Friday, December 09, 2005

BOSTON AND YANKEES BUSY IN DEALS

MLB in its offseason and the executives are busy with a flurry of deals. Boston Red Sox has already given up on shortstop Edgar Renteria and the New York Yankees has got rid of second baseman Tony Womack. Boston HAS sent Renteria to the Atlanta Braves for Andy Marte. Orioles’ Miguel Tejada wants to come out of Orioles. The Orioles signed him to a $72 million, six-year contract before the 2004 season, but the things didn’t go in the direction that the Orioles expected. Miguel Tejada has done many things with this team and didn’t see any good results. Now coming to the point, the other teams are getting stronger while the Orioles have not made any signings to reinforce the club

Renteria won Gold Gloves in 2002 and 2003, then helped St. Louis win the NL pennant in 2004. He signed a $40 million, four-year deal with the Red Sox but led the major leagues with 30 errors last season. Boston agreed to pay $8 million of the $26 million he is owed in the next three seasons — plus the $3 million buyout if his 2009 option is declined. Now Renteria will join Atlanta in their expedition who sent third base prospect Andy Marte in the deal. Boston also is exploring trading 2004 World Series MVP Manny Ramirez. Womack had signed with the Yankees after hitting .307 as Renteria’s St. Louis teammate in 2004, but he lost his starting job a month into last season. New York also reached a preliminary agreement on a $2.4 million, two-year contract with lefty reliever Mike Myers. The Yankees are one of the targeted teams of the players. The Cincinnati Reds finalized their trade that sent popular first baseman Sean Casey and $1 million to the Pittsburgh Pirates for left-hander Dave Williams. Almost 121 free agents were declined arbitration and can’t return to their former clubs until May 1.

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