Monday, December 08, 2008

Winter Meetings in Vegas Begin...

Ah, Las Vegas. The perfect backdrop for the bargaining, negotiating and risk/reward associated with a baseball trade.

With the start of the Winter Meetings just underway, an unexpected early trade seems on the horizon...Tigers acquired C Gerald Laird from the Texas Rangers for AA RHP Guillermo Moscoso and hard throwing 17 year old Carlos Melo of the Dominican Summer League. This was pretty early for the Rangers trade, who seemed to have the goods this year in trade discussion given that they had a logjam at catcher and everyone was looking for catcher talent. Seems now all eyes will be on Scott Boras clients, Manny Ramirez, Mark Teixeira, Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek. Boras will be very busy in Las Vegas.

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