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Postby ensanimal » Sun Dec 12, 2004 10:21 pm

minor trade that went through...


Chad Gaudin - R - TOR


Blue Jays acquired RHP Chad Gaudin from the Devil Rays for catcher Kevin Cash.
Better than they had given up Travis Harper or even Jorge Sosa. We've never been as high on Gaudin as some are, but getting him for Cash is a great trade for Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi. The 21-year-old Gaudin throws only about 90 mph, but he has good movement on his fastball and a quality slider. At worse, he should be a useful middle reliever or a setup man. He could be a long-term fourth or fifth starter. The Jays figure to let him compete with Gustavo Chacin and Josh Towers for one spot in their rotation. Most likely, he'll open 2005 in the pen or at Triple-A Syracuse. Dec. 12 - 8:05 pm et

Kevin Cash - C - TB


Devil Rays acquired catcher Kevin Cash from the Blue Jays for RHP Chad Gaudin.
This isn't quite so bad for Tampa Bay as the three-team deal they were involved in with Toronto a year ago (Joe Kennedy for Mark Hendrickson), but Cash doesn't look like he'll ever be anything more than a defensive-minded backup. He's hit .173/.222/.262 in 301 AB in the majors and he turned 27 last week. The Rays likely will use him as Toby Hall's backup, but there is a chance they could trade Hall and install Cash as the starter. Dec. 12 - 8:00 pm et
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Postby bjm97 » Mon Dec 13, 2004 12:22 pm

I didn't see these trades/signings but maybe I missed them.

Braves acquire Kolb from Mil for Jose Capellan and a player to be named later.
Angels sign Steve Finley
Koskie close to signing with the Blue Jays (3 yrs/17Mil.)
Pavano close to signing with the Yanks (there a HUGE surprise :-P )
Royce Clayton signs with the Dbacks
Jeff Kent signs with the Dodgers
David Wells signs with Boston
Russ Ortiz signs with the Dbacks
Hidalgo signs with Rangers
Mike Matheny appears to sign with Giants for roughly 3 yrs/9 Mill

Keep up the great work Madison!
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Postby ironman » Mon Dec 13, 2004 3:18 pm

Gammons was just on Dan Patrick Show. According to him it looks like Pedro will be accepting a four-year deal with the Mets and the Red Sox are looking to have a deal in place for Edgar Renteria some time today.
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Postby ensanimal » Mon Dec 13, 2004 8:31 pm

Esteban Yan - R - Angels


Angels agreed to terms with RHP Esteban Yan, who had been with the Tigers, on a two-year contract.
The Angels have had so much success coming up with relievers out of nowhere that it seems like a waste to spend $3 million on Yan. They'll just have to hope that Bud Black can keep him pitching like he did as a Tiger. Yan has a career ERA of 5.17 and last year's 3.83 mark was his best ever. Dec. 13 - 7:27 pm et
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Postby ensanimal » Tue Dec 14, 2004 7:13 pm

the reds get some pitching help...

Ramon Ortiz - R - CIN


Reds acquired RHP Ramon Ortiz from the Angels for RHP Dustin Moseley.
We like that the Reds are getting Ortiz here, but to sacrifice one of their top prospects for a pitcher who was probably going to be non-tendered? Maybe we'll withhold judgment until seeing whether the Reds can avoid arbitration and sign him to an affordable two-year deal. Going to the National League should be very good for Ortiz. The 31-year-old right-hander looked quite a bit better last year than he did in 2003, but he was still very inconsistent, frustrating the Angels. Maybe it will help that he won't have to worry about keeping his rotation spot in Cincinnati. He should be viewed as a potential bargain in NL-only leagues. Dec. 14 - 6:05 pm et
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Postby slomo007 » Tue Dec 14, 2004 10:21 pm

ensanimal wrote:the reds get some pitching help...

Ramon Ortiz - R - CIN


Reds acquired RHP Ramon Ortiz from the Angels for RHP Dustin Moseley.
We like that the Reds are getting Ortiz here, but to sacrifice one of their top prospects for a pitcher who was probably going to be non-tendered? Maybe we'll withhold judgment until seeing whether the Reds can avoid arbitration and sign him to an affordable two-year deal. Going to the National League should be very good for Ortiz. The 31-year-old right-hander looked quite a bit better last year than he did in 2003, but he was still very inconsistent, frustrating the Angels. Maybe it will help that he won't have to worry about keeping his rotation spot in Cincinnati. He should be viewed as a potential bargain in NL-only leagues. Dec. 14 - 6:05 pm et


I like the move ;-D
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Postby ensanimal » Wed Dec 15, 2004 6:35 pm

Keith Ginter - 2B - OAK


Athletics acquired infielder Keith Ginter from the Brewers for RHP Justin Lehr and outfielder Nelson Cruz.
A's GM Billy Beane hasn't had any luck getting a quality second baseman in the Tim Hudson trade talks, so he picked up some Mark Ellis insurance elsewhere. Ginter, 28, hit .262/.333/.479 in 386 AB last season. He lacks range at second base, but he hits enough to still be an adequate option at the position. Also, he gives the team a nice backup for Eric Chavez. It will be interesting to see what happens if Ellis does show up at 100 percent in the spring. His defense might result in Ginter remaining a part-time player. Dec. 15 - 4:44 pm et

Justin Lehr - R - MLW


Brewers acquired RHP Justin Lehr and outfielder Nelson Cruz from the Athletics in exchange for infielder Keith Ginter.
With Rickie Weeks available in case Junior Spivey gets hurt and Russell Branyan and Wes Helms at third base, Ginter was expendable, and GM Doug Melvin needed to rebuild his pen after trading Danny Kolb and Luis Vizcaino. This is a decent first step. Lehr, 27, needs a better second pitch if he's going to turn into a quality setup man, but with his 94 mph fastball, he can be adequate in the middle innings now. The Brewers will need to keep looking for a closer. Dec. 15 - 4:40 pm et

Nelson Cruz - OF - MLW


Outfielder Nelson Cruz was traded from Oakland to Milwaukee in a three-player deal.
Given his walk rate, it's no surprise that Cruz was trade bait. Still, he's a legitimate prospect. The 24-year-old hit .345/.407/.582 in 66 games at Single-A Modesto and .313/.377/.542 in 67 games at Double-A Midland last season. He has a chance to be a regular corner outfielder, but we see him as more of a reserve. Dec. 15 - 4:37 pm et
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Postby Madison » Thu Dec 16, 2004 1:20 pm

Yes, I'm way, way behind on this. I should have it completely caught up by Friday night at the latest, but I will try to get to it sooner. Sorry guys, and thanks for the continued updates! ;-D
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Postby Madison » Thu Dec 16, 2004 4:16 pm

Ok, I got 35 updates in. I'll scour Rotoworld and all the usual suspects either tonight or tomorrow, but should be complete by late Friday evening. Feel free to let me know who, or what, I missed. :-)
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