Friday, November 30, 2007

By Chuck Richter - Senior Editor

According to a Marlins source, Florida wants what the Angels have in a catcher (Jeff Mathis) who they're high on and a centerfielder (Reggie Willits). Even though he could still be a part of a packaged deal to Florida, it's worth noting that this source did not mention Howie Kendrick's name, but that they would be more interested in a young arm or two coming back in the package, or perhaps a third baseman, possibly Dallas McPherson? It's highly unlikely that the Angels would send Brandon Wood in this deal, especially if they're asked to part with a young pitcher along with Mathis & Willits such as Adenhart or Saunders.

The Marlins position prospects are a ways off but they're loaded with starting pitching prospects, 1 year or less away from the big leagues. The source said that while they want position players coming back in a Miguel Cabrera deal, they'll require at least one young arm in any deal for Miguel Cabrera.

Catcher Jeff Mathis who they covet, they'll get a good defensive catcher with some offensive upside that can work with the Marlins young up and coming arms.

In Miguel Cabrera's absence, Hanley Ramirez would move to the 3rd spot in the lineup counting on a good lead-off hitter who they currently don't have to get on base to potential create runs from the meat of their order in Dan Uggla, Hanley Ramirez, Jeremy Hermida and Mike Jacobs. Reggie Willits had a .390 on-base pct. and takes a lot of pitches, with the ability to steal 30-45 bases easily in a full season.

It's also worth noting that of all of the teams interested in Miguel Cabrera, none of them have both a young catcher & centerfielder that can start in 2008 to offer in the same deal.

Another thing according to this source, the Marlins would like to get a Cabrera trade done before Monday's winter meetings in Nashville as they would like to use that time to focus on other team needs. With owner Arte Moreno, Tony Reagins, Mike Scioscia and Preston Gomez in the Dominican Republic right now, just a short 2 hour plane ride south to Venezuela where Miguel Cabrera & Johan Santana reside in the offseason, there could be something to this.

As always, stay tuned....
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Anonymous said...

Yeah, the Marlins want Mathis and Willits IN ADDITION to Howie Kendrick. That's what all of the articles have claimed. I.E., Howie's the deal-breaker. No, Howie, no Miggy.

In fact, Jason Stark reported the other day that the Angels and Marlins have agreed on two players: Kendrick and Mathis. It's the other player or players that they are still haggling over.

So it seems Howie is gonzo, if we're to get Miggy. Kinda sad.

Dave Regan said...

Chuck - you're delusional if you think Florida is considering Jeff Mathis the centerpiece of this deal. Mathis, Willits, McPherson (they want him WHY?), and someone not named Wood or Adenhart won't get this done.

Chuck Richter said...

Dave, you're missing the point. Clearly either Howie Kendrick or Nick Adenhart along with Mathis and Willits will be included in the deal should it go through.

The point of the article was that only the Angels have what the Marlins really want in a starting young catcher and a leadoff hitting centerfielder.

The prize of the package will be either Kendrick or Adenhart obviously, but my source indicated that only the Angels have what the Marlins want in a starting young catcher and someone to fill the void in centerfield and leadoff spot.

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