Quick Hits: Pirates, CBA, Cubs, Royals

Some late-night links on this Saturday night …

  • The Pirates are considering exercising shortstop Ronny Cedeno's $3MM 2012 option, but they will likely pass on options for Chris Snyder ($6.75MM), Ryan Doumit ($7.25MM) and Paul Maholm ($9.75MM), according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. As well, Langosch adds the Bucs have interest in re-signing first baseman Derrek Lee but will probably allow Ryan Ludwick to walk in free agency.
  • MLB and the players union are close on a new collective bargaining agreement, tweets Jon Heyman of SI.com, although slotting for draft signing bonuses remains an issue of debate. Commissioner Bud Selig and some small-market teams are in favor of hard slotting, according to Heyman.
  • Cubs president Theo Epstein said he wants to talk to starter Carlos Zambrano before deciding how to proceed in handling the right-hander, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, whether that be retaining Zambrano or trying to trade him. As well, Epstein hinted at one of the organization's overarching goals: "We're looking for assets," Epstein said. "We're going to scratch and claw and do everything in our power — in the Draft, internationally, small trades, waiver claims. We need to build assets because we don't have enough of them.
  • Royals GM Dayton Moore told Dick Kaegel of MLB.com that he will "explore trade possibilities to add a starter." Moore said the Royals probably won't try to sign a free-agent starter, however.

35 Responses to Quick Hits: Pirates, CBA, Cubs, Royals Leave a Reply

  1. MetsMagic 4 years ago

    Dillon Gee for Alex Gordon and Danny Duffy!

    • vtadave 4 years ago

      Mets might have to throw in Willie Harris to get that deal done.

      • MetsMagic 4 years ago

        Then who will we trade to Baltimore for Zach Britton and Manny Machado? 

  2. wickedkevin 4 years ago

    This Nelson guy cracks me up.  He has the worst trade ideas and posts them all about 3 times each.

    • EdinsonPickle 4 years ago

      That’s not funny; it’s cruel and demented.

  3. cubsfan97 4 years ago

    Nelson has the optimism of Omar Minaya…whatever happened to Minaya…oh yea…

  4. windycitywarrior 4 years ago

    What would the Royals give for Zambrano? If the Cubs paid the majority of his salary would they get a good return and what would they get. Signed Sox Fan.

    • stewie75 4 years ago

      on a young squad like that? they’re not gonna want Z sniffin’ around such young and impressionable minds.

  5. Damien Chafin 4 years ago

    I could see the Royals and Braves spalshing around a few ideas.. JJ and some prospects for Gordon maybe?

  6. Tired_OF_FakeRumors 4 years ago

     the pirates want to get rid of maholm?!? Hes not a bad pitcher.

  7. TaillonColeandBellOhMy 4 years ago

    If the Pirates pick up Cedenos option I’m going to blow up PNC Park

    • John Bowman 4 years ago

      Do you think that either of d’Arnaud or Ciriaco is ready?

      • TaillonColeandBellOhMy 4 years ago

        I’d rather have Maholms option picked up and put him at short

  8. harmony55 4 years ago

    How about starter Michael Pineda and thirdbaseman Alex Liddi for thirdbaseman Mike Moustakas, outfielder Wil Myers and starter Mike Montgomery (two Seattle Mariner players who performed well in 2011 for three Royal players who had disappointing seasons)?

    • thelaundry 4 years ago

      As a a Royals fan I don’t want to see any of those 3 guys in a trade unless King Felix is the guy coming back. And even then probably not Moustakas.

      • harmony55 4 years ago

        I doubt the Royals could land Felix Hernandez for a 23-year-old thirdbaseman who posted an OPS of .675 in 89 MLB games (and a .287/.347/.498/.845 line at Triple A), a 22-year-old starter who posted a 5-11 record and 5.41 ERA at Triple A and a 20-year-old outfielder who posted a .254 batting average and .745 OPS at Double A.

        • andrew hamer 4 years ago

          thats still an improvement over most of the mariners line up

  9. Melky Cabrera + Mike Montgomery for a quality #2 Pitcher.  Make it happy Dayton.

  10. BaseballLogic_Braves 4 years ago

    Braves and Royals, make something happen.

  11. Rabbitov 4 years ago

    0% chance for all three of your posts. 

  12. Dylan 4 years ago

    Maybe they can throw in Johan’s contract and get Moustakas as well.

  13. MetsFanXXIII 4 years ago

    Please stop.

  14. twenty1thirteen 4 years ago

    Yeah, dream on. There must be something in that Queens water that makes Mets fans so delusional. 

  15. Rabbitov 4 years ago

    I think its time to quit trying to be nice, you are pretty stupid. 

  16. NickinIthaca 4 years ago

    He’s even started to make non-Mets fans look bad…

  17. vtadave 4 years ago

    having flashbacks to the Jay Payton / Bruce Chen proposals of yesteryear.

  18. MetsMagic 4 years ago

    Be reasonable, it’s not like we willingly try to associate ourselves with guys like this. 

  19. wickedkevin 4 years ago

    All yeah indeed.

  20. i only play fantasy hockey

  21. Rabbitov 4 years ago

    Are you on medication?

  22. start_wearing_purple
    start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

    Do you want a cookie?

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