Davidoff On Beltran, Greinke, Takahashi, Kemp

The Mets are sending "strong signals" that they'd like to trade Carlos Beltran this winter, an AL official tells Ken Davidoff of Newsday. Davidoff acknowledges that the Mets often seem to want to unload big contracts, but rarely follow through. However, Beltran, as opposed to Luis Castillo or Oliver Perez, is a player that other teams would have interest in. Here are Davidoff's other hot stove notes:

  • The Royals have Zack Greinke signed through 2012, but aren't sure whether they'll be competitive by then, so they'd be willing to listen to offers on their ace. Davidoff lists the Yankees, Rangers, Tigers, and Nationals as teams who might be interested.
  • Hisanori Takahashi is eligible for free agency this winter and would like to be a starting pitcher. One AL scout is skeptical: "Who’s going to sign him to start? Maybe a bad team, at the back end of their rotation. He’d be better off staying in the bullpen. He’s really good there."
  • Davidoff wonders if new Dodgers manager Don Mattingly will be more willing to deal with Matt Kemp than Joe Torre was. A scout compares Kemp to Alfonso Soriano, suggesting that both players lack baseball instincts and struggle to improve their games.


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42 Comments on "Davidoff On Beltran, Greinke, Takahashi, Kemp"


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InTheKZone
4 years 9 months ago

Ok, so who gets more? The Royals for Greinke or Cliff Lee in his new contract. I’d personally rather have Greinke by a country mile.

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4 years 9 months ago

Greinke costs players, Lee costs dollars, there is a big difference.

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Mitch_Cole173
4 years 9 months ago

Of course the Yankees want Greinke. They’re a free-spending team. If there’s an elite FA on the market, they’ll sign him, then make the necessary moves to make room for him after the fact. They already have a great rotation of CC, AJ, Javy, Petitte, Hughes, but of course they want more. They’ll sign Lee, then worry about trying to trade Javy or AJ.

Rant from a Sox Fan

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Mitch_Cole173
4 years 9 months ago

*They’ll sign or or trade for Greinke, then worry about trying to trade Javy or AJ.

Guest
4 years 9 months ago

Stop whining I’m pretty sure the Red Sox have the second highest payroll in baseball. Just because the Red Sox can’t win that division doesn’t mean you have to complain about something both Boston and New York are known for. I’m pretty sure that the Red Sox signed the biggest free agent pitcher last year in John Lackey, and I have nothing against that either. So don’t rip the Yankees for doing what there allowed to do, rip MLB for allowing it without a salary cap (which would hurt the Red Sox almost as bad as the Yanks)

Guest
4 years 9 months ago

If the division thing is based on this year it’s pretty much a a point not worth making because the Sox have had so many injuries. If the Sox had been healthy all year long they very well may have won the division this year.

And the Sox do have the second highest payroll in the MLB but the Yankees payroll was $46 million higher than the Red Sox payroll was at the beginning of the season and the Yankees have only added payroll with the trades they made (it wasn’t a tremendous amount but they still added more). So when people tell Red Sox fans to stop complaining about the money thing, you have to understand that the Yankees payroll is still much much higher than the Red Sox payroll is.

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jwsox
4 years 9 months ago

the rays have like 1/10th the pay roll of the yankees and red sox and they are in 1st right now right? i know for a fact they are like 6-7 games ahead of the bosox..so lets chill here boys

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Zack23
4 years 9 months ago

How are you going to trade Javy when he’s a FA after this year?
That must be some new Yankee trick they’re going to try right?

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jwsox
4 years 9 months ago

javy will 99% be non tendered..aj wil bounce back, he does this all the time…petitte will more than likely retire, he will for sure if they win again

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dizzle4
4 years 9 months ago

Beltran on the trade market would be really interesting. Obviously he’s been injured for much of the last two years, but prior to that, when healthy, he was certainly one of baseball’s best players. If the Mets were mainly just looking for a team to eat money to sign him, rather than trade top-prospects, I can see a lot of teams showing big interest, especially with Jayson Werth as the only real impact outfielder (not including guys like Adam Dunn, that aren’t already outfielders) available through free agency.

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vtadave
4 years 9 months ago

I don’t know, a guy who looks like he’s washed up and he making $18.5 million next year before hitting free agency doesn’t appear to have much trade value. Now if the Mets pay 70% of that and accept a B level prospect in return, then sure, lots of interest.

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jwsox
4 years 9 months ago

ha thats the exact type of guy kenny williams would go after…see rios last year…beltran as a whitesox would be awesome!

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vtadave
4 years 9 months ago

I don’t know, a guy who looks like he’s washed up and he making $18.5 million next year before hitting free agency doesn’t appear to have much trade value. Now if the Mets pay 70% of that and accept a B level prospect in return, then sure, lots of interest.

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Zack23
4 years 9 months ago

I disagree.
If you’re a GM of a playoff contender are you going to go into the season trusting Beltran as one of your 3 OFs while paying him 10m+? That’s not a good allocation of resources.

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dizzle4
4 years 9 months ago

Well, yeah, for one I’m assuming the Mets would have to be willing to eat half of that money. But a chance to get a hitter that until 2 years ago was consistently one of the top-10 or so hitters in baseball, that’s a risk that a lot of GMs would be interested in taking. If money is just the cost, a lot of GMs will be interested in spending it. Ben Sheets got, what, $8M to be a health risk in Oakland, based almost purely on upside?

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dizzle4
4 years 9 months ago

Well, yeah, for one I’m assuming the Mets would have to be willing to eat half of that money. But a chance to get a hitter that until 2 years ago was consistently one of the top-10 or so hitters in baseball, that’s a risk that a lot of GMs would be interested in taking. If money is just the cost, a lot of GMs will be interested in spending it. Ben Sheets got, what, $8M to be a health risk in Oakland, based almost purely on upside?

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DavidinToledo
4 years 9 months ago

So the Royals aren’t sure they’ll be competitive (probably an understatement) and therefore may be willing to trade their ace.

If they trade their ace (and don’t somehow come out way ahead in the trade), they will for sure not be competitive.

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DavidinToledo
4 years 9 months ago

So the Royals aren’t sure they’ll be competitive (probably an understatement) and therefore may be willing to trade their ace.

If they trade their ace (and don’t somehow come out way ahead in the trade), they will for sure not be competitive.