Abreu to Chicago - 1 year, 8 million?
There's a huge difference between being offered a 1 year deal and accepting it, but Bobby Abreu just might be playing for the White Sox next year at a bargain. Word on the street is that Abreu has been offered a 1 year, 8 million dollar contract - and this comes on the heels that Adam Dunn might also be a one-year-wonder for that much money or less.
Having signed Milton Bradley to a 3 year deal which could pay as much as 10 million per year, the Cubs are now going to have to deal with being second-guessed for a while - especially if Bradley goes down in a flaming ball of torn ligaments and rage.
Realistically speaking, Bradley is the better defensive outfielder than Abreu even though Milton didn't spend a lot of time out there last year. He's also a superior offensive hitter than Abreu, who's been on the decline for the last four or five years. But the risks that accompany the Bradley signing are nowhere to be found with a guy like Abreu. And if Abreu signs a one year deal for less than what Bradley is earning, I'd have a lot of trouble disputing people who feel the Cubs got the short end of the free agency straw.
Lovely trades, wonderful trades
Jim Hendry must've had the trading itch the other day because he sure got busy with Rich Hill and Michael Wuertz. Hill landed in Baltimore for the infamous Player to be Named Later, while Wuertz settled into Oakland for a minor league infielder and outfielder. I'm more sorry to see Wuertz go than Hill, as Michael has been nothing but steady in the bullpen -- except for when his mechanics got screwed up and he was tipping his pitches.
Hey, with the free agent market looking this messy, maybe I'm wrong and Hendry will have a final move or two up his sleeve. He didn't budget for some of the players still available, but the players still available were expected to go for a lot more money. A late addition at this point has to be seen as possible.
Oh, and if I'm the Royals and I see the level of talent still available out there, I'm gritting my teeth and going into the red to bring those guys to K.C. After all, when will there be another free agent buffet like this one for so cheap?