Updated: Mark DeRosa to Cleveland for Stevens, two othersUpdated, 1:45 PM: We Have a DEAL!
Paul Hoynes gives us the goods..
Jeff Stevens, John Caub and Chris Archer for Mark DeRosa.. DeRosa will play third.
Jeff Stevens is obviously the biggest piece lost here. But look at it this way. Adam Miller, John Meloan and the acquisition of Joe Smith let's us do this. Plus guys like Sipp are around as well. There are still plenty of young bullpen arms to make this deal.
Archer and Gaub are nice young arms, but guys early enough you can part with, because there are way more people higher on the totem pole, older and with more potential.
Fantastic deal for Mark Shapiro and Cleveland. He got himself a third baseman for one year, who can also play second base by the by, without giving anything up that is really big.
Updated Again, 1:33 PM: Buster Olney jumps in, but no players mentioned.
More as it comes in.
*Updated, 1:20 PM: Tony is coming through for us at Indians Prospect Insider.
Jeff Stevens could be in the deal.. I love Stevens but if he's the "centerpiece" then this is a good deal. If he isn't and an addition to someone like Laffey, still not sure how I'd feel about it.
News still coming in.. But that's the latest. DeRosa for Stevens and two others possibly. Tony Lastoria is HEARING it's a done deal. Again we'll see if Castrovince jumps into the fray here soon.
Happy New Year.
Let's talk about Mark DeRosa, who is all of a sudden, Close to being a Cleveland Indian?
First of all... There is a link in there that mentions the Indians are close to a deal for DeRosa, But there is NO mention of three pitchers being involved.
Here are the two articles that are linked.
-Aaron Miles signs two year deal with the Cubs.
-Cubs acquire versatile middle infielder Miles.
Second if the report is true and we are close to a deal, these three pitchers better not be worth a whole lot.
We are talking about a 34 year old super-utility player that can be a starter.
He's in the last year of his contract.
This is purely speculation at this point. I have not seen anything with Three Pitchers mentioned, so let's go easy before we jump off a cliff. MLBTR says it was a SC report that mentioned the three pitchers.
He's valuable, but these three pitchers better be something along the lines of a few relief prospects and maybe a starting pitcher that has a chance at the Majors, but isn't any special. Aaron Laffey? I don't know.. Sowers? Maybe.. Definitely not Huff, Miller, De La Cruz, or Rondon. I can't imagine Shapiro giving up anyone too special for DeRosa in a four player swap.. Maybe in a straight up Laffey for DeRosa type move.. But even that seems like it's a lot.
So until more comes out.. Let's take this for what it is.. A rumor by a few Chicago sources. I refuse to believe it is "close" until I hear official word from Anthony Castrovince, who's been MONEY all offseason.
Perhaps the Miles acquisition will let the Cubs back in on Peavy. DeRosa was mentioned as a part of the talks earlier. Maybe the Padres don't want DeRosa and the Cubs will use him to get some players to ship to SD.
Who knows. Either way.. DeRosa fits at first glance and I'd be glad to have him.. But let's hold up before we get excited.
I want to stress something in the first linked post... Levine, the guy that writes the blog entry says the Indians COULD BE a match. No mention of the Deal being close. That was from the Chicago Sun Times.
I'll poke my head in if I hear anything new, if not, have a Happy New Year.