Posted on: January 25, 2010 1:38 pm
Adam Rubin of the New York Daily News has the latest on the Mets:
Catcher - Omir Santos will start if they don't add anyone else. Henry Blanco would be the backup.
Pitching - could add another starter. John Smoltz, Ben Sheets and Jon Garland are options.
First - Carlos Delgado lacks ranger and ability to move to first so Fernando Tatis could return.
Centerfield - Gary Matthews may not start right off the bat. Angel Pagan could get a shot.
Posted on: December 10, 2009 1:13 pm
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. continued his aggressive pursuit of modestly priced pitching.
Amaro told the Philadelphia Inquirer the club is "making headway" in upgrades for the bullpen and rotation.
According to the report, the Phillies met with the agent for veteran RH John Smoltz but the team has not yet made an offer. Smoltz is opened to being a starter, late-inning reliever or both.
As for Scott Eyre and Chan Ho Park, Amaro said he may "move past them" if they can't get a deal done.
Posted on: December 10, 2009 1:06 pm
The Nationals need pitching and they'll leave the winter meetings continuing their search for an "innings-eater" for the rotation
The Washington Post reports the team has expressed preliminary interest in Jon Garland, Jarrod Washburn, Joel Piñeiro, Vicente Padilla, Jason Marquis and John Smoltz.
The team appears to have no primary target among the available starters and in the lucrative pitching free-agent market, the Nats will have to either A) pay a steep price or B) hang back and hope somebody falls to them.
Posted on: November 11, 2009 9:57 am
Posted on: August 19, 2009 12:36 pm
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that barring any unforseen issues, free agent pitcher John Smoltz will accept a Cardinals' offer to join the club as its fifth starter.
The Cardinals would be liable for only a pro-rated share of the major-league minimum, about $100,000; the Red Sox remains responsible for the balance.
In return, the Cardinals gain one of his generation's most experienced postseason arms, at least a temporary fill for their unsettled fifth starter role, and perhaps ultimately a valuable option to set up closer Ryan Franklin.
Posted on: August 18, 2009 2:27 pm
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , Cardinals GM John Mozeliak called the agent for free agent pitcher John Smoltz to convey what one official described as "very serious" interest in the 42-year-old righthander.
The Boston Red Sox released Smoltz, making the likely future Hall of Famer available to any club willing to play him a pro-rated share of the major-league minimum $410,000 salary. The Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers and the Florida Marlins are thought to be the leading contenders, with the Cardinals eyeing Smoltz as a possible answer for a nagging eighth-inning question.
Posted on: August 13, 2009 11:43 am
The Marlins are one of several teams that could make a move to land John Smoltz, according to Juan C. Rodriguezof the Sun-Sentinel . He has a good relationship with manager Fredi Gonzalez (from Atlanta days) and knows the National League "inside and out."
Smoltz has no intersted in pitching out of the bullpen and in the minor leagues.
Posted on: August 12, 2009 1:59 pm
As reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel .... Brewers GM Doug Melvin squashed speculation that J.J. Hardy was going through waivers and would be claimed by the Boston Red Sox, who need a shortstop.
Melvin said he's still on the lookout for a starting pitcher but didn't sound optimistic. Melvin said he had no interest in John Smoltz and Vincente Padilla.