I just read today that the Mets are going to make a push for Zito to reunite him with Rick Peterson:
The Mets already have plenty of starting pitchers, but GM Omar Minaya is looking for an upgrade, such as the Diamondbacks' Javier Vazquez or the Athletics' Barry Zito. Vazquez will cost considerably less in terms of young talent, but the Mets believe Zito -- a favorite of pitching coach Rick Peterson -- is definitely worth trading for if the A's do in fact want to move him.
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Cincinnati Reds outfielder Wily Mo Pena said Saturday that he's ready to play full time with the team, or they should trade him to another club.
Pena batted .254 last season, with 19 home runs, 54 RBI and 116 strikeouts. He played in 99 games.
"The best thing they (the Reds) can do is to play me or trade me because I no longer want to be on the bench," he told The Associated Press on Saturday after a winter league game in the Dominican Republic.
Pena, 23, said he's recovered from back and quadriceps injuries that hampered his play last season and he's ready to contribute as a regular starting player.
He said he accepted bench time last year, "but for next season they are going to have to give me a permanent position or trade me to another team."
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RynMan wrote:HM: Don't know if you visit the site, but I have been visiting athleticsnation.com lately and they are pretty quick to bring to light any rumours out there. Someone mentioned that Milton Bradley is a possibility and that the A's have inquired about him. Here is a link to the LA Times story that just briefly mentions it:
There was talk that the Dodgers weren't even going to offer him a contract, cuz I think he is arbitration eligible. But since Giles signed, they are going to need outfielders....however I'm not sure how long you can keep Bradley and Kent on the same team. Not sure if you can trade for a player if they are arbitration eligible can you? Anyway, not sure if he is what the A's need....but he would improve the defence in the outfield even more, and move either Payton or Johnson to DH, with Swisher at 1st or RF.
Hmmm, I just wonder how long it would take before he cracks...
Yeah, I do read AN on occasion, more recently than I had been. As for Bradley, he wouldn't really make sense with our team. We wouldn't keep him for a long time, plus he's been declining recently and is not the easiest guy to work with. If we can get him on the cheap, then it may be a decent idea, but I wouldn't actively pursue him unless the Dodgers throw in some of their loaded farm system along with him.
Have you guys heard anything more on the Thomas front? It seems to me like the Twins and A's are suitors for Piazza and Thomas respectively, and both should be able to sign short term contracts due to lack of interest. Are we close to signing Thomas, cuz i havent heard anything for a few days now....?
The A's were waiting until Thomas' and Piazza's clubs didn't offer them arbitration before approaching them. That just happened recently, so a formal offer should be made, probably to Thomas, pretty soon.
I think we cleaned up in this trade HM. Not only did we get Bradley (who gives us all types of position flexibility and depth), we get Perez who is extremely solid, is only 25, and with some playing time could be very productive. Bradley gives us 3 centerfield calibre players in the outfield, which in my opinion, is the best defensive outfield in the majors. We can afford to part with Either, especially for this package.
I also wouldn't be surprised if Payton got moved (to a team like St Louis or Cubs) because Outfielders are in high demand. That could allow Thomas to be signed, and imagine that lineup.
Here is my batting lineup as of now:
Kotsay or Ellis
I would hit Thomas 3, becuz I think if he is healthy, he is a better hitter than Chavez. I like Chavez better where he can just mash in the 4 hole, and Johnson looks alot better in the 5 hole to me.
I agree Ryn. We definitely got the better end of this trade. Ethier is not a bad prospect, but he's not even one of our top couple. Whenever you can trade a prospect that isn't super special for a proven and productive guy, you always win. Even though Bradley is troubled, I think he'll work with our clubhouse. We have no real large egos, so I don't see a reason for him to clash with anybody too badly. And even if he does, it's a pretty tight-nit group, so we should be able to take it.
As for Thomas, I felt like we would get him, but now I'm not so sure. I certaintly don't know what the A's have in the works, but unless we trade someone it probably won't happen. If we do trade someone, it will be Payton though, I agree there. Most likely we'd trade him to a team with a strong pen for something involving a good lefty specialist. That would get our missing bullpen piece and clear up the extra OF.