Tuesday, December 4, 2007
The Indians are working very hard to acquire Alex Rios, according to sources. Although the Blue Jays are slowing the process, it is possible we could see something happen. The Indians seem happy to include Franklin Gutierrez, but will probably have to include another solid player to get anything done. We could see the Padres package two or three prospects for Rios and Josh Towers if they cannot land Fukudome, but I think they have the best chance of landing him so we will see.
Now that the Giants have missed out on Miguel Cabrera, they will turn their attention to Scott Rolen. I think this deal can get done. The Giants and Cardinals both are looking for change and could get something done this week. The Giants could probably offer Noah Lowry, Daniel Ortmeier, and Henry Sosa for Rolen, but the Cardinals might want more talent.
Are the Twins interested in Corey Patterson? He will come at a reduced price because he struggled this season but lefties do well in the Metrodome, and bringing him in, although it will not be the same as Torii Hunter, might turn out to be okay.
The Pirates have signed backup Carlos Gomez, according to his agent.