Odds & Ends: Lee, Rockies, Orioles, Matthews

Some links for Saturday night as we take in some night games..

  • Yankees special assistant and former Padres GM Kevin Towers was at Petco Park tonight with Cliff Lee pitching, tweets Corey Brock of MLB.com.  However, Brock points out that Towers still lives in San Diego.
  • The Rockies have agreed to terms with 11 draft picks, according to Steve Foster of Inside The Rockies. Three of their top ten selections are now in the fold as well as 22nd round pick Mark Tracy, son of manager Jim Tracy.
  • Jon Heyman of SI (via Twitter) wonders aloud if Bobby Valentine will want to manage the O's if he's watching them play.
  • A major league source told Andy Martino of the New York Daily News that the Angels and Red Sox agreed to swap Mike Lowell for Gary Matthews Jr. last December.  However, the Angels changed their minds over concerns about Lowell's thumb.
  • After a breakout season in 2009, Wandy Rodriguez is struggling mightily in 2010, writes Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.   McTaggart writes that if Rodriguez is unable to rebound, the Astros may have to consider his future with the club after this season.
  • O's GM Andy MacPhail says that the club may not finish its managerial search before the end of this season, writes Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun.  Baltimore has interviewed Bobby Valentine and ex-Indians skipper Eric Wedge thus far.
  • Brandon Webb could be valuable trade bait for the D'Backs if he returns healthy, writes USA Today's Bob Nightengale.


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31 Comments on "Odds & Ends: Lee, Rockies, Orioles, Matthews"


5 years 1 month ago

I love the idea of Wedge taking over the O’s. He got an unfair rap in Cleveland. Get wedge in there now and just let all the kids play. Trade away Millwood, Guthrie, Tejada and Wiggington + release Atkins. Let guys like Moore, Salazar and Aubrey get at bats to see if they have any value.

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

By swapping GMJ and Lowell does he mean contracts too or both teams eating some salary of each contract?

I still would have liked the trade as an angels fan though.

5 years 1 month ago

considering the non-factor of Wood so far, and factoring in how Lowell could be far more productive in a starting role with the Angels, yeah, it’s a shame for the Angels.

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

On the bright side they did get the wonderous brian stokes and 1.5 million dollars off of that ridiculous contract

Taskmaster75
5 years 1 month ago

Wonder what the D-backs would want for Webb. Maybe just a low-level prospect plus taking on his entire salary? I could see the Cardinals (Well, them and 14 other teams I will admit) being interested in him to take over for Lohse if he can throw the ball over the plate without destroying his shoulder. I think a A-AA bullpen arm should be sufficient enough at this point.

However, should Webb be the Webb of old for 5 starts, his price will dramatically rise, so there is that to consider for the D-backs.

qudjy1
5 years 1 month ago

It comes down to how Webb comes back. If he throws a couple games, and is just OK, there wont be too much interest. I wonder if Webb is worth draft picks?

Zack23
5 years 1 month ago

Also wonder if it’s worth offering him arbitration, for fear of him accepting and getting 10m+ to rebuild his value

jdub220
5 years 1 month ago

If Sheets is worth 10MM, then so is Webb.

I don’t think he’s Type A nor B though, so it doesn’t really matter anyways…

jdub220
5 years 1 month ago

If Sheets is worth 10MM, then so is Webb.

I don’t think he’s Type A nor B though, so it doesn’t really matter anyways…

Zack23
5 years 1 month ago

Also wonder if it’s worth offering him arbitration, for fear of him accepting and getting 10m+ to rebuild his value

$3081341
5 years 1 month ago

Agreed qudjy1. Plus, I know a team back east that is in desperate need of some SP. I heard somewhere they loved their “baked beans”. Imagine cookin’ some “Baked Beans” on “Wood”. YUM!!!

$3081341
5 years 1 month ago

Agreed qudjy1. Plus, I know a team back east that is in desperate need of some SP. I heard somewhere they loved their “baked beans”. Imagine cookin’ some “Baked Beans” on “Wood”. YUM!!!

Dick Armada
5 years 1 month ago

Pretty sure he meant the Mets, not the Angels.

BoSoxSam
5 years 1 month ago

holy crap. GMJ for Lowell? Now -that- is called desperate, Theo.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
5 years 1 month ago

Just a hunch-Towers wasn’t there for Lee; he was scouting those fine Padres relievers.

5 years 1 month ago

He would not have to scout them. He knows them, he brought all of them into the Padres organization. Besides the Yanks and Padres dont really match up, the padres are rumored to want a young hitter for one of their top 3 relievers.

Zack23
5 years 1 month ago

Except you dont get young hitters for relief pitchers

5 years 1 month ago

Did not say they would. The point was that’s the current asking price (mainly dealing for Bell, Gergerson is not going to be moved). Closers with a year and a half left can net a promising hitter (see Lidge/Broune swap). The Padres are not going to move a piece of their pen unless it upgrades (significantly) either their outfield or SS.

bas_in_denmark
5 years 1 month ago

Josh Bell for George Sherrill never happened?

Zack23
5 years 1 month ago

Fine, replace “dont” with “very rarely”.
That is just 1 trade by the way.

bas_in_denmark
5 years 1 month ago

Okay, I still think you’re wrong. I think it happens pretty often.
Here are two more examples from last years trade deadline: Tony Pena for Brandon Allen and Cla Meredith for Oscar Salazar.

bas_in_denmark
5 years 1 month ago

Okay, I still think you’re wrong. I think it happens pretty often.
Here are two more examples from last years trade deadline: Tony Pena for Brandon Allen and Cla Meredith for Oscar Salazar.

bas_in_denmark
5 years 1 month ago

Josh Bell for George Sherrill never happened?

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
5 years 1 month ago

Well, he probably doesn’t need to scout Lee either.

If the Padres want a young hitter, they are going to have to wait until someone becomes desperate, and they should. They don’t really have to deal anyone if they don’t want to.

Rich_in_NJ
5 years 1 month ago

The Yankees aren’t trading Romine or Montero for Lee. It goes against Cash’s previously stated rule of not paying twice (in prospects and money), and they don’t really need him for this season.

Rich_in_NJ
5 years 1 month ago

The Yankees aren’t trading Romine or Montero for Lee. It goes against Cash’s previously stated rule of not paying twice (in prospects and money), and they don’t really need him for this season.

5 years 1 month ago

I would rather much sign Lee in the offseason. If the Yankees are to sign him in the offseason I’m guessing a 5 year $120 Million contract will do. He would get paid $24 Million a year.

Yankees420
5 years 1 month ago

Is this supposed to be sarcastic?

If not, then please tell me why Lee should be paid more than C.C.

5 years 1 month ago

I would rather much sign Lee in the offseason. If the Yankees are to sign him in the offseason I’m guessing a 5 year $120 Million contract will do. He would get paid $24 Million a year.

aap212
5 years 1 month ago

“Wonders aloud” is a much better term for what Jon Heyman does than “Journalism.”

aap212
5 years 1 month ago

“Wonders aloud” is a much better term for what Jon Heyman does than “Journalism.”