Quick Hits: Phillies, Garcia, Abreu, Beras, Mets

Saturday afternoon linkage..

  • The Phillies appear to be comfortable with beginning the season with Freddy Galvis at second base and are searching for a backup utility infielder via trade rather than a starter, sources tell Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com.
  • Word is that the Yankees offered Freddy Garcia to the Marlins but Miami wasn't interested, tweets Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com.  Garcia, who is a trade candidate following the club's signing of Andy Pettitte, is signed to a one-year deal worth $4MM plus incentives.
  • Angels manager Mike Scioscia and General Manager Jerry Dipoto met with Bobby Abreu following the outfielder's comments to Lider en Deportes.  DiGiovanna writes that the team may have no choice but to release the veteran if he continues to struggle and be a distraction.
  • The case of Jairo Beras and his $4.5MM contract with the Rangers is in the hands of Major League Baseball, but the club is confident that he is 17 years old, writes Jeff Wilson of the Star-Telgram.  Beras' biological father also told the paper that Beras is in fact 17.
  • The Mets are facing a serious numbers crunch on the 40-man roster, writes Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.


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32 Comments on "Quick Hits: Phillies, Garcia, Abreu, Beras, Mets"


johnsilver
3 years 5 months ago

8m for a poor man’s version of Johnny Damon sitting on the bench isn’t a distraction? no wonder they still have him and are unable to unload him.. I do hear Philly has Joe Blanton available, but even Philly would want something back in exchange to take on Abreu.

3 years 5 months ago

Oh no, Jeremy Hefner, Josh Satin and Armando Rodriguez are on the bubble! 

3 years 5 months ago

Abreu will be going back to the NL East

3 years 5 months ago

 Care to elaborate?

UltimateYankeeFan
3 years 5 months ago

“Word is that the Yankees offered Freddy Garcia to the Marlins but Miami wasn’t interested…”

Something tells me that at some point early in the regular season the Yankees will work a trade for with the Angels, swapping Garcia for Abreau.  There will have to be some things worked out salary wise to make it work, but It would not surprise me in the least.

thebigbangdito
3 years 5 months ago

I could see that happening also.. and if the angels are saying they would would release him.. then im sure they would be willing to cover most of his salary in a trade…

Hoosierdaddy92
3 years 5 months ago

How about the Angels send Abreu, Alberto Callaspo, and 2MM to the Tigers for Brandon Inge and a lower level prospect? Inge could help mentor Trumbo into the 3b position and be a . And the Tigers could use Bobby in the leadoff spot and get him ABs in LF/DH switching off with Delmon. As much as I hate Bobby defensively, they need more speed and Abreu’s always a lock for double digit steals.  The Tigers could use Callaspo at 2b and finally get good defense and offense from the position. Raburn is having an incredible spring, but I don’t put much stock in spring numbers. Detroit has always been a hotspot for Venezuelans so why not get two more in Abreu and Callaspo.

Bryan
3 years 5 months ago

Why would the Angels give that up for something the tigers don’t even want?

Hoosierdaddy92
3 years 5 months ago

i don’t think the Angels want Bobby Abreu either and very few teams actually need or want a DH. Also, Callaspo is a backup 3b for them with Trumbo playing there now. A move like this would clear some payroll for Oswalt

Nizock
3 years 5 months ago

Why would the Angels trade their starting 3B AND one of their DH’s AND 2 million for Detroit’s junk?  I wouldn’t even do Abreu for Inge.

mstrchef13
3 years 5 months ago

You should do Abreu for Inge. Inge makes a lot less, so he’s about 9 times easier to release outright.

Hoosierdaddy92
3 years 5 months ago

The Angels would still clear several million in payroll with this move. Enough to add Oswalt. And I was under the impression that Trumbo is their starting 3b.

3 years 5 months ago

 Callaspo is the starting 3B

optimusdude
3 years 5 months ago

So Beras is officially 17? This is getting good.

johnsilver
3 years 5 months ago

 “So Beras is officially 17? This is getting good.”

Depends on what day it is and whatever certificate he can lay his hands on at the time…

mstrchef13
3 years 5 months ago

If I were the Commissioner (and I’m not), one of two things would happen.

1) The deal would be voided because Beras was found to be lying about his age.

2) The deal would be voided because Beras wasn’t found to be lying about his age, and since MLB and most its teams believed him to be 16 then there was an unfair advantage. I would make him a free agent for 30 days. It would be up to the player and his shady associates to either accept the Rangers offer or negotiate with other teams, but I would not approve any offer until May 1 (or whatever 30 days happened to be).

3 years 5 months ago

 Of course Beras was lying about his age, either then, or now.  The contract should be voided and Beras possibly suspended for a year regardless of how old he really is.  Its just a matter of should the Rangers be penalized as well.

RudyMay45
3 years 5 months ago

If the Yanks have any say whatsoever in the matter, Freddy Garcia will not be on the Opening Day Roster.  A career starter, Garcia takes a long time to warm up, not an asset one wants in a reliever.  Plus, he’s an off-speed pitcher who can’t afford irregular work.  On top of that, if he doesn’t make the starting rotation, he’ll be disgruntled all season, something anathema for a team that prides itself on having a harmonious Clubhouse.  Add all that up, I see Garcia going to either LAA, Cleveland or maybe St. Louis since Carpenter’s out-of-action and they seem to have no interest in Roy Oswalt.

3 years 5 months ago


On top of that, if he doesn’t make the starting rotation, he’ll be disgruntled all season, …”

Interesting. Freddy Garcia actually said something else a few days ago.

RudyMay45
3 years 5 months ago

Yep.  He said the politically correct thing.  Wanna bet he’s singing a different tune May 1st if he’s still around?

3 years 5 months ago

Dear Phillies,

Please take Ryan Theriot. Gritty world champion with bad facial hair! It’s like a dream fit. Don’t look at the stats; you can trust us on this one.
The Giants

nm344
3 years 5 months ago

He hasn’t even had a chance to suck for the Giants yet.

3 years 5 months ago

I’d rather he not get that chance.

Madman2TX
3 years 5 months ago

Beras will be a Ranger. I’d day the article that he was 17 written by a Yankees scout pretty much clinches it. Too bad for the other teams…you snooze, you lose.

Snoochies8
3 years 5 months ago

you do realize that this still means he lied about his age before right?

rsanchez1
3 years 5 months ago

Marlins are the trading dump of MLB. Don’t want a player? Offer him up to the Marlins.

mstrchef13
3 years 5 months ago

That’s because the Marlins have been like a teenager getting their first credit card this offseason. For the team’s sake I hope that they sell as many tickets over the next five years as they think they will to pay the bills.

3 years 5 months ago

 What? The Marlins trade for Zambrano, ONE guy, and all of a sudden they are the trading dump of MLB? That makes no sense, considering that the fish have to pay almost none of his salary and he’s an upgrade over Chris Volstad. Say whatever you want about Miami, they are a much better team now and you should expect good things from them this season.

3 years 5 months ago

I know he just signed with the Phillies this offseason, but Nix for Izturis seem to work out pretty well for both sides.

3 years 5 months ago

 If he signed this off season Nix can’t be traded until June.. the same is true with Garcia.  You can’t sign and trade in baseball.

johnsilver
3 years 5 months ago

“You want Abreu, feel free. A bag of hammers in return.”

LOL u kidding?

Melvin McMurf
3 years 5 months ago

 i believe the angels will have to include 7.5 mil for just 1 hammer