The Angels are on their way to building a pitching staff. Washburn may be gone in a trade soon, but even if he’s gone, you’re going to have a nice rotation, with Colon, Kelvim Escobar, Ramon Ortiz, and John Lackey. If they keep Washburn, you could possibly see Oakland, who has been quiet so far in the market, finish third behind Seattle, who inked Eddie Guardado, and Anaheim.
The Tigers have yet to make a move. And I don’t count signing Dean Palmer to a minor league contract as a move. The other minor league deal they made, picking Cliff Bartosh off of waivers, was undone yesterday when the Indians picked him up off waivers. So to date, we have Dombrowski saying he’s offered Fernando Vina a contract, which I still think is a bad move, and Mike Ilitch making noise about Tejada, which is unrealistic, but would be a great move, assuming they don’t pay TOO much over Tejada’s market value.
As usual, we’ll see if all the talk is just that. Needless to say, this has to be one of the more interesting free agent seasons ever. Not exactly in a good way, but things are pretty dynamic.
And on a parting note, I have to give some credit to Frank Robinson. Talk about a mess in Montreal. The fact that he’s still the manager should garner him immediate recognition as a possible manager of the year candidate. First they trade away their best pitcher, and then they don’t even offer one of the best players in baseball arbitration. Add in the fact they’re still not even sure where the team will play their games at, and you have a travesty. Bud Selig should be ashamed of himself for his handling of the team.