Olney On Santos, Trades, Sheffield

In today's blog post at ESPN.com, Buster Olney writes about White Sox pitcher Sergio Santos, who made the transition from being a flamed-out shortstop prospect to a hard throwing relief candidate. Santos was part of the Troy GlausOrlando Hudson swap back in 2005, but moved to the mound in 2008 after hitting .226/.268/.332 in over 1,500 Triple-A plate appearances. Santos is out of options, so he'll have to clear waivers to be sent to the minors. 

Here's some other hot stove topics Olney touched on…

  • Some baseball people said that conversations leading to trades haven't really started yet. "I'd say that'll happen in another week or so, like clockwork," said one scout. "Everybody wants to get a sense of their own team and their own needs, and who they're going to move, before they start talking trade."
  • Gary Sheffield did not want to settle for a pinch-hitting role, and the feeling was that he did not want to be sent to the minors. Olney doesn't think it would be a surprise if he waited until mid-season to sign, Pedro Martinez-style, but it also wouldn't be a surprise if he never played again. 


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12 Comments on "Olney On Santos, Trades, Sheffield"


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5 years 3 months ago

Gary Sheffield is dreaming if he thinks he’s going to get a starting OF job like he wants.

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sign2010
5 years 3 months ago

Someone will sign him. Teams get desperate. Players get hurt. That’s what he’s waiting for. He doesn’t have to play. Moneywise he’s set for life. I look around the leagues and there’s a lot of bad outfielders. Swisher, Damon, Abreu, Drew, Manny and on and on. Sheff can play the field as well as them. And he can hit.

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i miss brendan ryan's mustache
5 years 3 months ago

The same JD Drew that posted the 2nd highest UZR of all right fielders in 2009?

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sign2010
5 years 3 months ago

Someone will sign him. Teams get desperate. Players get hurt. That’s what he’s waiting for.He doesn’t have to play. I look around the leagues and there’s a lot of bad outfielders out there. Swisher, Damon, Abreu, Drew, Manny and on and on. Sheff can play defense as well as them. And he can hit.

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sign2010
5 years 3 months ago

Someone wil sign him. Teams get desperate. Players get hurt. That’s what he’s waiting for. And if you sign him you don’t have to give up another player. There’s a lot of bad outfielders out there. I’m sure he’s in better shape so he can play the field. And he can hit.

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sign2010
5 years 3 months ago

If Drew was the 2nd best rightfielder in all of baseball in ’09 then something is wrong with UZR.

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Rashidi
5 years 3 months ago

Or it just means he’s not among the worst.

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Rashidi
5 years 3 months ago

Or it just means he’s not among the worst.

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BentoBox
5 years 3 months ago

Just for the fun of it …
If you’re using UZR/150, JD Drew is the best right fielder with 15.7 UZR/150.

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sign2010
5 years 3 months ago

It’s harder to hit just being a DH. Mentally. That is what I have heard all DH’s say. To get the most out of a hitter it would be better to play the field some days and dh some days.