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ESPN is reporting that the Houston Astros will be signing second baseman Kaz Matsui to a 3 year deal, worth somewhere between $15-17 million. We had this story here on Mlb Fleece Factor on November 19th.
It appears Matsui has cashed in on a strong post season with Colorado. His numbers away from Coors field were down right horrible in 2007, however, as he hit only .249 with a .304 OBP. He is serviceable at second base defensively, at best. This signing has “fleece” written all over it.
In only 4 short days, the best time of the baseball offseason begins. Yes, that’s right, the Winter Meetings. On Monday, December 3rd, the meetings will kick-off in Nashville, Tenn.
There are so many huge names being thrown around in the trade market, and this will surely dominate the talks among GM’s. Some of the bigger stories to follow:
Man, I absolutely live for this time of year! I hope you all are as excited as I am?! We will keep you abreast of all the rumors, trades and signings.
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According to Rotoworld.com, Jorge Posada has stated that he thinks Yankees’ starting pitcher Andy Pettitte is leaning towards retirement. Apparently Posada has been talking with the lefy starter at least once a week since the season ended.
Pettitte would be leaving $16 milllion on the table if he decided to call it quits. Now I know that Andy isn’t driven by money like most pro athletes, but still, that’s an awfully lot of *guaranteed* cash to walk away from. And he has already stated that his only options are coming back to the Yanks next season, or retirement. He will not be pitching for his hometown Astros again. We shall see where this story goes…
Per Ken Rosenthal, the Brewers are on the verge of signing free agent reliever David Riske to a multi-year deal. Riske was only 1-4 last season with the Kansas City Royals, but did post a solid 2.45 ERA. He also added 4 saves to his resume in 2007, bringing his career total to 20.
It is believed that David Riske will be the Brewers new closer next season, with Turnbow likely pitching the 8th inning and Mota the 7th. My guess is that he will get a 3-year deal for around $14M or so.
Time for a quick update on the Johan Santana trade rumors involving three of the major players:
The St. Petersburg Times brings us the model for the proposed $450 million, open-air stadium, complete with a sail and everything. A sail! ha Anyway, the stadium would be on the waterfront in downtown St. Petersburg, and would seat 34,000 fans. It seems there will be a large mast in the outfield as well, which would pull “sails” over the stands. This will hopefully keep the fans cooler in that sometimes unbearable Florida heat.
Rays officials claim that the new stadium would not cost taxpayers any new money, and that if it runs over the $450M budget, then the team would take on all additional costs. The hope is that this new stadium will get approval, and be set to open in the 2012 season.