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.


34 Responses to Odds & Ends: Ortiz, Smoltz, Sandoval, Westmoreland Leave a Reply

  1. Guest 5 years ago

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

  2. bbxxj 5 years 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 ago

      What he said.

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

  3. mrsjohnmiltonrocks 5 years 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 ago

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

      • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 5 years ago

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

  4. Yankees10 5 years ago

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

  5. 04Forever 5 years 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

  6. 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.

    • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

      Add Rizzo to that list… another cancer survivor.

  7. ReverendBlack 5 years 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.

  8. Alldaybaseball 5 years ago

    Hope you will recover fully from brain surgery Ryan!

  9. R_y_a_n 5 years ago

    Goodluck to Ryan, that is scary.

  10. RedSoxDynasty 5 years ago

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

  11. Yankeeboy11 5 years ago

    Just seeing the word brain surgery gives me Goosebumps

  12. damnitsderek 5 years ago

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

  13. Guest 5 years 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.

  14. Guest 5 years 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.

  15. swishasnkush 5 years 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.

  16. swishasnkush 5 years 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.

  17. ELPinchy 5 years 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.

  18. ELPinchy 5 years 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.

  19. 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 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 ago

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

  20. 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.

  21. Steve_in_MA 5 years ago

    What Westmoreland has is called a cavernoma. Its not cancer. Its a leaky group of blood vessels, basically. While no brain surgery is simple, Westy is far more likely to make a full recovery than even Lester was. If all goes well, his baseball career is merely delayed a year.
    We at RedSox nation appreciate the backhanded prayers for his recovery; slaps and cheapshots at us are welcome, as long as you pray for Westy. We would certainly return the favor for your guys.

  22. Steve_in_MA 5 years ago

    What Westmoreland has is called a cavernoma. Its not cancer. Its a leaky group of blood vessels, basically. While no brain surgery is simple, Westy is far more likely to make a full recovery than even Lester was. If all goes well, his baseball career is merely delayed a year.
    We at RedSox nation appreciate the backhanded prayers for his recovery; slaps and cheapshots at us are welcome, as long as you pray for Westy. We would certainly return the favor for your guys.

  23. Steve_in_MA 5 years ago

    For those interested:

    PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — The Red Sox just released a statement saying that Ryan Westmoreland underwent successful surgery to remove a cavernous malformation in his brain today. The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Spetzler at the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.

    The procedure lasted five hours, and Westmoreland remains in the intensive care unit, but according to the press release from the Sox “has come through the surgery well.”

    The release also said that, “Due to the complexity of this surgery, Ryan will face a difficult period initially before beginning his recovery.”

    Credit to Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe Staff

    link to boston.com

  24. 0bsessions 5 years ago

    Wow. Stay classy, man.

  25. fdrnewdeal 5 years ago

    You’re kidding I hope- Darryl Kile died the day he was about to make a start so I suppose one can’t count on Starting pitchers- GMs shouldn’t overvalue them!!1!

    This kid was drafted a year ago and has shot up the prospect charts. The Red Sox valued him correctly- but in baseball like in real life, horrible things can happen.

    Hopefully the kid recovers and has a full long life. Westmoreland is insanely talented- Jim Callis recently wrote (prior to this) that he has Heyward type upside. It would be a great story if he is able to make it back to baseball sometime after 2010.

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