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.


49 Responses to Quick Hits: Maine, Minaya, Meche, Maroth, Kim Leave a Reply

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

    • bas_in_denmark 4 years ago

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

  2. berton226 4 years ago

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

  3. JerseyJohn32190 4 years ago

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

  4. andrewkuntze 4 years 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 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 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.

  5. piethief12 4 years ago

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

  6. BlueCatuli 4 years 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.

  7. RA Dickey, 2yr/$8Mil … get it done

  8. roberty 4 years ago

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

    • BlueCatuli 4 years ago

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

  9. jmcbosox 4 years ago

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

  10. BlueCatuli 4 years ago

    Thank you!

  11. Steven St Croix 4 years ago

    Keith Law is terrible

    • vtadave 4 years ago

      So was your explanation as to why you think so…

  12. johnsilver 4 years 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 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 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.

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

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

  15. Bryz 4 years 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.

  16. Revive85 4 years 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?

    • 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…

  17. Moe Lester 4 years 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??

  18. TartanElk 4 years ago

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

  19. nats2012 4 years ago

    Do the Philles have a good farm system?

  20. Infield Fly 4 years 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 ago

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

  21. Stuartsmith1988 4 years ago

    I’ve always been a fan of Maine I hope he gets a 2nd chance with Seattle or st Lois

    • Infield Fly 4 years ago

      I hope he gets a 2nd chance with….st Lois

      Hmm….saint or not….Lois might not agree.

      • start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

        Hey, my Aunt Lois is a Saint and don’t you dare say otherwise.

        • Stuartsmith1988 4 years ago

          Rediculous, you guys waste so much time on other peoples txt mistakes. St. Lois or st. Louis. iPhones just happen to do what they want sometimes. Get over it

          • Infield Fly 4 years ago

            Edit: Ridiculous *

            I think you’re gonna have to lump it on this one, hermano. Besides, if you’re going to complain about OUR complaining about your spelling, at least spell your epithets right…and quit picking on your iPhone! 😀

  22. scluse 4 years ago

    “Mets GM Sandy Alderson has not had any contact with former GM Omar Minaya since early January…”

    It should actually read: “Former Mets GM Omar Minaya has not had any contact with current Mets GM Sandy Alderson since early January…”

    That’s because as soon as Alderson gave his number to Minaya he received numerous late night, drunk calls from him.

  23. TDKnies 4 years ago

    I agree it’s not like Law needs the money, but I assume there’d be some form of consequence for this site if they knowingly let someone put up a list that’s supposed to be hidden from everyone who hasn’t paid for it. Don’t blame ’em for taking it down. Blame Law for being a jerk.

  24. 0bsessions 4 years ago

    Or blame US Copyright laws. It’s Law’s right to protect his content just as it is this site’s right to not allow said protected content to show up here. Think about this from the perspective of MLBTR’s staff. This is one of the widest read baseball sites on the web and Tim could get into some serious stuff if ESPN chose to pursue legal action against him for allowing that stuff up here.

    Beyond all that, I was able to find the list, without Insider access, in under 45 second of google searching. If you people want it that bad, go looking for it instead of whining about Tim’s choice to respect another journalist’s wishes.

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