Tag:Jon Garland
Posted on: January 25, 2010 1:38 pm

Mets roundup

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 1:06 pm

Nationals search for pitching

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: May 20, 2009 5:42 pm

Rosenthal On Atkins, Red Sox, Webb

It's time for a new Ken Rosenthal column.  He's cranking these out daily now?

  • Add Rosenthal to the list of columnists who don't understand why the Mets don't just use Daniel Murphy at first base.
  • The Rockies have kicked around a Garrett Atkins for Mark DeRosa swap, but it doesn't work from the Cleveland side.  Rosenthal likes the Brewers and Mets as possible fits for DeRo.
  • If the Red Sox are to trade Clay Buchholz or Michael Bowden, they'd want an elite hitter under similar team control (for example, Justin Smoak or Brett Wallace).  Players aren't eligible to be traded until a year after signing, anyway.
  • Given his injury situation, Rosenthal does not see Brandon Webb as a viable trade candidate this summer.  More likely, a Jon Garland deal.
  • Rosenthal sees Joe Beimel as a trade chip for Washington if he starts pitching decently.
Posted on: March 31, 2009 12:11 pm

Garland Hopes To Stay With Arizona

On January 29th, the Diamondbacks signed starter Jon Garland to a one-year deal with a mutual option.  Garland will earn $6.25MM in '09 and the team is not permitted to offer Garland arbitration after the season if he's a Type A free agent.  There's a mutual option for $10MM for 2010.  It's a $2.5MM buyout if the club declines and a $1MM buyout if Garland declines.

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic recently talked to Garland, who doesn't want to worry about the option:

"I'd love for the team to get off to a good start.  I feel I'm fitting in pretty good with the team. I hope they see that. And maybe midway through the season we could tack on a year or two and maybe get something done. I truly hope I never see that option come into play."

Garland was surprised he wasn't able to land a bigger deal, even coming off a 4.90 ERA.  His thoughts on that:

"I'm not going to say my true feelings about some of the stuff that went on, because I definitely feel there were some things going on. But it definitely wasn't the funnest year to be a free agent, I can tell you that."

Is he hinting at collusion?  At any rate, Garland blamed his off 2008 on too many bad pitches, switching back and forth between catchers, and trying to do too much in a contract year.  Garland is in a contract year again and has to work with both Chris Snyder and Miguel Montero, so hopefully he can limit the bad pitches.

Category: MLB
Posted on: February 27, 2009 9:32 pm

Odds and Ends

A few links on a slow Friday night:

Posted on: February 11, 2009 2:20 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2009 8:55 pm

Odds and Ends: Garland, Lindstrom, Angels

Links for Wednesday...

Posted on: January 30, 2009 10:22 am

Big Unit Vs. Garland

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic explains that the Diamondbacks' Randy Johnson vs. Jon Garland decision was not as clear-cut as many (myself included) made it out to be.

Piecoro walks through Arizona's timeline.  At one point in November, they expected to receive (and budgeted for) first-round picks as compensation for Adam Dunn, Orlando Hudson, and Juan Cruz.  They wisely changed their minds on Dunn on December 1st, and the Hudson/Cruz market has developed slowly.  Along the way, several million dollars were added to the team's starting pitcher budget.

Still, Piecoro guesses that the Diamondbacks preferred Garland to Johnson and didn't want Johnson back that badly.

Posted on: January 29, 2009 10:15 am
Edited on: January 29, 2009 10:20 am

Rosenthal On Abreu, Garland, Glavine, Sisco

The latest from Ken Rosenthal...

  • The Mariners and Giants are interested in Bobby Abreu, if the price is right.  Yesterday Buster Olney suggested that Abreu is willing to take a one-year deal.  The A's and Nationals have other targets, while the Mets, White Sox, and Braves are seen as long shots.
  • Rosenthal examines the nuances of Jon Garland's December 7th decision to reject arbitration, saying that it wasn't an obvious mistake at the time.
  • Tom Glavine's agent Gregg Clifton did not attend yesterday's meeting with Frank Wren; it was a health update and not a contract negotiation.  Rosenthal says Glavine figures to seek a Freddy Garcia-like deal.  The Braves need to save money to add an outfielder, with Nick Swisher atop their list.  The Yankees' goal in moving Swisher or Xavier Nady would be to recoup prospects.
  • The Brewers are not interested in projects such as Kris Benson, Jason Jennings, Mark Redman, and Victor Zambrano.  They're just lukewarm on Mark Mulder.  Benson is drawing interest from the Dodgers, Rangers, and Cardinals; one exec reviewed his audition as "so-so."
  • Rosenthal doesn't seem to buy the idea that Jason Varitek and Scott Boras feared the Red Sox could cut him if he accepted arbitration, noting that Boras client Travis Lee was advised to accept years ago.
  • The Braves have reservations about re-signing Andruw Jones, who could be a Spring Training cut.
  • The A's deal for Russ Springer will be worth more than $3MM plus incentives.  They're also eyeing Brian Shouse and Andrew Sisco as possible pen additions.  Sisco, recovering from Tommy John, has also auditioned for the Rockies and Giants.
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