Do you think Lowry is good enough to survive the AL? It seems the Giants would have to throw in another young guy to make this a little more even. But if it does go through it would nix any possibility for Bonds to come back. Assuming he isn't playing in the California Penal League next year.
I think he'd be fine. He's not going to be asked to be the ace of the rotation, and the Yankees could use another lefty starter to pitch in the Stadium. It would also give them a little breathing room for the young trio to develop on their own time, or some more depth in case they end up trading one of them for a key starter like Santana or Haren.
Japanese OF Fukudome announces his official intent to play in the MLB next season. The Cubs and Padres are the current front runners. Experts put his abilities between Hideki Matsui and Ichiro Suzuki. Excellent fielder (better than Matsui, not as good as Ichiro) with some pop (less than Matsui, more than Ichiro) and speed (More than Matsui, less than Ichiro).
The D-backs acquired pitchers Dan Haren and Connor Robertson from the A's in exchange for six prospects on Friday, and also dealt closer Jose Valverde to the Astros for pitcher Chad Qualls, infielder/outfielder Chris Burke and pitcher Juan Gutierrez.
For the NL West champion Arizona Diamondbacks, it's an extreme makeover.
Completing three trades in one day, the Diamondbacks have altered their roster dramatically, acquiring right-hander Dan Haren from the A's and reliever Chad Qualls and infielder Chris Burke from the Astros. The D-Backs are giving up six prospects to the A's while acquiring Haren and Class AAA right-hander Connor Robertson. They are sending closer Jose Valverde to the Astros for Qualls, Burke and Class AAA right-hander Juan Gutierrez.
The A's, beginning their reconstruction, obtained left-handed pitchers Brett Anderson, Dana Eveland and Greg Smith, infielder Chris Carter and outfielders Aaron Cunningham and Carlos Gonzalez for Haren.
According to Baseball America's latest rankings, Gonzalez was the No. 1 prospect in the Diamondbacks' system while Anderson was No. 3, Cunningham No. 7 and Carter No. 8. For Haren, however, the D-backs were willing to pay a high price.
Hours after talks broke off with Mike Cameron, the San Diego Padres agreed in principle Friday to acquire center fielder Jim Edmonds and cash from the St. Louis Cardinals for a minor leaguer.
The deal was waiting approval from the commissioner's office because it will involve around $1 million going from the Cardinals to the Padres, according to a source with knowledge of the deal, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been finalized. The Cardinals will get minor league third baseman David Freese.