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The may be trading away Brian Roberts, as well. With the Baltimore Orioles trading away Miguel Tejada (HOU) and Erik Bedard (SEA) earlier this offseason, they may also get rid of another key member of the Orioles before opening day: Brian Roberts. Apparently the Chicago Cubs are somewhat interested, although manager Lou Piniella thinks they can win with the lineup they have now. I wouldn't be surprised if the O's did trade Roberts away, because that's all they seem to want to do nowadays. I understand why they dealt Tejada: because he wanted out, and he was of no hope (not to mention the steroid allegations)... but Bedard??? Roberts???
Here's what Piniella had to say: The more I look at this thing, the more I feel that way. I think when the season starts we're going to be pretty much together the way we are right now. Trade rumors are part of the game, you can't do anything about rumors." (Quote taking right from this week's edition of USA Today's Sports Weekly).
But, after the quote, it says the Cubs still aren't closing the door on this deal just yet. Chicago's CF, Felix Pie, is in on the trade talks, and so are a few minor leaguers, which is what the O's have been getting out of all these trades they've made so far. All of this was reported yesterday, I haven't heard anything else about it yet today, so, the trade is unlikely to happen, but there's still a slight chance.
Today, it has been said that the SF Giants are looking at the ChiSox 3B, Joe Crede. I'm not positive on who else is involved in the trade talks, but I think the Giants need to go after him, their 3B as of today is 36 year old Rich Aurilia, and hit just .252 last year, with 5 HR's, and 33 RBI's. Aurilia hasn't even played much third base in his 15-year career, and isn't even listed as a 3rd baseman, but sits at the very top of the Giants' depth chart as their 3rd baseman. I think this will be a great addition to the Giants lineup, SF has never really had a great 3B, Crede played just 47 games last year, and hit 4 HR's, 22 RBI's, and had a BA of .216 (very close to the Mendoza line), but when he's healthy he has a pretty solid bat. In 2006, Crede hit 30 HR's, 94 RBI's, and had a .283 BA, I'd say that's pretty damn good for a 3rd baseman, I'd take a healthy Crede over Aurilia anyday, wouldn't you???
More trade rumors on the way.