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phanan 11-03-2006 01:41 PM

Welcome to the annual MLB Hot Stove thread

Originally posted by Numb1075
barry zito wants 5 years at $75 million - at a minimum:laugh:
Considering how there aren't many top-notch pitchers available, he just might get something close to that, as crazy as it seems.

We in Boston get very serious over such things, obviously. We can't just do regular reporting on what the Sox might/should do, we need to do it as a spiffy multimedia event.


phillyfan26 11-03-2006 06:15 PM

The Phillies will probably sign a washed up veteran to a large multi-year deal based on his statistics from May 2000.

popacrobat 11-03-2006 06:37 PM

another young pitcher to have a nice knife into his elbow:

Francisco Liriano will undergo Tommy John surgery Monday in California.
Dr. Lewis Yocum, who examined Liriano on Friday, will perform the surgery, which was determined to be the correct course of action after four opinions. Liriano is likely to miss all of 2007, leaving a huge void in Minnesota's rotation. Fortunately, there's a good chance he'll return at full strength in 2008

Numb1075 11-07-2006 12:39 PM

The Oakland Athletics are expected to announce next week they will build a new stadium in suburban Fremont, Calif., the San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday, citing sources close to negotiations for the deal.

The newspaper reported the team wants to acquire a 143-acre site near the former Baylands Raceway Park and build a privately-funded 36,000-seat ballpark at an estimated cost of $300 million. The property is currently owned by the city of Fremont and is leased to high-tech firm Cisco Systems.

The Chronicle reported Athletics managing partner Lew Wolff and baseball commissioner Bud Selig -- who were fraternity brothers at the University of Wisconsin -- are expected to make the announcement at a news conference in the Bay Area next Tuesday.

A's spokesman Jim Young told the Chronicle he would not confirm the timing or content of the announcement. He did tell the newspaper "From an organizational standpoint, we are getting closer to announcing some concrete plans that will significantly impact the future of the A's in the Bay Area and plans that the owner has been working very hard on for more than two years."

Fremont is about 27 miles from Oakland and 18 miles from San Jose. Major League Baseball has always recognized San Jose as part of the San Francisco Giants' market under its territory rules, but the Fremont site is just short of the Santa Clara County line and would not trigger a territorial dispute.

During the American League Championship Series, Selig said he didn't have a problem with the A's moving to Fremont because "that's their territory."

The Athletics are in a year-to-year lease at McAfee Coliseum through 2010, with a team option to renew on a year-to-year basis through 2013, the newspaper reported. The team has called the Coliseum home since moving to Oakland in 1968, but has not been happy with the stadium since it was refurbished to accommodate the return of the NFL's Oakland Raiders from Los Angeles.

This past season, the A's didn't sell tickets for the Coliseum's upper deck and covered those seats with a green tarp.

Oakland City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente said he wasn't surprised by the development, and told the newspaper it was unlikely the city would get into a bidding war to keep the A's in the city limits.

"Teams and team owners look for the best deals for themselves, and that's understandable,'' he told the Chronicle. "There's nothing we can do about it.''

Outgoing Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown told the newspaper he had spoken with Wolff several times, but that Fremont had a crucial advantage on Oakland: "Fremont has the land."

Headache in a Suitcase 11-09-2006 10:26 AM

good to see mets players have no problems getting clutch hits in japan :mad:

Headache in a Suitcase 11-10-2006 07:57 AM

biggio's gonna come back for one more year with houston

Headache in a Suitcase 11-10-2006 08:13 AM

Nov 9 - Mark Mulder plans to test the market before determining where he will call home next season. His agent, Gregg Clifton, already has met with the Cardinals, who may be interested in offering the left-hander something different than the one-year, incentive-laden deal he's bound to receive from other teams. "They were very open and honest about wanting him back," Clifton told the Newark Star-Ledger. "That being said, Mark has worked and waited a long time for the opportunity to become a free agent."
The 29-year-old lefty remains intrigued by the possibility of pitching for the Mets. "Obviously they're very high on his list," Clifton said. "And not just because it's the Mets and it's New York. It's because of his relationship with [Mets pitching coach] Rick Peterson."

Peterson was Mulder's pitching coach with the A's from 2000 until Peterson left to join the Mets before the 2004 season. During their time together, Mulder went 64-34.

Other clubs who have inquired about Mulder include the Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Giants, Padres, Devil Rays and Orioles.

Hindered by an impingement in his shoulder, Mulder, 29, finished with a 6-7 record and a 7.14 ERA in 2006. He had surgery on Sept. 12 to repair a partial tear in his rotator cuff. He is not expected to be ready before Opening Day in 2007.

Headache in a Suitcase 11-10-2006 08:17 AM

apparently the phillies want to make a run at soriano so they can plug him in as protection for ryan howard.

if this is indeed the case, then i've changed my tune on wether or not the mets should go after him... if it means keeping him away from a division rival, i'm all for it.

you'd think the mets would make more sense for soriano... he loves randolph, he'd be back in new york where he never wanted to leave in the first place, and he could play second base again, which he couldn't do with the phillies.

phanan 11-10-2006 08:40 AM

It would make sense, but Soriano seems the type to me to take the biggest offer and go there, regardless of where that would be.

Numb1075 11-10-2006 09:06 AM

Mulder, Zito, Soriano.......Can Omar pull off the trifecta?

Headache in a Suitcase 11-10-2006 10:26 AM


Originally posted by phanan
It would make sense, but Soriano seems the type to me to take the biggest offer and go there, regardless of where that would be.
is he a boras client?

TheBrush 11-10-2006 10:26 AM


Originally posted by Numb1075
Mulder, Zito, Soriano.......Can Omar pull off the trifecta?
I keep hearing about Jake Peavy. I thought the it was bullspit because I know the Padres wanted a 3B, which sorry, Mets are not gonna give up Wright. But they just made that trade with Cleveland and that could open the door abit. I would love it if the Mets could get Peavy. He is young and an animal. The Padres Love Perez and after the NLCS his trade value is much higher than it was in august.

My personal Trifecta would be Peavy, Lee and Mulder.

I know they would still need a 2B, but there are guys out there. Derosa, Loretta, etc

Headache in a Suitcase 11-10-2006 11:56 AM

lee apparently wants to go to the cubs because he wants to rub it in the white sox faces.

phanan 11-10-2006 12:24 PM


Originally posted by Headache in a Suitcase

is he a boras client?

Don't believe so, but I can't recall the name of his agent off the top of my head.

I haven't paid much attention to Soriano - is he still striking out a lot? If so, I think he might be a bit overrated.

Numb1075 11-10-2006 12:45 PM


Originally posted by phanan

I haven't paid much attention to Soriano - is he still striking out a lot? If so, I think he might be a bit overrated.

160 K's in 2006 - a career high

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