Peter Angelos Rumors
Four of the five AL East teams -- the Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays and Orioles -- appear to have some interest in Cuban outfield prospect Jorge Soler. Here are the latest links from the division...
- Rob Bradford of WEEI.com explains that the future of out-of-options right-hander Michael Bowden may be closely linked to his Spring Training performance. For MLBTR's complete list of out of options players on the Red Sox and around the league click here.
- An Orioles official tells Childs Walker of the Baltimore Sun that there's "absolutely no truth" to rumors owner Peter Angelos is considering selling the team.
- The Orioles would have to offer Adam Jones an extension of at least five years for him to sign long-term, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Rosenthal explores the timeline for a possible Jones trade, pointing out that the Braves were among the teams that inquired on the center fielder this offseason. Jones avoided arbitration with the Orioles last night, agreeing to a $6.15MM contract for 2012. He’s under team control through 2013.
This morning it was reported that the Cubs had two scouts at the Orioles' spring game yesterday to watch Brian Roberts.
Now, several people have written in to let us now that Bruce Levine of ESPN 1000 is reporting that Peter Angelos has given Andy MacPhail the green light to trade Roberts. It has long been rumored that Angelos might have been holding up the trade to the Cubs because of his personal affection for Roberts. With Angelos' blessing, this deal may finally happen in the next few days.
Of course, if this deal doesn't get done soon, Tim is going to have to change the name of this site to BrianRobertsTradeRumors.com.
By Cork Gaines
Some owners make headlines by talking to the press or releasing statements. This is best exemplified in New York, where the Steinbrenners aren't strangers to reporters. Some owners, though, like to make headlines in other ways. Take Peter Angelos for example. People know him not because he speaks to the press, but rather because he's always about to kill a certain move -- a free agent signing or a trade. Yes, despite dealing Erik Bedard and Miguel Tejada this off-season, Angelos still isn't keen on dishing Brian Robers.
Jon Heyman is hearing that the haul for Roberts might not be enough for Angelos's liking. The reported package includes pitcher Sean Gallagher, outfielder Matt Murton, and infielder Ronny Cedeno. This isn't the first deal for Roberts that Angelos has reportedly killed.
Heyman has an interesting bit on Angelos:
There is also a sense that Angelos has an unreasonable attachment to Roberts, who may well remind the owner of himself: a little guy who's scrapped his way to the top of his profession (no, not baseball; Angelos is at the top of the legal profession, at least in terms of dollars earned).
Of course, there is no way to verify that this is the case. But if Angelos is holding back a possible Roberts deal, he might be doing a disservice to his team. They stand to benefit more in the future from the young talent they'd receive than they would from Roberts, who is 30 this year.
It's well known that Baltimore Orioles CEO Peter Angelos is very mindful of players' health records, moreso than any other GM. It could have something to do with Angelos's past as a personal injury lawyer. Or it could be two massive free agent blunders made in the past by the Orioles: Scott Erickson and Albert Belle. The Orioles wasted many millions as the two players deteriorated.
The Angelos mindset is center stage at the moment, as the health of Cubs starter Mark Prior is far from spotless. As I mentioned earlier, here's what Buster Olney had to say on the issue:
"Executives with other teams are assuming, by the way, that Baltimore owner Peter Angelos would likely kill any proposal once club doctors review Prior's recent medical history."
I dug around a bit and got a little more from a source close to the Orioles. He told me that he knows of at least three free agents that the Orioles backed away from this winter after reviewing their medical records. He wouldn't name names, but I have to think Kevin Millwood was one.
However, the source told me Prior's medical records would only pose a slight dilemma for the Orioles. He thinks the true obstacle is simply the Cubs meeting the Orioles' asking price. If that happens, the deal will get done quickly.