Lots of talk about extensions and looking ahead to 2010 this week as the playoffs continue. Let's take a look:
- We learned that John Smoltz is contemplating a return for 2010 and would like to return to the Cardinals if he pitches. The other question raised for the Cardinals, though, is whether or not Tony La Russa and/or Dave Duncan will return. And what's going to happen with Albert Pujols? He's not ready to begin talking about an extension just yet.
- The Angels made an effort to keep Bobby Abreu in LA, but he rejected their offer of roughly $16MM over two years. Seemed like a reasonable offer to me, but Abreu apparently is convinced he can do better. Will he have to settle for a smaller deal as he did last winter?
- An extension for Brandon Webb doesn't seem to be in the works — for now. Webb has said that he's open to remaining with the D'Backs beyond 2010, but points out that it'd be difficult to make a deal work for both sides right now. He is open to midseason negotiations.
- Onto another injured big-name starter, Tim Hudson has said he'd like to remain in Atlanta. Originally, it was reported that he would test the free agent market, but Hudson would like to work out a multi-year deal to remain with the Braves. Hudson has a $12MM mutual option for 2010. What's the best move for both sides?
- Bruce Bochy and Brian Sabean both signed on for another two years with the Giants. Can Bochy and Sabean get them over the top and into the postseason in the coming years?
- The Brewers sent cash to the Reds to complete the David Weathers trade. The Brewers were probably hoping for more than the 4.88 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, and .283 opponent batting average that Weathers posted in 24 innings with Milwaukee.
- Speaking of right-handed relievers, if you're wondering who's going to be on the market this offseason, we've got you covered.
- Tim covered the A's, Jays, and Reds this week in the Offseason Outlook series.