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Monday Morning Fastballs

Some Monday morning developments and opinions in the offseason rumor mill from around the country:

-- Philadelphia native Ruben Amaro officially became the new GM of the World Champion Phillies this morning, and according to Phil Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News, he'll have plenty to work on from the get-go. First up are some sticky option years for five current Phillies: leftfielder Pat Burrell, infielder Tadahito Iguchi, righthanded reliever Rudy Seanez and lefty pitchers Jamie Moyer and Scott Eyre. Only Moyer and Eyre seem like near certain pick ups among that list.

-- FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says that the Brewers offered CC Sabathia $100 million over five years before he became a free agent. Naturally it didn't work, but that means they did stealthily get an offer in before he opted out altogether. He also says that the Padres will shop Jake Peavy for a while before pulling the trigger on any trade, so don't look for a quick conclusion at the upcoming GM winter meetings.

-- Want more Peavy talk? Check out this piece, by the San Diego Union-Tribune's Tom Krasovic. The writer quotes Padres GM Kevin Towers saying that talent, not a bulk of prospects in a trade package, will make the difference when the fathers decide who to deal Peavy to. Towers also says there's three teams he's focused on. Everyone already knows that one is the Braves. Krasovic thinks the other two are the Cubs and Dodgers. Think he's right? Or is he holding including the Yankees or Red Sox in that mix, even though Peavy almost certainly wouldn't accept a trade to either club (Peavy has a complete no-trade clause in his contract)?

By Cameron Smith  |  November 3, 2008; 10:47 AM ET
Categories:  Braves , Brewers , Cubs , Dodgers , Padres , Phillies , Red Sox , Yankees  
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Hey, Cameron, thanks for the past couple posts and the links to baseball coverage from out-of-town papers and media sources. But isn't it a little odd that, while baseball writers in other cities are manifestly busy covering hot stove league developments, The Post's baseball writers appear to have entered their annual Winter hibernation? You guys tout Sheinin as a great national baseball writer, so where are his comparable pieces to the stuff that you've linked to? Is Boz done writing about baseball until Spring Training? Do you guys care that Chico is being scooped by amateur Nats bloggers?

So again, thanks for showing us that you are interested in what's going on and for giving us the links, I followed up on them and there is some interesting stuff out there. Maybe someday in the future you will be able to link to some of the Post's own content from its baseball writers, and more people might be excited to discuss it here.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | November 3, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

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