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In which Cheat speculates about things unlikely to happen

...because we needed another thread in which Larry and Pete can take a screen stretching dump.

It's hard to tell fantasy from reality at Baseball's annual GM meetings, particularly this season. Among the name players who have supposedly being dangled for the right price are, Miguel Cabrera, Dontrelle Willis, Scott Kazmir, Danny Haren, Joe Blanton, Jason Bay, Coco Crisp, Johnny Damon and many more, I'm sure. A number of teams seem to be dangling their productive arbitration-eligible players in an attempt to get multiple unestablished pre-arb players in return.

I think they're just testing the waters more than anything.

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Phil Rogers gives some added insight into the proposed Crede-for-Damon swap which could have more players in the mix.

A Crede-for-Damon trade would hit the White Sox in the wallet, as Damon is due $13 million in 2008 and 2009. But the deal could be expanded to include some pitchers the Sox are making available--most likely Jon Garland (with the Yankees sending back another player or two) but possibly Jose Contreras or reliever Mike MacDougal. The Sox believe they are six-deep in starting pitchers (Jon Danks, Gavin Floyd, Mark Buehrle, Javier Vazquez, Garland and Contreras) and could use that pitching depth to try to fill holes in the outfield and at shortstop.
Of course, Rogers seems to think Damon is a center fielder, so the rest of what he says has to be digested with that fresh in mind.

It's hard to see how Garland fits in a deal with the Yankees, but not nearly as difficult as one involving Jose Conteras. What would the Yankees be willing to part with for a year Garland and Crede? Damon and ___? It's not like they have a SS they can give up. If Garland is going to be moved this off-season, the player in return needs to be a SS. There's not another player with whom the Sox are willing to part who can bring back a worthy up-the-middle position player.

And since I can't have a post about the Yankees without bringing up the name Ian Kennnedy... Ian Kennedy. There, I said it.