Weekend Update – 11/24/07

The Reds made the first big splash in the NL Central this off-season on Friday with the unprecedented signing of Francisco Cordero. Dusty Baker’s new team reached a preliminary agreement on a 4-year, $46 million dollar deal with Cordero that includes a club option for the 5th year that could bring the contract’s total value to $57 million dollars. It is the largest 4-year contract for a closer in the history of the game.

With the deals reached in the last three days with Torii Hunter, Scott Linebrink and Cordero, the remaining free agents will also benefit. Look for the price of players such as Kerry Wood, Andruw Jones and Aaron Rowand to increase.

It is the last weekend in November….just 9 days until the Winter Meetings.

The Mitchell Report is looming and it is not having an affect on the ‘Hot Stove‘ so far according to Jerry Crasnick. Who will be in Senator Mitchell’s report? We will all find out in the next month.

Joe Kennedy passed away at the age of 28 on Friday morning. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Ken Rosenthal said the Cubs are still in the mix for Hiroki Kuroda.

Dayn Perry thinks Bartolo Colon would be a good risk to take.

The White Sox are in “shock Torii Hunter signed with the Angels. Kenny Williams could get in the Aaron Rowand sweepstakes or try to make a trade for Coco Crisp according to the Sun-Times.

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Corey Patterson or Kenny Lofton could be a good fit with the Twins to replace the departing Hunter in centerfield.

The Angels are not done yet according to the L.A. Times. They are still looking at acquiring either Miguel Cabrera or Miguel Tejada. The Times said the signing of Hunter, which cost them the 26th overall pick in next year’s draft plus the $90 million, gives the Angels flexibility to make another addition via the trade route this time around.

The White Sox were not the only team surprised by the signing of Torii Hunter by the Angels….the Rangers were just as shocked as the Sox according to the Dallas Morning News.

The Royals have put Jose Guillen a top their wish list now….along with pitchers Carlos Silva and Hiroki Kuroda.

Quote of the Day

"When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all." – Theodore Roosevelt