Odds & Ends: Daniels, Takahashi, Byrnes, Lee, Gray

Links for Wednesday, as Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum duel in Game One of the World Series…

  • Jon Daniels called a report indicating that he asked the Mets (through back channels) to hold off on their GM announcement until after the World Series "complete bull," according to CBSSports.com's Scott Miller. Daniels can opt out of his contract after the season since the Rangers were sold this year.
  • Hisanori Takahashi switched agents from Peter Greenberg to Arn Tellem, tweets Newday's David Lennon. We learned that Takashi and the Mets were discussing an extension just a few days ago, but it appears that the lefty is positioning himself to test the free agent waters.
  • Joel Sherman of the New York Post says the "belief in the sport" is that Josh Byrnes will join the Padres' front office after losing out on the Mets GM gig. Byrnes has strong ties to San Diego's front office, most notably owner Jeff Moorad.
  • Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe wonders if the Tigers and Red Sox are getting ready to battle for the same free agents in a few weeks.
  • The Yankees have had internal discussions about how much money they'd be willing to offer Cliff Lee, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network.
  • The Cubs outrighted Jeff Gray to Triple A, so he’s no longer on the team’s 40-man roster. The 28-year-old righty struggled through 9.1 big league innings this year.
  • Alex Speier of WEEI.com explains that the Red Sox will have trouble finding another pitching coach like John Farrell, the new Blue Jays manager.
  • Omar Minaya isn't sure whether he'll stay with the Mets, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com (on Twitter). Heyman says there's a decent chance Minaya returns, since he gets along well with owner Fred Wilpon and incoming GM Sandy Alderson.

24 Responses to Odds & Ends: Daniels, Takahashi, Byrnes, Lee, Gray Leave a Reply

  1. bbxxj 5 years ago

    “The Yankees have had internal discussions about how much money they’d be willing to offer Cliff Lee,”

    I think the discussions were more about the formula used to come up with their best offer for Lee and I imagine its something like: (x + 10M)+(y + 1yr) where x is the next highest dollar amount bid and y is the next highest contract length offered.

    • eneff 5 years ago

      I hope so! hahaha

    • MLB_in_the_Know 5 years ago

      Gonna be a math nerd jerk.

      Using your formula, he is only making 10 million in the last year of his contract.

      (x+10M) + (y+1yr) + (x+10)/y

      • bbxxj 5 years ago

        I thought about that but I was trying to be a bit oversimplistic anyways. Plus x and y in my formula aren’t like units so you cant really add them up anyways. But yes, your formula is a more complete.

      • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

        I can barely tie my own shoes.

  2. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    Really sorry to hear that things didn’t go so well for Jeff Gray. Along with Matt Spencer, he cam to the Cubs last year for Miles and Fox, but things didnt go as planned for Gray and I only wish him the best elsewhere. Good pitcher though, if only he can go to a place like Florida and things may go well.

    • Yeah, I hoped he was going to work out, seemed like he could be a descent 7th inning guy or long man, maybe even working his way into a setup role later on in his career. I think there’s a lot of value in cheap guys like him filling out a bullpen with descent results, they can save a lot of money over having to get someone on the free agent market.

  3. Buggies 5 years ago

    Keep Minaya in a scouting role where he thrives, also less pressure on him.

  4. Infield Fly 5 years ago

    Omar Minaya isn’t sure whether he’ll stay with the Mets, according to Jon Heyman.

    That’s the same thing he told us just after Minaya was fired. Heyman must just tweet for the exercise.

  5. “The Yankees have had internal discussions about how much money they’d be willing to offer Cliff Lee,”

    To sign with the team or to throw righthanded next time he faces them?

  6. jubeininja69 5 years ago

    Yankees can’t beat him so they’ll try to buy him.

  7. $3513744 5 years ago

    first half billion dollar man…anyone?

  8. The_Athlete 5 years ago

    Why are the Orioles tagged in this?

  9. MetsEventually 5 years ago

    We’ll miss you Takahashi-hame-ha.

  10. woadude 5 years ago

    Wow, game one today showed Cliff Lee IS human, his ERA is going to skyrocket to 1!!!

    • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

      I think this will scale back on the “Cliff Lee is the greatest postseason pitcher” commentary.

  11. That Juan Uribe 3-Run HR is automatically one of my favorite videos of all time. No disrispect to the Rangers, I’d be happy for them if they won the series, just that I wanted to see Lee get his a** finally handed to him. Would have been sooooooooooooooooo much better if Lee gave up that homerun.

    • Infield Fly 5 years ago

      SORE LOSER! Won’t be saying that when he’s on YOUR squad next year, now will ya?!

      Sorry man, just messin’ with ya. I’d be saying the exact same thing if Lee had run MY team over in the playoffs. No doubt! :p

  12. Cliff Lee doesnt wanna be a Yankee… and his wife is already turned off by the idea of living near ny

    Just cause they can flash money doesnt mean he will fit in with the team

    • Just_MLB 5 years ago

      no his wife was turned off when she went to the game with her kids and had beer thrown on her…being cursed out and spit on by yankee fans.

      good job yankee fans !

      • Just_MLB 5 years ago

        i would’ve said nolan ryan probably paid for those seats and hired yankee fans to act like idiots…but it is yankee stadium…thats not really necessary…lol

  13. TapDancingTeddy 5 years ago

    As would / will any team that has the resources to afford Mr. Lee’s services and expects a good return on the contract.

  14. start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

    Well a blood orange is dark red on the inside and most oranges under certain atmospheric conditions can have a green skin.

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