Odds & Ends: Lowell, Barmes, Red Sox, Hanson

Links for Wednesday, as the Tigers get some infield depth from a division rival

  • The Rangers haven't ruled out acquiring Mike Lowell, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com.
  • Agent Bean Stringfellow told Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports that the Blue Jays are not currently discussing an extension with Jose Bautista. It’s not at all surprising given how much else the Blue Jays have to sort out this week. Bautista said on the FAN 590 today that he would listen if the Blue Jays approached him with a multi-year deal after the season.
  • The Cardinals are not interested in Clint Barmes, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post (via Twitter).
  • Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino told WEEI.com’s Alex Speier that the Red Sox will “look aggressively” for ways to improve at the trade deadline.
  • Tommy Hanson explained to Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he chose the Boras Corp. because of the support the agency offers.
  • Brett Myers is untouchable, a source tells Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle (Twitter link). With respect to Justice and his source, it seems unfathomable that a 41-59 team wouldn't listen to offers on a player who can walk at the end of the season.
  • Casey Fien cleared waivers and the Tigers outrighted him to Triple A, according to the team (via Twitter). Detroit designated Fien for assignment last weekend.
  • Like Fien, Scott Moore cleared waivers and headed to Triple A, according to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. The O's designated Moore for assignment last week.
  • And another recent DFA, Justin Miller, was outrighted to Triple A Albuquerque, according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times (via Twitter).
  • The Blue Jays have considered Kelly Johnson, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (via Twitter). Aaron Hill recently told the Globe and Mail's Jeff Blair that he would play third if the Jays asked him to, so Johnson could theoretically play second in Toronto. Seems like a longshot to me.
  • Kyle Farnsworth is available to manager Ned Yost (and GMs around the league) after leaving yesterday's game with a hamstring cramp, according to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star (via Twitter).
  • Trevor Hoffman can veto deals to 25 MLB teams, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. The all-time saves leader and his $7.5MM salary would likely clear waivers, so interested teams will probably be able to pursue him in August.
  • One player told Morosi that he'd be "shocked" if the Brewers trade Prince Fielder this week.
  • Mike Axisa counts down the Yankees' top five trade chips at River Ave. Blues.
  • The Dodgers won't discuss prospect Dee Gordon with other teams, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com (via Twitter).


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33 Comments on "Odds & Ends: Lowell, Barmes, Red Sox, Hanson"


Guest
5 years 1 month ago

what the hell do the Jays want with Kelly Johnson?

iains
5 years 1 month ago

Yeah, that one has me scratching my head. I’m guessing he has one arbitration year left.. frankly this is the first time I’ve heard his name come up.. but then again AA keeps things very close to his chest (see Escobar).

ukJaysfan
5 years 1 month ago

It’s a Red Herring.

S8P7W
5 years 1 month ago

Anthopoulos tried to sign Johnson in the off-season to play LF. He offered more money than Arizona, but Johnson wanted to play 2B.

S8P7W
5 years 1 month ago

Anthopoulos tried to sign Johnson in the off-season to play LF. He offered more money than Arizona, but Johnson wanted to play 2B.

comegys
5 years 1 month ago

Casey Fien should change his name to DFA

woadude
5 years 1 month ago

DFA means Casey Fien in the dictionary

aap212
5 years 1 month ago

Nelson Figueroa scoffs at your assessment.

comegys
5 years 1 month ago

Casey Fien should change his name to DFA

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
5 years 1 month ago

Blue Jays trying to break some sort of home run record or something? why would they want Johnson for next year? sounds weird

kldhca
5 years 1 month ago

I think its total BS unless AA sees him as the LF next year but I would hate to see Lewis leave, I want Lewis in left with Snider in Right next year

HerbertAnchovy
5 years 1 month ago

I’m not buying into Johnson playing 2b. I agree it could be a red herring.

5 years 1 month ago

Even more so, you have to consider that if there is one thing Ricciardi was good at, it was stockpiling 2B for no real reason. Campbell’s been dealing with injuries, but Emaus would likely make a competent 2B. It’s such an easy position to fill.

frank_costanza
5 years 1 month ago

Yeah. Myers is untouchable? I dont know if the Astros got the memo that his 2011 option is a MUTUAL option. You think he is going to agree to the option with the year he is having?

tmengd
5 years 1 month ago

Actually makes since on Myers. He is the only pitcher in baseball to throw at least 6 innings in every start this year. He has stated over and over he loves playing for Houston and if They signed him for a 3 year extension it would ease the bullpen a lot, especially if Oswalt gets traded. They want to bring young guys up next year but every team needs 1 veteran for leadership and eating innings.

also he has been an outstanding roll model believe it or not, and is only going to be 30. Houston won’t go anywhere in 2-3 years at least but you don’t want to bring up a Jordan lyles at the age of 20 with no one to help him out next year. Houston needs prospects badly I agree, but this is the one guy on the whole team of people making decent money, that I would hold onto. Berkman, Lee, Oswalt and Wandy can all hit the road. (Wandy could be well be non tendered next year too he is due to make about $8 million)

frank_costanza
5 years 1 month ago

Myers may like Houston, but he also likes winning… and money. With the year he is having you better believe he is opting out and signing a 3 year deal else where.

InLeylandWeTrust
5 years 1 month ago

and this is why the astros are in perennial rebuilding mode even though they dont realize it. brett myers is having an insane season, TAKE ADVANTAGE! they could get some mad prospects for the way hes been pitching, and theres little chance he replicates these numbers next season.

ThinkBlue10
5 years 1 month ago

damn why is myers untouchable, i wish the dodgers would try and go get him. hes solid.

Flharfh
5 years 1 month ago

So the ‘Stros, mired in a lost season, are keeping an average pitcher who is having great year but will likely go elsewhere for lots more money in the offseason, when they could be selling high for a decent prospect or two? Par for the course.

wild05fan
5 years 1 month ago

The Yankees aren’t interested in Augie Ojeda.

daman316
5 years 1 month ago

Jose Bautista’s agent has the greatest name ever

AmericanMovieFan
5 years 1 month ago

I think it’d be jumping the gun by a year or two to sign Bautista long-term, especially given his low power numbers prior to this year and the fact that he bounced around a bit prior to this historic season, but they’re in a bind with only two years left in arbitration for him. I would say sign him to 2 years/$17MM ($7MM, $10MM) with club options that could take the total to 4 years/$45MM ($13MM, $15MM). I’m sure there’s a part of Bautista that will want to go year to year in the hopes of this season not being a fluke and it translating into a 4 or 5 years FA deal worth $60+MM.

icedrake523
5 years 1 month ago

Myers isn’t even a Type B yet, the Astros could risk getting nothing if he walks. No wonder that organization is in the state it is.

frank_costanza
5 years 1 month ago

thats pretty ridiculous that he isnt a type B. I would think he is getting very close to a Type A, especially if his ERA keeps going down, it could be under 3.00 after his next start.

icedrake523
5 years 1 month ago

He shouldn’t be a Type A considering his last 2 years.

frank_costanza
5 years 1 month ago

Thats a fair point. But I am a proud student of the “What Have You Done for Me Lately?” school.

woadude
5 years 1 month ago

Hello Red Sox? its the Rangers, we still have the bag of balls laying around here and uhhh, you still got that Mike Lowell guy? how about if we throw in some fungo bats?

johnsilver
5 years 1 month ago

The balls last night were lying in the parking lot after Lowell planted 3 of them in the parking lot. Problem is.. If Lowell is going to do anyone any good, he’s going to just have to hit, then tag off for another guy to run the bases for him and never touch his glove again, except for maybe 1 time a week it seems.

johnsilver
5 years 1 month ago

The balls last night were lying in the parking lot after Lowell planted 3 of them in the parking lot. Problem is.. If Lowell is going to do anyone any good, he’s going to just have to hit, then tag off for another guy to run the bases for him and never touch his glove again, except for maybe 1 time a week it seems.

aap212
5 years 1 month ago

Johnson is a home park creation. Why would the Jays move Hill to a less valuable position to add a worse hitting, worse defensive second baseman?

Cyyoung
5 years 1 month ago

Sox are making a big mistake on Lowell. The other day watching the Seattle game, they put in a kid named Seddon, a Lefty (who looked good), Ortiz was up and had the count his way, this kid threw 2 meatballs at 88mph, I mean right down the middle and Ortiz could not catch up to them and K’d. He refuses to hit the ball the other way which is huge at Fenway. When he first came up he always was hitiing to Left Field, especially against Lefties. To have a player of Lowell, and I dont care about the injuries, on the bench, and DHing against Lefties will help this team.
In 99 AB’S 1 HR and .192 avg. is terrible, against Lefties for Ortiz.
Lowell almost hit for the cycle last night, Theo better think twice about this trade.

Cyyoung
5 years 1 month ago

Sox are making a big mistake on Lowell. The other day watching the Seattle game, they put in a kid named Seddon, a Lefty (who looked good), Ortiz was up and had the count his way, this kid threw 2 meatballs at 88mph, I mean right down the middle and Ortiz could not catch up to them and K’d. He refuses to hit the ball the other way which is huge at Fenway. When he first came up he always was hitiing to Left Field, especially against Lefties. To have a player of Lowell, and I dont care about the injuries, on the bench, and DHing against Lefties will help this team.
In 99 AB’S 1 HR and .192 avg. is terrible, against Lefties for Ortiz.
Lowell almost hit for the cycle last night, Theo better think twice about this trade.

aap212
5 years 1 month ago

Too big a prospect to move in an Oswalt deal.