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Crisp Talks Picking Up

Now that Crisp has said he would like to be traded if he does not get the starting job - which is likely - it is only a matter of time before he is traded. Jacoby Ellsbury is the center fielder and lead off hitter of the future and everybody knows it. Crisp's value is down right now after a poor postseason showing, so a good spring should get his value up to a solid point. As of right now, the A's, Rangers, and Twins are the only serious contenders. The Rangers and Red Sox were pretty serious during the offseason, according to one source, but talks fell through. Supposedly, the Rangers offered Gerald Laird for Crisp and the Red Sox wanted more. Now, they are reportedly talking to the A's about sending Crisp and a top prospect or two for Joe Blanton. Crisp would play center for one more year and it will give Chris Denorfia a chance to develop more. I think Crisp will find a home, but I doubt it will be in Oakland.

Cardinals forgive Weaver, put in call: The Cardinals are desperate for pitching and are calling on former Cardinals Jeff Weaver, who spurned the team to sign a one year deal with the Mariners. I doubt he can repeat the numbers he put with the Cardinals, but maybe he can help the bottom part of the rotation.

Reds close in on Fogg: The Reds and Josh Fogg are in the process of finalizing a contract. I do not think this will stop them for pursuing Joe Blanton, but maybe they will not go as hard for him.