So here is the current rundown...........
1. The Cards are still after a reliever, and continue to talk with the A's regarding Springer.
3. The Twinkies, and BoSox (and Braves if you believe the Escobar rumors) continue to talk to the A's regarding Cabrera.
5. And then there is the traditional "Billy Deal" that nobody knows about until it happens, and tends to rip the hearts out of segments of the fan base........(keep your fingers crossed folks!)
If you are up to speed on the daily if not hourly A's rumors that are swirling right now then you've likely heard Billy is driving a hard line in a very bare and desperate market. The Jays have done that with Halliday, and it may have just backfired on them. Had they traded him to the Phils they could have gotten a better deal than the Indians got for Lee. And now, if they cant get rid of him, his value is cut in half the second after the deadline.
Don't get me wrong, Im not comparing the Jays and A's as they are in totally different situations with totally different pieces to deal, but if Billy drives too hard a bargain to keep pieces that aren't key to the future, they could end up in the same boat all washed up and nothing to show for it.
That being said, Billy just got more leverage today with the trade of Jack Wilson from the Pirates to the Ms. The Twins and others were looking at Wilson as an alternative to Cabrera. Cabrera has greater short term value do to his bat, but Wilson has a contractual option for next season and he is also a former all star. Nevertheless, the Twinkies and others have less options in a bare market today than yesterday, and thats good for Billy.
The G men have acquired Freddy Sanchez from the Pirates. He is a 2nd basemen, and that would not seem to impact the market for Cabrera, but it does. If Cabrera can play short, he sure can play 2B
Till Manana (tilde above the first n)