June 6, 2008

Dodgers Acquire Berroa From Royals

9:49pm The LA Daily News is reporting that the Royals are picking all of Berroa’s ’08 salary.

9:32pm The Kansas City Star is reporting that the Royals have traded Angel Berroa and cash to the Dodgers for minor leaguer Juan Rivera.

Berroa, the ’03 AL Rookie of the Year, spent most of ’07 and all of ’08 in triple-A. He was hitting .291/.323/.519 with 10 home runs in 51 games this season for Omaha. Juan Rivera is hitting .241/.267/.345 in single-A.

Berroa is making $4.75MM this season and there is a $5.5MM club option for ’09 with a $0.5MM buyout.

Cork Gaines writes for Rays Index and can be reached here.

Rangers DFA Ponson

The Dallas Morning News is reporting that the Rangers have designated Sidney Ponson for assignment for "disrespectful and adverse reactions to situations unbecoming of teammates."

Ponson, a non-roster invitee in spring training, was having a solid season for the Rangers with a 4-1 record in 9 starts and a 3.88 ERA. The Rangers have 10 days to trade Ponson.

Cork Gaines writes for Rays Index and can be reached here.

Odds And Ends: More Draft Recap

A couple of more interesting links recapping the Rule 4 draft…

[On picking Tim Beckham over Buster Posey] . . . That pick just came down to the Rays’ personal preference. The easier choice would have been Posey, because he’ll be ready quicker and fill a more obvious need, but Tampa Bay thought Beckham had more upside.

  • Kevin Czerwinski has a cool list of over 30 players that were drafted, all of whom have a more famous relative, including Jeremy Beckham, a second baseman from Georgia Southern and older brother of top pick Tim Beckham, who was also selected by the Rays in the 17th round.

Cork Gaines writes for Rays Index and can be reached here.

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Chipper Jones Prefers To Remain With Braves

David O’Brien is reporting that Chipper Jones would like to play at least four more years and that he would prefer to spend those years in a Braves uniform.

"I don’t think there’s any reason I can’t play through 40," he said, "long as I don’t let my body go, which is not going to happen. I’m too active year-round to let my body go.

"My desire to stick around and play four, five, six more years is strong. I want to accomplish some things here, put up some numbers here as long as the Braves want me."

The Braves have an option that would pay Jones $8-11MM in ’09 depending on performance, although it is expected that the number would be closer to $11MM.

O’Brien believes that if Jones is healthy, he will command far more on the open market after the ’09 season, and wonders if a team like the Rangers or the Astros (Jones lives in Texas in the off-season) might pursue Jones with a huge contract offer. However, Jones emphasized that he is not interested in the biggest deal and would prefer to remain with the Braves.

Cork Gaines writes for Rays Index and can be reached here .

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Crasnick On Griffey And Dunn

Jerry Crasnick comments today on the Reds new youth movement and what that might mean for Ken Griffey Jr and Adam Dunn.

Crasnick notes that it will be difficult to replace Dunn’s production, but wonders if he just needs a change of scenery. Dunn does not appear to have any desire to enter negotiations on an extension and still seems to be harboring some bad feelings towards the club…Although Crasnick doesn’t specifically speculate, it sounds as if the Reds would be best served trading Dunn.

As for Griffey, Crasnick believes that Griffey might be willing to renegotiate his $16.5MM ’09 option if the team is willing to add a second year on to the deal. However, Crasnick is not sure the Reds are willing to keep Griffey around until he is 40. Crasnick does speculate that even though the Mariners poor start eliminates the possibility of a trade during the season, the M’s may be willing to bring Griffey back in ’09 as a free agent to play first base, especially with Richie Sexson’s contract set to expire.

Cork Gaines writes for Rays Index and can be reached here .

Odds And Ends: Draft Recap

Let’s take a look and see what is being said about the first round selections from day one of the Rule 4 Draft…

  • Keith Law calls this year’s first round "unusual in a number of ways," noting that more than half of the picks were college relief pitchers, corner infielders and catchers, three areas that usually get little attention in the first round. Law also gives us his choice for the team that made the best pick (Rockies), the worst picks (Seattle, Minnesota) and the teams that picked players that could reach the big leagues quickly (Seattle, Detroit, Arizona, Chicago, Baltimore).
  • Baseball America has their first round recap with a look at each of the draftees.
  • Minor League Ball gives us their thoughts on a few sleepers from the 4th and 5th round of the draft.
  • The D-Backs top pick seems to be the most vocal draftee in terms of wanting to be in the big leagues this season.
  • Buster Olney provides a complete collection of local media reactions to each of the first round draft picks (will need an ESPN Insider password).

Cork Gaines writes for Rays Index and can be reached here.

Jays Acquire Melillo

In a minor transaction, the Oakland A’s traded Kevin Melillo to the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations.

Melillo a second baseman, had been designated for assignment last week to make room on the 40-man roster. He was hitting .260-5-17 with a .773 OPS in triple-A.

Cork Gaines writes for Rays Index and can be reached here.