Odds & Ends: Padres, Young, Diamondbacks, Yankees

Some links on the night Atlanta became the NL's first 50-win team…

  • Dan Hayes of The North County Times says (via Twitter) the international market has been slow for the Padres, and he doesn't expect any "major splashes." San Diego did sign Duanel Jones for $900K back in January.
  • Meanwhile, AOL FanHouse's Tom Krasovic sheds some light on the insurance on Chris Young's contract. The Padres' righty will earn $6.25MM this year, though he made just one start before a shoulder issue forced him to the disabled list.
  • MLB.com's Jason Beck and Alex DiFilippo report that the Tigers have signed their sixth through eight round draft picks. 
  • The Diamondbacks have signed 16-year-old Venezuelan center fielder Yorman Garcia to a six-figure bonus, reports Baseball America's Ben Badler.
  • ESPN's Buster Olney says that the Yankees are currently focusing on adding a veteran player who can play third base and provide some power (Twitter links). Alex Rodriguez has been dealing with an on-and-off hip issue all season.
  • Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com tweets that it is possible the Red Sox will pursue Chris Snyder after the season, though he doesn't think they'll go after him before the deadline.
  • MLB.com's Peter Gammons tells us what to watch out for in the second half of the season, specifically with regards to the trade deadline and August 16th draft signing deadline.
  • MASNSports.com's Ben Goessling reports that the Nationals have adjusted their plan to manage Stephen Strasburg's innings this season. The phenom will now remain on a regular schedule and be shut down when the time comes in September.
  • The Athletics have called up righthander Ross Wolf according to a team press release. Oakland acquired Ross from the Orioles in exchange for Jake Fox late last month.


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22 Comments on "Odds & Ends: Padres, Young, Diamondbacks, Yankees"


5 years 1 month ago

I’m trying to think of Yankees who would fit the criteria:1. Veteran2. Can play 3B3. Power Hittingand also i’m going to assume the following conditions:4. Is not on a team that is buying(Optional) 5. Can also play some OF as we don’t really have a true 5th OFCan anyone think of any?Maybe Jose Bautista? It’d be a significant overpay though.

Yankeeboy11
5 years 1 month ago

IDk Ty Wigginton? Can play 1b/2b/3b o.o

Yankees420
5 years 1 month ago

He’s been horribly cold since mid May.

5 years 1 month ago

what about Edwin Encarnacion? Power hitter…plays 3rd…..and a semi-veteran lol…plus wouldnt take alot to get him.

YanksFanSince78
5 years 1 month ago

He’s such a butcher at 3B. In about 40 games he’s got almost as many errors (7) as HRS (10).

YanksFanSince78
5 years 1 month ago

I think the Yanks should look at the following options:

Johhny Peralta-Indians- Can play SS and 3B. Is a FA at the end of the season. Not having a great power year but has hit over 20+ hrs a year in the past and currently has about 20+ dbls and 5 hrs.

Juan Uribe-Giants- Can play 3B, SS and 2B and hit for power. He’s also a FA next year.

Jorge Cantu-Marlins-Can play 3B and 2B. Has power. Made $6 mil in arb last year so the Marlins might want to dump him. He can also DH for the Yanks on days when Arod, Cano and Posada are playing the field.

Miguel Tejada-Orioles-Can play 3B and SS. Having an off year this year but I think he’s the best veteran bat available and I think playing for a WS run this late in his career might bring out the best of him. He’s a FA at the end of the year as well.

5 years 1 month ago

I disagree, we don’t need a backup middle infielder as much as we need a backup 3B/Corner OFer

I would take Bautista, Encarnacion, or Wigginton ANY DAY over the guys you mentioned here.

Also, why would the Giants sell Uribe? makes no sense.

cubs223425
5 years 1 month ago

You would take Encarnacion, who no one wants, over Cantu or Tejada, who are both more capable on both sides of the game? That’s kind of weird.

5 years 1 month ago

He would cost much less than Cantu would. I’d probably Tejada over him though, I’m sorry.

YanksFanSince78
5 years 1 month ago

Is it me or shouldn’t Cano get a day off here and there so he’s not worn out down the road? He’s been in a little slump over the last 2 weeks or so.

cubs223425
5 years 1 month ago

He definitely should. He’s out of the HR Derby because of minor back things, I suppose, but I would bet that’s more of an excuse than a reason.

cubs223425
5 years 1 month ago

I wonder if the Cubs could sucker the Yankees into taking Aramis Ramirez if they paid a chunk of the 2011 salary. He’s getting better, can play some decent 3B, and has power. He’d kill it in that park, too, and he’d be a great DH when A-Roider can play.

malcolmec
5 years 1 month ago

Don’t forget, anyone who can hit a pop up to right field in that little wiffle ball stadium you’ve got there has the potential to hit 20 or 30 homers.

YanksFanSince78
5 years 1 month ago

I disagree, we don’t need a backup middle infielder as much as we need a backup 3B/Corner OFer

I would take Bautista, Encarnacion, or Wigginton ANY DAY over the guys you mentioned here.

Also, why would the Giants sell Uribe? makes no sense.
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All of the players mentioned can play 3B and hit for power which was the main criteria mentioned by Buster Olney. One who can also play a 2nd or 3rd IF position is simply another plus. Besides, there aren’t a whole lot of 3B/Corner OF out their aside from Mark Derosa and Casey Blake who are both playing on contenders and are owed more years and $$$$$ than any of the guys I mentioned.
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I wonder if the Cubs could sucker the Yankees into taking Aramis Ramirez if they paid a chunk of the 2011 salary. He’s getting better, can play some decent 3B, and has power. He’d kill it in that park, too, and he’d be a great DH when A-Roider can play.
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Ramirez is owed way too much money to be a backup 3B and offensively he hasn’t shown anything to make him a good DH possibility. He has a $14.6 mil payer option for 2011 and a $2 mil buyout for 2012. Too much money to pay for a guy who, despite going 10 hits over his last 10 games, is still only hitting .184/.247 for the season. Take into consideration that he’s owed over $20 mil from now until 2011 and he’s not going anywhere soon.

YanksFanSince78
5 years 1 month ago

Oh and far as Bautista is concerned, the Jays aren’t going to trade him to NY. He’s having a breakout season, is under team control and isn’t making a whole lot of money.

5 years 1 month ago

He is playing above his head which is exactly why a rebuilding Jays SHOULD trade him

YanksFanSince78
5 years 1 month ago

Doesn’t appear that NYS is as much of a HR friendly park as it was last year. Below are the home hr totals and how many were hit to RF/RFC. Aside from pull happy Grandy there isn’t a clear sign about how easy it is to hit to RF. Most of the hrs last year came in the spring and then tapered off as the weather warmed up.

Jeter- 6 (2 RF)
Cano-9 (4 RF)
Tex- 6 (4 RF)
Swisher- 7 (2 RF)
Arod- 7 (1 RF)
Grandy- 3 (3 RF)
Posada- 5 (1 RF)

johnsilver
5 years 1 month ago

Boston cuts ties with Lowell and can give him a try as a 1 game per week guy at 3B and DH for maybe the same period, then let him PH rest of the time. Got a feeling the only reason he has not been released yet is because NY is where he would end up though.

Would be nice to see him get some meaningful time his last season and on a really good team where he’s got a chance for another WS ring. A veteran bat off that bench they need right now also.

Cantu walks after this year, so not really sure he would cost all that much, but he would solve some of the problems for them at both 1B and 3B and plays a pretty decent 1B and 3B, probably better 3B than does ARod, but not so sure how happy he would be sitting. He’s having yet another very good season in Florida for those of you maybe not paying too much attention. 50RBI and 10 HR on the season is not the kind of bat who is going to want to sit through the 1st half and take kindly to it.

johnsilver
5 years 1 month ago

Boston cuts ties with Lowell and can give him a try as a 1 game per week guy at 3B and DH for maybe the same period, then let him PH rest of the time. Got a feeling the only reason he has not been released yet is because NY is where he would end up though.

Would be nice to see him get some meaningful time his last season and on a really good team where he’s got a chance for another WS ring. A veteran bat off that bench they need right now also.

Cantu walks after this year, so not really sure he would cost all that much, but he would solve some of the problems for them at both 1B and 3B and plays a pretty decent 1B and 3B, probably better 3B than does ARod, but not so sure how happy he would be sitting. He’s having yet another very good season in Florida for those of you maybe not paying too much attention. 50RBI and 10 HR on the season is not the kind of bat who is going to want to sit through the 1st half and take kindly to it.

verlander
5 years 1 month ago

//ESPN’s Buster Olney says that the Yankees are currently focusing on adding a veteran player who can play third base and provide some power//

Brandon Inge? Oh, wait, then it would probably be Raburn and/or Kelly at third. Nevermind.

thepadsquad
5 years 1 month ago

What about kevin kouzmanoff of the a’s?

thepadsquad
5 years 1 month ago

What about kevin kouzmanoff of the a’s?