Hot Stove News: November 8
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Rich Harden and Reed Johnson of the Cubs have declared free agency. Harden’s 2.07 ERA in 2008 rose to 4.09 in 2009 so that will be mentioned in negotiations with whoever makes a bid for him.
J.J. Hardy shortstop has been traded from Brewers to Twins in exchange for outfielder Carlos Gomez. Hardy hit 24 homers in 2008 but hit only 11 in 2009. Gomez was expendable after batting 262 fewer times in 2009 than he did in 2008.
His .229 batting average and .287 on base percentage need to improve with the Brewers.
Jermaine Dye has declared free agency after the White Sox bought out his contract. His batting average dropped by 42 points in 2009 and his slugging percentage tumbled 88 points….In a surprise move Marcus Thames has been outrighted by the Tigers to the Louisville Bats. He hit only 13 home runs in 2009 after hitting 25 in 2008.
The White Sox traded Chris Getz second baseman and Josh Fieldsthird baseman and cash to the Royals in exchange for Mark Teahen. Getz could be a star for many years to come for the Royals and Fields needs to regain his form of 2007 when he hit 23 homers in 100 games to help the Royals.
Teahen has struck out over 100 times in four of his five major league seasons and has 573 lifetime strikeouts and has only 218 career walks. For a 6 foot three and 210 pounds player he has shown little power with only 59 homers in five seasons.
He hit only .208 in the last two months of the season and slugged .264 so unless he improves during the 2010 season this could be a trade the White Sox may regret making this time next year.