Winter Moves Begin
Now that we’re starting to get to the end of the 15 day exclusive negotiating period and teams had the chance to talk at the GM meetings last week, the offseason is slowly kicking into gear with a few minor moves. Here’s a quick recap of what’s happened so far.
Boston re-signed Curt Schilling to a one year deal.
Schilling takes far less money to stay in Boston than he could have gotten on the free market. On top of all the other built in advantages the Red Sox have, they’ve also now established an environment that encourages quality players to take below market deals to play in the city. They’re going to be contenders for a long, long time.
Philadelphia acquires Brad Lidge for three replaceable parts.
Pat Gillick makes a pretty terrific move here, picking up a valuable bullpen arm for a trio of role players. As long as Lidge doesn’t tank in 2008, the Phillies are going to be in a position to get a quality relief season, then cash in with compensatory draft picks for letting him walk as a free agent next winter, and those draft picks will likely be more valuable than the middling prospects they gave up to get Lidge in the first place. New Astros GM Ed Wade gets off to a bad start – not that I had much hope for that franchise after they hired him to begin with.
Detroit acquires Jacque Jones for Omar Infante.
Remember when Jon Paul Morosi was speculating that the Tigers would give up some real talent for Raul Ibanez? Nope – they’re smarter than that. Instead, they bought low on the always underrated Jacque Jones. He’s not the same caliber of hitter that Ibanez is, but his defense makes up for 90% of the difference. When all you’re giving up is Omar Infante for a quality left-fielder, the price is definitely right. The Cubs didn’t necessarily need Jones, but they don’t need Infante either, so this was basically a money dump for Chicago.