Billy Beane Rumors

Olney on Reyes, McLouth, Holliday's Buster Olney wonders if the currently injured Jose Reyes has already peaked, quoting a scout who says "I don't see a lot of evolution there ... Jimmy Rollins struggled early in his career, but then he just kept getting better and better, and I'm not really seeing that in Reyes." Olney likens the situation to Mark Prior's, who seemingly held the Cubs hostage with his potential. Reyes will turn just 26 next week, but Olney says that going forward "the Mets should not assume that Reyes is going to be an unmovable foundation piece," however he is not advocating a trade just yet.

Here's the rest of Olney's rumors:

  • Olney heard that the Pirates were concerned about Nate McLouth's defensive abilities, so they moved him now before his trade value diminished.
  • Billy Beane will soon have to make a decision about whether or not he should trade Matt Holliday, because other teams will start inquiring soon.
  • Olney speculates that the Cardinals could be interested in Holliday, which would satisfy Tony LaRussa's desire for a big bat. He also says that Cards' prospect Brett Wallace would be a good fit for Oakland, but that seems like a hefty price for just three or four months of Holliday.

Odds & Ends: A's, Hammel, Manny, McPherson

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Odds & Ends: Clement, Schilling, Strasburg

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Odds and Ends: Hudson, Twins, Sisco, Dunn

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Odds and Ends: Andruw, Marquis, Coonelly

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Odds & Ends: Sabean, Yankees, Reds, Jones

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  • Peter Abraham asks if Andruw Jones would be worth a look for the Yankees on a minor league deal... and promptly answers his own question: no. He'd rather see Melky Cabrera and Brett Gardner fight it out.
  • River Avenue Blues takes a look at why the Yankees and Red Sox saw a drop in the rankings of their farm systems from 2008 to 2009.
  • Athletics Nation asks whether or not Brian Sabean is "out-GMing" Billy Beane this offseason with his splashes in the free agent market.
  • Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News doesn't feel like the Reds have done enough to climb out of fifth place. He feels the Cubs, Brewers, Cardinals, and Astros are all still better teams.

Brown's Latest: Teixeira, Crede, Friedman

Yahoo's Tim Brown filed a column late last night; let's take a look.

  • Scott Boras doesn't know of any kind of contingency where the Dodgers would have to unload Andruw Jones' contract before signing Manny Ramirez.
  • The Angels have not yet made an offer to Mark Teixeira, but they'll deal with that situation before moving on to other needs.  Boras is suggesting Teixeira pays for himself.
  • Boras compared Joe Crede to Magglio Ordonez.  I think he is implying that he may seek big money for Crede but allow a team to opt out after a year if he hits the DL for back problems.
  • Ken Williams spoke up manufacturing runs, while Billy Beane still prefers walks and homers.
  • Rays GM Andrew Friedman doesn't have a contract, but he isn't concerned.

Odds and Ends: Pitt, Manny, White Sox

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Odds and Ends: Steinbrenner, Burnett, Sabathia

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A's Rumors: Ellis, Embree

More A's rumors and news, courtesy of Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle (here and here).

  • GM Billy Beane is committed to the long-term plan, and is not interested in quick fixes.  He'd like to add a free agent bat, probably an older player on a short-term commitment (Jason Giambi could make sense).
  • Second baseman Mark Ellis had shoulder surgery a few weeks ago.  The uncertainty hurts his free agency prospects, which might give the A's a better chance to re-sign him.  Ellis is a Beane favorite, and the A's hope to bring him back.
  • The A's will decide on Alan Embree's $3MM option after the World Series.

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