Joe Kennedy, 28, Passes Away

It is with great sadness that we pass along the news today that pitcher Joe Kennedy has passed away.

Kennedy, 28, pitched 7 years in the majors for five different teams (Tampa, Colorado, Arizona, Oakland and Toronto).  Our thoughts are with the Kennedy family today. 

Matt Clement: Who is interested?

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Matt Clement, 33, is coming off two injury plagued seasons, as he has made a combined 12 starts in the past two seasons (all in 2006), yet he figures to have no shortage of suitors this winter. With the lack of SP available in the FA market this winter, there figures to be a number of teams to inquire about the right-handers availability. Clement pitched for the Chicago Cubs from 2002-2004, where he combined to go 35-36 with a 3.80 ERA while striking out 576 batters in 587 innings. He failed to find equal success in his switch to the AL with Boston, but he did manage the fleece the pants off Theo Epstein during his stay there. If Matt Clement would like to return to form, a switch back to the NL would be most beneficial.

Accoridng to Toronton Sun, The Blue Jays have expressed an interest in Clement. I am not sure he’ll be thrilled about a return to the AL East. Other teams said to be rumored include the Arizona Diamonbacks, San Diego Padres (with whom his MLB career began), and the Colorado Rockies.

Marco Scutaro shipped to Blue Jays

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In a minor move on Sunday, the Oakland A’s have dealt utility infielder Marco Scutaro to the Toronto Blue Jays for two minor league pitchers. According to MLBTRADERUMORS.COM, included were Kristian Bell (an 11th round selection in the 2004 draft) and Graham Godfrey (a ground ball pitcher who just completed his first year of professional ball).

Scutaro can play 2B, SS, 3B, and a little outfield. He will provide depth to the Toronto bench. It’s hard to imagine a fleece in such a minor deal, but time will tell if the pitchers progress within the Oakland system.