FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal shares several hot stove items in his weekly “Full Count” video…
- Ex-Padres skipper Bud Black is well-liked by Angels owner Arte Moreno, manager Mike Scioscia and interim GM Bill Stoneman, and there has been “rampant” industry speculation that the Halos want Black as their next full-time general manager. Several of Black’s friends, however, think he wants to manage again rather than run a front office.
- Prior to Jerry Dipoto’s resignation, the Angels and Brewers were discussing Gerardo Parra and Adam Lind in trade talks. No deal was ever close for Parra, however, and “ideally” the Angels want to add a bigger bat to the lineup. Parra entered the day with a strong .303/.337/.466 line over 271 PA with Milwaukee, though he is known more for his defense than his bat (a .274/.326/.395 career slash line prior to this season).
- Rosenthal describes Jeff Samardzija as “a perfect fit” for the Yankees. Samardzija’s wife is from the New York area, Jim Hendry (the former Cubs GM who signed Samardzija) is in the Yankees front office, and Rosenthal feels the righty’s personality would thrive in the Bronx. Acquiring Samardzija now would also presumably give the Yankees an edge in pursuing him as a free agent this winter. This being said, Rosenthal notes that the White Sox haven’t decided to start selling yet and there haven’t been any talks between the two sides.
- The Dodgers are looking for starting pitching depth and “don’t be surprised if they add multiple starters.” Brett Anderson‘s long injury history makes him a question mark to last the entire season, while Mike Bolsinger and Carlos Frias are better fits as depth options rather than regular members of the rotation (though Bolsinger has pitched well). Even getting a mid-rotation starter would help L.A., though “in a perfect world” the Dodgers would land an ace like Johnny Cueto.