Don’t tear open your newspapers tomorrow, or keep hitting the refresh button on your computers, and expect to find reports of a big Orioles trade. No activity today.
Meanwhile, former Orioles prospect Denny Bautista is on the move again, this time going from the Rockies to the Tigers for pitcher Jose Capellan. Bautista was 2-1 with a 12.46 ERA in nine games with Colorado this season, and is 4-10 with a 6.93 ERA in 35 major league games.
Maybe he’s not quite as good as we thought. Then again, I’d still take him over Jason Grimsley.
The Tigers still had enough energy left to make another deal. Nothing major…just Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis. That’s all.
ESPN says the Tigers and Marlins have agreed in principle on a trade that would send outfielder Cameron Maybin, pitcher Andrew Miller, catcher Mike Rabelo and two minor league pitchers to Florida for Cabrera and Willis – the last players remaining from the 2003 World Series team. That’s the first blockbuster of the winter meetings.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Mitchell Report will be released before Christmas. It's the perfect stocking stuffer.
ESPN’s Keith Law says the Dodgers regard left-hander Clayton Kershaw as their "least touchable" prospect. I guess that doesn’t make him untouchable, but you might get your hand slapped.
The Red Sox remain the frontrunners for Johan Santana. The Twins appear to prefer Jon Lester over Jacoby Ellsbury, and they’ll have to choose. The Red Sox aren’t giving up both.
Don’t feel sorry for the Yankees. They’ll just trade for Dan Haren and be done with it.
Josh Hamilton really has come a long way. Now teams are contacting the Reds about him.
That’s quite a makeover the Nationals have performed on their outfield by trading for Lastings Milledge and Elijah Dukes. And by makeover, I mean the kind Marilyn Manson gets.
Give the Nationals credit for not obsessing over clubhouse chemistry.
Just sign Barry Bonds and get it over with.
The Orioles wanted nothing to do with Milledge, who fell in the draft after reports resurfaced of his expulsion from Northside Christian High after his junior year for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old girl. Contract negotiations with the Mets were delayed when they learned of additional allegations of sexual misconduct. But he’s been a model citizen lately compared to Dukes, who has been arrested six times since 1998.
The trades could turn out to be steals if Milledge and Dukes stay out of trouble, become responsible adults and focus on their careers (and in Dukes’ case, family obligations). They’re gifted players. If only the reports on them didn’t include stacks from the local police.