Odds & Ends: Haren, Cordero, Phillies, Rangers

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  1. ToledoFan 5 years ago

    As a Tigers Fan I want nothing to do with Jack Wilson. The Tigers can take care of their SS needs with cheaper in house options that would be just as effective and not as injury prone. Lopez would only appeal to me if he was hitting as good as he was last year. It appears that the Tigers will go with calling up Scott Sizemore from AAA again and have him play 3B. Lopez though could be an intriguing option for 2011 if they don’t want to resign Brandon Inge. I think signing Lopez right now would be about as effective as Inge was, maybe a downgrade defensively.

    • jphenix2002 5 years ago

      I want neither of those two. Detroit is better off letting the kids take their lumps and gaining experience heading into 2011.

  2. aap212 5 years ago

    Either Sabean was managing Posey’s service time, he’s negligent, or he’s stupid. The fact that he’s most concerned about denying the first one means he’s at least the last one.

    • Posey is, at least so far, a top 10 catcher in baseball. He will only get better defensively and he can flat out rake. There was no reason he shouldn’t have been on the Giants from day one.

  3. The_Thrill_22 5 years ago

    I don’t think service time was the sole reason, but to deny it had an influence on the decision is bogus.

  4. I have no interest in Jose Lopez, and even less in Jack Wilson.
    Lopez is THE worst hitting third baseman in the league this season, with a .238 avg, barely .600 OPS, and a pathetic .258 on base pct. No thanks. As for Wilson, the Tigers released his twin earlier this season.

    Now back to those Bautista rumors!

  5. vtadave 5 years ago

    Dear Mr. Cuban,

    Texas is too hot. You’ll love LA and Dodgers fans will love you back.


    Los Angeles

    • Gibbys_Limp 5 years ago

      MLB owners aren’t going to let him buy the Texas Rangers, it’s been widely reported, as the owners all prefer Nolan Ryan’s group, and they already turned Cuban down once before when he was the highest bidder on the Cubs. THAT SAID, I’d still love to have him buy the Dodgers and run them the way they should be run, but I highly doubt that will happen either. Sad really…he’s a guy with the money to own a team, the smarts to run them properly, the desire to build them into a true big market powerhouse (spending his money wisely, that is), and he will probably never be given that chance in MLB.

  6. $3081341 5 years ago

    Someone please take Lopez & Wilson off Seattle’s hands. Please, Please, Please. We’ll do whatever you want.

  7. humbb 5 years ago

    Murray Chass got it all wrong. Service time was not an issue.

    Even though San Francisco waited until the end of May to recall Posey, he’s on track to be a Super Two after the 2012 thanks to the month’s worth of service time he accrued last September.

    From: link to mlbtraderumors.com

  8. studio179 5 years ago

    I don’t feel one way or the other about Cuban. I don’t know much about him and don’t understand why so many fans like him. I see a rich business owner that says things at times that come off as arrogant, waives towels cheering courtside and yells at officials. People preceive that as him having more ‘passion’ than other owners. I must be missing something. They say he is a ‘Maverick’ and that’s why sporting owners don’t like him. His Maverick team has yet to win anything, but fans cut him slack and like Cuban. I don’t get the hype, but I guess it’s good to be him.

    • He will do anything to try to win. That is all you can ask for in an owner.

    • BaseballFanatic0707 5 years ago

      He has a mouth, it’s true, but he is EXTREMELY charitable. He even matches any NBA fine levied on him by donating the same amount to a charity of his choosing.

      Mavs fans cut him slack because his team competes year in and year out. I mean, can anyone really blame the Mavs for not getting back to the finals with how good the Lakers have been? Yes they ‘choked’ vs. the Heat (rather, they stumbled and the refs decided that the D-Wade crazy game would be the night Wade got full superstar treatment), but Mark Cuban knows how to build winning teams.

      • studio179 5 years ago

        Like I posted, I really don’t know much about Cuban, nor do I have a strong opinion. Just trying to gage why a guy like Cuban is cut slack and liked by fans when I keep hearing he will do anything to win, but has not won it all. Then a guy like Steinbrenner was disliked by many (other than Yanks fans). Sure, Steinbrenner had a much longer track record and also had many lean years. But no owner in pro sports did more to try to win than Steinbrenner. Cuban is not even close. Again, he has won nothing yet. For fans to say he does everything to win…you have to win to make that statement. I understand Steinbreener was very harsh to employees and people, but he was very charitable as you say Cuban is, too. I’m not a Yankee fan or a Mav fan. I do not have favortism or dislike for Cuban or Steinbrenner. I am just using these two owners as examples of popularity on both sides. I still say Cuban’s towel waiving and yelling at refs gives fans a perception that he cares more. Not saying Cuban is a bad owner or a good one.

  9. Dan Haren in Philly would be like Javier Vazquez in NY. Flyballstrike out pitchers don’t fit Citizens Bank and Yankee Stadium.
    The Phillies would be better off going for a Fausto Carmona or Jeremy Guthrie. They wouldn’t cost near the price in prospects or salary.

    • aap212 5 years ago

      Haren’s already in a home run park. The problem is the Phillies can’t get him without Brown, and that would be a problem.

    • BaseballFanatic0707 5 years ago

      You are aware of the place Dan Haren has been pitching his home starts in for the past few years, right?

  10. bigpat 5 years ago

    Pedro Alvarez is god, that is all!

  11. “Phillies may not add a pitcher at all if they can’t acquire a top arm like Dan Haren or Roy Oswalt.”

    Fangraphs has a good article about how it’s not worth giving up Werth for a SP unless that SP has above a 1.5 WAR

  12. verlander 5 years ago

    //The Phillies and Tigers have scouts watching Dan Haren pitch tonight, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter).//

    Yes yes yes.

    • dire straits 5 years ago

      I’d be scared of that 1-2 punch!

      • verlander 5 years ago

        Verlander/Haren/Scherzer/Porcello? Excuse me, I think I just had heart palpitations.

  13. aap212 5 years ago

    Well, Viciedo or Hudson isn’t enough, and Rizzo can’t ask for the imaginary somewhere-in-between young White Sox.

  14. Yankees420 5 years ago

    Who is looking at stats like a video game? Lopez has a .268 OBP, granted that’s with a .255 BABIP, but for his career he is has an OBP of .299, and that is just plain awful.

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