Odds & Ends: Cubs, Varitek, Wakefield, Hoffman

Links for Wednesday, 50 years after the Milwaukee Braves signed Joe Torre as an amateur free agent…

  • The Cubs intend to interview Ryne Sandberg and others for their managerial opening within ten days, according to Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.
  • Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says baseball's revenue sharing system is not broken, but he would like to see MLB adopt a "laser-like focus" on developing a fairer system.
  • Jason Varitek told reporters, including Alex Speier of WEEI that he intends to keep playing after next season.
  • Tim Wakefield's base salary for 2011 rises from $1.5MM to $2MM if he finishes 3.1 innings tonight, as Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald points out on Twitter.
  • Trevor Hoffman told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he'll wait until after the season to decide whether to retire (Twitter link).
  • Hisanori Takahashi told Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com that he likes New York and wants to continue playing major league baseball. He just doesn't know if he’ll re-sign with the Mets this winter.


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15 Comments on "Odds & Ends: Cubs, Varitek, Wakefield, Hoffman"


Prince_Fielders_Donuts
4 years 11 months ago

Please retire Hoffman, tired of all the blown saves, besides your already the all time leader in saves, got the ca$h ride off into the sunset amigo.

Gibbys_Limp
4 years 11 months ago

“…50 years after the Milwaukee Braves signed Joe Torre as an amateur free agent…”

I wished they’d kept him the entire 50 years.

Guest
4 years 11 months ago

Hoffman wants to make sure Mariano Rivera retires before he does. So I guess we’ll see Hoffman another season at least because Rivera isn’t retiring anytime soon.

0bsessions
4 years 11 months ago

Rivera might retire sometime around age 62. Not because he can’t dominate batters anymore, but because he’d like to try his hand at golf using only a five iron.

painhertz
4 years 11 months ago

Lee Trevino is waiting for him.

4 years 11 months ago

Sure Varitek can play after the next season. For Newark Bears.

Mariano still has at least 2 years left and I wouldn’t be surprised if he pitches for the next 4 years.

4 years 11 months ago

is there any chance of getting an android app?

4 years 11 months ago

Agreed with Jeremy.. Should also develop an Android App seeing as it will be passing the Iphone in units soon anyway.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 11 months ago

Something tells me if Sandberg shows up at the meeting with a pulse then he’ll get the job.

studio179
4 years 11 months ago

Hendry has always given mixed signals about Ryno.

painhertz
4 years 11 months ago

Might as well get it over with so we can fire him.

maristmetsfan
4 years 11 months ago

As a rookie this year, isnt takahashi under the mets control for a while?

4 years 11 months ago

No, because he was signed as a free agent for a 1 year deal ($1M).

Just_MLB
4 years 11 months ago

I wonder what team would make tak a starter.his numbers were solid out of the pen. and he could be the 8th inning setup man/back up closer we have lacked since duaner sanchez hopped in that cab. Im thinking money talks, bs runs the marathon, pay the man 3 million a year.

bomberj11
4 years 11 months ago

As much as I love Varitek and all he’s done for the organization, he must be insane. The new Brett Favre?