According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, there are signs first baseman Adrian Gonzalez will be traded "sooner than later."
Gonzalez, 27, is under team control for another two years. But he'll continue to lose value as free agency nears. As the Union-Tribune notes, the slugger was left out of a brochure shipped to prospective season-ticket holders at the end of the season and his agent, John Boggs, has not been approached by the Padres' new ownership group about the possibility of inking a contract extension. Gonzalez posted a .958 OPS and 40 home runs this season. A laundry list of teams would come calling if he's made available this winter.
During a conference call on Saturday, Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos hinted at a possible trade of Roy Halladay.
"He's probably one of the greatest if not the greatest Blue Jay to ever put on the uniform. But he wants to win and really, at this time, we were a 75-win team last year," said Anthopoulos. "I think he's stated that his timeline for winning and ours may not mesh and may not match for us right now." Many believed that former GM J.P. Ricciardi missed out on a fruitful return before the trade deadline, but Anthopoulos is more optimistic, saying there could be a "bullish market" for the 32-year-old right-hander since the free agent will be so thin on starting pitching. Halladay has one year and $15.75 million left on his current contract, a relative bargain considering what he figures to get when he hits free agency after 2010.
Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune doesn't expect Rich Harden back with the Cubs.
Harden has a well-documented injury history, but was able to make 27 starts in 2009, posting a 4.06 ERA. Being just 27 with tremendous talent, he's sure to receive a multiyear pact, which is scaring the Cubs off. While understandable, we're curious why Chicago appears to have zero interest in bringing back a high-upside starter during a tremendously thin free agent pitching market.
Phillies declined 3B Pedro Feliz's $5.5 million option for 2010.
Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said last week that he intends to explore opportunities this winter to upgrade at third base, so this should come as no surprise. Feliz hit just .266/.308/.386 in 580 at-bats this season. He's a very solid defender but the Phils are looking to add a little more offense. There's some speculation that they may go after free agent Adrian Beltre.
According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Blue Jays have called off trade talks involving catcher Chris Snyder.
The Jays and D'Backs were reportedly discussing a Lyle Overbay-for-Chris Snyder swap, but concerns about Snyder's back led Toronto to nix the talks Sunday afternoon. It wasn't a great fit anyway because of the $11.25 million remaining on the backstop's current contract.
I really hope the Sox can put out a competitive offer for A-Gon without completely bankrupting the farm system. Not getting Tex last year hurt them this past season and for the future so this would be a nice consolation, even though it would require giving up some youth. Also hope they make a run at Harden. He may only give you 120 IP but those IP are likely to be pretty good for the back end of a rotation.