Rosenthal On Lincecum, Jackson, Red Sox, Abreu

The Prince Fielder sweepstakes are nearing an end, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports wrote earlier this morning. Click here for the latest on Fielder and continue reading for Rosenthal’s rumors…

  • It appears likely that Giants starter Tim Lincecum will sign a two-year deal in the $41-42MM range, Rosenthal writes. The Giants and their ace right-hander exchanged arbitration submissions last week and the club has since offered Lincecum a deal worth $100MM-plus.
  • It’s possible that Edwin Jackson will sign a one-year contract, like fellow Scott Boras client Ryan Madson. The Red Sox and Mariners could be interested in Jackson if he’s willing to sign for one year. 
  • The Red Sox aren’t pursuing Wandy Rodriguez, according to Rosenthal.
  • The Orioles could be a logical trade partner for Yankees right-hander A.J. Burnett in Rosenthal’s estimation.
  • The Red Sox seem to have interest in acquiring an everyday shortstop and the Reds, Giants and Rays are looking for veteran shortstop help, Rosenthal writes. 
  • Free agent infielder Ryan Theriot would prefer to stay in the National League, unless he can obtain a starting job.
  • Earlier in the offseason the Astros inquired about Ian Desmond, who hasn’t convinced everyone with the Nationals that he’s their long-term solution at shortstop.
  • Some teams would play Gordon Beckham at short, according to Rosenthal. Beckham has only played second and third in three seasons at the MLB level.
  • The Angels aren’t ready to trade Bobby Abreu, who could be a fit for Detroit’s DH opening.


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51 Comments on "Rosenthal On Lincecum, Jackson, Red Sox, Abreu"


  • start_wearing_purple
    start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

    C’mon Starlin Castro for Theo compensation!

    (Yes. Sarcasm.)

  • I agree with Rosenthal (can’t belive I just said that).  The O’s should be very interested in Burnett at the right price.  That said, I doubt the Yankees deal him inside the division.

    • stl_cards16 4 years ago

      I don’t think Burnett is the kind of guy you worry about trading in division.  Especially since it would be a team the Yankees aren’t too worried about. I think the Yanks would trade him to any team that gives them the best deal, excluding only the Red Sox. 

      • Yeah but suppose this scenario:

        Yanks trade him to Baltimore.  With less pressure something clicks and he pitches like he was supposed to.  Now the Yankees face an Ace they traded away for pennies on the dollar.

        The press would kill them over it

        • ellisburks 4 years ago

          The likelihood of that happening is fairly small though.

          • Yeah, but Burnett still shows flashes of his old self.

            The stuff seems to be there, it’s the makeup, control, command, effort, etc. that are the issue haha

          • FS54 4 years ago

            that’s a lot of issues.

          • johnsilver 4 years ago

            “Yeah, but Burnett still shows flashes of his old self.”

            So did Lackey and he had an excuse.. Was playing with a partially torn labrum.

            Burnett would be the last person Boston needs… No offense there.

          • boston?? um ok

        • stl_cards16 4 years ago

          I don’t think the press would kill them anymore for trading away an Ace(I can’t type that with a straight face) to the Orioles than they would if they traded him to any other team.

          • Yeah it’s just the idea of seeing him a few times a season.

        • yeah, definitely not an ace. Never has been. He was about a #2 at one point.

        • Bleed_Orange 4 years ago

          Burnett also lives in the suburbs of Maryland so he would be closer to home.  I would like this to happen, I think outside of NY he might be a bounce back candidate.  But….. from what I remember Angelos refuses to do business with the Yankees, so a bad team will stay back

          • The O’s did business with the Yankees in ’06 and ’09.  Granted they were small deals but they happened.

            I think this is just another anti-Angelos rumor

  • Also, do you guys think EJax would take a 1 year deal from a contender over a 3 year deal from a non-contender?

    • stl_cards16 4 years ago

      Doubtful, unless the one-year deal is at a much higher AAV than the three-year deal.  This is the time for Jackson to get a decent contract and I would expect him to take any multi-year deal he can get his hands on.

  • GoAwayNow 4 years ago

    The Red Sox seem to have interest in acquiring an everyday shortstop and
    the Reds, Giants and Rays are looking for veteran shortstop help,
    Rosenthal writes.

    …what?

  • RepOak 4 years ago

    By signing lincecum, does that mean no Cain? He is going to ask for about the same. 20-22 mil per..

    • start_wearing_purple
      start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

      I used to think it was an either/or scenario but in the long run they can probably afford both. Rowand’s salary comes off the book next year and Zito the year after that. I’m not sure what salary they can realistically keep but we’re not talking about a small market team here.

    • Red_Line_9 4 years ago

      It might not be a bad idea for the Giants to shop Lincecum at some point. 

  • Sully65 4 years ago

    I’d take Edwin Jackson over Oswalt just based on the fact he will probably throw an extra 50-75 innings this season.

    • Mike Agogliati 4 years ago

      He could throw more innings…and have an ERA of 5. Oswalt is the better pitcher, by a long shot.

      • Sully65 4 years ago

        I disagree due to the injury factor. It’s high probability that Oswald will do a DL this year. Sox need a proven 200 ip pitcher for that rotation. I will stay with wanting Edwin Jackson

  • 2001morecowbell2001 4 years ago

    What happened to the Red Sox’s starting SS?

    • Scutaro (and his full $6 mil salary) was traded to the Rockies, perhaps as “salary relief” as the Red Sox attempt not only to stay below the luxury tax threshold, but also in an effort to find rotation help in the form of Roy Oswalt or similar.  Right now the job is a toss up between Aviles, Punto and if he shows he can hit at all, Iglesias.

      • 2001morecowbell2001 4 years ago

        I should have laid the feigned shock/sarcasm on a little more heavily. I apologize for your extraneous key strokes

  • Red_Line_9 4 years ago

    I’m not sure what real incentive the White Sox would have in dealing Beckham at this point.  They will have more money coming off the books next year…and I can’t believe dealing him would really restock the farm system that greatly.  He’s more valuable to the MLB roster than anything else.

  • Scutaro (and his full $6 mil salary) was traded to the Rockies, perhaps as “salary relief” as the Red Sox attempt not only to stay below the luxury tax threshold, but also in an effort to find rotation help in the form of Roy Oswalt or similar.  Right now the job is a toss up between Aviles, Punto and if he shows he can hit at all, Iglesias.  

  • vtadave 4 years ago

    Get ready for Lincecum in Dodger blue come 2014.

    • gmenfan 4 years ago

      So, the Dodgers get into a “who do we keep” argument with Lincecum and Kershaw ?

    • 55saveslives 4 years ago

      at least dodger fans can dream…lol. if timmy leaves, look for him to go to a cold weather city. he doesnt pitch as well in the heat.

      • bglaszcz 4 years ago

        I’ll build a roof over Fenway and make it a consistent 64 in there if that’s what it takes to get Lincecum!

  • cardsfan209 4 years ago

    Lincecum turns down 5 yr 100 million but likely to sign 2 yr 41-42 million? Does he want to be a Giant for life? If so, why not sign the bigger contract? When 2014 comes around, everyone knows that there will be teams desperate for pitching that will offer him ridiculous contracts that maybe the Giants can’t match or top. So my guess is that if he signs this 2 yr deal, enjoy Lincecum for those years  Giants fans cause he’s gone once 2014 hits

    • 55saveslives 4 years ago

      i think tim is tired of losing games 1-0. i hate to give him up, but may be time to shop him this season.

      • cardsfan209 4 years ago

        He sure as heck would bring a nice package of prospects back from whatever team trades for him. If the Giants lock up both Cain and Lincecum, almost all their payroll will be dedicated to 2 pitchers. Right now they need hitting because scoring 1 or 2 runs a game doesn’t guarantee a team 90+ wins and a playoff spot

        • Definitely not with ARZ getting better and LAD about to be big spenders in 2013.

        • Definitely not with ARZ getting better and LAD about to be big spenders in 2013.

  • Cain traded at deadline with agreement t extend fr 5 years/90 ml.?

  • Manfrenjensen 4 years ago

    The Rockies put in a waiver claim on Wandy and were willing to absorb the entire $36M left on his salary.  Think the new Astros ownership wishes that Drayton and co. had said yes to that proposal?

  • melonis_rex 4 years ago

    Didn’t the Red Sox just have an everyday SS as of a few days ago? And didn’t they just trade him for salary relief and an AAAA pitcher?

  • David Silverwood 4 years ago

    wHAT is the problem with Theroit he is an excellent fill-in at second and short are the Reds who seem to work with a strange bunch of stats, like the reason a team that wants to win signs Willie Harris.

  • Boras seems to have been crushed by the changing times in baseball.

    All the emphasis on young-cost controlled players means Boras and his veterans are in trouble.

  • Bleed_Orange 4 years ago

    I dont think there is anyway any team takes on half of AJ’s contract.  But in the end it would still be salary relief from the luxery tax.

  • Bleed_Orange 4 years ago

    And with the new CBA Boras and his draft prospects are in trouble

  • 2001morecowbell2001 4 years ago

    This is slightly more akin to the response I was hoping to generate

  • Dana Cataldo 4 years ago

    This predicament seems particularly cruel.

  • gmenfan 4 years ago

    Given his performance thus far, both of those plateaus seem an extremely distant possibility. Even if by slim chance he approaches either, there’s no way the Giants allow him to continue pitching toward those benchmarks. That option CANNOT be allowed to vest.

  • johnsilver 4 years ago

    Right on there. LaRussa said right from the start he may have a rough time adjusting to the pressure and it seemed as if he did. I wish he had been given a longer chance rather than throwing that contract at Lugo who never cared for when he was with the Rays even.

  • johnsilver 4 years ago

    Is that your Shaugnessy impersonation for the week 😉 (joking)

  • gmenfan 4 years ago

    Definitely agree with you. 2011 was a misnomer given his “injury” time because he’s only thrown fewer than 192 inning once since coming to SF. If he puts up serviceable #5 stats as he did in 2009 and 2010, he has shown that he can remain in games long enough to come dangerously close to the 200 inning mark. Given the Giants strong bullpen, whether he’s dealing or just plodding along in a start, it has to be 6 innings and out for Zito. As you said, to avoid a grievance suit, he can’t simply disappear from the rotation when he comes close to the mark.

  • I agree. Iglesias should man the middle infield. His A+ defense and D- is worth more than the others C-/D+ offense and B/B- defense in this lineup. I say keep all offers to a year. And sign a big name arm or two next season when Youk, Papi, Matsucka, and Jinx all come of the books. Cain, Hamels, Grienke (who won’t work out in a big media market) will all be available, Plus Either may have a reound season and could look to be a right fielder of the future in Fenway.

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