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 1:06 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: May 20, 2009 5:42 pm
It's time for a new Ken Rosenthal column. He's cranking these out daily now?
Posted on: March 31, 2009 12:11 pm
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.
Posted on: February 27, 2009 9:32 pm
A few links on a slow Friday night:
Posted on: February 11, 2009 2:20 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2009 8:55 pm
Links for Wednesday...
Posted on: January 30, 2009 10:22 am
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
The latest from Ken Rosenthal...
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