Tick-tock, tick-tock …
But this is crunch time, and phones are going off all over, with GMs taking final stabs at proposed deals. If you’re Jim Bowden, your holding-out period on Alfonso Soriano is just about over. No sense waiting for a better deal because, if there’s one out there, you would have heard it by now.
The deafening silence out of Boston is an indication that Theo Epstein is working the phones for a BIG deal, not one of those little minnows that have been washing ashore. No way the Red Sox will stay silent through the Yankees’ acquisition of Bobby Abreu. In fact, expect a couple of set-up relievers to also be headed to the Bronx before the hour’s up.
The Astros have rejected offers for Brad Lidge all day. But that doesn’t mean he can’t srtill be had — but Houston would have to get its major offensive upgrade in return. The ‘Stros have an abundant supply of arms — runs are what they need.
The Miguel Tejada storyline may have run its course. Miggy’s statements over the weekend that he would not willingly switch to third base have cooled his most ardent suitors. If anythying, that attitude has prompted both the Angels and Astros to back off their original offers.