May 6, 2010
So far, two of the more active teams in early trade talks — the White Sox and Mariners. Both teams are calling around looking for offense.
The Houston Astros may be ready to start moving some of their veteran players, according to major-league sources. Switch-hitting first baseman Lance Berkman has caught the interest of the Chicago White Sox.
… Berkman is in the last year of a $14 million contract with an option year for 2011 or a $2 million buyout. Berkman has played the outfield and first base, but he’s viewed now as a first baseman. Houston mostly likely would want young players back in any for a veteran.
BTW, Berkman is be willing to waive his no-trade clause.
UPDATE: Olney via Twitter:
Rival execs think Oswalt and Berkman would have trade value–only if the Astros are prepared to take secondary prospects and eat a lot of $.
We’ve heard rumblings that the Royals started getting tire-kicking calls on the newly demoted Alex Gordon this week before he’d even played his first game in Omaha. But the Royals have told everyone who called that they have no interest in trading their onetime No. 1 phenom.
For one thing, Gordon is still just 26 — younger than David Freese or Will Venable. So if this guy were still in the big leagues, he’d be their second-youngest position player, behind only Billy Butler.
For another thing, the Royals have him under control through at least 2013. And by 2012, they project having Mike Moustakas at third, Eric Hosmer at first and Butler as their full-time DH. So if Gordon can adapt to playing left field, which figures to be his primary position at Omaha, he can still fit himself into their long-term puzzle.
Afterall, KC is Kenny’s favorite trading partner.
“I’ve been working to make my pre-pitch a little shorter so I feel like I’m on time and ready for every ball,” said Teahen, talking about his pre-pitch movement. “I’ve felt in between and uncomfortable. It’s a matter of getting the reps and trying to get that feel of being on time and ready to react to anything. I haven’t felt that way lately.”
Teahen has struggled more on grounders hit down the line, as opposed to his glove side.
“Just talking with [bench coach] Joey [Cora], I’ve been leaning toward the left on the pre-pitch so the balls hit to my right, it takes me a lot longer to get back in that direction,” Teahen said. “We are trying to get balanced and the pre-pitch smaller so it’s less room for error. I want to be on time and ready to move the other way.
“It still feels like my position, but I get ticked off when I’m not playing as well as I know I can. It’s just a matter of me getting the work in and hopefully it translates into the game, where I feel more comfortable.”