Passan On Beckett, Marlins, Headley, Pence

Yahoo's Jeff Passan posted his latest information in an early-morning column; here are a few highlights.

  • Passan already noted that the Red Sox contacted the Braves and Rangers shopping Josh Beckett; in this article he mentions that the Sox shopped Beckett in the offseason as well.  WEEI's Rob Bradford also reports Beckett discussions between the Red Sox and Rangers and that Boston has engaged other clubs on the righty.  This morning, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweeted that the Red Sox talked to a handful of teams that inquired about their starting pitching, including Beckett, but a trade is unlikely.  ESPN's Buster Olney also considers a Beckett trade unlikely.
  • The Marlins are far more concerned about their club beyond 2013 as opposed to 2013 itself, executives who have inquired on Josh Johnson told Passan.  Those sources say the Marlins plan to cut payroll next year, after this year's franchise high, and thus seek cheap, young players.
  • The Padres expect to decide today whether they'll trade third baseman Chase Headley this month, a source tells Passan.  Headley, who is under team control through 2014, projects to earn $6.1MM for '13, according to MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz.  The Padres are growing more leery of trading Headley, writes Joel Sherman of the New York Post, a sentiment we've been seeing the last several days from other reports.  Sherman does not believe there was much life to talks between the Yankees and Padres about Headley.
  • The Phillies haven't shopped Shane Victorino nearly as aggressively as Hunter Pence, writes Passan.  Swartz projects Pence at $14.3MM for 2013.


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24 Comments on "Passan On Beckett, Marlins, Headley, Pence"


cubs223425
3 years 1 month ago

So, what, you’re saying that getting a new stadium at the expense of millions of others isn’t enough for Loria to become a respectable, legitimate baseball owners? Typical garbage owner actions from the worst of the worst.

LifelongMets
3 years 1 month ago

He used more tax payer dollars than he was supposed to to build that green thing sitting in the middle of Miami.

cubs223425
3 years 1 month ago

Oh, I care nothing for how he spent the money. That he lied to get the money is my issue.

cubs223425
3 years 1 month ago

I’d love for whomever gave me a negative vote to post why. I want to hear someone’s defense of Loria.

Karkat
3 years 1 month ago

Wow, the Marlins owners really ARE just con artists, huh?

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 1 month ago

Is anyone really surprised?

Karkat
3 years 1 month ago

I imagine Mssrs Reyes and Buehrle might be.

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 1 month ago

Why? Both are getting paid large amounts of money, knew the reputation and the history of the Marlins ownership, and will likely be on new teams within a couple of years.

Karkat
3 years 1 month ago

Presumably when they signed on they assumed Miami was on an upward trend. Reyes, at least, probably could’ve played the market a lot more than he did. Buehrle may not have been able to get that kind of money elsewhere, though. But I feel like he’s getting to the point where winning might be more important?

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 1 month ago

As I recall the Marlins were vehemently against offering Reyes an kind of no trade clause, Reyes had to be a little suspicious. As for Buhrele, he already has his ring so I’m guessing money is the more important issue.

Lunchbox45
3 years 1 month ago

hooray for revenue sharing!

LifelongMets
3 years 1 month ago

Fi-re sale! Fi-re sale!

$6101468
3 years 1 month ago

I say “56.” That is the number of balls in the bag the Sox will get for Beckett. Addition by subtraction? Wonder how much they’ll have to booty up in payroll to dump him?

Gothapotamus
3 years 1 month ago

Now if only the Marlins could find somebody to dump Reyes’ salary to, they’d be set.

hawkny1
3 years 1 month ago

Move the Marlins……to Disney World

craigkimbrelfan
3 years 1 month ago

If the Braves could have him at about $10MM/yr for ’13 and ’14, I could see it working. He’d probably be much more effective in the NL, as well.

rundmc1981
3 years 1 month ago

I really hope you mean Josh Johnson and not Josh Beckett. I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt.

bigpat
3 years 1 month ago

Beckett would be a pretty good pitcher in the NL, a la AJ Burnett, it just seems like there’s no consistency with him at all. He looks like an ace for one season, then takes the next year off. He did not deserve that kind of deal with his track record. Theo certainly left the Red Sox new staff with a huge amount of unmovable players.

Chris Vinnit
3 years 1 month ago

Of course Philly is shopping Pence more aggressively. They’re looking for multiple high quality pieces in return and it’s finally dawning on their delusional GM that you aren’t getting that for a declining rent-a-player. Victorino is a Youk, they’ll be lucky to get a similar return on him. Pence is their only guy of real value.

Chris Waters
3 years 1 month ago

Marlins intend to CUT payroll? They get something like 40 million from baseball in luxury tax revenue sharing every year. They get tv deal money.

New stadium or not, baseball will never be good in Miami under Loria. It is time for Selig to force a sale.

rundmc1981
3 years 1 month ago

How much are you going to get for Swisher considering he’ll be a FA at the end of the season?

cubs223425
3 years 1 month ago

Yeah, when he got that stadium funding, I actually wrote an article saying that it was grounds for kicking the Marlins out of the league.

Tommy Ngo
3 years 1 month ago

As a Padres fan I hope you guys get back on your feet because if your owner is comparable to John bleeping Moores there will be long days ahead.

cubs223425
3 years 1 month ago

Lying about your finances to get taxpayers pay $2.4 BILLION on a $600 million stadium is an absurd and indefensible act.