The latest rumor going is that Melkey Cabrera is the constant in all of the packaged deals being pitched to the Yanks right now. If that were to happen I would be sad. If it happens to be anything except for the emerging star, Mike Gonzalez (Pirates, Lefty, 24 saves), it will be an outrage.
Vernon Wells deserves the jack that the Jays are throwing at him. He's the type of quality person/player Toronto is going to need if they're serious about making a push for a post season appearance.
Recognizing that they run the risk of finishing 3rd or worse in the AL East in 2007, the Bo Sox seem to be spending more than our Federal Government. I thought they over paid for JD Drew, Dice-K is a $100 million question mark, Lugo was an OK signing, but what may prove to be their best move is the acquisition of veteran bull penner Brendan Donnelly. If Jon Lester can make it back, the pitching situation in Boston is looking more formidable by the day.
The Tampa D-Rays signed the much ignored Akinori Iwamura for three years and only $7 million!! By this year's off season standards that is barely minimum wage. This Third baseman posted some serious pipe hitting numbers in Japan last year batting .311 and 32 HRs. And on top of that - he hit .440 in the WBC last year. Year in and year out, there's always one bargain of the year, and this just could be that. Good move for the D-Rays.
Simply put, the AL East is where the action is, and is going to be tough in 2007.
... On an unrelated note, Jeff Bagwell retired from the Stros on Friday. He was a good player, taking down an MVP in the mid-90s. Many say he's HOF bound. If that's true, then you must put the Crime Dog, Fred McGriff in, and give Donnie Baseball another look as well.