Odds & Ends: Rangers, Pirates, Cotts, Marlins

Links for Friday, before Dan Haren celebrates his 30th birthday by taking on one of baseball's most potent offenses…

  • MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan lists ten decisions that have been critical to the Rangers' success this season.
  • The Pirates have released lefty Neal Cotts according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America and this week's edition of minor league transaction.
  • Padres' first base coach Rick Renteria is on the Marlins radar with regards to their managerial opening, says MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. He adds that Yankees bench coach Tony Pena is a candidate as well. 
  • Chipper Jones told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that it would be hard to stop playing before his body prevents him from doing so, partly because “you can make absurd amounts of money” as a baseball player.
  • Former Orioles manager Dave Trembley told ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick that he’d like to coach in the major leagues next year (Twitter link).
  • The Pirates' minor league success has been a major positive this year, but Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette questions how the Pirates also allowed for "near-total destruction of the major-league product." The team is 50 games below .500 with the worst record in baseball.
  • Carl Crawford told Rob Bradford of WEEI.com that his impending free agency hasn't been hard to handle, since the Rays are winning. Click here for Bradford's analysis of how Crawford would fit in Fenway.
  • Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald breaks down Boston's options behind the plate for 2011, from free agents Victor Martinez and Jason Varitek to new acquisition Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
  • John Dewan of the Fielding Bible explained to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that Adam Dunn's poor defense wouldn't necessarily prevent the Nationals from building a better defensive team.


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77 Comments on "Odds & Ends: Rangers, Pirates, Cotts, Marlins"


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formerdraftpick
4 years 9 months ago

Solution: The Pirates could play the AAA or AA team in Pittsburgh and let the Pirates play in Indy. That way, the fans will see some wins and draw more people to the park.

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bonestock94
4 years 9 months ago

I hope it becomes Salty, so they Yankees can walk-off on a throw over the pitchers head in 2011.

Guest
4 years 9 months ago

the pirates have ruined baseball for a whole generation of pirate fans. the city doesnt care anymore unless they have a fireworks night. im 30 years old and i was twelve the last time we had a winning record. atleast field a competative team and get some actual major leaguers on the team. how can major league baseball let this happen. there is no comparison in sports to the pirates. even the clippers or the lions have some legit talent

bob nutting needs to go

please please sell the team

Guest
4 years 9 months ago

I understand your sentiment and agree that it should never take this long to get back to respectability. That said, the future isn’t as bleak as it’s always been the last two decades. They finally spending on amateurs, which is exactly what they should have been doing all along considering their inability to spend on the free agent market. I’m not sure Bob Nutting needs to go yet, or Hungtington. I almost hate to say it but give them a chance, or a longer chance. Maybe it took them awhile to catch on but it looks like they’re finally doing things right.

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4 years 9 months ago

Agreed. Being frustrated with ownership is understandable but I think Hungtington has done very well in his short time, especially considering his financial limitations and the team he was given to work with. He deserves a chance to see his plan through.

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bbxxj
4 years 9 months ago

Alvarez, Tabata, Walker, Bowker, Lincoln, etc. They already kind of are.

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Potrzeba
4 years 9 months ago

What if the red sox traded for russel martin or mike napoli? they would come pretty cheap in prospects.

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4 years 9 months ago

They may not even have to trade for Martin, I’d say he’s a pretty serious non-tender candidate.