Odds & Ends: Cantu, Lowry, Nationals, Braves

Some links for Wednesday night…

  • The Marlins have no interest in trading Jorge Cantu to save money, even if they don't trade Dan Uggla before the season, tweets Clark Spencer of The Miami Herald. Yesterday we heard the team may "start taking calls" about Cantu if they can't unload Uggla. 
  • Dylan Hernandez of The Los Angeles Times says that the Dodgers are among the 14 teams that have asked for Noah Lowry's medical records according to his agent Damon Lara. We first heard of their interest in the lefty way back in early December.
  • Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said he is still looking for starting pitching and to improve his team's defense, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson
  • MLB.com's Mark Bowman says that Braves' team president John Schuerholz indicated the team's payroll "won't be diminished at all." Bowman's rough estimate has the team's 2010 payroll at about $87MM after they spent roughly $95MM in 2009.
  • MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports (via Twitter) that the Brewers have outrighted pitcher Omar Aguilar to Triple-A, however assistant GM Gord Ash said the team has no move in the works to the fill the vacated 40-man roster spot according to Tom Haudricourt of The Journal Sentinel (again, via Twitter).
  • In response to a fan on Twitter, C.J. Wilson tweets that the Rangers have never offered him a long-term deal.
  • Andrew Baggarly of The Mercury News says there's a chance Juan Uribe could be the Giants' starting third baseman, shifting Mark DeRosa to the outfield. He adds that the team plans to make more moves, however their lack of pitching depth will make it tough to swing a trade. 
  • Alex Speier of WEEI.com examines how the recent moves by the Red Sox impact their payroll with regard to the luxury tax.
  • The Diamondbacks have released minor league righthander Tony Barnette so he can pursue opportunities in Japan, according to MLB.com's Steve Gilbert (via Twitter).


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59 Comments on "Odds & Ends: Cantu, Lowry, Nationals, Braves"


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rainyperez
5 years 6 months ago

Wait the Giants have lack of pitching depth?

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55saveslives
5 years 6 months ago

Of major league ready starters…Madison Bumgarner probably should start the season in AAA but will most likely be the #5. If they traded Sanchez, Joe Martinez or Kelvin Pucetas would have to step up forcing Madison to the #4. Not a good idea IMO. Giants would have to sign a FA to be #4.

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Alldaybaseball
5 years 6 months ago

rainypere, they do because they don’t have any “pitchers” after Cain, Lincecum, Sanchez, and Zito.

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danberlinger
5 years 6 months ago

All I gotta say to this is that Lincecum is great, Cain is Good and Sanchez and Zito both Suck. The best pitcher from the old A’s staff by the numbers is Hudson, granted he didnt have the 20 win season, but He has been the most consistant

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hawkny
5 years 6 months ago

Oh, as if we fans really care about the Sox’ luxury tax. If that is what it takes to produce a winner then so be it. I mean, the Red Sox organization charges fans for tickets at or near the top of the “expensive” list. It is nor un American to want to win…and win now!!

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BoSoxSam
5 years 6 months ago

Hey, but I think if they are only a couple mm over the tax, it would make sense to figure out those few trades to get under it. If they were 20-25 million over, obviously they’re not going to try to cut it down that much. Next year for example, they may go considerably over if they actually win the bidding for any of the major FAs…

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5 years 6 months ago

The Giants have a great starting staff and bullpen, and are lucky that they have a young talent like Bumgarner to fill the #5 slot. The issue is that they don’t have a lot of options beyond their 25-man roster. If one of them goes down, they’re short on options, thus making Sanchez that much more of an immovable piece right now.

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BoSoxSam
5 years 6 months ago

Depth typically means the #6, #7, or #8 starters that they need for injury insurance. So, I know nothing about the giants…how are they doing in that regard?

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5 years 6 months ago

Well, the Giants’ 1-4 rotation of Lincecum, Zito, Cain, and Sanchez has been set pretty much since the 2009 All-Star Break, right after Sanchez’s no-hitter. After Randy Johnson went to the DL, the Giants saw Ryan Sadowski, Joe Martinez, and Brad Penny in the 5-spot. Joe Martinez is better suited to a long-reliever role, Brad Penny went to the Cardinals through free agency, and Ryan Sadowski went to… uh, Korea.

Martinez and the Big Sadowski were both stop-gaps at best… Started decently, but rarely finished six innings, and got lit up a number of times. And given the Giants’ offensive woes, it was tough to win on these days. Kevin Pucetas did decently in AAA in 2009 (10-6, 5.04 ERA, 159 IP, 96 SO, 1.41 WHIP… You get the idea), but whether or not he can cut it at the major league level is unclear.

Other than that, you have Bumgarner, who was the top pitching prospect in the minors last year, pretty much. 20 years old, 2 years in the minors at advanced A and AA where he absolutely manhandled the competition (career 27-5, 1.65 ERA, 8.4 K/9, 0.974 WHIP), but his fastball velocity was down at the end of last season. Despite this, he handled his first major league start and 3 relief appearance decently well.

So the Giants have Pucetas, Martinez, and Bumgarner, pretty much, and they wanted to start Bumgarner at AAA this season, but he’s looking like our #5 right now.

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daveinexile
5 years 5 months ago

They are really bare in #6-8 starters’ spots. Madison should be in AAA , in my opinion, but the Giants have Martinez and then the team is looking at the likes of Pucetas, Sosa (hope he heals back up in time) and maybe Criag Clark ( he threw the regular season in high A and was on the AA post season roster). Sadowski is out of the organization. Not exactly a lot of high probability of good enough things happening there by June to make it at the MLB level.

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Alldaybaseball
5 years 5 months ago

Do you think Madison will be starting the years with the Giants or does he need more seasoning?

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5 years 5 months ago

From what I understand, he is going into ST as the presumptive fifth starter. If they sign a fifth starter on the cheap (probably not someone even of Jon Garland quality), he’ll probably start the season in AAA, but might replace Joe Martinez after a month or two as their long reliever. This would be to add some left-handed depth to the bullpen and ease the strain on Jeremy Affeldt, who they’ll want well-rested down the stretch.

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55legend
5 years 6 months ago

he should’ve elaborated better when he said giants’ pitching lacks depth. That sounds like a general statement so it had me at wtf. From back to back cy young winner Lincecum to Jeremy Affeldt who was the best game holder off the bullpen and sergio romo was also dominant. Then there’s our closer wilson who brought down his era by 2 whole points. Now, I’m assuming he’s talking about the #5 pitcher. But the only two runs bumgardner allowed were homers on a windy night. He should be the #5 guy. Stay with the youth movement, and get laroche. I dun care wat the la-douche thinks about sf wall dimensions. He’ll lose 7 homers, a few rbis, but money talks and when you’re playing on a winning team you’ll lose sight of rigging your own stats for the sake of the team.

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5 years 6 months ago

My concern about Bumgarner is that he hasn’t thrown more than 140 innings in his two seasons in the minors. I think he could be ready for a starting role at the major league level, but I don’t want to hurt his arm, and if I hear anyone mention “Madison Rules” I swear to God I’m going to punch them in the mouth.

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dire straits
5 years 6 months ago

Romo is sick! Nastiest slider i’ve seen