Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Interesting Tidbits 

Dodgers WERE ready to concede Beltre was gone and go after Koskie. The St.Paul Pioneer Press reports that Koskie turned down a 3-year, $18 million offer from the Dodgers (possibly because the Blue Jays deal includes a $6.5 million option for a 4th year that vests based on plate appearances).

So, does that mean the Dodgers have no intention of outbidding the Mariners? Or does this just increase desperation. Hopefully, with Jeff Kent in the fold, the Dodgers feel that they have the hot corner covered and do not have to cave into Scott Boras' demands.

The Orioles continue to hope they can swipe Richie Sexson out from under the M's feet. Any many M's fan are fervently hoping they can too. Carlos Delgado's demands seem to be for $16 million per year. The Mets are probably out of the Delgado hunt with Pedro signing. Unfortunately, another New York team met with the slugger's agent yesterday and the Red Sox have met with him the past two days. Cha-Ching!

Increasingly, the M's are being linked to the discussions on Edgar Renteria. The hometown Cardinals have a 4-year, $32 million offer on the table, but Renteria is said to be looking for closer to $40 million for 4 years. With Pedro gone, the Red Sox, may also be entering the fray. I've never seen a mention of an offer from the Mariners, but they are consistently in the list of teams mentioned with Renteria.

On the pitching horizon, Odalis Perez' top suitor just picked up Pedro Martinez. And the Braves have a 1-year $4-5 million take it or leave it offer for Kevin Millwood. So, while the Red Sox turn their now increased coffers toward Matt Clement, one of Perez or Millwood might be the bargain of this free agent class.

Finally... if the M's wanted to pick up a 5th outfielder in free agency, its too late. Apparently, Nationals GM Jim Bowden has signed them all. Jeffrey Hammonds, Wil Cordero, and Rule 5 pick Tyrell Godwin join the 25-man outfield yesterday to go with Endy Chavez, Ryan Church, JJ Davis, Jose Guillen, Terrmel Sledge, and Brad Wilkerson.

Finally, I'll leave you with the words of CEO Howard Lincoln: "I think it has been difficult for us to make clear that our No. 1 objective is to get this team into the World Series."

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