There are some good stuff in this morning's papers. As we close in on the Tuesday afternoon trading deadline, specific names continue to get mentioned more and more.
Closer Jason Isringhausen retains no-trade protection. The Cardinals understand that Isringhausen will not accept a deal unless a potential trade partner renegotiates a deal that includes an $8 million option for 2008.
How about that Cardinals' reference hidden between the Farnsworth update and possible Yankee interest in Chad Bradford? Isringhausen would be perfect for the Yankees. While paying a set-up man $8MM in 2008 would establish a new high, the economics of the game will have to change to prevent it.
If Kenny Lofton got an A-level prospect, and Tadahito Iguchi got an A-level reliever, then Sammy should fetch something in that area, no?
The Rangers gave the Angels a list of four names to choose from Friday. On that list were infielder Brandon Wood, the organization's top position-playing prospect, double-A right-hander Nick Adenhart, the organization's top pitching prospect, starting second baseman Howie Kendrick, who is on the disabled list because of a broken finger, and recently demoted right-hander Ervin Santana.
The Angels' response: No way.
The Braves have asked for one of three Rangers relievers -- closer Eric Gagne, lefty C.J. Wilson, lefty Ron Mahay -- to be included with Teixeira, especially if the Braves are to include Andrus, an 18-year-old defensive whiz.
This cutting-and-pasting of stories from three sources certainly makes it look like Teixeira is going to Atlanta. It would also explain the pie-in-the-sky request for a third player from the Angels after the team already offered two major-league proven players. Kotchman and Saunders is a better package than the Braves one if one believes major league success trumps prospect hype.
With 10/5 rights, the Rockies would never be able to get out from under the burden of Helton's contract. This is an under-the-radar development to watch.
Both are free agents after the season, and relievers Dan Wheeler and Chad Qualls are also drawing interest.
This is the first time I've seen Lamb's name mentioned. Is this a signal to manager Phil Garner as Lamb is one of his favorites? That issue aside, any combination of the hitters plus the relievers should get a quality piece. I do wonder how the value of Iguchi will affect other second base candidates like Loretta.
If Hunter would re-up with an acquiring club, the Twins should be able to get a package approaching the one the Rangers "got" from Atlanta.
The Yankees need a first baseman and have two centerfielders in Johnny Damon and Melky Cabrera and turned down Dan Johnson for Brett Gardner? it must be a bluff in hopes the A's will add lefty Joe Kennedy. I'd hope.
With the way the Rays have taken advantage of the Dodgers Ned Colletti, I fear for Mariners' fans. GM Bill Bavasi is likely to surrender a couple of top prospects for Al Reyes!