Odds & Ends: Lincecum, Cashman, Orioles, Wang

Links for Tuesday…

  • Tim Lincecum passed his physical according to Henry Schulman of The San Francisco Chronicle (via Twitter). Presumably his two-year, $23MM deal is official now.
  • Yankees' GM Brian Cashman sat down for an interview with NoMaas.org. He discussed what went into some of their decision making this offseason, among other things.
  • Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun projected the Orioles' Opening Day roster. 
  • Chien-Ming Wang has already passed his physical with the Nationals, reports Chico Harlan of The Washington Post. Given the righty's recent shoulder surgery, it was far from a formality.  
  • Joe Torre tells Mike Francesa of WFAN that the Dodgers are on the lookout for a fifth starter (audio here). Torre says the Dodgers could find that starter within their organization. He also says he and the Doders are talking about adding a year onto his contract, which expires after this season.
  • Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos told Batter's Box that the Blue Jays will draft the best players available this June. Anthopoulos also said the Jays will be open to dealing from their pitching depth.
  • MLB.com's Doug Miller shows that baseball's executives are getting younger as owners take a business-first approach to winning.
  • Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune says he'd be willing to guarantee Joe Mauer eight or ten years if that's what it takes to keep the catcher in Minnesota, despite the fact that Mauer would almost certainly be playing another position by the end of a contract that long. 
  • Padres GM Jed Hoyer tells MLB.com's Corey Brock that he's pleased with his first offseason as a GM and the process that the Padres used this winter.
  • Giants officials believe "the day is coming when legions of talented hitters will follow" Pablo Sandoval's path to the majors, according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News.
  • ESPN.com's Buster Olney says Felipe Lopez would be a "great, great fit" for the Mets. 


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73 Comments on "Odds & Ends: Lincecum, Cashman, Orioles, Wang"


Guest
5 years 4 months ago

Joe C is concern trolling with that article. “Oh, we have to lock up Mauer, but it’s not a good idea — except it’s a good idea — except it’s not a good idea…” He’s setting himself up to say “I told you so” no matter what. Give me LENIII any day.

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Guest
5 years 4 months ago

I don’t think that there is any need to put Joe Mauer at another position. If he plays like 120 games at catcher and 30 games at DH towards the end of his contract, it should be fine.

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CosaOne
5 years 4 months ago

I think the issue is that if he signs a 10 year deal, he will be 37 at the end and its alot(maybe wishful thinking) to ask a catcher in his late 30’s to catch 120 games consistently without breaking downing healthwise or offensively. More likely he will have to move over to 3rd base but his bat is tremendous and will stay play at that position.

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FooDew
5 years 4 months ago

I think Joe C is saying that with the financial limitations of the Twins the team won’t be as good with Mauer in 8 years as he’d be taking up 20% of the payroll, possibly playing a less important position. But there’ll be a riot in Minneapolis if he isn’t extended, and as the face of the franchise and a once in a generation player he’s an exception.

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rockiesfan_303
5 years 4 months ago

Felipe Lopez is a perfect fit for Tampa for sure. I really hope they make the move.

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bbxxj
5 years 4 months ago

Isn’t Lopez just a worse, more expensive version of Zobrist? The Rays probably have the most MI depth in the entire MLB so I’m not really seeing the fit here.

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melonis_rex
5 years 4 months ago

Yeah, unless they plan to trade one of their middle infielders, I can’t see how Lopez fits in with the Rays.

They have Zobrist, Bartlett, Brignac, and Rodriguez and Aybar as a utility player. That’s an insane list.

Cubs makes a lot of sense.

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UnfriendlyConfine
5 years 4 months ago

Lopez wouldn’t be bad for the Cubs, if the price is right. Hendry kinda hamstrung ’em with that stupid Grabow deal. I would’ve rather the Cubs gone after Hudson, but if Lopez doesn’t mind signing for VERY cheap, cool. Lopez would at least be better than a possible platoon of Mike Fontenot and Jeff Baker.

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Guest
5 years 4 months ago

Agreed, or the Padres. Cubs?

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markjsunz
5 years 4 months ago

Tampa traded away a veteran second baseman to either give the job to zobrist which will open an outfield spot for one of there touted youngsters, or give the second base job to one of there touted youngsters. Tampa probably would not be looking to giving Lopez a payday.

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sackseph
5 years 4 months ago

The Giants Lineup is filled with old washed up hitters Yuck.

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humbb
5 years 4 months ago

Kinda like last year. But the Yanks picked up one, while the Mets passed. Only Posey, Ishikawa and Schierholz represent the youth movement currently, as far as semi-regulars go. They could be in the mix if they can average about a half run more than last year per game. Not sure if the offseason moves will accomplish that.

At least the Giants have a pitching staff filled with young up’n comers.

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5 years 4 months ago

Uh.

And Sandoval?

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humbb
5 years 4 months ago

Well, I hope the Panda is considered more than a semi-regular this year. But point well taken.

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rainyperez
5 years 4 months ago

I’m pretty optimistic about Thomas Neal who I have been following very closely since the beginning of last season. If he can sustain his power numbers in AA and eventually AAA he will be a force to be reckon with when he is brought up. Thing is outfield is filled to the point where the Giants will have to start thinking of letting guys go like Velez and Lewis. I still have hope for Bowker and Nate. Both need to figure out the down and in pitch. I have higher hopes for Bowker because of his power potential.

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RedbirdRuffian
5 years 4 months ago

No question that Lopez is a good fit for the Mets, but they have to do somthing with the incumbent and apparently no one wants to take on the contract. Another good fit for the Mets, and likeley at a bargain is Perkins of Minnesota. Has one option left, had some very good moments in the last couple of years before getting injured, and then passed by two other lefties in the organization (Duensing and rehabbing Liriano). Someone is going to get a good young middle of the rotation lefty if Perkins proves in spring training he has recovered from his shoulder problem. When not pitching injured he was solid, and Citibank is a good fit for him…

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Drew
5 years 4 months ago

I’m all for unloading Perkins for something of value. A fourth OF that can cover CF is a thought. The Twins are in a mode right now where I’m not sure that just getting a couple low level prospects for him is the right move. Our Major League club is young. We’ll be working with basically this core of players for at least 2-4 years. Unless we can get a AAA 2B/SS who can be ready for the big show in a year or two, I’d rather end up with someone who can produce immediately.

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0vercast
5 years 4 months ago

A 4th OF with some speed would be a good swap, for the Twins that is.

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humbb
5 years 4 months ago

“When not pitching injured he was solid, and Citibank is a good fit for him…”

I’m sure that’s what convinced Jason Bay to sign … free checking and no ATM fees (with direct deposit, of course).

So tell me Omar, was it the free toaster that clinched it?

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TwinsVet
5 years 4 months ago

You don’t want Perkins. Trust me.

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gwells
5 years 4 months ago

I think the Mets would be a horrible place for Flopez.

When things go poorly for a team, he quits on it. As evidenced by his play in Washington. If he had been on the Mets last season, he would not have played as well as he did. He does not handle adversity well.

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crewfan85
5 years 4 months ago

He did bat .320 for the Brewers last year after his trade from Arizona. I dont know if you remember, but they had the worst pitching in the NL, and tanked after the All-Star break.