryan Church is more likely to be moved and two veterans retained?
The White Sox are getting a lot of interest in right-handed starter Jon Garland, with the Yankees among the teams.
Gillick did admit to having more serious talks regarding a pitcher with one team.
"One situation, we're further down the road than others," he said. "We know our parameters and they know ours. That club is in a good position because there's not a lot of pitching out there."
Gillick would not name the other team, though he did say the proposed deal could involve someone from the Phils' 25-man roster. Best guess: Bourn.