The White Sox are “extremely close” to trading for Nationals outfielder Alfonso Soriano, a source close to the situation told ESPN The Magazine’s Tim Kurkjian. The Nationals have great interest in pitcher Brandon McCarthy (above).
Your other hot Monday rumors :
* – Cats are “the new dogs.”
* – The Phillies, supposedly holding out for Philip Hughes, rejected a Yankee trade proposal for Bobby Abreu.
After shutting the door (and, uh, protecting a 4 year lead in the 9th) on the Mets Sunday afternoon, Astros closer Brad Lidge receives a vote of confidence from the Houston Chronicle’s Richard Justice.
Here’s my take on Brad Lidge: I wouldn’t trade the guy on a dare. No way. As the Astros look toward 2007, he’d be one of the building blocks if I were general manager.
If he’s the key to bringing in a bopper for the middle of the lineup, then obviously I might change my mind. And by the way, for all the suggestions about what to do and not to do, the truth is simple: the Astros need more power.
Not more speed. You can count on one hand the number of championship teams built with speed as a significant component. Not a new manager or new coaches. It’s simplistic to suggest firing coaches is a solution. These coaches aren’t incompetent.
Wait, you’re saying, didn’t the general manager just fire the hitting coach? Yes, he did. I’m hoping Drayton McLane forced that move on him. I can’t believe he thought firing Gary Gaetti was a step in the right direction. There’s no way he believes firing the hirring coach would shake up the clubhouse. Dumb, dumb, dumb.