Thursday’s Hot Stove Recap – Is Omar Gearing Up For Santana?

It really feels like things are starting to heat up and move at a faster pace as we get closer to the Winter Meetings.

This week was especially busy, and here are some of the latest rumors and transactions over the last 48 hours.

It didn’t take long for the Milwaukee Brewers to replace Johnny Estrada. Today they agreed to terms with free agent catcher, Jason Kendall on a one year deal with an option for 2009.

Jason Stark from ESPN had some interesting things to say about the trade winds. He believes the Twins are once again sniffing around for trade offers for Johan Santana. Last week the Twins had made him an offer to stay, but no word on where it went from there. Anyhow, he thinks the Mets are going to offer something along the lines of Mike Pelfrey, Carlos Gomez and Fernando Martinez for Santana. It sounds like a ton, but really it’s all unproven talent for the best pitcher in the game.

He also believes that the Orioles are fielding offers for Erik Bedard. Hmm, I wouldn’t mind shaking that tree to see what falls out…

Torii Hunter is becoming a hot commodity, and now has offers from at least five different teams. Among the one’s known to be interested are the White Sox, Royals (fat chance), Rangers, Dodgers, and Nationals.

I think David Eckstein is pricing himself out of the market. The latest news is he might go back to the Angels, but I think the Angels will ultimately get Miguel Tejada.

Our old friend Kaz Matsui, may soon be playing in the friendly confines of Wrigley Field. Rumor has it that the Cubs have offered him a three-year deal and are awaiting his response.

Look for our next Hot Stove Recap on Sunday. We will continue to post them about three times a week throughout the off season. Stick with us and you won’t miss a beat!

Happy Turkey Day!

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