With FOX airing Saturday evening games this weekend rather than afternoon games, Ken Rosenthal's new Full Count video showed up on their website a little later in the day too. Now that it's been posted, let's recap Rosenthal's latest hot stove tidbits….
- Roy Oswalt is making $15MM this year and $16MM next year, which will make it difficult to trade him. Making it even trickier, owner Drayton McLane won't want to include money in a deal, even if it means getting better prospects in return.
- If the Mariners become sellers, that would further diminish the chances of an Oswalt deal, since the M's could make Cliff Lee available. Lee is the much more affordable ace, earning only $9MM this season.
- The Red Sox don't want to release Mike Lowell, since he provides injury protection at both corner infield spots, and can DH against left-handers. Additionally, if the Sox were to release Lowell, many of their AL rivals, such as the Angels, Rays, and Twins, could have interest in him.
- Ken Griffey's current role of pinch-hitter, occasional DH, and clubhouse mentor is exactly what the Mariners were hoping for when they re-signed the 40-year-old this winter. For now, the club has no desire for Griffey to retire.
- Carlos Zambrano appears to be headed back to the Cubs' rotation, even though he may currently be their sixth-best starter. The team could attempt to trade Tom Gorzelanny or move him to the bullpen, but Rosenthal opines that it would make their pitching staff weaker.
Lee makes $9M (not $8M) this year. His 2010 option increased by $1M when he won the Cy Young award in 2008 (courtesy of Cots).
We keep hearing what a consummate professional Lowell is. Last week the prospect of him asking for his release came up, yet no mention was made about him waiving the remainder of his contract for such a release. What a guy—-wants a release, yet still wants to “hold up” the Sox for the $9 mil they still owe him. Yeah, some good guy, consummate pro. Waive the remainder of your contract, Mike, and see how fast the Sox dump your ass. Yeah, I didn’t think so. What a phony.
He has no reason to waive the remainder of his contract and we have no right to ask him to do so. Would you dump $9 million down the drain if you were in his position? I don’t think so.
Grabow is the one that the Cubs should trade. Move him and the bullpen gets better. Gorzelanny would definitely do that job better or at least not worse!!
Sounds good, an addition by subtraction. Too bad every other GM knows how bad Grabow is pitching.