Jason Schmidt has been offered $45 million over three years to join the Cubs. If that offer has been leaked already, $60M/4 seems within the realm of possibility. Strangely, Schmidt has already said he's not interested in the East Coast--you'd think he'd wait until Cashman made an offer and drove up his price before saying no. Once Schmidt signs, it'll be fun to watch Scott Boras conduct the sure-to-be-insane bidding for Barry Zito.
Some team (to be announced tonight) won the bidding for Kei Igawa for $25 million. Hanshin has accepted. That's the second largest posting fee ever--somebody must think Igawa is pretty good, definitely on the high side of the typical #3/#4 projection he's gotten. I'm guessing it's not the Cubs, or we wouldn't be hearing so much about the other pitchers they're after. That leaves plenty of other possibilities, though.
The Baltimore Orioles are continuing their quest to build the most expensive bullpen of all time: Chad Bradford is close to a three-year deal with them. Anybody think it's a little odd that the O's traded Chris Britton for a reclamation project and are now probably spending about $8M a year for Bradford and Danys Baez? (Odd? Yes. In character? Absolutely.)
And, this just in: the O's are also adding Scott Williamson. He's cheap--only $900K for the year. Oddly enough, he could be the best of their new additions. I'm a little surprised nobody else was willing to go higher for him on a one-year deal.
Many of you have emailed me about a possible Angels-White Sox trade involving Ervin Santana and Chone Figgins for Freddy Garcia and Joe Crede. As Rotoworld points out, this could be a recycled rumor; regardless, Kenny Williams says no. And there's no way Bill Stoneman deals Santana for Garcia without getting a lot more in return. Five years of a good pitcher under the team's control for one year of Garcia? Right.
By Jeff Sackmann
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