Craig Wilson, Cubs Bullpen, and More
Today seems to be a bit of a slow day on the trade rumors front. I'm still working on gathering some Tejada info. For now I'll just say that you shouldn't discount the White Sox even after both major Chicago newspapers quoted Kenny Williams saying no deal will happen. As commenters in this thread pointed out, Williams has been known to keep a low profile and be less than forthright when talking to the media.
Somehow, a rumor came about yesterday that San Francisco's KNBR 1050 was reporting that the Pirates had dealt Craig Wilson to the Athletics for Kirk Saarloos. This rumor appears to have been fabricated; it doesn't seem that the radio station ever proposed it. KNBR didn't return my emails, but I'm still pretty sure there's nothing to the rumor. It's not implausible, as Billy Beane is the type of GM to acquire an undervalued player and worry about his outfielder surplus later. I don't believe Dave Littlefield's statements about not wanting to trade Wilson. He'd be valuable to many teams, and the Pirates' recent acquisitions indicate that they'll deal him.
Good readin': 1060west has updated its post about the Cubs' revamped bullpen. This quote resonated with me:
"Seen in the light of statistical evidence, it becomes clear that nothing has been done to improve the Cub bullpen from April 2005 to this stage; in fact, if anything, the Cubs have actually gotten weaker in going from Hawkins to Howry and Remlinger to Eyre."
The main point is that Hendry tends to purchase free agent relievers for big bucks following the reliever's best season. Not a smart strategy.
The Phillies and Ryan Franklin? This won't end well. I'm just happy to see than Ryan Madson will finally get a shot in the rotation; he's got a 3.25 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 7.27 K/9 in 166 Major League innings. High strikeout totals and good control are always a great combo.