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Hot Stove Roundup: Cabrera, Rodney, Orioles, Pirates

Nov 15, 2009, 4:22 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for miguelcabrera.jpgHere’s a few Hot Stove items of note as we eagerly await 12:01 am on Friday:

– Ken Rosenthal of thinks that if the Tigers aim to cut payroll, they should consider trading Miguel
Cabrera to the Red Sox
. Likewise, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe thinks Cabrera should be on Boston’s short-list of possible middle-of-the-order bats. Cabrera, 26, is owed $126 million over the next six seasons.

– Todd Zolecki of writes that the Phillies reportedly have interest in Fernando Rodney, but he might not be an option since he will want to close. In a related story, Brad Lidge “should be ready at or near the very beginning of spring training” following elbow surgery, says his agent Rex Gary.

– Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes that the Pirates won’t be major players in free agency yet again,
but they could have interest in lower-tier free agents like Rick
Ankiel, Jamey Wright, Mark Hendrickson and Japanese pitcher Ryota

– Roch Kubato of the wonders if the Orioles will consider signing Braden Looper, Jon Garland or Matt Treanor since the club was connected to them last winter.

– Jesse Spector of the New York Daily News takes a look some of the top set-up men available on the free agent market, and how arbitration and draft pick compensation may impact where they end up.

  1. Patrick - Nov 15, 2009 at 5:27 PM

    Ken Rosenthal wishes his beloved Red Sox would trade for Miguel Cabrera, but that won’t get his favorite team a championship. Why not try doing some unbiased reporting for a change, Mr. Rosenthal. Must be people are tired of hearing the whining that the Yankees bought a championship. Buying high-profile players sells tickets and ad spots. The Red Sox have much larger holes to fill like: needing a shortstop, a JD Drew replacement, and a strong bullpen.
    Besides, Youk plays third, VMart plays first, and that leaves Varitek (the team captain) with an actual starting position. You will never catch the Yankees disrespecting their captain like that. Varitek deserves better from the team he led to the ring.

  2. Alan - Nov 15, 2009 at 8:08 PM

    Amen, I agree with Patrick.

  3. Alan - Nov 15, 2009 at 8:09 PM

    Amen, I agree with Patrick.

  4. Paul - Nov 15, 2009 at 11:34 PM

    Patrick is correct. The Red Sox have the horses they are just missing the secret sauce. They had the ‘togetherness’ a few years ago. Now they play like individuals, and disrespecting Tek does not help. They need to look south to New York and see how the Yanks all pulled together this year.

  5. Cru11 - Nov 16, 2009 at 2:57 AM

    Please tell me how the Sox disrepected Varitek? Theyre giving him more money and more playing time this upcoming season than any other team would. He simply is not an everyday player anymore and thats why they went out and got Victor.

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