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.

15 Responses to Odds & Ends: Cubs, Varitek, Wakefield, Hoffman Leave a Reply

  1. Prince_Fielders_Donuts 5 years 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.

  2. Gibbys_Limp 5 years 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.

  3. Guest 5 years 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 5 years 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.

  4. 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.

  5. is there any chance of getting an android app?

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

  7. start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

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

    • studio179 5 years ago

      Hendry has always given mixed signals about Ryno.

    • painhertz 5 years ago

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

  8. maristmetsfan 5 years ago

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

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

    • Just_MLB 5 years 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.

  9. bomberj11 5 years ago

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

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