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.