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Winter Meetings Start Today

Matt Holliday is top free agent this offseason.

The major league baseball winter meetings start today in Indianpolis and there should be some major deals consummated during the four day meetings. General managers will also be laying out the framework for other deals that may not be completed until after the meetings.

This report regarding a possible Milton Bradley Pat Burrell trade was released by Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times shortly after midnight on mlbtraderumors.com.

  • The Cubs are confident that they’ll move Milton Bradley and his attitude out of Chicago, but if it’s going to be to Tampa Bay for Pat Burrell, it will require “serious negotiation.” Topkin notes that there’s a near $15MM difference between the money owed to the two.
  • Looks like the Rangers are not all that excited about the possibility of bringing Bradley back to the Rangers in this report from mlbtraderumors.com shortly before midnight:

  • MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat spoke to a Rangers’ official who said the team would be willing to bring Milton Bradley back, however they’re not sure they want to deal with “that headache” again.
  • After glancing at the list of free agent starting pitchers I didn’t see a starter on the list that won 15 games in 2009 and the only Type A free agents among the starters are John Lackey and Randy Wolf. I doubt that any starters will sign contracts for more than three years after so many teams saw their attendance drop in 2009.

    Matt Holliday and Jason Bay stand out among the free agent position players. Benjie Molina is the only other Type A free agent besides Holliday and Bay that hit with power in 2009.

    Trading Market Overshadows Free Agents

    The most exciting hot stove news this winter will come from the trading market and not the free agent market with a possible trade for Roy Halladay.

    The Yankees may trim their payroll to afford the signing of a pitcher like Halladay or a slugger like Holliday or Bay. If they sign Halladay and/or Holliday they should repeat as AL East champions.

    Best Infield in Majors

    Just look at their infield…Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano both had over 200 hits and Alex Rodriguez who missed 38 games still hit 30 homers and drove in 100 runs. Mark Teixeira started the season very slowly with 3 homers and 10 RBI’s in April but came back with an excellent May in which he hit 13 homers and drove in 34 runs. He finished the season with 39 homers and 122 RBI’s.

    Cubs Trade Fox, Miles For Three Minor Leaguers

    The Cubs and Athletics made the last major trade before the winter meetings with the Cubs sending Jake Fox and Aaron Miles to the Athletics for minor leaguers

    It was surprising that the A’s would want Aaron Miles who was paid $2.2 million by the Cubs for no homers and five RBI’s in 74 games in 2009 with an anemic .466 OPS. The A’s may be hoping Miles can return to his 2008 form when he hit .317 for the Cardinals.

    Fox Outhit Bradley In 177 Fewer At Bats

    Fox hit 11 homers and drove in 44 runs in 216 at bats. In comparison Milton Bradley drove in 40 runs in 393 at bats. Fox was a defensive liability having made three errors in only 38 chances in left field. With Oakland they have the option of DH’ing Fox if he can’t be trained to be a better fielder.

    The Cubs received Jeff Gray who could pitch in WrigleyField in 2010, Matt Spencer who has hit with power in the minors and could be called up by the end of the 2010 season or 2011 and Ronny Morla who was 1-7 in A ball last year and a long way from the majors.

    Fox did tail off after an excellent start with the Cubs but if he plays everyday he could post some great numbers for the Athletics.

     

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