Early Wednesday whispers

While everyone waited for the official announcement of the trade that would send Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to Detroit for Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller, Mike Rabelo and Minor Leaguers Dallas Trahern, Eulogio De La Cruz and Burke Badenhop, general managers were busy Wednesday morning focusing on what the deal might mean for other scenarios.

With Cabrera no longer in play, other teams that had been after him, especially the Angels and Dodgers, were considering other third-base options. San Francisco and Milwaukee are also looking for help at third base.

"I think you’ll see more interest in [Baltimore’s Miguel] Tejada and maybe [Scott] Rolen [of St. Louis]," one National League official said. "There’s not much out there on the free-agent market, and those guys wouldn’t cost as much in terms of what you’d probably have to give up."

Tejada is a shortstop but may be moved to third base. Rolen, a multiple Gold Glove winner, is coming off an injury-shortened 2007 season and is owed $36 million over the next three years.

As far as the remaining free-agent third basemen, Mike Lamb and Pedro Feliz appear to be drawing the most interest from the 10 or so still on the market.

Several observers said they wouldn’t be surprised if some of the teams looking for third-base help look for a short-term answer and try to upgrade at other positions where there are more choices.

"At this point, if you’re not going to go after a Rolen or Tejada, you’re probably better off getting that offense [at another position]," the official said.

9 Comments

They should all be begging to acquire Joe Crede via trade.

Mike Lamb will do a nice job at 3rd base, a good fielder and a decent batter that can hit the ball out, need to play everyday instead of bench work like he was used in Houston.

Pedro Feliz is not altogether bad, he just needs to learn discipline at the plate.

Tejada is still a solid player, but his stock has dropped a ton. From what I’ve read in rumors (for what they’re worth), the Orioles are still looking for a package of top notch prospects for him. That’s just oo much for a guy who’s power seems to have diminished.

Now that Detroit has Cabrera, what are they doing with Brandon Inge? He has his struggled, but I’ve always liked him.

Scott Rolen is damaged goods, and Perdro Feliz is Abe Nunez with pop.

Any truth to any of the rumors surrounding Hank Blalock?

http://www.fightingphils.mlblogs.com

Don’t forget that Brandon Inge is more likely then not going to be available now that Cabrera appears to be in Detroit. I would be very surprised if he’s not moved within the next few days, after this deal is finalized. I still haven’t heard any official confirmations though.

The cardinals definetly need to get rid of Rolen. Maybe including Anthony Reyes in the trade. Alot of teams like Reyes

is there any updates on the dodgers with jones or any other players?

What about Garrett Atkins? He was on the block earlier this offseason but now there is not talk about him.
Anything there?

Why are the Brewers seeking 3rd base help? Don’t they have Ryan Braun?

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