Olney On Damon, Thome, Ortiz

ESPN.com's Buster Olney wonders if the new Rangers ownership will make a splash and go after Ben Sheets, a known favorite of Nolan Ryan. Here are the rest of Olney's rumors:

  • Yankees GM Brian Cashman says the Yankees have not set any deadlines on their negotiations with Johnny Damon. Jon Heyman of SI.com reported yesterday that Damon had to make a decision within days, but that's not the case, according to the GM.
  • Olney doesn't think it makes sense for the White Sox to give Jim Thome a roster spot.
  • The Red Sox will look to replace David Ortiz if he struggles in the first half. They'll pursue a catcher and move Victor Martinez to DH if Big Papi starts this season as poorly as he started last season.


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35 Comments on "Olney On Damon, Thome, Ortiz"


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JB3
5 years 5 months ago

Could the Sox call up Expositio to take over the catching job?
link to soxprospects.com

Or would they go defense first with a Dusty Brown type?

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Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Possibly Ryan Doumit? If Papi struggles I think Doumit would be a nice fit for the Sox.

Michael Bowden – Ryan Doumit?
Manny Delcarmen – Ryan Doumit?

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alxn
5 years 5 months ago

I dont think Doumit would be any better than Martinez behind the plate. Would be better off going after a DH.

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04Forever
5 years 5 months ago

Russell Martin is interesting to me, but I dont think the teams could work out anything.

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andrewyf
5 years 5 months ago

Probably depends on how well Doumit’s doing. If he’s on his way to repeating last season, then yeah – the Red Sox could probably get him for Bowden + one of their low-level, low-ceilinged catching prospects like Fedoriwicz. But if he’s reproducing his ’07 or ’08 season, it’s going to take a hell of a lot more. Boston doesn’t have much leverage if they’re in a position of looking for a catcher.

But I doubt Olney’s correct on this one. Why move Martinez to DH, where he’s much less valuable? Why not put Lowell there? Or why not wait for Ortiz to bounce back like he did last year?

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Guest
5 years 5 months ago

“Why not put Lowell there?” < Good Point.

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yanksrdashit
5 years 5 months ago

Doumit will have a great year and establish himself as an all star this season. Your going to need alot to get him.

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yanksrdashit
5 years 5 months ago

I’m a yankee fan, but i dont think Doumit would be available, i’m telling you he’s special, and he’s going to have a great year and establish himself as an all star. Your going to need alot to get him.