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Posted by Mike on November 17, 2008

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Per Peter Gammons:

Brad Penny, who is working hard to get himself back into top condition, will do fine in free agency, assuming some risk. But clubs such as St. Louis, Boston, Texas, Toronto and others appreciate that Penny was 16-4 in 2007 and is in a market in which a number of clubs — including the Astros — have already let Mike Hampton know they have sincere interest in him. Because October is traditionally the month for power pitching, Ben Sheets, Burnett, Lowe and Penny are all potential postseason winners, so they’re good options for teams looking to make a playoff push.

The Rangers are setting a high bar for any of their catchers in a trade. The Tigers found the asking price on Gerald Laird too high, and Boston wouldn’t part with either Clay Buchholz or two out of the Justin Masterson/Nick Hagadone/Michael Bowden trio for Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Nolan Ryan is intrigued by Kerry Wood, but to afford Wood, the Rangers would have to deal Hank Blalock.

Sabathia more likely impacts the Dodgers-Ramirez negotiations more than the Angels-Teixeira talks, although Boston’s jumping in early on Teixeira is a story line that right now is hard to follow. The Braves might say they cannot include Jeff Locke and one or two other prospects to fill out the Jake Peavy deal, but what will it cost them to get in on A.J. Burnett or Lowe? That could play out for a long time

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