Tony Clark To A's or Giants?

Thursday, November 1, 2007

According to MLB Rumors Correspondent Steve Wilson, Diamondbacks negotiations with Tony Clark have turned even more south. There were reports earlier this week that said negotiations were at a minimum, and it seems they have come to a standstill. The Diamondbacks are simply unsure if they want to trade Connor Jackson or Chad Tracy, putting Clark's role with the team in question. Personally, I do not understand why they would trade Jackson. Clark would definitely like to be a starter, so he will probably look to the market for a starting role while continuing talks with the D'backs. The Athletics have been bringing in veteran free agents to fill their DH void over the past couple years and may look to do it again with Clark. Mike Piazza was not what they hoped for and is a free agent, so they will let him walk. Although they have Jack Cust, the A's may look to trade him while his interest is high for a couple young players. Clark would probably improve as a designated hitter despite his age, and could also work with Daric Barton at first base. Other than the A's, I expect the Giants to make a call. Ryan Klesko is a free agent and is expected to walk, so Tony Clark would be a great stop gap as they wait for Travis Ishikawa to develop. Another possibility for Clark is to see him return home to Kansas City, but Clark had the opportunity to sign there back in 2004, but chose the Diamondbacks. Clark batted .249 with 17 HR and 51 RBI this season for the Diamondbacks, but is a career .265 hitter with 244 HR. Clark, 36, could probably command a two year deal, worth 3-5 million dollars annually, a modest contract that a team like the A's could take on.

Giants entertaining offers for Lowry, Sanchez: The Giants are looking to trade one of their pitchers for a package of prospects or major league ready players, but are not interested in trading Lincecum or Cain. Noah Lowry did have a pretty solid year for the Giants and is just 27. I'm sure they can afford to unload him and worry about the repercussions. As for teams interested, the Phillies, Indians, Rockies, Mariners, Cubs, White Sox, and Cardinals are all looking for pitchers through trades, and have prospects that could suit the Giants. As for Sanchez, he is young and has a lot of upside, but I see him traded later next season once he can get his value up.


Anonymous 6:46 PM CDT  

what about the twins?

Anonymous 6:50 PM CDT  

as a royals fan, i would like that

SLW 8:48 PM CDT  
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SLW 8:51 PM CDT  

How old is Tony Clark? He seems like he has been around forever...

I loved when he was with the Tigers and the Yankees.

Is he still worth 3-5 million a year with a .265 batting average?

Anonymous 9:09 PM CDT  

can't believe he'd want to go to the a's ... the only free agents they sign are those that nobody else wants or are injured and have to prove themselves for a year (i.e., stewart, thomas, piazza)

spliff(TONE) 10:00 PM CDT  

Whoever writes about the Giants on this site doesn't know what they are talking about. Travis Ishikawa has no shot at ever being the full-time 1B for the Giants. Ishikawa is nothing more than a lifetime minor leaguer.

Timothy 2:20 AM CDT  

agree with the last poster. Ishikawa looks like a minor leaguer for life. But i sure hope i'm wrong.

cincyiscool 4:31 PM CDT  

what about the Reds? I like this site, but for almost every player available, you say that the Cubs are interested.

D'Andre Williams 8:06 PM CDT  

The Braves might have some interest in Noah Lowry!

Zonis 6:25 PM CDT  

I don't think the A's would grab him. The A's have a glut of Corner OF, 1B and DH types atm. If they DID acquire a DH, it would be either Adam Dunn or Barry Bonds, and no one else. The main reason would be that if they did it, their defense would take a huge it, as they would have to play Jack Cust in Left Field, and either Nick Swisher or Travis Buck in Center Field.

Its more likely that if the A's do acquire a CF and do not go with Chris Denorfia or the remnants of Mark Kotsay, they'll go for someone like Kosuke Fukudome.

Anonymous 10:17 PM CDT  

who cares who chokeland goes after? they suuuuuuck!