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Sheinin Chat Change [Updated]

Sheinin's chat will now be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, instead of 2.

Here's the link.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  December 10, 2008; 9:29 AM ET
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Even after shipping Laird to Detroit, Texas has three catchers on the roster. While it's less pressing to move one, Saltalamacchia is young and cheap, and the Rangers still need pitching.

I don't know what it would take to pry him away, but with Willingham on the roster, you could envision a near platoon at 1B, with Johnson (insert health caveat here) Splitting the games with Salty at first and working behind the plate as backup. With pinch hitting appearances and DH work during interleague play, he'd get more than enough ABs.

Might be a palatable Teixeira back-up plan (henceforth TBUP, since I think we'll be talking about these for a while) - plus it's cheap and it keeps within the confines of the Plan.

Posted by: JohninMpls | December 9, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Ugh, that didn't come out right.

I mentioned Willingham in the equation because I envision him as a potential buffer to a Johnson injury.

Posted by: JohninMpls | December 9, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Gee, so far the Winter Meetings have been almost as interesting as watching grass grow at the ballpark about this time last year.

Posted by: BobLHead | December 9, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

You aren't kidding. It's like watching live potato farming.

Posted by: soundbloke | December 9, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

On the Rockies front office seems to have shot down the Redding for Gonzales deal, but maybe we can be get a good prospect (apparently we wanted a guy named Fowler earlier) or start a three team trade with Redding going to the Rox and who knows what going who knows where, and then we magically get a decent SP prospect or some kind of lead off type.

Posted by: NattyDelite | December 9, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

at least the grass had a live webcam--two, actually. and progress, actual progress toward a clearly defined goal. and we could see the park was substantially complete by March 30 ... well, 2 out of 3 ain't bad.

Gee, so far the Winter Meetings have been almost as interesting as watching grass grow at the ballpark about this time last year.

Posted by: BobLHead | December 9, 2008 4:13 PM

Posted by: CEvansJr | December 9, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

The 3 way people talk about is Sonnanstine - Atkins - Delmon Young. Perhaps Redding is a back up for Colorado. I don't know what else they have to deal, or whether we might get a piece back from one of the other teams to balance that out.

JiM - Tx is looking for pitching. They have Chris Davis and Blalock, and probably Max Ramirez, as CI / DH. If you want to pry Salty, think two arms, at least one high level. They want Buchholz and another arm from Boston, and he was one of the top 5 prospects in baseball last year (but disappointed).

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | December 9, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Ken Rosenthal says:

The Angels are beginning to recognize that they will not be the high bidder for free-agent first baseman Mark Teixeira, a development that could put them firmly in the mix for CC Sabathia — and also lead them to sign another free-agent hitter such as Raul Ibanez, Pat Burrell or Bobby Abreu.

Some in the industry believe that the Nationals are going to make the high offer to Teixeira, who turned down an eight-year, $140 million deal from the Rangers in the summer of 2007, prompting his trade to the Braves.

Teixeira wants a 10-year deal in the range of $20 million per season. If that is his price — and the Nationals come close to it or meet it — he then will need to decide whether to take a lesser proposal from the Angels or Red Sox.

Depending upon the outcomes of their other pursuits, the Angels also could emerge as a player for free-agent left-hander Brian Fuentes, who could replace Francisco Rodriguez in the closer's role.

Posted by: theredskin | December 9, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Tracee. Sheinin's chat wasn't even on the schedule on Sunday, so the news is welcome.

Posted by: Hendo1 | December 9, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

dexter fowler sounds good, carlos gonzalez sounds good. keep up the good work bowden. those types of guys are minor leaguers that can work their way in to the starting lineup later. i can't imagine redding returning a starter, even on our team. the return will come with risk but at least bowden keeps asking for top talent.

omg. if we are top bidders for tex maybe we can finally stop all the "cheap" talk.

omfg. can you imagine if we actually signed tex?!?!?

Posted by: longterm | December 9, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

I would like the trade for Gonzalez. But I do not want to see Milledge or Dukes traded for pitching or whatever. Willingham, Johnson, Redding, Kearns(if possible), maybe even Guzman would be my trading material. And prospects if the return is good. But not those young outfielders with high potential.
Of course, I'm assuming we're picking up a left-handed bat at first base.
As usual, I agree with most of longterm's posts. Jeeves

Posted by: jcampbell1 | December 9, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

We are not going to sign Teixeria. Is there any clearer way of saying this? I wish he'd just sign with the Sox because frankly I want our managment/fans/blogs to move on to solving this franchise in the real world.

Sorry, hope I'm wrong.

Posted by: soundbloke | December 9, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

And who would've thought that the Tigers would land I-Rod, or other free agents? Or that the Brewers would win the bidding war to trade for Sabathia. Don't say never. Stranger things have happened.

Ya'll want excitement? Have you seen the draw for the World Baseball Classic? The USA is thrown in to the closest thing to a Group of Death. 2 teams advance, and we're up against Venezuela, Canada, and (forgettably) Italy. One good team -- one of the best 8 teams in the world isn't going to advance to the next round. Get your tickets, now....

Posted by: fischy | December 9, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

OMG! SIX posts in one day, Sheinin? I'm hyperventilating.

Posted by: NatsNut | December 9, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Okay. So I don't expect to get Teixeira for a single second.

But every once in awhile I remember that complete and utter shock and pure joy when they pulled off that last minute signing with McGeary after we'd given up on the kid. We weren't even talking about him anymore.

my oh my, to have that feeling again...

So anyway, what I'm saying here is let's just stop talking about Teixeira already because we are NOT getting him, alright? (wink, wink)

Posted by: NatsNut | December 9, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

According to Rosenthal (motto: "If one person mentions it, I will report it, even if that one person is myself.") Sabathia is in for about 7 yrs/$160 mil, which would mean the Yanks are out for Tex.

Posted by: Section506 | December 10, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

It means nothing of the sort 506. They dumped a lot of payroll this year.

Posted by: soundbloke | December 10, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

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