Odds & Ends: Nakajima, Butler, Managers

On this date six years ago, the Dodgers released a 20-year-old righty named Joakim Soria, who was recovering from Tommy John surgery.  Soria was later signed by the Padres out of the Mexican League and then snagged by the Royals in the 2006 Rule 5 draft.  He's now one of the game's best closers.  On to today's links…


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  1. johnsilver 5 years ago

    I can’t think of a better team than Seattle for Akimora to sign a minor leage deal with and try to hang on as utility IF with, maybe even show that his knee is healthy if it really is and perform like he did with at TB from 2007-2009, he was a decent fielding 2b/3b and just about nobody slashes hits from LF-cf as good as he does. the perfect team.. Love to see them give him a try..

    • He is just what Seattle needs. Another player with limited big league success at the plate to be an automatic out in the lineup. Can’t be worse than Jack or Josh Wilson…or can he?!
      -wtk

    • Hermie13 5 years ago

      Assuming you mean Iwamura? Not Akimora…..or were you trying to say his first name? His first name is Akinori though……

      • johnsilver 5 years ago

        Brain dead I went… yeah.. That’s him.. Following the rays games just knew him as plain old “Aki” and watched him slash his way to a couple good seasons with them before stumbling with the Bucs.

        Thanks for the correction.

  2. Hate to see Wagner retire but if that’s what he’s really going to do then congrats on a great career to him. If he really wants a World Series ring that badly and wouldn’t mind coming back one more time he should offer himself to the Yankees or Phillies this offseason for 1-year/$1 million and be willing to accept a setup role. That could be the icing on his career cake, so to speak.

    • BentoBox 5 years ago

      If Wagner comes back, I can see Boston going for him. A lot of teams actually but the Sox will go hard after him.

    • bbxxj 5 years ago

      The Braves hold an option on Wagner for 2011 so if he comes back he will be a Brave.

      • Bingo. He’d be contractually obligated to play for the Braves, and judging from how he acted this year, he wouldn’t have it any other way.

  3. Nakajima made his debut after Ichiro left and he’s a SS, not a 2B like Ackley.

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