GM meetings blog (cont.)
Tuesday, November 4
Barry Axelrod, Jake Peavy's agent, said he would be at the GM meetings if he felt there was a strong chance his client was about to be traded. But Axelrod isn't here. And he had no plans to come.
But while there isn't anything imminent, Axelrod suggested Peavy is getting used to the idea of going. "Jake's getting to the point where he's thinking, 'If they have decided they're better off without me, then I don't want to be there.'" Axelrod told SI.com. "It's tough to assert your right to stay if they feel they'd be better off elsewhere.''
But Axelrod emphasized that that doesn't mean Peavy, who has full no-trade powers for two years, will be a pushover. "He still has a very strong preference for the National League," Axelrod said. "That doesn't totally negate the possibility of the American League. If all else fails, and the Padres are really going South on payroll, there will be careful consideration given (to some AL teams."
Padres GM Kevin Towers suggested he thought Peavy would accept the Angels and Yankees in the AL in addition to the preferred Braves, Astros, Cardinals, Dodgers and Cubs in the NL. But Axelrod emphasized that the NL teams are still atop Peavy's list, and while the Angels and Yankees could be acceptable under some circumstances, a trade -- especially with the Yankees -- might lead to more demands to financially enhance his current contract, which called for a $53-million, three-year extension. "He's already sacrificed by taking an under-market deal to stay in San Diego, and I don't know why he should have to sacrifice again,'' Axelrod said. 'He shouldn't have to sacrifice again. He should be made whole.''
So besides all the other difficulties in dealing a superstar -- Towers wants someone young for the rotation and a middle infielder and doesn't sugarcoat his insistence on a haul -- a trade to the Yankees probably would have to come with a renegotiation of terms, another major hurdle to a difficult deal.
False Alarm on Holliday Appearance
Looks like a false alarm on Matt Holliday and his appearance here at the GM meetings. He lives and trains in the area now, and apparently he just wanted to check out agent Scott Boras' set-up here at the GM meetings. Still, he created quite a stir in the lobby.
Odd Move by the Champs
One reason Charlie Manuel came all this way out with new Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. was to be there when they fired third-base coach Steve Smith. Amaro didn't say why the unusual call was made to fire a coach on a World Series champ. The one thing known about Smith is that he was among the leaders in fines for a variety of in-game disputes.
ChiSox Dealing Vazquez?
A White Sox source declined to characterize Javier Vazquez as being on the trading block. But the team does appear to be taking offers on Vazquez, who came up small in big games late last year. One possibility could be the Mets. GM Omar Minaya had Vazquez in Montreal and remains a fan. The Mets may need to replace free agent starter Oliver Perez, as the Mets would like to keep Perez to a three-year deal, which seems like a long shot.
Angels GM: "We'll Act Responsibly"
Angels GM Tony Reagins agreed to what was written here, that they would not rule out the idea of signing two "high end free agents," which means CC Sabatahia and their own Mark Teixeira. But, Reagins also stressed, "We're going to act responsibly and reasonably."
Reagins said he felt it was an advantage that Teixeira's agent -- Boras -- is at most every Angels game, allowing both sides to get a feel for where they stand: in this case, they appear to love each other. However, Angels sources suggest they won't necessarily adhere to Boras' timetable if it takes too long for their taste.
The Rockies' Matt Holliday made a surprise appearance at the GM meetings, raising curiosity among onlookers. An appearance by any major leaguer at these meetings is very rare, and Holliday's appearance is sure to raise speculation about possible deals. The Rockies have Holliday on the trading block, but little is known about possible suitors. The Yankees and Nationals are two known interested teams.
Controversial outfielder Milton Bradley will be headed for the free-agent market after he and the Rangers failed to work out a deal for him to stay. Bradley put together his best season, posting a .436 on-base percentage and .563 slugging percentage for a .999 OPS.
The Rangers were interested in bringing him back on a short-term deal. But Bradley will shoot to take advantage of his big "platform" season. He is expected to seek a four-year deal now more than $10 million a year, a big number for someone with his history of troubles.
Bradley thrived in Texas under manager Ron Washington and may be taking a chance to leaving Washington and a quiet market behind. Considering his injury history, he'd also be wise to stay in the American League.
The Yankees announced they were declining options on the contracts of Jason Giambi and Carl Pavano. No surprise there. Giambi's option was for $21 million, and Pavano did nothing but embarrass himself and the organization as a Yankee.
While the Nats are involved with several big players, some believe they have little chance to land any of the big ship -- with, one exception. "I could see them getting Adam Dunn, but only if they overpay,'' one competing GM said.
The Nats are in the mix for Rockies star outfielder Matt Holliday plus free agents Mark Teixeira and Dunn and potential free agent A.J. Burnett, who has opted out of his Blue Jays contract.
According to the competing GM, their pursuit of Holliday is a particular pipedream. "They don't have the players. Who are they going to trade? Many of their guys are broken down."
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