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Latest Peavy Rumors

9:03pm: Lots of good stuff from yesterday’s San Diego Union-Tribune that we haven’t covered.  First, Kevin Towers says he’s looking for young controllable pitching and then middle infielders in a package for Peavy.  No mention of a center field focus, which had been mentioned previously.

Additionally, Towers explained that the Astros do not match up well given his stated desire for multiple young pitchers.  So far the Braves look like the best fit.

On the Cardinals front, Joe Strauss says the team’s scouts met this week and are enthusiastic about pursuing Peavy.  Strauss’s sources say Peavy’s availability "loosened the organization’s grip on younger talent."  Viva El Birdos believes Peavy would cost top prospect Colby Rasmus and then some.  Despite Towers’ stated focus on starting pitching, an offer including Rasmus would have to give him pause.

3:26pm: The latest from the Jake Peavy universe:

While the Astros were high on the list of contenders yesterday, Astros beat writer Alyson Footer isn’t so sure. According to Footer, sources named the Dodgers and the Braves as the two teams drawing the most interest, and said a deal could be in place within a week.

12:00pm: We had a good running mill of Jake Peavy rumors yesterday, but the stove is still hot. According to beat writer Mark Bowman, the Braves are preparing a pitch for the Padres ace.

Citing a team official knowledgeable on the situation, Bowman reports the Braves have already had preliminary discussions with the Padres to gauge what kind of package would have to be put together to land the former Cy Young winner.

At this point, writes Bowman, the Braves are essentially in a holding pattern, waiting for the Padres to consider other deals from other teams. And it might be a long wait.

According to the report, the package the Braves are preparing would include top prospects, but it could also be improved if either second baseman Kelly Johnson or shortstop Yunel Escobar are included. Bowman thinks the Padres would have to include Khalil Greene for the Braves to consider dealing Escobar.

Peavy has said he’d waive his no-trade clause to pitch for Atlanta.

Alejandro A. Leal writes for and can be reached here: alexo05 -at- umpbump -dot- com.  Tim Dierkes also contributed to this post.

Brewers Will Make Offer To Sabathia’s Buster Olney is reporting that newly-inked Brewers GM Doug Melvin will extend a contract offer to ace pitcher C.C. Sabathia.

"At least we have a chance," Melvin said in a conference call with reporters, "whereas before, we wouldn’t have any chance with a pitcher of CC’s caliber. I do feel we will make him an offer, and at that point, it will be in his court." 

Sabathia is the top free agent pitcher this offseason, and rumors already link the ace southpaw to a number of Major League teams including the Yankees, Dodgers, and Mets.

Sabathia will be eligble for free agency after the World Series.

Alejandro A. Leal writes for and can be reached  here: alexo05 -at- umpbump -dot- com.

Heyman’s Latest: Yankees Offseason Plans

The latest column by Jon Heyman of is full of all kinds of Yankees notes:

  • They will pursue a top-of-the-rotation starter, and yes, C.C. Sabathia is one of them, but the list also includes A.J. Burnett, Jake Peavy, Derek Lowe, and possibly Ben Sheets. As we wrote yesterday, Peavy’s agent said he’d need "a lot of convincing" to approve a deal to the American League.
  • According to Heyman the goal is for the Bombers to "secure more than one of them."
  • The Yankees have targeted Mark Teixeira but may also take a look at Manny Ramirez (Heyman has mentioned the Manny to the Yankees possibility before, as has Ken Rosenthal).
  • Interest in Teixeira almost certainly means that Jason Giambi is not returning in 2009.
  • Center field is another position the Yankees hope to fill, but they may go the trade route and Heyman mentions Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy as possible bait.
  • If Mike Mussina decides to pitch again in 2009, the Yankees would want him back. A couple of weeks ago, Buster Olney wrote about a "growing sense" that Mussina would be returning for another season.

Alejandro A. Leal writes for and can be reached here: alexo05  -at- umpbump -dot- com.

Brewers Keep Melvin As GM; Sveum Out As Manager

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the Brewers have decided to let interim manager Dale Sveum go after his 12-day tenure following Ned Yost’s firing.

GM Doug Melvin, however, has been extended for three years.

According to Haudricourt, the Brewers are considering Buck Showalter, Bob Brenly and Ken Macha.

Alejandro A. Leal writes for and can be reached here: alexo05  -at- umpbump -dot- com.

Giants Outright Walker, Correia, Hennessey

The Giants shuffled their 40-man roster this week, cutting ties with pitchers Tyler Walker, Kevin Correia, and Brad Hennessey. All three were eligible for arbitration and probably would’ve received significant raises, but are now set to become free agents.

According to the SF Chronicle’s John Shea, the Giants would’ve traded them, but all three cleared waivers without drawing interest from other clubs.

Alejandro A. Leal writes for and can be reached here: alexo05 *at* umpbump *dot* com.

Odds And Ends: Cuban, Zaun, Hall, Mariners

Saturday morning linkage:

Alejandro A. Leal writes for and can be reached hre: alexo05 *at* umpbump *dot* com.

Odds And Ends: Cardinals, Astros, K-Rod

Links for Saturday…

  • It doesn’t sound like Jon Daniels has autonomy in Texas.
  • Ian Hunter of Country 103.9 in Ontario recently talked to MLBTR about the Blue Jays. Click here to download the mp3.
  • Reds GM Walt Jocketty has talked to three or four of the Reds’ nine free agents.  John Fay speculates those players are David Weathers, Jerry Hairston Jr., Mike Lincoln, and Jeremy Affeldt.
  • The Padres’ grievance against shortstop Khalil Greene won’t be heard until spring.  The case of Doyle Alexander may be a precedent; the Yankees were not able to recover any money after Alexander broke a knuckle by attacking a dugout wall in ’82.
  • Matthew Leach of takes a look at the Redbirds’ upcoming offseason.  Leach estimates that after all the contract and arbitration items are settled, the Cards will have around $25MM to look for a middle infielder, a middle reliever, and perhaps a new closer or #4 or #5 type slugger.
  • Likewise, earlier this week Astros beat writer Alyson Footer reported on GM Ed Wade’s offseason plans. Wade is expected to make some tweaks to the roster, but it’s unlikely he’ll make any major moves. Footer suggests the Astros could look for a couple of rotation arms, and speculates on the possibility of signing Ben Sheets.
  • The O.C. Register’s Mark Whicker doesn’t see Francisco Rodriguez coming back to the Angels.

Alejandro A. Leal writes for and can be reached here: alexo05 {at} umpbump {dot} com.  Tim Dierkes also contributed to this post.

Rockies Not Giving Up On Re-Signing Fuentes

Brian Fuentes has expressed his desire to stay with the Rockies, but as we’ve written before, its likely that he’ll sign with another team.

The Rockies, however, are keeping an open mind in trying to retain the veteran pitcher as GM Dan O’Dowd told the Denver Post:

"On the surface it would seem like it would be a longshot to keep him, but that’s something we are still talking about."

Fuentes will be one of the most coveted free agent relievers this upcoming offseason, but he’s prepared to listen to any offer the Rox make:

"If they want to discuss that internally and decide what they are going to do, that would be great," Fuentes said. "I love playing here, and I believe the team is going to be a lot better in years to come."

According to the Post, it’s assumed that the Rockies would get two compensatory draft picks once Fuentes rejected arbitration.

Alejandro A. Leal writes for and can be reached at: alexo05 [at] umpbump [dot] com.

Odds And Ends: Mientkiewicz, Michaels, Greinke, Soria, Scheppers

Some links for Saturday lunch, I’ll add some more as the day progresses:

Alejandro A. Leal writes for and can be reached here: alexo05 (at) umpbump [dot] com.

M’s Unsure About Bedard

The Tacoma News-Tribune’s Ryan Divish is keeping us up-to-date on the status of Erik Bedard‘s shoulder. The lefty had told reporters he felt he had a torn labrum or extensive damage, but after undergoing surgery to remove a cyst, the Mariner’s said there’s no such thing:

Dr. Lewis Yocum removed the cyst from the shoulder and performed a minor minor labral debridement (clean-up of some fraying). But in the search for any major structural damage, none was found.

With the news, Divish thinks Bedard may get to pitch next year and may do so in a Mariners uniform.

Team president Chuck Armstrong, however, wasn’t too enthusiastic about Bedard’s possible return. Speaking to the Seattle Times, he was "deliberately vague:"

"It’s like trying to invest in the stock market," Armstrong said. "If you make a bad stock pick, you don’t go back and … well, some people do, but you have to teach yourself. You don’t hold on to it hoping it’s going to come back. If it’s a bad one, you move on."

According to the Times, it is widely assumed the M’s will tender Bedard a contract, and if he is heatlhy enough to pitch next year they could trade him midseason for prospects.

Alejandro A. Leal writes for and can be reached here: alexo05 [at] umpbump (dot) com.