Tag:Randy Johnson
Posted on: April 25, 2009 2:02 pm
Edited on: April 25, 2009 3:05 pm

Odds And Ends: Sanchez, Strasburg, Big Unit

Links for Saturday...

Posted on: March 17, 2009 9:52 am

Will Randy Johnson Pitch To Age 50?

Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times talked to Giants starter Randy Johnson, who is 45 years old.  The Big Unit doesn't seem ready to hang up his spikes after reaching 300 wins:

"Who's to say that I can't pitch just because I'm 50 years old?  If I'm 48 years old and I'm still throwing 93 [mph] and still winning 10 or 12 games and still having fun and still being competitive, why would age matter? I'll retire when I feel like the fire had gone out of my belly. But I still have that fire and that will to compete. That's why I went through those back surgeries."

If Johnson comes anywhere close to his stellar '08 performance, he'll continue to find work easily.  Jamie Moyer got a two-year deal at age 46.  Johnson does have a minor Spring Training injury, described by Bruce Bochy as "a tiny touch of biceps soreness."

Posted on: February 1, 2009 10:53 am
Edited on: February 1, 2009 11:14 am

Cafardo's Latest: Players Out Of Options

Lots of stuff in Nick Cafardo's column in the Boston Globe to go over.

With around 100 free agents vying for less than 20 remaining roster spots, things become more interesting with 227 players on big-league rosters who are out of options. If a player is out of options and is not rostered, he has to either be traded or designated for assignment. If designated, that player has to clear waivers. This could affect remaining free agent signings. Cafardo makes note of a few who are out of options and may wind up as trade fodder or designated for assignment before the season begins:

Red Sox: George Kottaras
Yankees: Melky Cabrera
Cubs: Chad Gaudin, Rich Hill (possibly heading to Baltimore?)
Brewers: Tony Gwynn Jr.
Indians: Anthony Reyes, Andy Marte
Twins: Boof Bonser, Philip Humber
Rays: Jeff Niemann
Orioles: David Pauley

  • With Jason Varitek re-signed, the Red Sox will either have to trade catcher Kottaras or designate him for assignment.
  • Cafardo notes Niemann is a former No. 1 pick and the righthander should garner some attention.
  • Bonser or Humber could be traded to land a reliever. Cafardo also mentions Delmon Young as a possible trading chip.

A few more bullets from Cafardo's notebook:

  • Scott Boras thinks the World Baseball Classic will showcase Ivan Rodriguez and generate "even more" interest for the 14-time All-Star catcher.
  • Cafardo mentioned Manny Ramirez to Omar Minaya and Minaya laughed it off saying, "We'll look into adding some offense, but only if it makes sense."
  • All quiet on the Jake Peavy front.
  • Cafardo calls Randy Johnson's $8MM deal from the Giants as "a stroke of genius" by his agents.
  • In case you missed it, Bobby Kielty signed a minor-league deal with the Mets last week.
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 20, 2009 10:12 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2009 10:33 pm
Posted on: December 27, 2008 7:58 pm
Edited on: December 27, 2008 8:16 pm

Giants Will Listen To Proposals Involving Sanchez

Now that the San Francisco Giants have lefty veteran Randy Johnson locked up, they are willing to listen to offers involving Jonathan Sanchez. Chris Haft of MLB.com asked Giants general manager Brian Sabean about the possibility after signing Johnson.

From Haft:

"We're going to have to be open-minded," Sabean said, although he repeated that he wouldn't obtain a player who's eligible for free agency after 2009.

The Giants have been listed as one of the teams who might be a good trade partner with the New York Yankees for a corner outfielder, in particular Xavier Nady, but he doesn't meet Sabean's requirement regarding free agency. Nady's contract ends after the '09 season.

Posted on: December 27, 2008 12:43 pm
Edited on: December 27, 2008 1:35 pm

Odds And Ends: Otsuka, Orioles, Johnson

I'll keep this updated as more comes in, but for now these are your Saturday links...

  • Patrick Newman found that Akinori Otsuka will work out in front of reps from all MLB teams next month. Apparently Padres GM Kevin Towers is interested if Otsuka's healthy.
  • Roch Kubatko knows there's pitching talent coming from the minors, but he doesn't love the current Orioles rotation and expects them to add two more starters.
  • The difference between 69 and 72 in 2009 wins isn't worth much to the Orioles, Peter Schmuck writes.
  • The Red Sox move on after missing out on Mark Teixeira.
  • Eric Wedge doesn't seem bothered by the Yankees' big acquisitions.
  • Vernon Wells knows how hard it will be to compete now that former-teammate A.J. Burnett's in pinstripes along with a couple other big names.
  • Keith Law says the Randy Johnson signing moves the Giants "toward 2009 respectability, if not outright contention."
  • Vlae Kershner doesn't like the possibility of Garret Anderson on the A's.
  • Bleed Cubbie Blue argues that Adam Dunn's patience-power combination would work well for the Cubs. Last week Dunn said he thinks so too.
  • Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi revealed his favorite meal and dream date in a Q&A with the Sporting News.
Posted on: December 26, 2008 9:48 pm
Edited on: December 27, 2008 12:05 am

Giants Sign Randy Johnson

The Giants have signed Randy Johnson to a one year deal, the team announced in a press release. Andrew Baggarly and Ken Rosenthal were both right on this one.

MLB.com's Chris Haft heard from a baseball source that the deal guarantees the Big Unit $8MM in 2009 and includes performance bonuses that could reach $2.5MM and award bonuses that could reach another $2.5MM.  The AP agrees.

Johnson joins fellow-Cy Young Award winners Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito in a San Francisco rotation that also includes Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez.  It's hard not to like the signing for the Giants; R.J. Anderson considers it a steal.

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