November 4, 2007

A SWAP OF FOOD SUBSTANCES WOULD WORK NICELY:

Gaps prompt GMs to shop: Their offseason work is filling in the blanks (Nick Cafardo, November 4, 2007, Boston Globe)

Theo Epstein is bound to receive inquiries on Coco Crisp at this week's general managers' meetings in Orlando. The Red Sox are sitting pretty with Jacoby Ellsbury ready to take over, and Crisp is seen as major trade bait, with many teams in need of a center fielder.

As for the rest of the AL East, the Orioles will try to move Miguel Tejada (two years left on a six-year, $72 million deal). New president/GM Andy MacPhail also might dangle catcher Ramon Hernandez, lefthander Erik Bedard, outfielder Jay Gibbons, and third baseman Melvin Mora.

The Yankees need a replacement for Alex Rodriguez at third base, and the possibilities include Mike Lowell, Joe Crede, and Brandon Inge, as well as a deal for Florida's Miguel Cabrera. They'll be in the Johan Santana hunt if they're willing to part with two or three players from the likes of Chien-Ming Wang, Robinson Cano, Phillip Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, or Ian Kennedy.

The Devil Rays are looking for a defense-oriented shortstop and a veteran starting pitcher, and they'll try to tie up Scott Kazmir and Carlos Peña long term. The Jays probably won't do anything major with their payroll hanging around $90 million but will look to add a backup catcher and starting pitcher. [...]

In the NL Central, the Cubs would love to add a lefthanded-hitting right fielder who can play defense and get on base (J.D. Drew?) and may be after a center fielder if they don't commit to Felix Pie. Dusty Baker's Reds must come up with a No. 2 or No. 3 starter. They also need middle relief and can offer a plethora of outfielders.


Coco Crisp for Pie has Theo written all over it. Of course, if you could do Drew (& a Craig Hansen type) for Pie, even better.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 4, 2007 12:00 AM
Comments

The Cubs would be foolish to trade Pie, especially for someone like Crisp, who makes another terrible Cub signing, Jacques Jones, look like Mickey Mantle.

A deal for Drew would be sweet. I wonder what the Sawxx would take for him? If I'm the Cubs I'd dangle Murton and some minor league pitching. With the Mahnster to aim at, Murton's likely to significantly improve on his .296/.365/.455 career avgs. Plus he's white and has red hair, so he'll fit in perfectly at Fenway. Throw a pink hat on him and give him a beer and he's your typical Sawx fan.

Of course tho, the Sawx would be silly to get rid of Drew, who showed flashes of brilliance this season, and is likely to improve significantly next season, probably to his career averages at the plate.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at November 4, 2007 12:12 PM

I would if I were the Cubs tho do Pie for Manny.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at November 4, 2007 12:14 PM
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