Odds & Ends: Upton, Jackson, Tigers, Lopez

Friday night linkage..

  • B.J. Upton and the Rays had their arbitration hearing today and the decision from that hearing is expected tomorrow, writes Bill Chastain of MLB.com.  Tampa Bay is offering $3MM while Upton wants $3.3MM.
  • Steve Gilbert of MLB.com tweets that there is still no movement in talks between the D-Backs and Edwin Jackson.  Jackson is seeking $6.25MM while Arizona is offering $4.6MM.
  • If the Tigers ink Johnny Damon, the club may look make a trade to free up their glut in the outfield, writes James Schmehl of MLive.comRyan Raburn and Clete Thomas could be shipped elsewhere in order to make room for Damon in the lineup.  Schmehl also writes that GM Dave Dombrowski may try to move Nate Robertson and Carlos Guillen, though their hefty contracts will be an impediment.
  • Phil Wood of MASNSports.com fails to understand the Nats' interest in pitcher Kris Benson.  The 35-year-old has not pitched a full season since 2006, when he posted a 4.82 ERA with 4.3 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9 for the Orioles.
  • Australian catcher Guy Edmonds has signed with the Texas Rangers, according to Christian Nicolussi of The Daily Telegraph.  Nicolussi writes that the 16-year-old has the potential to outperform the country's greatest baseball export, Dave Nilsson.
  • ESPN's Rob Neyer defends Tim Lincecum's signing of a two-year deal with the Giants.  Tiny Tim was seeking $13MM in arbitration with the club.
  • Rangers pitchers Omar Beltre and Alexi Ogando – banned for the past five years due to their involvement in a visa fraud scandal – have received their visas and are expected in Spring Training, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.  In total, the Rangers are expecting 56 players in camp.
  • On his website, MetsBlog.com founder Matthew Cerrone was asked by a reader if reporters in the mainstream media "make up" hot stove rumors.  While he says that this is not the case, the seriousness of talks between clubs are, at times, not communicated effectively.  Because of the strange nature of the baseball rumor mill, Cerrone says that he and Tim Dierkes provide an important service to fans by adding context to hot stove rumblings.


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35 Comments on "Odds & Ends: Upton, Jackson, Tigers, Lopez"


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Guest
5 years 4 months ago

“Cerrone says that he and Tim Dierkes provide an important service to fans by adding context to hot stove rumblings.”

Yeah, MLBTR is simply amazing. Don’t know what I’d do without it.

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dire straits
5 years 4 months ago

Amen to that!

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InTheKZone
5 years 4 months ago

The sad thing with Nilsson is he was having a very productive career when he left the MLB at 29.

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flumesalot
5 years 4 months ago

One of the most appreciative things about this site is that Tim and all of the other aggregators inform you when to take a rumor with a grain of salt. They don’t create the rumors, just pass them along… that in itself is cool, but what ROCKS is that they do a great job of sifting and tagging the BS when necessary. Thanks Guise!

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Guest
5 years 4 months ago

Yeah…Tim for president in 2016?

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SRT
5 years 4 months ago

Exactly. That’s why I feel this site is a daily must read for any baseball fan.

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Guest
5 years 4 months ago

It’s a site you should refresh every minute.

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bannister19
5 years 4 months ago

I don’t get why people are questioning teams who have interest in Kris Benson?

You have to understand when you sign Kris Benson, you get Anna in the package.

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Guest
5 years 4 months ago

they are two completely different people.

Kris Benson has not pitched well since ’04. The guy says he’s 100% healthy. If the Nats sign him to a Minor League Contract, there is nothing to worry about but I certainly hope they do sign him to a Minors deal.

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R_y_a_n
5 years 4 months ago

Intersted to see this Guy Edmonds guy play. Always fun to see a player come from overseas, especially from somewhere where baseball really isn’t that popular.

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aussieyankee
5 years 4 months ago

Hey mate im from Australia and actually play against this kid. He’s nothing flash defensively, but has a great bat and was recently named the number 1 junior catcher in the world. Still, cant see him performing over there yet.. maybe as he gets older

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Guest
5 years 4 months ago

Hey mate im from Australia and I actually play in the same comp as this kid. He’s nothing flash defensively, but has a great bat. He was recently named the worlds number 1 junior catcher, however i dont see him doing too much in the states just yet.. maybe as he gets older he’ll get better