Dallas McPherson Rumors

Odds & Ends: Johnson, Cabrera, Mets, Contreras

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Athletics Sign Dallas McPherson

The Oakland Athletics have signed Dallas McPherson to a minor league contract, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com.

McPherson, selected by the Angels in the second round of the 2001 draft, was once considered an elite prospect, but injuries and strikeout woes have slowed him in recent years. After slugging .586 in his minor league career, he has hit .245/.298/.458 in 399 major-league plate appearances, homering 18 times and striking out 126.

Crasnick indicates that the 29-year-old is expected to compete for the A's third base job in the spring.

Odds & Ends: Milledge, Draft Order, Cubs

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Giants Sign Dallas McPherson

According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Giants signed third baseman Dallas McPherson to a minor league deal.  McPherson will head to extended spring training and then Triple A.  It's a nice opportunity for the 28 year-old, who slugged 42 home runs at Triple A in '08 but was released by the Marlins a few weeks ago.  If the signing is a success, the Giants can retain McPherson in future years as an arbitration-eligible player.

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

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Rosenthal On Sheffield, Repko, McPherson

A look at Ken Rosenthal's column from yesterday afternoon…

  • The Marlins chose Ross Gload over Frank Catalanotto, but are still considering signing Cat for the minimum now that he's been released. 
  • The Braves are not interested in bringing back Gary Sheffield.  Meanwhile, Joel Sherman of the New York Post believes the Mets (as well as the Phillies and Reds) have an eye on Sheffield.
  • Sheffield is apparently the only right-handed hitter on the Phillies' radar.  Rosenthal learned that the Rockies' asking price for Jeff Baker is high.
  • The Braves almost made a deal for Dodgers outfielder Jason Repko, but backed off recently.
  • The Yankees will pass on Dallas McPherson, but the Giants may consider him.
  • The Yanks don't seem desperate to move Melky Cabrera.  They've received multiple calls on him but Rosenthal says "the team will only move him for the right price."

Odds & Ends: McPherson, Izzy, Hammel

Happy April Fools, or something.  Here are your Wednesday night links…

  • Mike Axisa over at River Ave. Blues believes the Yankees should take a long look at former top prospect Dallas McPherson.
  • Sam A. Miller of the Orange County Register presents some best-case scenario projections for the 2009 Angels.
  • Jason Isringhausen is going to stick it out with the Rays.  He'll be placed on the disabled list to start the season, but could be pitching for Tampa by mid-May.
  • Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus discusses some of the Rays' offseason moves with RaysProspects.com.  He also touches on Jason Hammel's trade value.
  • Pirates president Frank Coonelly hosted a chat with fans at MLB.com on Wednesday.
  • Mariners Rule 5 pick Jose Lugo, a reliever, has been returned to the Twins.
  • Another Rule 5 pick, catcher James Skelton, has been waived by the Diamondbacks.
  • If you missed it, take a look at Tim's Tuesday chat. 
  • Join the fun!  Add MLBTR to your Twitter following tonight.  And hey, while you're at it, why not check out your (attention craving) friend Drew Silva as well?

Marlins Acquire Hayden Penn For Robert Andino

4:21pm: Mike Berardino of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel has Larry Beinfest's thoughts on the Marlins' acquisitions today.  Berardino also says Dallas McPherson "might wind up with the Yankees."

11:54am: Interesting swap today: the Marlins acquired pitcher Hayden Penn from the Orioles for shortstop Robert Andino.  Both players are out of options.

Penn, 24, wasn't able to crack the Orioles' weak rotation.  Perhaps he can recover the promise he had back in '05 and '06 with a fresh start.

Andino, 25 later this month, hit .287/.356/.497 in his second attempt at Triple A.  He was blocked by Hanley Ramirez in Florida, but he plays strong defense and may be able to chip away at Cesar Izturis' playing time in Baltimore.  Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun says it looks like Chris Gomez will be released now.  Schmuck also has Andy MacPhail's explanation of the deal.

Marlins Release Dallas McPherson

10:39pm: Frisaro says the Marlins released McPherson, as they were unable to find a trade.

10:36am: Joe Frisaro of MLB.com has the latest on the Marlins.

  • Out of options Marlins shortstop Robert Andino remains on the Pirates' radar; the interest dates back to at least the Winter Meetings.  Frisaro wonders if the idea of an Andino-Brian Bixler swap could be reignited.  However, with Andino being out of options and Bixler raising his profile during Spring Training, that seems unlikely.  My own speculation – the San Diego would be a good destination for Andino.
  • Frisaro says the Marlins appear to be shopping third baseman Dallas McPherson, who is also out of options.  McPherson, 28, hit .275/.379/.618 with 42 home runs in 448 at-bats last year at Triple A.  Projection systems remain unimpressed, but I'd like to see what he could do in Minute Maid Park.
  • The Marlins are eyeing lefty relief help, with Frisaro naming Pittsburgh's Sean Burnett and free agent Ron Villone as possibilities.

Odds and Ends: Smoltz, Crede, Burnett

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