The Red Sox could decide to go all-in for Mark Teixera, offering him a huge contract to get him to come to Boston. It seems like the Angels and Red Sox will be the two biggest suitors because the Yankees will focus on CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett or Derek Lowe. The Nationals have become a dark horse candidate because of a rumor of them offering Tex 10 years, 200 million. I don’t really think they will go that far, however. The Oriols are another possibility, but they seem more interested in AJ Burnett and Rafael Furcal. So this thing is mainly between the Red Sox and Angels. I will now list the backup plans for whichever team that loses the Teixera bidding.
- If the Angels lose out on Tex, they will have to turn to other hitters. Adam Dunn hasn’t gotten much interest from other teams, so he would be pretty easy to lure to LA to be the team’s next first baseman. The Angels could also trade for Garret Atkins should a Teixera deal fall through. Dan Uggla has been rumored, but the Marlins look like they’re done trading veterans after dealing Mike Jacobs, Josh Willingham, Scott Olsen, and Kevin Gregg. Pat Burell is an option. He could be the DH while Kendry Morales will attempt to take over at the cold corner. The same thing would happen in the event of a Milton Bradley signing. It’s also possible they sign CC Sabathia, but he wants to sign right away. The Angels would be basicly droping out of the Teixera bidding if they signed CC. The Halos will get a bat either way.
- If the Red Sox aren’t able to aquire Tex, they will look to add starting pitching instead of hitting. Beyond Tex, there aren’t any first basemen significantly better than Mike Lowell. Plus, they could keep a team leader, while letting Kevin Youkilis remain at first base. A starter like AJ Burnett, Derek Lowe, or Ben Sheets all make loads of sense for Boston. Like I’ve said before, they could always sign both Teixera and a starter. Once Lowell and his 12 million per year is dealt, the Red Sox would have 42 million to drop down on Tex plus a starter.
The bottom line is that either the Red Sox or Angels will have Teixera next year unless something crazy happens.
The Rockies are motivated to trade Matt Holliday. There isn’t a perfect fit for Matt, but several teams should still have interest. I did a player market for Holliday here. The Rockies prefer proven starting pitching, but are open to anything. One team that has emerged as a legitimate possiblity is the Cardinals. Yes, I know people consider them to have a surplus of outfielders. However, this is the best spot to add a big bat since there aren’t many power middle infielders around let alone available. It is unlikely the Cards would include top prospect Colby Rasmus, and they don’t have much prospect wise after him. Bryan Anderson has a lot of value, but the Rox already have a good catcher in Chris Ianetta. They would probably need to get another team involved. How about this three team trade between the Yankees, Cardinals, and Rockies…
Cardinals get: Matt Holliday
Yankees get: Garret Atkins, Rick Ankiel, Bryan Anderson
Rockies get: Robinson Cano, Ian Kennedy, Alan Horne, Chris Perez
I like this deal a lot. The Cardinals are trading Rick Ankiel, Bryan Anderson, and Chris Perez for Matt Holliday. It’s a steep price, but they add a big slugger as well as get Albert Pujols the protection he needs. So it makes Pujols a better player also. The Yankees greatly help out their offense. They get to DH Jorge Posada now that Bryan Anderson is with the club. They also fill the first base and center field holes with Ankiel and Atkins. The team loses a good second baseman, but they can always just sign Orlando Hudson to take his place. The Rockies are getting a very good deal as well. They lose their top two sluggers, but fill their hole at second base with a player that could easily rebound. Especially in that park. Chris Perez gives them a great late inning option, replacing Brian Fuentes. Ian Kennedy and Alan Horne are two decent back-of-the-rotation options. I know this is unlikely, but I think it makes a lot of sense.
I thought of a trade that could make sense between the A’s and the Rockies. Garret Atkins for Huston Street. The A’s have long been in need of a third baseman, and while Atkins is no gold glover, his bat makes up for it. The A’s need to get some power into the lineup, and first base is the perfect place to inject it. Huston Street is not needed with the A’s because of all of their young, power bullpen arms. Also, the A’s would still have enough money to afford Rafeal Furcal because they would only be going up a couple million in salary. This trade also makes sense for the Rockies. They will lose Brian Fuentes to free agency, and I’m not 100% convinced that Manny Corpas can become the closer he once was. If nothing else, Street could make a quality set-up man or perhaps a trade chip to get a starting pitcher. This trade is leaning a little bit in the A’s favor if you ask me, because the Rox don’t really need Street, so maybe the A’s would have to thrown in a pitcher like Dana Eveland or Greg Smith to make the deal work. Or, perhaps they get another team involved and make it a three-way trade. It could happen.
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I recently throght of a wild trade that could potentially make sense between the Blue Jays and Rockies. The Blue Jays trade Roy Halladay and Lyle Overbay to the Rox for Matt Holliday and Garret Atkins. Yes, the Rockies lose a lot of fire power from their lineup, and the Jays lose their ace pitcher, but it still makes sense. The Rockies are said to be looking for an ace and Roy Halladay definatly fits the bill. They need to move one of Atkins/Holliday anyway to open room for Ian Stewart and could sign a big bat left fielder like Pat Burrell or Adam Dunn to fill the void left by Holliday. They could get Burrell or Dunn at a discount because they play in Coors Field and who wouldn’t want to come play there. It would be easier to lure one of them than it would to lure CC Sabathia or Ben Sheets. They also get a solid first baseman option in Overbay just in case Todd Helton is still hurt. This trade makes a lot of sense for the Rockies.
This also makes sense for the Blue Jays because adding Holliday and Atkins to the lineup would instantly give them a lineup that can compete with the Red Sox and Yankees. They lose their ace pitcher, but AJ Burnett is said to want to come back at the right price. If the Jays are without Halladay, I think they pay that price and bring Burnett back. A front two of Burnett and Shaun Marcum is pretty solid. They have other good pitchers as well. The bullpen is very good, and the lineup becomes good with this trade. I think this trade makes the Blue Jays a better team.
The Minnesota Twins, a very surprising team this year, are going to have a far different offseason this year compared to last. Last year, they traded off Johan Santana and let Torri Hunter walk as a free agent. This year, they’re more likely to buy. They don’t have many needs, and are one of the very few teams with a starting pitching surplus. They need to add a power hitter at shortstop or third base, as well as a reliever. Getting Pat Neshek back will help. They could also resign Eddie Guardado. That would solidify their bullpen. For shortstop and third base, they seem certain to trade a starter for this in the offseason. Preferably a one with power. I have suggested before that they trade Nick Blackburn for JJ Hardy. I still think that makes a lot of sense. Another possible trade is Blackburn, or maybe if they’re luckey Kevin Slowey, for Garret Atkins. The Rockies seem certain to trade Atkins or Holliday, and they want pitching in return. Blackburn or Slowey would fit the bill. After they move a pitcher, they can move Kevin Mulvey into the rotation. They could also get a smaller piece like trade for Hank Blalock or sign a guy like David Eckstein. This team has the potential to be a great team, they just have to get some offense.