12/12/08 8:55 PM EST
Spin forward: Market set, now what?
Yanks grab two prize pitchers, may have unfinished business
By John Schlegel / MLB.com
For one thing, Pettitte would seem to make the most sense for the Yankees, so that question should be answered soon -- the last time Brian Cashman flew to see a guy about a contract, it worked out, at least. Some reports out of the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas indicated the Yankees wouldn't take both Burnett and Lowe, and Sheets has other suitors more inclined to go more years -- most prominently, the Rangers.There remain a lot of starters on the market, including younger guys with long resumes like Brad Penny, Jon Garland and Oliver Perez, and older ones with much longer resumes like Randy Johnson and John Smoltz. You can get a Randy Wolf or a Carl Pavano, too. Lowe is kind of the wild card right now. Being third in line among free-agent starters, he can't be unhappy with the numbers being posted so far. But if it's not the Yankees and it's not the Dodgers, and the Phillies really aren't as interested as people first thought this week ... who?
The Brewers are looking at losing not only Sabathia but also Sheets, though a Lowe pursuit didn't sound promising in Las Vegas. How about the Braves? Probably not. They still need a starter, with Tim Hudson out until at least August, but with Javier Vazquez in and the big prize out, they're probably aiming lower now.But perhaps now the Braves can be re-engaged in talks regarding Padres ace Jake Peavy, who hails from Alabama and at one point about a month ago was reported to be headed there. But the Braves are said to have taken shortstop Yunel Escobar off the table, so it will have to be a different conversation if the Padres call again. Even if the Braves don't go after Peavy, there's a sense the market might expand on him after the drama surrounding the Cubs trade talks, so keep another ace on the list. Just look at him as a 27-year-old Cy Young Award winner who can be had for $63 million over four years, along with a few players to be sent to the Padres. The Angels seem to be looking at that. And, you know, the Yankees inquired about Peavy again as recently as this week ...
John Schlegel is an executive editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.