Manny, CC, Holliday among hot offseason topics
The baseball season ended Wednesday night, but it is far from over. Now comes the offseason, which is a misnomer. There is no offseason anymore. There are free-agent signings, trades, the winter meetings, etc.Here are 10 story lines to watch between now and spring training:
Teixeira is terrific, offensively and defensively. He could be a huge addition to any team, but not many teams are looking for a really expensive first baseman.
By all accounts, yes. The Padres are really bad right now; they need to do a four-for-one trade and attempt to move forward. Plus, getting rid of Peavy's huge contract will be important in the team's progress. Peavy has great stuff and loves to compete, but he is such a maximum-effort guy that he rarely throws more than seven innings (no complete games in his Cy Young season in 2007) and often reaches 100 pitches in the fifth inning.Peavy has a no-trade clause. He can choose where he wants to go. The Cardinals are an option, but they haven't shown significant interest. The Braves are an option, but they don't appear willing to trade their best young players. The Astros are an option, but there's a question about how much young talent they have available in trade. One way or another, Peavy will go.
Tim Kurkjian is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.