Jon Heyman has a new Daily Scoop up over at SI.com. Much of it is informed speculation, but it makes for an interesting read. The highlights:
Heyman believes that Manny Ramirez‘s recent antics could spark trade talks once again. He names the Rockies, Dodgers, Angels, Giants, and Mariners as teams that have had past interest. Heyman thinks the Red Sox and Rockies could re-engage talks regarding a Manny for Todd Helton trade. The main issue, of course, would be money.
Heyman also thinks the Cubs will lock Carlos Zambrano up to a five-year deal worth $80-85MM. I think that is the general feeling in Chicago as well. Cubs fans are not panicking about losing their ace, yet. Right now is a time for the typical unmatched Cubs fan optimism. Prior’s throwing baseballs instead of towels and Wood actually pitched off a mound.
Apparently Billy Beane was asking for three top prospects for Dan Haren or Rich Harden. He wanted three of Lastings Milledge, Mike Pelfrey, Philip Humber, Carlos Gomez, and Fernando Martinez. Two of ‘em plus Aaron Heilman seems more reasonable, if the return is Haren. I can’t shake the feeling that Harden is going to need Tommy John surgery within the next year or two.
The Red Sox could still give Curt Schilling a contract extension before the season starts if he looks good in spring games.
The Padres could cut Todd Walker, stomaching a $650K fee given the utility man’s arbitration win.