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Trading Fielder could help Brewers acquire pitching 2009-01-09

Trading Fielder could help Brewers acquire pitching 2009-01-09
Now that he has signed free-agent closer Trevor Hoffman, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin must decide whether to add another reliever or stretch his budget for a starter such as free-agent right-hander Braden Looper.

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The Brewers' Melvin joked that he no longer can trade center fielder Mike Cameron, who turned out to be his best recruiter for Hoffman, his former Padres teammate.

Melvin will never say never, but the Yankees' interest in Cameron seems to be waning. Cameron is due $10 million next season, and the Yankees probably would not devote to him the $10 million they offered Andy Pettitte.

Instead, they could use some combination of Melky Cabrera, Brett Gardner and Johnny Damon in center field.

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The Mets are leaning "slightly" toward right-hander Derek Lowe over lefty Oliver Perez, according to a major-league source; they are almost certain to get one of them. The Phillies, Angels and Brewers are not seriously involved with Lowe, and the market for Perez looks even thinner. The Dodgers, Brewers and Braves do not appear interested. One GM believes that Scott Boras would prefer Lowe to join the Braves so that Perez would be assured of a place with the Mets ...

The Yankees would prefer to trade Xavier Nady rather than Nick Swisher for three reasons, according to a rival executive. Swisher is A) under control for four years and Nady only one, B) a switch-hitter while Nady is right-handed and C) a more versatile defender, playing all three outfield positions and first base. Nady does not play center ...

The Giants, one rival executive says, might be better off passing on Manny Ramirez and bidding next offseason on Matt Holliday. At that point, the team's young players would be further along in their development. Of course, the Red Sox might also pursue Holliday to replace Jason Bay ...

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Hoffman's 2008 season, Melvin says, was better than it appeared. Hoffman allowed more than one earned run in only three outings, and that his strikeout-to-walk ratio was 46-to-9. Hoffman's strikeout rate was his best since 2002, his groundball rate his best since '05 ...

Kenny Lofton did not play last season rather than accept a salary that he believed unfair for a player of his stature. Given the state of the market, a number of prominent veterans could make similar decisions. Among them: Garciaparra, Frank Thomas and Jim Edmonds ...

The Orioles have shown interest in signing Edmonds to play first base. Edmonds also would make sense in a center-field platoon with Ryan Spilborghs in Colorado, but the Rockies are probably out of money after acquiring right-hander Jason Marquis. Edmonds, 38, is 18 homers short of 400 ...

Free agent Dennys Reyes is attracting interest from the A's and Mets as well as the Dodgers and other clubs. The Tigers and Rangers also are looking for left-handed relievers; Will Ohman and Joe Beimel remain available.

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