Doug Brocail Rumors

Stark’s Latest: Abreu, Arroyo, Hudson

ESPN’s Jayson Stark is back with a look at needs and plans for all 30 teams.  I highly recommend you read the article, but here are a few highlights.  He’s also got a fresh blog post here.

  • The Phillies are eyeing Doug Brocail and Russ Springer.
  • The Mets like Bobby Abreu, but not his three year, $45MM asking price.
  • The Reds are quietly listening on Bronson Arroyo, and the Rangers may be interested.
  • Contrary to previous reports, Stark believes the Mets’ first order of business is getting a starting pitcher.
  • Here’s a new one – the Marlins are interested in Orlando Hudson?
  • The Astros may be trying to move money, and Stark implies trading Miguel Tejada or Jose Valverde could be one path.
  • The Rockies have "actively explored" signing Jeremy Affeldt, who could also wind up back home with the Mariners.  A few more interesting names for Seattle: Joe Crede (if Adrian Beltre is traded), Jason Giambi, and Ken Griffey Jr.

Wolf Will Test Market

THURSDAY: Wolf told KRIV-TV in Houston last night that he’s flattered by the Astros’ efforts, but he plans to test the market.  His main goal is playing for a winning team, and he says his urge to play on the West Coast is overstated.  Astros GM Ed Wade says he’ll look at alternatives starting Friday.

WEDNESDAY, 5:30pm: The Astros also made an offer to reliever Doug BrocailHis agent says about a dozen teams have inquired, the Red Sox among them.  The Astros would also like to re-sign Mark Loretta, but conversations have not yet begun.

1:46pm: According to Brian McTaggart of the Houston Chronicle, the Astros made an offer to free agent lefty Randy Wolf.  They’re hoping to get him signed before he hits the open market Friday.

Wolf, 32, tossed 190.1 innings of 4.30 ball for the Padres and Astros this year.  According to Ken Rosenthal, at least six other teams have expressed in Wolf already.  He could pull in a three-year deal north of $30MM.

Red Sox Inquire On Lowe

According to Tony Massarotti of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox have inquired on free agent starter on Derek Lowe.  Scott Boras even gave them one of his infamous books hyping the 35 year-old righty.  Massarotti figures the Red Sox consider Lowe a safer bet than A.J. Burnett or Ben Sheets.

Massarotti adds that the Red Sox are looking for groundballing strike throwers in terms of bullpen additions.  He wonders if Doug Brocail or Brandon Lyon could work.  I noticed that Brian Shouse, Todd Coffey, Dennys Reyes, and Jeremy Affeldt also fit the profile, for what it’s worth.

Odds and Ends: Burrell, Atkins, Ohmura

Links for Monday…

Rockies Rumors: Holliday, Taveras, Atkins

4:54pm: More Rockies chatter from Troy Renck.  The Rockies intend to sort out the Holliday/Atkins trade situations before moving on to other concerns such as the bullpen.  They do like the idea of bringing Jeremy Affeldt back, though.  Renck has the Twins and Indians kicking the tires on Atkins, while Tracy Ringolsby believes Michael Cuddyer could be a fit for Colorado.

11:18am: The latest Rockies buzz…

  • Buster Olney says the Rockies are very motivated to move Matt Holliday.  Olney wonders if the Rox might end up taking a bit less than expected for him.  Troy Renck says various execs see the A’s and Phillies as the most likely matches for Holliday.  The Rays are another possibility.  GM Dan O’Dowd will be open-minded about the return.
  • Renck also says the White Sox have contacted the Rockies about Willy Taveras.
  • Renck talked to the agent for Doug Brocail, Brandon Lyon, and Kyle Farnsworth.  All three are open to pitching in Colorado.
  • Tracy Ringolsby says the Rockies have had "initial talks" with the Twins regarding Garrett Atkins.  He wonders if the Angels could jump in later.
  • Ringolsby suggests Brad Penny would be an interesting candidate for the Rockies.

Astros Rumors: Wolf, Hawkins, Hampton’s Alyson Footer has the latest Astros buzz.

  • Astros GM Ed Wade will meet with Randy Wolf‘s agents tomorrow, but doesn’t expect an agreement to be reached before the exclusive negotiating period ends.  Wolf will test the open market, and the Mets are already known to be interested.
  • Talks are ongoing with the agents for Doug Brocail and LaTroy Hawkins.  Brocail is a Type A free agent, and the Astros already declined a $3.25MM option on him.
  • Wade met with Mike Hampton‘s agent recently.  Hampton could return to Houston on an incentive-laden contract.
  • Wade is on the lookout for a second-tier catcher to complement Humberto Quintero.
  •’s Jim Molony wonders if the Astros will try to bring lefty Trever Miller back.

Astros Decline Brocail’s Option

According to Brian McTaggart of the Houston Chronicle, the Astros declined Doug Brocail‘s $3.25MM option for 2009.  The Astros are concerned about Brocail’s ailing shoulder.  However, they’d like to re-sign him at a lower rate.  Brocail seemingly profiles as a Type A free agent, though he might accept arbitration if the Astros offer it.  He was disappointed by their decision on his option though.

Brocail, 41, posted a 3.93 ERA in 68.2 innings.  His strikeout rate was up significantly from ’07.  He struggled in July and August, but pitched well in September.

Odds and Ends: Pavano, Dunn, Brocail, Washburn

Random links for the day…

  • Joel Sherman notes that Carl Pavano has a chance to help his own cause if he can be mildly useful in September.  Pavano will be a free agent after the season when the Yankees buy out his $13MM option.
  • The Reds will free up about $30MM in payroll, and Walt Jocketty plans to be active.
  • Ben Bolch notes that the Dodgers could’ve blocked the D’Backs’ waiver claim of Adam Dunn.  Bolch cites the risk that caused the Dodgers to pass – Dunn’s salary and their outfield logjam.  But as readers of this site have pointed out, why not claim Dunn and offer a player of no value?  Would Walt Jocketty have chosen salary relief over two draft picks?
  • Multiple teams put in claims on reliever Doug Brocail, but the Astros did not want to trade him.  The ‘Stros are playing for a miracle, as they’re assigned less than a 1% chance of making the playoffs.
  • Geoff Baker supported the Mariners’ decision not to trade Jarrod Washburn in July, but now they’ve overplayed their hand. 

Red Sox Eyeing Relief Options

12:51pm:’s Jim Molony says Brocail, Geary, and Jose Valverde aren’t going anywhere since the Astros are actually looking to add to their ‘pen.

11:21am: ESPN’s Peter Gammons says the Red Sox have been discussing Doug Brocail with the Astros.

9:57am: Boston’s top priority at the trade deadline seems to be relief help, if anything.  They were linked to several relievers this morning.

Sean McAdam of the Providence Journal says the Sox "are interested again and expect expect to get back to the Royals on Ron Mahay."  Mahay is generally believed to be unavailable.

Rob Bradford of the Boston Herald has the Red Sox eyeing Geoff Geary, Brian Fuentes, George Sherrill, and Will Ohman.  Ohman seems the likeliest candidate, though they may have competition for him in the division-rival Rays.

Inexplicably Aggressive Astros

11:40pm: Nick Cafardo suggests Doug Brocail might be the reliever the Red Sox are eyeing.

11:03pm:  Footer says the Red Sox are more likely interested in Geoff Geary than Miguel Tejada.  She doesn’t expect Geary to be traded, since as she previously noted the Astros are looking to acquire a reliever.

8:47pm: No one is quite sure why, but the Astros are still acting like buyers.  The latest example comes from ESPN’s Buster Olney, who says Ed Wade is looking for a "high profile, experienced reliever."’s Alyson Footer concurs, but her sources put the chance of a deal around 30%.