Monday, July 25, 2005

Hop on the Trade Rumor Bus

Everybody in! We're going to take a wild ride on the Trade Rumor Bus over the next 6 days. From todays' Seattle Times:

"Yet, Winn going to the Yankees remains an intriguing possibility. What would Seattle get in return?
One guess is pitcher Carl Pavano, who is on the disabled list but someone the Mariners had great interest in as a free agent last winter."

Very interesting. I wasn't too fired up about Pavano in the offseason, but to get him for Winn would be a good deal I think.
Pavano is 29, and had his best season in 2004 (18-8, 3.00 ERA, 222.1 IP) which made him a lot of money this past offseason. I still don't think he's worth what he's making, but maybe the Yankees would agree to pay part of the deal. Looking at the M's starting pitching situation for 2006, Pavano might be a good move.

Also, Travis brought up the rumor he heard of Meche to the White Sox a few posts back. Jayson Stark had mentioned Jose Contreras and prospects. The White Sox are being mentioned by Peter Gammons and others as being involved in the AJ Burnett sweepstakes. The name being mentioned the most is BrandonMcCarthy. If McCarthy were one of the prospects that the M's could get in return for Meche, I would like that deal. He is the White Sox top pitching prospect, and has been called up at least once already this year. It's unlikely that McCarthy is one of the prospects that would come along with Contreras, but it'd be very nice.

Anyway, none of these rumors may come to fruition, but it's fun to talk about. Especially after that pathetic road trip.

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