Odds & Ends: Tigers, White Sox, Lannan, Looper

Monday night linkage..

  • The Tigers went from sellers to buyers this offseason, writes MLB.com's Jason Beck.
  • Hank Blalock's former teammates are surprised to see him still without a job, writes T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.  Earlier today we heard that the Rays and Marlins are thought to have interest in the 29-year-old.
  • Pitcher Cha Seung Baek tried out for the Mariners today, tweets Corey Brock of MLB.com.  Baek last pitched in the majors in 2008 and was released by San Diego in October of 2009.
  • Chuck Garfien of CSNChicago.com spoke to White Sox GM Ken Williams, who said that he nearly pulled off a deal that would have possibly given the club the best rotation in the history of the game.  Williams wouldn't name names, but Garfien believes that he was referring to Roy Halladay.
  • Nats pitcher John Lannan has decided to part ways with agent Andrew Mongelluzzi and latch on with Brodie Van Wagenen of Creative Artists Agency, according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com.  Lannan will be arbitration-eligible after the 2010 season and become a free agent after the 2013 campaign.
  • While the Dodgers remain in contact with Braden Looper's representation, the chances for a deal are slim as they cannot offer him a spot in the rotation or the salary he wants, writes MLB.com's Ken Gurnick.


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115 Comments on "Odds & Ends: Tigers, White Sox, Lannan, Looper"


5 years 6 months ago

I’ve noticed with the sox (Could be me wanting something to happen.) That there times when nothing happens. Times when a bunch of stuff happens minor rumors signings stuff like that. Then a big thing happens. Were in the minor rumors stage right now. Something tells me Kenny is going to pull something big here soon.

the_show
5 years 6 months ago

I tend to agree, Kenny seems antsy right now. I wanted Damon but I’m glad we didn’t pay 8 million for him, I rather park the money for now.

billmelton
5 years 6 months ago

I would not be at all surprised if KW gets Adam Dunn from the Nats as a DH come late May or June (do not, however, let him touch a glove under any circumstances).

the_show
5 years 6 months ago

I was thinking the same thing, my gut tells me Kenny hates our DH situation

Ferrariman
5 years 6 months ago

ozzie seems to love it…im beginning to think more and more that 05 was a fluke season.

5 years 6 months ago

a 99 win fluke? an 11-1 postseason record fluke? they’ve won the division since then and had a 90 win season in which they just missed the playoff cut. do you really want to call it a fluke?

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
5 years 6 months ago

Well game 2 of the ALCS was a fluke.

5 years 6 months ago

I don’t think it was a fluke. I just think like some players Ozzie needs a change of scenery. I say this all the time he’s like a quick burning candle. He burns bright real fast. But then he burns out.

Ricky Bones
5 years 6 months ago

Is Ferrariman the moniker of Tony Tag?

disgustedcubfan
5 years 6 months ago

I agree with you. How could he not hate the D.H. situation? Using late inning, defensive replacement players for your D.H. is not much of a plan.
Kenny will have a real D.H. before the team heads north in April.

disgustedcubfan
5 years 6 months ago

Dunn would be a dream come true for the White Sox as a D.H.
The problem is the Nats like him and want to resign him to a long term deal.
I’ll bet Washington would want 2 top line prospects and 1 major league ready, young pitcher in return.

billmelton
5 years 6 months ago

I think Dunn would be a great fit on the southside, but there are a lot of factors to review:
1. Will KW want to re-sign Konerko and/or AJ? That affects his willingness to trade Viciedo or Flowers and affects money he sees being potentially freed up. We know he has 6 million to use ( from Damon negotiations).

2. How does Sweaty Freddy hold up at the start of this year? If the answer is not so well, then we will see Hudson much quicker, and KW would not really want to part with him. If Freddy turns out OK, maybe he puts John Danks on the table. Other prospects I see being put out there are Rethorford and Morel -not world class but pretty solid middle infielders.

Hopefully we will see this played out in the friendly confines of reality TV, thanks to MLB network.

Hoosierdaddy92
5 years 6 months ago

While Dunn would be great in Chitown, I doubt that happens. KW and Ozzie have said they want to get younger and more athletic. Dunn is like a younger, Jim Thome with more power. I think the team is taking a new approach. I hope the White Sox send the farm for Adrian Gonzalez and I mean it. Fits the “athletic” type as a Gold Glover, can shift Paul Konerko to DH. That would be one hell of a lineup. Perhaps if Quentin or Jenks or both start off hot again this season, they can get a third team involved and make the trade cost less prospects. They can organize a three-team deal and land a lefthanded, gold-gloving 1b, power hitter and excellent protection for Konerko. Imagine how well he’d hit in US Cellular as opposed to With Pierzynski’s, Konerko’s, and I believe Linebrink’s contracts coming off the books next season, they can probably afford to extend him. Obviously they’d resign Konerko but maybe a little less money and years (I don’t think Reinsdorf will ever let him leave Chicago, the World Series ring guaranteed Konerko a lifetime contract IMO)

5 years 6 months ago

I don’t know, I bet Kenny takes a look at that .230 avg. and says, nope, he’s not our type of player.

billmelton
5 years 6 months ago

That may very well be true but my point is that the Chisox have a real deficiency here . I have very real qualms regarding LH power in this lineup. The Cell is designed to be a hitter’s park, and it’s befuddling as to why OG has his head in the sand here. I am hoping that KW cuts off the DH by committee experiment quickly. It would be a shame not to address this need when the Chisox have made a real effort to assemble a first class pitching staff.

The Twins have assembled a great lineup while the Chsox have assembled a great pitching staff. Like mirror images of each other…

danks50
5 years 6 months ago

Who knows as he’s completely unpredictable. The one thing I’m fairly sure of is that he is not content with this roster and its pretty obvious he knows forcing Andruw Jones & Mark Kotsay into a key offensive roles is not the way to build an elite team in the AL.

studio179
5 years 6 months ago

“The one thing I’m fairly sure of is that he is not content with this roster and its pretty obvious he knows forcing Andruw Jones & Mark Kotsay into a key offensive roles is not the way to build an elite team in the AL.”

Williams made those moves. If he did not think those were the moves to make for ‘key offensive roles’ then he would not have made them. If those were moves to be made for other moves, they did not happen. Basically, you are saying you do not like either signing. I can’t blame you.

dizzle4
5 years 6 months ago

It makes you wonder what the White Sox offered. To come up with a similar package to what the Phillies offered, it would be something like Beckham, Daniel Hudson and Tyler Flowers, which looking at their current roster, wouldn’t be gigantic losses in the sense that they have other players that can handle those positions. Interesting to think about.

billmelton
5 years 6 months ago

I think Beckham is untouchable right now, the others (and perhaps Johnny Danks too) I could see being moved.

Kenny-coulda, woulda, shoulda… again.

Taskmaster75
5 years 6 months ago

Probably be something like Danks/Floyd and Flowers plus some other dude.

bjsguess
5 years 6 months ago

Unless the package was for Halladay, Greinke and Lincecum I’m just not seeing how the White Sox could have assembled the best rotation in the history of baseball. Looking at their 2009 season they had exactly ZERO starters who posted an ERA under 3.75. It’s not like xFIP is any kinder to them.

The White Sox have a great shot at having 4 very solid starters. One of which could be outstanding (Peavy). Just not sure that Halladay or Lee or anyone else that might have been available would have somehow pushed this rotation to mythical heights.

gosox33
5 years 6 months ago

The sox had the 2nd best ERA as a staff last year in the American League. Williams didnt say it would have been the best of all time, he said it would have been the best in TEAM history. A rotation of Peavy, Halladay, Buehle, Danks and Flyod would have been right up there in White Sox history. Ah, to dream.

danks50
5 years 6 months ago

“Looking at their 2009 season they had exactly ZERO starters who posted an ERA under 3.75.”

Is that some sort of magic cut off number? I’m not sure why you don’t like the upside on our two young pitchers when Danks has posted 2 top 10 era season in the AL (5th in ’08) at the age of 24 and did so last year with lingering circulatory problems in the fingers of his throwing hand.

As for Floyd he was nothing less than stellar after a troubling start to the season. ’08 may have been reason to expect a fluke season however his K/9 rose to 7.6 while posting above average contact rates while improving his walk rate. Across the board he posted better peripherals and unless you are an outsider looking in it wasn’t hard to be impressed after his poor start as he flat out dominated oponents for the remainder of the season.

Also its funny you bring up FIP as despite it hammering Peavy almost every year and predicting a massive decline he has put up year after year of sub 3 era, and despite moving to a home run (not hitter friendly) ballpark its not a major concern when your a strikeout pitcher who doesn’t post extreme ground ball rates.

Finally Buehrle’s resume speaks for its self as despite possessing an inferior pitching arsenal he’ll work the zone while keep hitters off balance and possess the intangibles such as being an excellent defender at his position and neutralizing the run game that make him truly special. He is the image of consistency goes 200+ innings every year and a solid #2 on almost any team in the league.

There is ALOT to like on this staff especially coming off a year which the led the league in quality starts and posted the 2nd best era in the AL. They have subtracted Jose Contreras and added Jake Peavy. That’s a huge difference on a team that put up pretty good numbers last year and could conceivably post absolutely dominating numbers in 2010.

bjsguess
5 years 6 months ago

What did I say? “The White Sox have a great shot at having 4 very solid starters.” Everything you just mentioned is completely in line with what I said. I meant no disrespect to the White Sox (even though I am not nearly as high on them as you are).

We are talking about the best rotations EVER. In the past 20 years we have Glavine, Smoltz, and Maddux as a 1-3. Even in your wildest dream not ONE current White Sox pitcher is going to match what ANY of those guys put up. They weren’t just good, they were the best in the business at the time. You could make an argument that for a solid 5 year run they had 3 out of the best 5 pitchers in baseball. Conversely, I don’t know anyone who thinks the White Sox have even one of the best 5 pitchers in baseball on their current staff.

And that’s just in the past 20 years. Historically … well we could find some pretty amazing staffs.

danks50
5 years 6 months ago

Completely agree with the whole best rotation in history discussion but that wasn’t the point of my argument.

When you think about ‘solid’ staffs teams like the Rays, Rockies, Angels, etc come to mind. As you said maybe I’m a little bit higher on this staff than most but adding an ace to the top of that rotation gives our staff 4 stellar pitchers to run out on any given week. That group is potentially dominating and to me has a lot more upside & value than any of the aforementioned ‘solid starters’.

ryan_schutz
5 years 6 months ago

Why can’t LAD offer Looper (or Washburn) a spot? Kershaw, Billingsley, Kuroda, Padilla, McDonald? Elbert? Stults? $ is obviously an issue, though. as the cards and dodgers battle for a spot behind the phils in the NL, both lack a solid five deep rotation.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Maybe because Looper is hot garbage?

baseball52
5 years 6 months ago

The best rotation I’ve ever seen was Maddux/Glavine/Smoltz/Milwood/Avery, and this rotation even with Halladay wouldn’t have eclipsed that height.

0vercast
5 years 6 months ago

That is exactly what I was thinking when I read that. It’s not even close.

baseball52
5 years 6 months ago

Maddux was the best pitcher in the game at that time, arguably. Halladay could definitely finish behind Lincecum, Greinke, and Wainwright. Not to mention the rotation held 3 future Hall of Famers, and the Sox rotation has yet to yield one that’s totally evident like Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz are.

alphabet_soup5
5 years 6 months ago

Halladay > Lincecum

redlake
5 years 6 months ago

Koufax > Halladay

baconslayer09
5 years 6 months ago

Halladay is definitely better than Wainwright.

Ricky Bones
5 years 6 months ago

Based upon?

tman89544
5 years 6 months ago

Its more like maddux/glavine/smoltz/neagle/millwood in 98. Just nasty.

sunking1056
5 years 6 months ago

Yeh, the Sox would have had an excellent rotation but… That Braves rotation is one for the ages.

Triteon
5 years 6 months ago

No doubt. I hate to say it, but that ’86 Mets rotation was incredible as well. This thing with “best rotation in the history of the game” sounds like it’s coming from a 25 y.o. fantasy owner, not a major league GM.

tman89544
5 years 6 months ago

Its more like maddux/glavine/smoltz/neagle/millwood in 98. Just nasty.

baseball52
5 years 6 months ago

Let’s just leave it as any rotation with Maddux/Glavine/Smoltz in the 90’s.

tweet99
5 years 6 months ago

Would have should have but didn’t.. Just BS from Sox camp..

baconslayer09
5 years 6 months ago

Halladay, Peavy, Buehrle, Floyd/Danks, Garcia…

Definitely the best in baseball, but not of all time or anything.

I say Danks/Floyd because either one of those guys must have been included in the deal.

bjsguess
5 years 6 months ago

Best in baseball? Maybe. If every single thing that can go right does, in fact, go right.

5 years 6 months ago

I dont even know where to start. I am speechless after reading this comment.

baconslayer09
5 years 6 months ago

You’re talking about two aces, one of the best #2 starters in baseball followed by a good starter in Danks/Floyd and a serviceable 5th starter in Garcia.

I don’t know how that isn’t the best in baseball.

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
5 years 6 months ago

Seattle can give them a run for their money. And of course Boston has Lester, Beckett, and Lackey as their front 3.

baconslayer09
5 years 6 months ago

Are you seriously willing to compare Beckett vs. Halladay, Lackey vs. Peavy, and Lester vs. Buehrle?

Lester will probably be better than Buehrle, but the first two are a no contest.

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
5 years 6 months ago

I thought you were arguing about the current White Sox rotation being the best in baseball. That said, remember Peavy has yet to pitch a full season in the American League.

baconslayer09
5 years 6 months ago

And Seattle also lacks a decent back end of the rotation.

danks50
5 years 6 months ago

Seattle has an elite 1-2 punch and a bunch of question marks after, the depth isn’t even close and the best comparisons to the White Sox rotation would be the Yankees & Red Sox.

Ricky Bones
5 years 6 months ago

Peavy has to prove that he’s still an ace.

baconslayer09
5 years 6 months ago

He just needs to stay healthy. He doesn’t need to prove much. He’ll post a ERA around 3.5 and strike out 200 guys. That’s ace material.

Ricky Bones
5 years 6 months ago

I agree he doesn’t have to prove a ton, but he still needs to prove he can transition to the new league & let’s not discount the need to prove health. I’m confident he will be healthy, but you just never know.

5 years 6 months ago

I don’t think Garcia would be in the rotation.

baconslayer09
5 years 6 months ago

He’d have to be since Danks/Floyd would be in the deal. Would you rather have Hudson? Eh…

redsandyanksfan
5 years 6 months ago

are you forgetting the yankees with Cc Sabathia ,Aj burnett ,Andy and javier vasquez and joba-hughes? i would call that the best in baseball

0bsessions
5 years 6 months ago

An ace, two three/four pitchers and a pair of guys who’ve never proven capable of lasting much past the fifth? Not even the best in their division, much less best in baseball.

0bsessions
5 years 6 months ago

*That should read THREE three/four pitchers. Burnett and Vasquez are effectively 3 pitchers in the AL and Pettite is a borderline three/four at this point in his career. They have one of the best pitchers in the game as their ace, but their rotation is overall questionable beyond him.

Ricky Bones
5 years 6 months ago

The Brothers Vazquez, Andy & Javier.

gunger69
5 years 6 months ago

i wish looper will sign with the dodgers.

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
5 years 6 months ago

You’re a Giants fan right?

gunger69
5 years 6 months ago

so you’re telling me we cant give him a shot?

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
5 years 6 months ago

Depends. How much do you like your pitchers giving up an average of over 1 home run a game?

Ricky Bones
5 years 6 months ago

I enjoy watching Looper pitch b/c of that sadistic grin he maintains while on the mound. Ever notice that?

Taskmaster75
5 years 6 months ago

You know 14-7 looks good on paper, but a 5+ ERA does not 😛

Eric
5 years 6 months ago

A smart team looks at a pitchers strengths to find good fits. Looper has a career 48.3 GB%. He belongs on a defense first team (Seattle Mariners). It wouldn’t change the pitcher, but it would change the results. For example;

-Looper pitched for the 2008 Cardinals. (199IP and 4.16ERA)
-08 Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols 8.5UZR/150
-08 Cardinals 2B Adam Kennedy 21.8UZR/150
-08 Cardinals SS Cesar Izturis 11.3UZR/150
-08 Cardinals 3B Troy Glaus 5.0UZR/150

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
5 years 6 months ago

Are we forgetting about the 86 hrs he’s given up being a starter for the last 3 years…

Taskmaster75
5 years 6 months ago

39 homers last year. That’s an awful amount of them. I mean, He gave up almost 2h HR’s a game! How do you call that good? I mean, a good defense surely helps, but in reality, it probably wouldn’t have helped him that much. His WHIP was also his highest since 2000. This shows plenty of decline to me, and only on a very favorable situation would you sign him. The Dodgers do not have a spectacular infield defense. It’s not terrible, it just won’t meet Looper’s needs.

vtadave
5 years 6 months ago

34 games, 39 HR…a lot of HR, but “almost 2 HR’s a game”? Not so much.

Taskmaster75
5 years 6 months ago

According to Fangraphs, he allowed 1.8Hr/9 innings,

http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=526&position=P

redlake
5 years 6 months ago

we have better pitchers already

why spend the money? he’s not that good.

0vercast
5 years 6 months ago

….

Hoosierdaddy92
5 years 6 months ago

Anyone else think it may not have been Halladay? Maybe they tried to get in on the Cliff Lee three-way? What if the Sox offered Danks/Floyd to the Phillies with a 3b prospect like Brett Morel/Dayan Viciedo, and OF prospect like Jordan Danks? Very similar to what the Mariners offered?

Hoosierdaddy92
5 years 6 months ago

Lee, Peavy, Buerhle, Danks/Floyd, Garcia is pretty epic too.

5 years 6 months ago

Danks/Floyd??????!!!!! You mean Danks, Floyd and Garcia in the pen.

Hoosierdaddy92
5 years 6 months ago

I think one of them would have been traded in the deal. Considering the Phillies are in contend now mode, I think they would have wanted either Beckham, Flowers, or one of those two pitchers, major-league ready/proven players, and then 2 or so prospects. Considering KW has said Beckham and Flowers are pretty much untouchable, I think they would have had to include one of Danks or Floyd.

danks50
5 years 6 months ago

Explain to me how it makes sense to offer two talented pitchers under control for the next few years for a pitcher in Cliff Lee that is one year away from free agency and will command around 18+ million dollars once he hits the market.

Hoosierdaddy92
5 years 6 months ago

what i meant by danks/floyd was 1 of them would likely be in the deal considering the Phillies are in contend-now mode. As for the money, look at how much it cost philly to extend Halladay. Granted, Lee unlikely would sign an extension like Halladay did, but even so, do you think the White Sox could have afforded BOTH Halladay and Peavy making 20MM a year. I think this would have been a one year gamble, with the hope of being able to re-sign lee back, but if not they’d at least get the draft picks from him most likely being a Type A free agent next offseason in order to restock part of the farm.

Civilization
5 years 6 months ago

This is just Kenny Williams posturing… And it’s not a bad move. It’s getting people talking about the White Soxs and getting the fans excited for the season. If there was serious negotiations, the ones that continue for more then one phone call, Kenny would of at least offered up hints on who he was courting.

5 years 6 months ago

Really? Because the last GM who talked about a trade he didn’t pull was who?

jakec77
5 years 6 months ago

you know, it would have been a lot easier to take the Mets being less than aggressive all of season if they were just waiting to jump on bargains now… I bet a lot of fans would be a lot happier if the Mets will filling in the roster right now with the F Lopez, H Blalock, and K Caleros (as opposed to A Cora and F Tatis). Lopez, Blalock, Pagan, Matthews… that would have been a pretty strong bench.

johnsilver
5 years 6 months ago

Pretty much given up posting here and statements like Kenny Williams are why.. Just how can he even contemplate that he would have the top3 or 4 even in history when compared to the ’71 Orioles? Has that quartet he already has managed to each win 20 games 3+ times each already? Wow, I guess they are already piling up multiple Cy Young awards also, not to meantion be 20 game award winners each IN THE SAME SEASON like Dave McNally, Pat Dobson, Jim Palmer and Mike Cueller did also during the ’71 season. Sure that is just 4 deep, but before you even start talking about going 5, you got to beat (or come close) to those 4 20 game winners.

Wisen up Kenny…

danks50
5 years 6 months ago

C’mon we got the the O’s 1980 Cy Young Award winner Steve Stone in the announcers booth. Freddy goes down we plug in another Cy-Young arm into the rotation :)

5 years 6 months ago

Umm…the 1971 Orioles top 4 doesn’t even hold a candle to the 1997 Braves top 4 of Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz, and Neagle. Smoltz had the worst ERA+ of the Braves group at 138, while Palmer topped the Orioles at a mere 125. All 4 Braves starters finished in the top 10 in the NL in ERA+, while only Palmer cracked the top 10 in AL ERA+ in 1971. On top of that all of the Braves top 4 finished in the top 10 in the NL in IP, while Dave McNally badly missed the mark for the O’s.

UnfriendlyConfine
5 years 6 months ago

10 bucks Kenny Williams is just blowing smoke. The guy thinks he’s the smartest guy on the planet. I like a confident executive running a ballclub, but this guy acts as if he can make any trade and sign any player he wants to. What he said about Damon in the Sun-Times was just ridiculous. There’s no need to be sarcastic and put a guy down just because he chose not to sign with your club. And if he was talking about Halladay, what prospects was he going to give up to get him? I haven’t read too many articles praising the Sox farm system, which was already seriously depleted before Halladay was on the block. Get over yourself, Kenny.

invader3k
5 years 6 months ago

Looper not having signed yet is further evidence of how meaningless W-L records are for pitchers. 14 wins last season and he’s still unemployed.

susasskuash
5 years 6 months ago

Interesting that John Lannan picked up the same agent that Ryan Zimmerman has in Brodie Van Wagenen.

redlake
5 years 6 months ago

I’ll take Koufax (2.76 ERA) Drysdale (2.95 ERA) and Podres 3.68 ERA/clutch pitcher) over any of these guys.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Koufax is easily one of top 5 pitchers of all time.. Hell, good chance he might be 1-2.

lug
5 years 6 months ago

I really wish Kenny Williams would just keep his mouth shut on something like that. OK so let me think what could have been ok thanks. I think we should look forward to what we do have and not could of had. I mean if you watch the interview it mostly a lot of joking around and such and not a serious inteview at all. Kenny please keep your mouth shut on these things, you deserve what most people are saying on this board. Just continue to operate under the radar that is how you operate best. (As if he’ll read this)

derekbellstutu
5 years 6 months ago

How is it that Hank Blalock and Kiko Calero are still umemployed?

ashleysteen
5 years 6 months ago

I love halladay it really sucks that hes leaving the jays I wrote my own blog about it. I guess in a way its a good thing to get some new players, lets hope these prospects work out for our benefit!