Trade rumors (cont.)
Posted: Sunday July 29, 2007 12:56AM; Updated: Sunday July 29, 2007 2:43AM
Dissenting opinion on Salty
The Angels were said to be disappointed that Texas requested they sweeten their standing offer for star first baseman Mark Teixeira, which apparently consisted of young first baseman Casey Kotchman and probably young pitcher Joe Saunders, with a top prospect such as pitcher Nick Adenhart or infielder Brandon Wood. While they weren't giving up the pursuit, it gave them reason to wonder whether the Braves were leading the race.
The Angels have been steadfast in their unwillingness to surrender big prospects in recent seasons, but some folks around the game are actually more impressed with their offer than that the Braves' bid, which has been reported to be young catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia plus prospects Matt Harrison, a lefthanded pitcher, and Elvis Andrus, a shortstop. Unless there's a surprise bidder, it could be a two-team competition since it appears the Dodgers are focusing on pitching instead.
Many rave reviews have been written about Saltalamacchia, but the Braves have a history of knowing their prospects. It's hard to recall a time when they traded away any that have come back to haunt them.
It's also curious that the Braves, which are in the playoff race, have consistently been playing the elderly Julio Franco over Saltalamacchia at first base. The idea that they believe Franco gives them a better chance to win doesn't speak well for Saltalamacchia, who's a catcher by trade but had been manning first base before Franco's acquisition.
"[Texas] isn't getting what they think they're getting,'' one competing executive said, referring to Saltalamacchia.
Well, so far Texas isn't getting anything, because the trade hasn't been consummated yet.
Second thoughts for Mets
The Mets' effort to land Cordero appears to have gone nowhere. The Mets say the Nats are typically asking for too much while the Nats say Cordero is only available if they are absolutely overwhelmed.
After the bullpen, second base is another area of interest for the Mets. With the Twins uncommitted as to whether to trade Luis Castillo, the Mets are looking at Mark Grudzielanek and Mark Loretta. Rookie Ruben Gotay (.330) has done a nice job in Jose Valentin's absence but that hasn't stopped the Mets from considering veteran alternatives.
Kei to the M's' season?
Word is, the Mariners were considering making a run at Kei Igawa, but their interest appears to have cooled after watching Igawa's latest disappointment, a four-inning outing in a 7-0 defeat to the Royals. While Igawa's been a disaster, the Yankees would want any acquiring team to pay part of the $26 million posting fee.
The Mariners have been shopping Richie Sexson, who's not only overpaid but also allegedly not Ichiro Suzuki's favorite teammate. But Igawa would have to pitch better than he has for Seattle to consider any sort of deal involving both Sexson and Igawa.