Carlos Delgado, who I’ve always found to be one of the more likable players in the game (he sure has a million-dollar smile), is headed for Flushing, and last night the Phillies sent Jim Thome to the White Sox in exchange for Aaron Rowand and other things. The Yankees had been interested in Chicago’s center fielder, and according to Newsday and the Daily News, may now try and work a deal out with the Phillies for their 29-year old part-time center fielder, Jason Michaels.
Brian Giles remains a possibility as well. It appears that he will not be able to work something out with the Padres after all. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports:
The likelihood of Brian Giles returning to the Padres next season took a severe hit yesterday when the club rejected a three-year proposal that the right fielder’s agent said was “significantly less” than what Giles can get elsewhere.
“We’re going to go forward with the assumption that the Padres and Brian are not able to make a deal,” agent Joe Bick said. “We’ve been holding off moving in a different direction in hopes of getting something done with the Padres, but there’s no reason to believe that’s going to happen.”
…”We felt that if we had made this sort of financial commitment to Giles, it would really not allow us to do much else,” [GM, Kevin] Towers said. “We have several areas we need to address. I understand their position, but I do not see us ever meeting that offer. We don’t want to put all of our eggs in one basket.
“I don’t want to say Giles is a goner. Right now, we’re going to look at other places. I’m sure they will as well. But at the dollars right now, I don’t see us going there.”
The Yankees, Cardinals and Cubs are just three teams that are likely to go there.
Regardless, or irregardless as they sometimes like to say in the Bronx, best wishes to all for a safe, satiating and soporific Holidaze afternoon.