Quick Hits: Maine, Minaya, Meche, Maroth, Kim

The Yankees signed Andy Pettitte on this date in 2009. The Bronx Bombers added an accomplished pitcher today, but it wasn't Pettitte; they're still waiting to hear from the left-hander. Here are some links for Wednesday…

  • Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that free agent starter John Maine is throwing bullpen sessions and is auditioning for teams (Twitter link). The 29-year-old right-hander had his shoulder cleaned up last summer.
  • Mets GM Sandy Alderson has not had any contact with former GM Omar Minaya since early January according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. Alderson indicated that there was a position available for his predecessor, assuming he wants it. 
  • Tyler Kepner of The New York Times wrote about the legacy of Gil Meche.
  • Former Tiger Mike Maroth told Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports that he's retiring. Maroth started 100 games for the Tigers from 2003-05, but the left-hander's elbow has caused problems since. He last pitched in 2007 for the Cardinals and Tigers.
  • The Rakuten Golden Eagles have announced the signing of Byung-Hyun Kim, according to Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker. The 32-year-old spent nine seasons with the D'Backs, Rockies, Red Sox and Marlins, posting a 4.42 ERA with 8.6 K/9 as a starter, closer and reliever. He allowed memorable home runs to Paul O'Neill and Tino Martinez in the 2001 World Series.
  • Alex Speier of WEEI.com hears that the Red Sox aren't likely to sign any more pitchers to major league deals this offseason.
  • The Royals edged out the Rays, Braves, Blue Jays and Phillies in Keith Law's organizational rankings at ESPN.com.
  • Royals GM Dayton Moore explains to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick that he intends to turn the Royals into a "consistent, solid, thriving organization" by continuing to develop young players.
  • Mets GM Sandy Alderson told ESPN.com's Adam Rubin that he would like to avoid arbitration with R.A. Dickey and remains open to a multiyear deal with the knuckleballer.


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49 Comments on "Quick Hits: Maine, Minaya, Meche, Maroth, Kim"


4 years 7 months ago

Maroth should have done it a while ago, but these guys just can’t hang em up.

bas_in_denmark
4 years 7 months ago

He’s actually not that old. He’s only 33. What do you think he should have “hung em up” at 29?

4 years 7 months ago

Inside joke dating back to the Rocco Baldelli retirement thread.

bas_in_denmark
4 years 7 months ago

Okay. I didn’t follow that one.

El_Bobo
4 years 7 months ago

It still wasn’t funny, don’t worry

4 years 7 months ago

Aw c’mon party pooper. The Baldelli nad-riders were up in arms. It was downright hilarious. Obviously Tiger fans aren’t nearly as pathetic.

bbbman
4 years 7 months ago

Better luck with your next joke.

berton226
4 years 7 months ago

Kim let up homers to Tino Martinez and Scott Brosius (not Paul O’Neill) in the 2001 World Series

JerseyJohn32190
4 years 7 months ago

The home runs Kim allowed in the 2001 World Series were to Tino and Brosius, not Tino and O’Neil.

4 years 7 months ago

I think he gave up a pretty memorable one to Jeter too…

andrewkuntze
4 years 7 months ago

After unloading major salary and having stellar orginzational depth, the Jays and Royals could find themselves the class of the AL 5 years from now. The Yanks and Bosox will always be there based on the money they have and are willing to spend, but the Jays and Royals are building themselves properly. If the Jays go all-in next offseason and grab Fielder, drop Rivera, put Bautista in RF, Escobar at 3rd and Hechavarria at SS, we are looking unreal. Especially with Morrow showing signs of being a true Ace, followed by Romero, Cecil and Drabek with Zach Stewart and Chad Jenkins not far behind. Future is very very bright.

MoCrash
4 years 7 months ago

The Royals probably have a better chance of accomplishing that goal because they’re not saddled with monsters like the Yankees and Red Sox in their division. The Jays may have a nice rise and contend for 3-4 years, like Tampa Bay, but in the AL Central the Minnesota approach can work for the long term.

andrewkuntze
4 years 7 months ago

I definitely agree with you, especially because Minnesota has forever been drafting the high school prospects rather than college, which when it pays off, it pays off bigtime. But yes the Royals have a better chance for success since they don’t have to play the Yanks/Bosox 18 times each like the Jays do. That being said, Anthopolous is doing a great job, and I am very excited for what’s to come in Toronto.

piethief12
4 years 7 months ago

Mike Maroth had the greatest 20-loss season I’ve ever seen

start_wearing_purple
4 years 7 months ago

Cy Young’s 1906 was better.

4 years 7 months ago

You saw that?

start_wearing_purple
4 years 7 months ago

I have a time machine.

BlueCatuli
4 years 7 months ago

If Anyone is an ESPN insider and is willing to post Law’s full organizational rankings list, I would really appreciate it. Thanks in advance.

4 years 7 months ago

RA Dickey, 2yr/$8Mil … get it done

roberty
4 years 7 months ago

The ESPN top farm system article cuts off half way through the writeup about the Braves. Lame.

BlueCatuli
4 years 7 months ago

It’s an insider only article. MLBTR usually tells readers this. They just missed one.

jmcbosox
4 years 7 months ago

when i saw the headline i was hoping for wendell kim. oh well

BlueCatuli
4 years 7 months ago

Thank you!

WarvsBA
4 years 7 months ago

what did it say?

BlueCatuli
4 years 7 months ago

It was Law’s list.

Steven St Croix
4 years 7 months ago

Keith Law is terrible

vtadave
4 years 7 months ago

So was your explanation as to why you think so…

johnsilver
4 years 7 months ago

Kim really was wicked for a couple of years, but that windup was just hard to figure out it seems and then everyone caught on. Didn’t he even get booted from the Korean national team in that selig sponsored rubbish the last time even? The guy just couldn’t hardly get anyone out the last few years, but remember back in ’03 for Boston he was pretty darn effective.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 7 months ago

The trade for him had one of the best side effects ever for the Red Sox. Trading away Hillenbrand allowed Mueller to take over 3rd and win the batting title and Ortiz to take over the DH spot.

0bsessions
4 years 7 months ago

I kid you not, there are STILL people complaining on the Extra Bases blog about the Hillenbrand trade. I saw a guy, in complete seriousness, cite shedding Hillenbrand as one of the big reasons Epstein is a bad GM. This was, of course, back before all the activity this offseason.

4 years 7 months ago

Kim also gave up Jeter’s walk-off in the same game as Tino’s homer

4 years 7 months ago

Braves, best farm system in the NL……I approve.

Bryz
4 years 7 months ago

Just so you know, Maroth appeared in a few games with the Twins Triple-A affiliate last season, unless you meant 2007 was the last time he appeared in the majors.

Revive85
4 years 7 months ago

Wow, really? My comment was flagged?
I just wrote down the list, but I deleted all the Law Commentary. What’s the big deal?

4 years 7 months ago

What’s the big deal? Law is apparently broke, so he’s prowling the net making sure that nobody sees this list without subscribing. That, or he’s so ashamed that he doesn’t want anyone seeing it…

Moe Lester
4 years 7 months ago

Oh I bet you bought a laptop from there you spam dog. So we can flag someone for posting a list, but not this guy??

TartanElk
4 years 7 months ago

I really wouldn’t mind Maine being signed by the Tigers to a minor league deal. Provides depth and insurance incase of injury.

nats2012
4 years 7 months ago

Do the Philles have a good farm system?

Chris Whitby
4 years 7 months ago

Law has them at #5 in all of MLB.

Infield Fly
4 years 7 months ago

John Maine is throwing bullpen sessions and is auditioning for teams….The 29-year-old right-hander had his shoulder cleaned up last summer.

Ha ha….r-i-i-i-ght. Well, if only he could have his head cleaned up too — then he’d be onto something!

scluse
4 years 7 months ago

Hey John, Rick Peterson just called. He said to come join him in Milwaukee…Oops?