Odds & Ends: Ortiz, Smoltz, Sandoval, Westmoreland

Some links to browse, as teams continue to make spring cuts….

  • Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe writes (via Twitter) that the Red Sox will not pick up David Ortiz's $12.5MM option for 2011 regardless of what he does this season.
  • Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas reports that the Rangers have kept in contact with Khalil Greene, even after voiding his contract last month, though assistant GM Thad Levine says "there were no overtures about coming back and playing."
  • Murray Chass interviewed John Smoltz about his future, and the result is an interesting read. "I don't know if I’m going to pitch, but I haven't ruled it out," Smoltz said. "I have a lot of options, and I don't want the options to rule me." Smoltz adds that he laughs at all the "rumors and speculation that’s out there." We won't take it personally.
  • In his ESPN Insider blog, Buster Olney expands on a couple tweets he made yesterday, about the Twins' closer situation and the possible appeal of Smoltz.
  • John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that the Giants haven't entered into any long-term contract negotiations with Pablo Sandoval yet, since he's still a couple years away from being arbitration-eligible.
  • Nationals GM Mike Rizzo says that "money has nothing to do with who's going to play and who's not going to play," according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. This stance is relevant not only for Stephen Strasburg's ETA in the majors, but also for determining Ian Desmond's role. Rizzo suggested that Desmond "is in the running to be an everyday guy."
  • Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland will undergo brain surgery, writes Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. Best of luck to Westmoreland.


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34 Comments on "Odds & Ends: Ortiz, Smoltz, Sandoval, Westmoreland"


Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Wow thats scary stuff. I hope Westy is okay. Best of luck to you Ryan Westmoreland!

bbxxj
5 years 5 months ago

I hate the Sox and wish them all the failure in the world, but a human life >>> anything baseball and I hope and pray that survives this ordeal and comes out better on the other end. Best wishes from a BoSox hater.

BaseballFan0707
5 years 5 months ago

What he said.

I hope it secures your long-term health, Ryan.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
5 years 5 months ago

Here’s hoping that Ryan Westmoreland’s health problem can be fixed. The baseball doesn’t even matter-just hope that his problem can be fixed.

If I’m the Giants, I think I’d be careful with any kind of long term contract with Sandoval. Yeah, it’s because of the weight issue. Big players like him sometimes have short careers. Will he? I hope not-he’s great fun to watch. Still, I’d be careful about tossing too much money around before I had to.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

I’d give him 5/19 right now. Assuming he can still hit no matter how much he weighs.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
5 years 5 months ago

That would be an okay deal. He probably goes for awhile before the weight becomes an issue.

Yankees10
5 years 5 months ago

Wow brain surgery is a scary thing, good luck to Ryan.

04Forever
5 years 5 months ago

the surgery is more of a preventative measure, he has a disease that has to do with his red blood cells and makes him more likely to suffer a vicious stroke. still, brain surgery is very dangerous, hopefully everything goes well for westmoreland

Deanezag
5 years 5 months ago

link to shyderblog.mlblogs.com

Well they said he suffered a seizure last week, so I’m not sure if its “preventative.”

04Forever
5 years 5 months ago

i said to prevent stroke.

5 years 5 months ago

Red Sox prospects always have the worst health issues:

First Lester with cancer, now Westmoreland is getting brain surgery? Christ, I’d be scared to be a Red Sox prospect.

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start_wearing_purple
5 years 5 months ago

Add Rizzo to that list… another cancer survivor.

ReverendBlack
5 years 5 months ago

“Nationals GM Mike Rizzo says that ‘money has nothing to do with who’s going to play and who’s not going to play,'”

Riiiight.

Alldaybaseball
5 years 5 months ago

Hope you will recover fully from brain surgery Ryan!

R_y_a_n
5 years 5 months ago

Goodluck to Ryan, that is scary.

RedSoxDynasty
5 years 5 months ago

Young kid having to go through this is scary. Best wishes and hope for a full recovery Ryan!

Yankeeboy11
5 years 5 months ago

Just seeing the word brain surgery gives me Goosebumps

5 years 5 months ago

Yeah, I don’t care how “minor” it is; brain surgery is always dangerous.

damnitsderek
5 years 5 months ago

Brain surgery? That was unexpected, to say the least. Best of luck to Ryan and hopefully everything goes well with the surgery.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Ryan’s gonna be fine, i have a feeling. He doesnt need luck, because god is watching over him. Just wish him a speedy recovery.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Ryan’s gonna be fine, i have a feeling. He doesnt need luck, because god is watching over him. Just wish him a speedy recovery.

swishasnkush
5 years 5 months ago

I have a feeling Ryan’s gonna be fine, god is watching over him. He doesnt need luck, he just needs a speedy recovery. Everything in surgery will go well.

swishasnkush
5 years 5 months ago

I have a feeling Ryan’s gonna be fine, god is watching over him. He doesnt need luck, he just needs a speedy recovery. Everything in surgery will go well.

ELPinchy
5 years 5 months ago

It is scary that the guy who breaks his clavicle running into a wall also happened to have a major brain issue that could have went off at anytime.

ELPinchy
5 years 5 months ago

It is scary that the guy who breaks his clavicle running into a wall also happened to have a major brain issue that could have went off at anytime.

5 years 5 months ago

Ortiz better have a good year this year. Not because of the option the Red Sox will surely turn down, but so he isn’t signing a minor league deal in late February next year.

ELPinchy
5 years 5 months ago

I think he is gone at the All star break. They won’t sit tight while he flounders again this year.

ELPinchy
5 years 5 months ago

I think he is gone at the All star break. They won’t sit tight while he flounders again this year.

5 years 5 months ago

Ortiz better have a good year this year. Not because of the option the Red Sox will surely turn down, but so he isn’t signing a minor league deal in late February next year.