Much needed glove comes to the Bronx

MientkiewiczThe New York Yankees have reached terms on a possible deal with First Baseman Doug Mientkiewicz.

It is reported that he is awaiting a physical examination.

The deal would be for one-year.

2006 stats w/ the Kansas City Royals:
AVG:.283
HR:4
RBI:43

My comments: I like it. Giambi permanent DH now. Smart move.

Mark Travis

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Loretta to sign with the Astros

Mark_lorettaThe Houston Astros have reached a deal with Mark Loretta, according to his agent Bob Garber.

The deal is reportedly worth $2.5 million ($3.5 million w/incentives), for one-year.

Loretta aslo received offers from the Texas Rangers and the Cincinnati Reds.

So, you say "But, the Astros just signed Biggio." Well this is what his agent said "[Loretta will play] all over the infield."

2006 stats w/ the Boston Red Sox:
AVG:.285
HR:5
RBI:59
SB:4

My comments: I love this move, except for one thing. THE LENGTH OF THE CONTRACT!!! Being an Astros fan, I want someone to replace Biggio when he goes. But, if Loretta doesn’t resign, then Chris Burke  might have to change back to a second baseman. I still like the deal.

Mark Travis

Burroughs, happy to be in Seattle

BurroughsThe Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms with infielder Sean Burroughs, for a minor league contract.

Burrough’s 2006 stats:
AVG:.190
HR:0
RBI:1
SB:1

My comments: I like this pick-up for the Mariners. I think he is a good back-up at the corners. But, I think he should start at DH, over Jose Vidro.

Mark Travis

Neal Cotts gets final contract

Neal_cottsThe Chicago Cubs have, avoiding arbitration, signed Neal Cotts to a one-year $825,000 deal.

Contract Bonus: Amount:$125,000 Stipulation(s): Has to be named World Series MVP.

Cotts was acquired from the Chicago White Sox for pitcher
David Aardsma and Minor League pitcher Carlos Vasquez.

2006 stats:
W-L:1-2
ERA:5.17
SO:43
S:1

My thoughts: On the scale of oe to ten, Cotts is a 7. I, I ranking his skill. I love the bonus on the contract.

Mark Travis

Carroll in the Mile High City

Jamey_carrollThe Colorado Rockies have signed utilityman Jamey Carroll to a two-year $4 million deal.

Thanks to mlb.com:
"This gives you a bit more confidence — always knowing in the back of
your mind that you’re a part of the team and its plans," Carroll said.
"But, if anything this offseason, I’m going to work hard going into
next year, because I don’t want what I did last year to just be a freak
thing.
Source: MLB.com

Carroll will most likely share the second base job with Kaz Matsui.

Carrol’s 2006 stats:
AVG:.300
HR:5
RBI:36
SB:10

My thoughts: He shouldn’t share the job, he should start  in front of Barmes. Rockies got him cheap.

Mark Travis