NASHVILLE – We’ve said here all along that the Los Angeles Angels have the ability to make any deal they desire because they have the chips to make it happen.
If they have jumped into the Johan Santana hunt, they pose a real threat to the Red Sox and Yankees for Santana’s services. The Angels have extra pitching, so they’re able to offer a major league-ready starting pitcher like Ervin Santanta or Jered Weaver as well as a host of positional players – anyone from Howie Kendrick to catcher Jeff Mathis, infielder Brandon Wood, outfielder Reggie Willits, and even Gary Mathews Jr.
Corner infielder Mike Lamb is a possible extra player for the Red Sox, which would enable the Sox to give Kevin Youkilis more rest so he won’t wear down.
Former Sox infielder Tim Naehring has been hired by the New York Yankees in their minor league system.
“Impossible Dream” team manager Dick Williams will enter the Hall of Fame in an Oakland A’s cap. Williams admitted that’s what he suggesed to the Hall and that’s what the Hall felt was best for Williams, who won two World championships with Oakland.
The White Sox and Tigers are two hot players in the Miguel Cabrera hunt, but the Angels still appear to be in it.
The Dodgers ad Blue Jays have talked to Baltimore about lefty Erik Bedard. Looks like the Cubs could be didcussing it as well as GMs Jim Henry and Andy MacPhail spoke over lunch today.
The Yankees will likely go after Dan Haren, but the A’s aren’t crazy about Melky Cabrera.
I do not believe the Yankees are out of the Santana hunt yet.
The Giants are very active. They might eventually be in on Andruw Jones, but for the time being they’ve had discussions with the Blue Jays on Alex Rios and Troy Glaus. However, Giants GM Brian Sabean said he really doesn’t want to part with either Tim Lincecum or Matt Cain, the two players most asked for.
The White Sox are still very much in the mix on Coco Crisp and would be offering the Red Sox prospects.
The Cubs appear to be gearing up for a run at the Japanese outfield star Fukodome. They’re also discussing a Josh Hamilton-Sean Marshall swap with the Reds. The Cubs also want a left-handed hitting right-fielder.
Lots of Scott Rolen talk. The Brewers appear to be interested in the Cards third baseman if they can convince rookie of the year Ryan Braun to move to left field. There’s always the Phillies, who deny, deny, deny. They are also in on Kris Benson. But they’ll deny that as well.
The Rays, who have been the most active team in the offseason, are looking for a lefthanded hitting outfielder. Trot Nixon could surface there.
Steve Finley is here trying to peddle himself to teams. He’d like to continue playing.
David Ortiz won the Outstanding DH Award.
Jose Guillen has agreed to a 3-year, $36 million deal with the Royals.
Amazingly, no Scott Boras sighting yet.
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