You Can Forget About Dontrelle Willis In Boston
Posted by Mike on December 4, 2008
It seems to be the week for shortstop roulette on the Hot Stove, and the latest is that the Pirates have sent Jack Wilson to the Tigers.
The teams had been in discussions for a while, but according to a person familiar with the deal, it is done. It’s unclear what the Pirates get in return.
In the past couple of days, the Padres dealt SS Khalil Greene to the Cardinals and the Giants appear to have signed SS Edgar Renteria. Free-agent SS Rafael Furcal sounds as if he’s about to sign with the Oakland A’s.
The Detroit Tigers were one of very few viable places the Red Sox could have shipped shortstop Julio Lugo too. Now with the St Louis Cardinals acquiring Khalil Greene earlier today, its looking very likely that Lugo will be back in Boston next season; much to the chagrin of most Red Sox fans. With Lugo taking home around $9 Million a season, the Sox would need to either eat a large portion of his salary, or swap him for another bad salary, and the Tigers presented the best match for them.
UPDATE: From the Post-Gazette.com:
12:46 p.m.: No one has informed Wilson or his agent, Page Odle, of any trade. This is significant because Wilson’s limited no-trade clause includes Detroit, and he would have to give his approval. No such approval has happened yet.
12:52 p.m.: Frank Coonelly, the Pirates’ president, denied that Wilson has been traded.
12:58 p.m.: This is what is known: The Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers continued talks regarding Wilson throughout the week, but Detroit re-emerged last night with a fresh offer, one that was enough to cause some buzz within the Pirates’ front office. That, apparently, has turned up the heat on both parties. One source a few minutes ago told me, “I know that the Dodgers are still players in this.” There still are no names on the Tigers’ side.