Odds & Ends: Lowe, Tigers, Halladay, Capps

Links for Monday…

  • MLB.com's Mark Bowman says the Braves made it known they were willing to eat $9MM of the $45MM owed to Derek Lowe over the next three years, but found no takers.
  • MLB.com's Jason Beck talked to Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski, who said nothing has changed in terms of using Scott Sizemore as the second baseman.  Beck points out that if the Tigers wanted a veteran at the position they probably would've offered Placido Polanco arbitration.
  • Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik told Murray Chass they he expressed interest in Roy Halladay a couple of times, before the trade deadline and at the Winter Meetings.  It sounds like Halladay's no-trade clause was an obstacle.
  • Chico Harlan of the Washington Post has a Q&A with new Nationals reliever Matt Capps, who agreed to a one-year, $3.5MM deal on Christmas Eve.  MLB.com's Bill Ladson tweets that Capps' physical is scheduled for Tuesday.
  • Baseball America's Jim Callis gives us a couple of prospect "All-Bust" teams for the 2000s.
  • MLB.com's Todd Zolecki notes that the Phillies have a minor league offer out to Scott Eyre.
  • MLB.com's Mark Sheldon talked to Reds GM Walt Jocketty, who will be looking at minor league deal possibilities.  Sheldon indicated that the Reds' interest in Noah Lowry is now less than minimal.
  • MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan fills us in on the Rangers' offseason plans and potential targets in his mailbag.
  • Mike Axisa of River Ave. Blues would like to see the Yankees buy low on Oakland's Travis Buck.  Buck made our list of right field trade candidates back in November.

20 Responses to Odds & Ends: Lowe, Tigers, Halladay, Capps Leave a Reply

  1. whitesoxfan424 6 years ago

    Oh, Joe Borchard… owner of the longest homerun in White Sox History… 504 ft, yikes

  2. I wonder why Halladay wouldn’t want to work with Felix??

    • yankeesfanaticfrom94 6 years ago

      they said he wanted to play in more of a larger market and he wanted to practice in spring training in florida so he could be with his family.

    • satoshii 6 years ago

      He doesn’t want to be the #2 in the rotation…….

    • TwinsVet 6 years ago

      Because he’d also be working with 23 other less-than-desirable players who he wasn’t convinced could be contenders?

    • philliesgirl2203 6 years ago

      cause he wants to play for a team who wins and that the phillies he gets to teach cole hamels

  3. Guest 6 years ago

    I wouldnt’ be too upset if i’m a mariners fan. Cliff Lee and Felix are pretty darn good.

  4. Guest 6 years ago


  5. pitching in safeco field would have been much better than pitching in a box like citizen bank park.

  6. I think it’s smart of Dave Dombrowski to go with the youngster. You might not know what you’ll get from Sizemore, but you do know what you’ll get from Hudson–a mediocre bat, declining glove, and player who lost his job to Ronnie Belliard. I’ll take the uncertainty of a good prospect over projectable mediocrity.

  7. MLBrainmaker 6 years ago

    That Travis Buck articles was crap! RivAveBlues, have you ever seen Buck play? He’s a self-proclaimed slap hitter, and certainly doesn’t have “pop” potential. I love stat monkey’s talk baseball, and have no clue about how the guy actually plays the game…

    • Suzysman 6 years ago

      “He’s a self-proclaimed slap hitter, and certainly doesn’t have “pop” potential”A “slap hitter” with a career 40% FB rate, nearly 1:1 GB/FB, league-average swing percentage, league average contact percentage, 180 ISO, and who has seen about 41% of his hits going for extra bases? Now I’ve heard everything…

  8. bucs_lose_again 6 years ago

    The fact that the Pirates had no one on either of Callis’ “All-Bust” teams is downright astounding to me, considering the boneheaded drafts that Littlefield assembled.

  9. bjsguess 6 years ago

    Shocking – the Braves will have to eat more than $9m just to move the guy (forget about talent coming back). I said it before and I’ll say it again, until Lowe’s price tag drops down into the $10m/year range the Braves won’t be able to move him.

    It’s funny. I thought there was supposed to be this great market for Lowe once Lackey was signed. Turns out there isn’t. Nobody but Braves fans thought the two were remotely similar. Lowe is a back of the rotation starter now for any decent AL team.

  10. IloveWa 6 years ago

    It would be crazy if it came down to Lee vs Halladay in the 2010 world series!!!!! Go Mariners!!!!!!!!!! Doubt it, It would be amazing if the Phillies even got to the WS for 3 straight years.

    • PhilliesPhan34 6 years ago

      Maybe I’m just biased but they have a good shot. Theyre team should be even better this year

    • PhilliesPhan34 6 years ago

      Maybe I’m just biased but they have a good shot. Theyre team should be even better this year

  11. $9million worth of eating obviously wasn’t enough for Lowe. The Braves would probably had to eat more the 1/2 of the $45million remaining.

  12. Yea Man i think M’s vs Philz WS 2010 and i also may be a bit biased but we are a bit of a better team with polanco and halladay, and our upgraded bench, but we still need to upgrade our pen and rotation a bit maybe sheets in the rotation and some other dude in the pen

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