Happy Veterans Day and ‘thank you‘ for everything you’ve done for this country… With less than three full days remaining before free agency begins, two trades were made on Monday and took a little of the limelight away from Geovany Soto and Evan Langoria. The A’s appear to have landed one of the big names on the block this off-season, Matt Holliday. This past weekend rumors suggested that Holliday could be headed to St. Louis but Billy Beane swooped in and is reportedly very close to making the first ‘big‘ trade of the winter.
The other deal made on Monday included a player Jim Hendry was rumored to be interested in if he failed to acquire Jake Peavy. Scott Olsen, along with Josh Willingham, was dealt from Florida to the Washington Nationals for Emilio Bonifacio and two minor leaguers, right-hander P.J. Dean and outfielder Jake Smolinski. Rumors have suggested the Cubs discussed a deal with Florida during the GM Meetings for Olsen and Jeremy Hermida, but put the deal on the backburner to concentrate on the talks with Kevin Towers for Jake Peavy.
The NL Cy Young Award will be announced on Tuesday afternoon and here is the rest from the mill….
It appears to be another salary dump by the always cash strapped Florida Marlins, but after dealing Mike Jacobs and Josh Willingham, has Jim Hendry lost out on Jeremy Hermida?
The Cubs were rumored to be interested in trading for Hermida to help fill a gap from the left side of the plate. Bruce Levine indicated on Saturday that the Cubs were not looking at Hermida as a starter, but to throw him into the mix and see what happened. Hermida played, and hit, much better outside of Dolphin Stadium and a change of scenery could do, what most consider a very talented young player, a lot of good.
- Against RHP – .252/.322/.407/.729 with 12 home runs and 21 doubles
- Against LHP – .240/.324/.405/.728 with 5 home runs and a double
- At Dolphin Stadium – .203/.273/.312/.584 with 4 home runs and 9 doubles
- On the Road – .288/.364/.487/.851 with 13 home runs and 13 doubles
In 7 career games at Wrigley:
- 9-for-27 with 2 doubles and 4 home runs (.333/.357/.852/1.209)
Hermida struck out 138 times in 502 at bats (142 games).
A report in the Daily News from Bill Madden mentioned the Cubs interest in Jeremy Hermida before Olsen and Willingham were dealt on Monday night.
Bill Madden reported on Monday that Jake Peavy will be traded to the Cubs or Braves within the next week to ten days. Madden stated the list of players the Cubs would be willing to trade for Peavy included such names as Felix Pie, Sean Marshall, Kevin Hart, Ronny Cedeno and Jeff Samardzija. Multiple reports from the Chicago media at the end of last week indicated Samardzija would not be included in a deal for Peavy….Madden did not mention Samardzija’s no-trade clause.
A name Madden threw out was that of Carlos Marmol. Madden stated, “the Padres are holding out for setup man Carlos Marmol, a non-starter for the Cubs.” No disrespect to Mr. Madden, but Kerry Wood’s future with the team is uncertain at best (not to mention his injury history) and with the fact Marmol has been Lou Piniella’s favorite, and most reliable option, for the past two seasons, trading Carlos Marmol at this point should not be an option for Jim Hendry….not even for a Cy Young award winner.
Madden added that unless the Braves are willing to include Tommy Hanson, the Braves’ top pitching prospect, along with Yunel Escobar, that Peavy appears to be headed to the Cubs because “with all of the major league experienced players coming back, is the Padres’ best option.”
According to a report on CBS SportsLine, the Braves are interested in Ryan Dempster and A.J. Burnett. The Braves believe they have the best offer on the table to land Jake Peavy according to Danny Knobler, but the “Braves are also making plans to go after other starting pitchers.”
Well, that’s the latest….and I’m sticking to it!