Offseason Day 4-5

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Yesterday, the Cubs resigned Henry Blanco to continue to backup Michael Barrett. He was signed to a two year deal worth 5.25 million. The Yankees reported they are nearing a deal with Mike Mussina around two years 22.5 million. The Mets traded Heath Bell and Royce Ring to the Padres for Ben Johnson and John Adkins. This was a great trade for the Mets who unloaded a little money, but more importantly, acquired a potential outfielder with power. This may hint that they are looking to trade Lastings Milledge. The Padres also announced they have interest in signing Nomar Garciaparra and Ray Durham. The Padres, who are arguably in the toughest NL division are trying to build a team so they can pull away from the other teams. Over the years, the NL West has had teams that were very equal, and the division would not be decided until the last week. The Phillies and Wes Helms agreed to a two year 5.5 million dollar deal.

Day 4 Recap:
- Cubs resign Blanco
- Yankees near deal with Mussina
- Mets traded Heath Bell and Royce Ring to the Padres for Ben Johnson and John Adkins
- Padres Want Garciaparra and Durham
- Phillies sign Wes Helms

Offseason Day 5
The Cubs were at it again today. They traded David Aardsma and Carlos Vasquez to the White Sox for Neal Cotts. The Cubs acquire a lefty specialist who could start if they fail to sign a pitcher or two. The White Sox acquire are hard throwing righty who has had some control problems but they show signs of improving. Also, Frank Thomas has agreed in principle to a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. The deal is estimated to be worth 18 million over two years with an option. There have been several reports that the Astros have made offers to Carlos Lee, Alfonso Soriano, and Woody Williams. It has been confirmed by GM Purpura; however, Soriano says he wants to stay near the East Coast. Finally, the A's have promoted Bob Geren, their bench coach, to now manage the A's.

Day 5 Recap
- Cubs trade relievers with White Sox
- Frank Thomas signs with Blue Jays
- Astros looking to sign Lee, Soriano, Williams
- A's name new manager