Mets make a pitch for Bedard
The Mets sent the Orioles a trade proposal of right-handers Aaron Heilman and Philip Humber and outfielder Carlos Gomez for left-handed starter Erik Bedard. That offer was politely declined by the Orioles, who are believed to be seeking a package approaching what Minnesota is requiring for left-hander Johan Santana.
Though two-time Cy Young Award Santana has a better career resume than Bedard, both are 28 years old and coming off similar seasons.
Santana was 15-13 with a 3.33 ERA, 235 strikeouts, 52 walks and 33 home runs allowed in 219.0 innings. Bedard finished the 2007 season 13-5 with a 3.16 ERA with 221 strikeouts, 57 walks and 19 home runs allowed in 182.0 innings.
Santana will be a free agent after the 2008 season, while Bedard is two years away from his first shot at free agency.
"I think we’ve said it in every way we can," said Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail, summarizing his intent regarding Bedard.
"It’s not a question of really shopping him or trying to move him. But at the same time, our record is what our record’s been. We have a responsibility to our fans to try to make it better and take whatever we think we have to take to make it better."
The Dodgers are among the other teams interested in Bedard.
Brewers quit pursuit of Rolen
Milwaukee’s pursuit of St. Louis third baseman Scott Rolen has ended, largely because Rolen’s health history, coupled with the $36 million he’s owed, was more risk than the Brewers were willing to take on at this point. The two sides didn’t even get far enough along to discuss what players the Brewers would have given up for Rolen.
"It doesn’t look like it’s going to happen," Brewers general managefr Doug Melvin said. "It doesn’t have much momentum."
The acquisition of Rolen would have meant that National League Rookie of the Year Ryan Braun would move to left field.
Said Cardinals GM John Mozeliak: "Not getting into specifics, I would just say that we’re not having a meeting of the minds there."
Mozeliak said that Rolen’s status is unchanged.
"I wouldn’t say there’s any more momentum in any direction," Mozeliak said. "It’s just become a little more clear who’s real serious in this, in terms of like if we’re trying to move our third baseman. But, we’re nowhere close to where we feel we’re getting what we need to get to make a deal like that happen."
Williams: Andruw Jones not on Sox list
Although White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen hinted that free agent center fielder Andruw Jones was being considered by the White Sox, Chicago GM Kenny Williams quickly ended that speculation Tuesday evening.
Guillen, in his session with reports was asked about Jones.
"I don’t see anyone play better than him," Guillen said. "With all my respect to Torii Hunter, I don’t see anyone better than that kid when I was playing with him. He’s in the mix, I guess. It’s all about cash, years, something. I don’t get involved. And when you have good players, you have the power to do whatever you want to do. And between Andruw Jones and Scott Boras, if we need Andruw Jones, if we think we need him that bad, he is what he is."
Williams said Jones’ representation is not a factor, but made it clear the Sox aren’t pursuing Jones.
"Because of his representation he’s not automatically off the list," Williams said. "He would be a lot lower, but he?s not on the list. I know that Ozzie didn’t say that. Andruw Jones is not on our list.
"I think Andruw Jones is a great player. For our particular situation, to deliver some of the things that I told you I wanted to get us to, that is reducing the strikeouts and getting our guys on base more, fighting through at-bats and driving up pitch counts and getting to the underbelly of the opposing pitching staffs, in this particular case, [Jones] doesn’t help us."
Jays talk to Lo Duca
Toronto reportedly met with the agent for free-agent catcher Paul Lo Duca on Tuesday, but Toronto’s interest is limited. The Jays are hesitant about signing a catcher to a multi-year contract with catching prospects Robinzon Diaz and Curtis Thigpen rising fast in the system.
? The Brewers met with Rocky Hall, the agent for free agent infielder Tadahito Iguchi.
? Mozeliak on whether he has had substantive talks with the Giants: "No, not really. Understand that when you ask a question like that, we have a roomful of scouts that are out meeting with other teams’ representatives. But nothing has been serious with that team at all."
? Arizona spoke Monday night with the A’s about Dan Haren and touched base with one of the agents for Japanese free agent pitcher Hiroki Kuroda.
? Officials from both the Braves and Royals shot down a report that the two teams were discussing a Chuck James for David DeJesus trade.
? Sammy Sosa contacted Kansas City, but the Royals apparently aren’t interested in the free agent designated hitter.
? The Padres have made an offer to free agent outfielder Kosuke Fukudome.