The deadline to tender a contract to arbitration-eligible players is at midnight. Right now, I am keeping my eyes on one player -- Daniel Cabrera -- and checking to see if he will be offered a contract, arbitration, or be sent on his way out..
Almost every fan of the Orioles has had their thoughts on Daniel, and considering his *potential* and physical gifts, he's not been able to put it all together. At this point, I'd say it's 50/50 on Cabrera staying. Despite all the negatives one could put on him, he is an innings eater, and when he's focused -- he pitches like an ace. Also, he has been for the most part reliable heathwise -- until the last month of the season in '08.
However, has his time ran out?
Personally, as much as I get frustrated with him, I don't see anyone else on the horizon who can come in and give the Orioles the innings. I say offer him a contract, and see if he accepts the terms. If not, let him walk.
The show is hosted by Jim Hunter, Roch Kubatko and Phil Wood. I can surmise that they will discuss what has gone on during the Winter Meetings with Washington and Baltimore; furthermore, what both teams are planning to do until Spring Training.
A report on ESPN.com and FOXSports.com on this afternoon said the Phillies have agreed to a three-year contract with Raul Ibanez, pending his passing a physical examination. The contract, the report said, is believed to be worth $30 million.
A fair deal for a man who has driven 100 runs in for the past three years; however, do you give a contract like that to man on the wrong side of thirty and is being relied upon pretty much everyday in left field.
His offense is good, but let's see how his body holds up.