Odds & Ends: Cubs, Towers, Phillies, Torre, Lee

Tuesday night links, as Scott Baker makes his first start for the Twins in nearly three weeks….

  • Jim Hendry will officially interview Ryne Sandberg for the Cubs' manager job, reports Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago. According to Levine's sources, the club also plans to talk to Pat Listach, Bob Melvin, and Bob Brenly.
  • A "reliable source" told Jim Bowden (Twitter link) that the D'Backs are set to offer Kevin Towers their GM job. Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona says no job offer has been made yet, though the team met with Towers again today (Twitter link).
  • Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly reports (via Twitter) that the Phillies have signed Franklyn Zavala, a 16-year-old Dominican pitcher, for a $330K bonus.
  • Understandably, Joe Torre's comments about the possibility of managing the Mets didn't sit well with current manager Jerry Manuel, as Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger writes. Torre apologized for his comments, telling Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that he's "closing the door on managing the Mets – and probably everybody else" (Twitter links).
  • Astros manager Brad Mills avoided the question of whether Carlos Lee would play more first base in 2011, says MLB.com's Pete Kerzel. Alyson Footer, the team's director of social media, notes in a pair of tweets that first base is Lee's strongest position and she'd like to see him there next year.
  • Pat Gillick won't rule out taking another general manager job if the right situation arises, writes Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.
  • Craig Counsell tells Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Twitter link) that he'll be back in 2011, either for the Brewers or another club.

27 Responses to Odds & Ends: Cubs, Towers, Phillies, Torre, Lee Leave a Reply

  1. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    Seriously, Carlos Lee is not Carlos Lee anmore…He is stealing money from the Astros J.D. Martinez is a top prospect and is closer to succeeding at the ML level than Carlos Lee is now.

    • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

      Astros were dumb enough to give him that contract…

      • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

        But Ed Wade is smarter than Poppula and should release Lee. Now.

    • mikefichera 5 years ago

      still might drive nearly 100 runs on a bad astros team.

      • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

        He won’t. And his .291 OBP isn’t helping his team out either.

    • Backup_Slider 5 years ago

      While you’re right about Lee stealing money, you’re way off on your analysis of J.D. Martinez. Martinez is probably 2 years away from being a major league ready hitter, at the minimum, and has been dealing with knee problems of a chronic nature throughout much of his young life, which calls into question his long-term prospects as a prospect.

      Footer is dead right about Lee being Houston’s best option at 1B for 2010, though I am pretty certain that Mills and the Astros’ front office don’t like being grilled about what the team’s director of social media tweets about next year’s roster. The ship has sailed regarding Lee’s exorbitant salary – the team’s stuck with him until at least the end of 2011, and he’ll be less likely to cripple the team defense at 1B relative to what he would in LF. The smart money’s also on Lee hitting more like the 2009 model than the 2010 model in 2011.

  2. dire straits 5 years ago

    Seriously, is the demand for Torre still there? Or is the media just doing their usual blowing a story out of proportion?

    • CitizenSnips 5 years ago

      I honestly think he was joking and clearly some people just took it the wrong way.

  3. dirtydez 5 years ago

    Kevin Towers is a great hire for AZ (if he ends up there). First order of buisness, trade that bum Reynolds. .204 BA/201 strikouts.

  4. moonraker45 5 years ago

    What do the Astros do with Wallace then?

    • Backup_Slider 5 years ago

      They will send him to Oklahoma City where hopefully he will learn to how to hit an inside fastball. His MLB K rates are off the charts for that very reason.

  5. kimofromkauai 5 years ago

    Would Carlos Lee be welcome back with the White Sox? He could be the DH next season if Houston eats some money.

    • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

      White Sox already have a lot committed next year, Houston would have to eat a lot of salary.

  6. derekbellstutu 5 years ago

    How come Eric Wedge’s name isn’t being bandied about in these managerial rumors? If the Pirates do the right thing and ax John Russell at the end of the season, Wedge should definitely be on the short list of candidates for the job.

    • BlueCatuli 5 years ago

      It has been. The Cubs interviewed him a few weeks ago.

  7. start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

    Thing is everyone outside of Houston knew the back end of the deal would crash and burn…

  8. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    You and I are very close in age and yet, you are much funnier than me. I’m jealous!

  9. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    No doubt, Mike Trout. Got your back.

  10. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    Hmm. Can’t figure the mystery out! Haha.

    That picture was taken last year when I only had one hat with me because I was on vacation. I live in NY and actually hate the Yankees though so ill tell you this…I am a huge Baseball fan and I follow every team, and I love pretty much every team…but if you’re really going to make me pick and choose, my list goes as follows…Royals and Jays are number one, then Twins, Reds, Padres, Mets, A’s, Marlins, Rangers, Tigers, Nationals, Astros, Indians, Diamondnacks, Angels, Pirates, Orioles, Dodgers, Cubs, Rockies, Mariners, Brewers, Red Sox, Rays, Giants, Cardinals, Braves, White Sox, Phillies, Yankees and there you have it! The list may be a little bit off, but you get the point. And Denard Span is my favorite player so that’s where Span comes from so you were right! I’m guessing you like the Detroit Tigers right? Not Hanshin.

  11. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago


  12. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    Are we talking chimps or gorilla’s?

  13. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    Fair enough

  14. dirtydez 5 years ago

    I’m sure we can replace him with a contact hitting 3rd baseman. You know, someone who can keep a rally going. This team just broke the major league record for strikouts by a team. Reynolds is on pace to break his own record. He is getting worse very year he is untradeable. Give me INGE all day over this bum!

  15. chreeschan 5 years ago

    Inge is about to set the record for strikeouts as a Tiger, he’s less than 10 away.

  16. monty4aloha 5 years ago

    I also love Baseball….I try to follow every team and try to figure out what they are doing. I am glad to see the Reds beat out the Cards, Cubs and Brewers. I just love it when the Soooo called experts and “homers” get it so wrong..The Rangers with Nolan Ryan is A great Story also!!!…I also like to see teams like the Jays and Rays stay in contention and make smart decisions that looks like will make them contenders…I also like the Padres, Giants, and A’s in the west. i also like the Astros in the NL central and have loved them since the Nolan Ryan days and those Great Rainbow uniforms!!!…I would love to see the Royals do better but they seem to be stuck in a low gear like the Pirates…anyway I could go on about all the teams but in reality “I JUST LOVE BASEBALL”

  17. Guest 5 years ago

    The entire team strikes out at crazy rates. So trade everyone!!

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