Managerial breakdown: Who's staying, who's going? (cont.)
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The Red Sox's offer for Roy Halladay is believed to have been pitching prospects Clay Buchholz, Justin Masterson, Michael Bowden, Nick Hagadone and a positional prospect, according to sources, and not the six pitching prospects that's been rumored. The bid apparently did not include Daniel Bard and Felix Doubront, as has been suggested recently. Red Sox GM Theo Epstein responded "nope" to the Boston Globe's Amalie Benjamin when quizzed about the alleged six-pitcher proposal. But even the real bid should have been good enough for Toronto to take it.
As MLBTradeRumors.com points out, the DH market will be among the strongest this winter, with Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Hideki Matsui (having a better year than you think) all available. Plus, if anyone thinks Gary Sheffield can limp through another whole season, there's another DH.
Guerrero aged a year this spring. And free agent close Jose Valverde just aged 15 months. Valverde said he didn't think his sudden aging would hurt him, but it's possible it'll cost him a year on what's expected to be a lucrative deal. Ten mil a year for two years doesn't seem out of the question.
Kevin Millwood needs 4 1/3 innings to have his $12 million option for 2010 vest.
Rick Porcello, 20, became the 29th pitcher this century to win his 13th game in a year before turning 21. Dwight Gooden and Bob Feller were the only ones to do it twice. I am sticking with Porcello as my AL Rookie of the Year, with Elvis Andrus and Andrew Bailey rounding out my top three. But several e-mailers took me to task for not including Rays pitcher Jeff Niemann, who has slightly better overall stats than Porcello. Niemann and the White Sox's Gordon Beckham, who has done a terrific job at third base, are also in the picture.
Prince Fielder tied the Brewers franchise record with 126 RBIs (Cecil Cooper, 1983). A couple e-mailers wondered why I didn't include Fielder in my top 10 for MVP. The reason is that I don't typically consider players on also-ran teams. While Joe Mauer (my AL MVP pick) is on a team that doesn't appear likely to reach the postseason, I am considering the Twins a September contender.
As one e-mailer pointed out, it only makes sense that I misspelled the name of Dodgers bench coach Bob Schaefer on my list of 10 unsung heroes for the year. My bad. That is the correct spelling.
Mark Buehrle is not only spectacular, he's consistent. He became the first ChiSox pitcher with nine 30-start seasons. Rumors that Buehrle would want to renegotiate because Jake Peavy makes slightly more are untrue, according to White Sox people. Peavy, incidentally, now appears close to making his return.
It's fitting that ex-Met Pedro Martinez (now 218-99 all time -- he just doesn't want to lose that 100th game) officially eliminated the Mets Sunday night in a 1-0 victory.
Brad Lidge still looks like an issue for the Phillies, however, as he looked shaky getting a save during the first game of Sunday's double-header vs. the Mets. Ryan Madson was used as closer in the 1-0 Game 2 win.
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