Odds & Ends: White Sox, Mets, Millwood, Marquis

Another round of links…

  • According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, the entire White Sox coaching staff, including hitting coach Greg Walker, pitching coach Don Cooper, bench coach Joey Cora and first base coach Harold Baines, received contract extensions Wednesday afternoon that will keep them all with the club through 2011.
  • The Dallas Morning News' Tom Cowlishaw believes Kevin Millwood's $12 million option for 2010, which vested Monday, is a fine deal.  "If you're general manager Jon Daniels or team president Nolan Ryan or manager Ron Washington and you're going to be judged next season by how much your team lives up to this overhyped notion that 2010 is the Rangers' year," Cowlishaw writes, "you need Kevin Millwood on that wall."
  • According to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat (via Twitter), Cubs players didn't find out about Milton Bradley's apology until his statement was released to the media Wednesday afternoon.  That certainly won't help the level of perceived sincerity.
  • Chip Bailey of the Houston Chronicle takes an early look at the Astros' plans for the upcoming offseason.  We're not expecting big things.
    Troy Renck of the Denver Post gathered a reaction Wednesday from Jason Marquis on Jeff Francoeur's assumption that the free agent right-hander "would love to" pitch for the Mets in 2010.  “I hope there are a lot of teams that want a guy that can win 15 games and work 200 innings,” Marquis said.
  • As Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports, manager Jerry Manuel acknowledged Wednesday that the Mets need to add a reliable veteran catcher this offseason.  If not, they'll head into the 2010 season with Omir Santos and Josh Thole as their Opening Day backstops.

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