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Posted on: December 6, 2011 3:01 am
Edited on: December 6, 2011 3:23 am
DALLAS -- More baseball talk from the first full day at the winter meetings:

-- The Braves' duo of Jair Jurrjens and Martin Prado continue to be as sought after as any players on the slow-developing trade market. Sources say that 8-10 teams have shown real interest in Jurrjens, while "half the teams in baseball" have talked to the Braves about Prado, most with the idea of playing him at second base. The Braves continue to say that they don't need to move either player, and will only do so if the return helps make them more competitive in 2012 (as opposed to dealing for long-term prospects). The Braves have assured teams that Jurrjens is fully healthy, and that his velocity returned to the mid 90s when he resumed throwing in instructional league.

-- Royals executive J.J. Picollo became the latest to interview with the Astros for their vacant general manager position. The Astros' interest in Picollo and in the Rockies' Bill Geivett would seem to indicate that they want to hire someone with a strong background in scouting and player development. Picollo is Kansas City's assistant GM for scouting and player development, and he previously ran the Braves' minor-league system.

-- The Angels spent Monday night talking to Bob Garber, who represents free-agent pitcher C.J. Wilson. The Angels' interest in Wilson is serious, and has been since last month's general managers meetings in Milwaukee.

-- The Dodgers were considered to have a good day Monday, signing infielder Jerry Hairston and starter Aaron Harang to two-year deals. Rival executives suggest that Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti needs to do whatever he can to try to give his chance a team to play well early in 2012, in hopes of convincing whoever the new owner is that he should keep his job.

-- The A's continue to explore trading closer Andrew Bailey, and are expected to talk to the Red Sox on Tuesday. The Red Sox have not yet been aggressive in pursuit of Bailey.

-- The Tigers are not believed to have shown any significant interest in any of the big names on the free-agent market, and seem content to make smaller improvements to a team that won 95 games in 2011. If the Tigers make a big-money signing this winter, it seems a lot more likely to be Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes than Mark Buehrle, Aramis Ramirez, Coco Crisp or other big names that have been speculated about. It's still not clear how soon Cespedes will be declared a free agent, because of delays in paperwork needed to establish residency in the Dominican Republic. One possibility is that Cespedes could try to establish residency in Mexico, instead.

-- While the White Sox are open to listening to trade proposals for any of John Danks, Gavin Floyd, Carlos Quentin and Gordon Beckham, some club officials insist that they are not "rebuilding," even though general manager Ken Williams used that exact word last month. The Sox insist that they while they are trying to get younger, they would only trade their valuable chips if they get players who are ready to contribute at the big-league level immediately.

-- The Pirates continue to show no interest in trading center fielder Andrew McCutchen, even though early talks on a possible long-term contract showed that the two sides were "not even in the same ballpark," according to sources. McCutchen isn't eligible for free agency for another four years, so the Pirates aren't yet under time pressure to sign him or trade him.

-- The Giants have talked to the representatives for Tim Lincecum, but there doesn't appear to be much progress towards getting Lincecum signed to a long-term contract. Lincecum has two years to go before free agency.

-- A day after some Brewers people expressed a slight hint of optimism at their chances of retaining free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder, others insisted the chances remain very bleak. The Brewers do have real interest in Aramis Ramirez, and have been in contact with every free-agent shortstop.

-- The Rays are open to trading Jeff Niemann or Wade Davis in their quest to improve their offense, but have told teams that they would only listen to overwhelming offers for James Shields. The Rays would also like to trade Reid Brignac, would still like to upgrade their catching, and are once again willing to talk about dealing B.J. Upton.


Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 5:43 pm

Latest on Jurrjens and Prado, and other notes

If Kelly Johnson doesn't accept artbitration today i would love my Jays to get Prado for 2B, he would be a great addition to our team, probably hit in the 2 hole.  Snider and a prospect might get it to add Jurjjens too, but thats just wishful thinking.

Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:55 pm

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Cards have put the word out that both Lohse and Westbrook are available.  Looks like they're trying to free up cash for Albert.  If they do that, they'd have to roll the dice on Kyle McClellan, and move him into the rotation.

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2011 3:49 pm

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Trading almost all of your big money players is....wait for it.....rebuilding.  Kenny can try and deflect as much as he wants, but he knows the team is flawed and is trying to start over.  

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:33 pm

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must be honest..
nobody.. nobody is thrilled to land Wilson for 100mil..
Buehrle at 3x39 is more reasonable for a contender or Nationals(they need a veteran inning-eating starter with good le
adership for their youngsters)..i think he fit also in Miami
Dvid Wright outside of NY can rebound..if he's coming not so expensive in terms of prospects could be a great bargain for teams as Ana, Atl, Mlw...3rd baseman who can field and bat for power in the same time(with also a good average) are rare... very difficult to find also in minors too

Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 11:53 am

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The Angels will get David Wright before CJ Wilson.  They need a third baseman way more than another pitcher.

Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 11:48 am

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There are 2 n's in Yoennis.

Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:36 am

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On the Angels,

Yes, a rotation of Jered Weaver, Dan Haren, Ervin Santana, and CJ Wilson would be very formidible. But how does that solve their problems? Everybody knows that starting pitching is their strength. They had some bullpen issues down the stretch, specifically rookie Jordan Walden blowing around 10 saves. But the issue for the Angels is really the hitting. They are nearly down there with the A's and Mariners in terms of offensive ineptitude. The real question at this point is how much more money the Angels can spend so they can upgrade the hitting. You don't know what you're going to get from Kendry Morales after 2 years sitting on the shelf.

They were 86-76 this year, and 10 games back of the Rangers. Maybe the thought process here is that the loss of Wilson takes Texas back a few games, and brings the Angels up a few. I don't agree with that line of thinking because Texas' rotation already has a suitable "Wilson replacement" in order, but whatever. There is young talent offensively in Trumbo, Trout, etc. But Torii Hunter, Vernon Wells, and Bobby Abreu are hardly sure things at this point. The difference between winning and losing is small, so it's hard to know what will happen.

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 8:57 am

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Jeff Neiman for logan morrison. The marlins get a solid pitcher for a tenth of the cost of wilson or buehrle and they can get rid of the loud mouth Morrison.  Rays play jennings, morrison, Joyce in the OF. Zobrist at 2B, Rodriguez to SS.    Upton trade for a 1B

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 8:47 am

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the angels with a Haren, Weaver, Wilson staff would be ridiculous.

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