With the Superbowl over Pitchers and Catchers are just over the horizon.
Tom Brady is not Super on this day, and Belicheck can't tell time.
Now the 2nd most story we all want to go away, or if you are from LL it is #1.
Reports: Bedard to M's deal might be closer to reality
Nothing much on our A's, just more from our deals.\
Could you please rank the overall packages of young talent received in the Dan Haren, Johan Santana, Nick Swisher, Mark Teixeira and Miguel Tejada trades? And which team received the best value, considering what they gave up?
Let's expand this question to include the Miguel Cabrera/Dontrelle Willis deal and the proposed Erik Bedard trade. I'd rank the packages in this order:
- OF Cameron Maybin, LHP Andrew Miller, RHP Dallas Trahern, RHP Eulogio de la Cruz, RHP Burke Badenhop and C Mike Rabelo to the Marlins for Cabrera and Willis. I believe Florida would have gotten more had it traded Cabrera and Willis in separate deals. And I probably have more doubts about Maybin and Miller than most prospect analysts. Still, the Marlins did get Maybin and Miller.
- C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, SS Elvis Andrus, RHP Neftali Feliz, LHP Matt Harrison and LHP Beau Jones to the Rangers for Teixeira and Ron Mahay. That's two potential all-stars at up-the-middle positions, a guy who has hit 99 mph (Feliz) and a polished lefty who could be ready soon (Harrison). I almost put this deal at No. 1.
- LHP Brett Anderson, OF Carlos Gonzalez, OF Aaron Cunningham, 1B Chris Carter, LHP Dana Eveland and LHP Greg Smith to the Athletics for Haren and Connor Robertson. Anderson and Gonzalez immediately became two of Oakland's best prospects, while Cunningham and Carter could develop into big league regulars.
- OF Adam Jones, RHP Chris Tillman, LHP Tony Butler, LHP George Sherrill and RHP Kam Mickolio to the Orioles for Bedard. Jones will be a quality center fielder, Sherrill is a quality lefty reliever and the other three guys are intriguing arms from the 2006 draft.
- RHP Deolis Guerra, OF Carlos Gomez, RHP Kevin Mulvey and RHP Philip Humber to the Twins for Santana. Santana's no-trade clause and contract demands restricted the market for him, and it showed in what Minnesota got in return.
- LHP Gio Gonzalez, RHP Fautino de los Santos and OF Ryan Sweeney to the A's for Swisher. White Sox GM Kenny Williams just had to have Swisher, and he gave up his top two prospects to get him.
- RHP Matt Albers, LHP Troy Patton, OF Luke Scott, 3B Mike Costanzo and RHP Dennis Sarfate to the Orioles for Tejada. Albers has a strong arm but is erratic, and Patton might not be more than a No. 4 starter. Yet it's still hard to see how the Astros a) really think they're going to contend this year, even with Tejada, and b) how they can keep trading young pitching.
The Rangers got the best value, considering they only would have had Teixeira for 1½ more seasons. The only better haul went to the Marlins, who gave up two all-stars. Haren is locked up through 2010, and the Bedard can't become a free agent until after the 2009 season.