Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Tejada Trade Ripple; Kuroda

Miguel Tejada was traded to the Astros today. This trade effects both the Mariners and the Angels.

Let's start with the Angels. It seemed almost certain that they would acquire Miguel Cabrera from Florida, and the general consensus was that they would get Miguel Tejada if they failed to do so. I know I wasn't the only one certain that would happen. Detroit swept in and stole Cabrera, and there wasn't a lot of Tejada-to-Angels rumors after that. Cabrera is a Tiger, Tejada is an Astro, this is good for the Mariners. Yes, the Angels are still the superior team right now, but adding either one of those guys would have taken their lineup from very good to unbeatable. The Angels may regret moving Mariner killer Orlando Cabrera in anticipation of a deal.

It took quite a bit for the Astros to obtain Tejada: four major league ready players (two starters, 2 relievers, 1 outfielder) and a AA third baseman. We all knew Baltimore was asking a lot for their players, and this just means the prices haven't come down yet. As of right now it would still take far too much to get Bedard, so Bavasi needs to keep calm until they do. If Bavasi wanted to get a deal done today it would require Adam Jones, Brandon Morrow, George Sherrill and Wladimir Balentien, but I don't think that will be the final deal. It may take 4 or 5 players, but hopefully not of that caliber. The addition of Luke Scott may also lower Baltimore's interest in both Mariner outfielders, which isn't a bad thing.

There hasn't been any concrete news surrounding Hiroki Kuroda. Late last night I passed along the Kyodo News report that had Kuroda signing with the Dodgers, but there hasn't been anything since. There has been a lot of false reporting this offseason, even from the usual reliable Ken Rosenthal, so a misunderstanding could have occurred. It's been said that Kuroda is indeed flying to Los Angeles today, but to meet with his LA-based agent, not necessarily to sign a contract. The Mariners still have the best offer on the table and a Japanese catcher behind the plate, so I won't believe the Kuroda-to-LA reports until it's official. Just reading that report last night dropped my spirits, but I remain optimistic.
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