Quick Hits: Manuel, Doumit, Twins, A’s

Some links to check out as you celebrate Valentine's Day

  • Phillies manager Charlie Manuel says he won't want to discuss an extension with the Phillies anymore if he doesn't have a new deal by the time the season starts, according to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark. Manuel's contract expires after the season and his agent has been discussing a deal with the Phillies. 
  • Yahoo's Tim Brown chronicles Giants manager Bruce Bochy's path to last year's World Series championship.
  • Pirates GM Neal Huntington says Ryan Doumit "has value" to Pittsburgh, but admitted that the team could trade Doumit before Opening Day, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (on Twitter). As MLBTR's Mark Polishuk recently explained, it's a make or break year for the catcher/outfielder.
  • The Twins agreed to sign Dominican right-hander Felix Jorge for $250K, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America. Jorge has an 88-91 mph fastball with "a good delivery, a loose arm and [some] feel for spinning a solid curveball," according to Badler.
  • A's GM Billy Beane told John Sickels of Minor League Ball that he likes the idea of trading draft picks. Click through for an interesting read on what Beane looks for in a pitcher and how he evaluates some of the current Athletics.
  • Be sure to check out RotoAuthority if you're a fantasy player wondering how this year's crop of shortstops looks.


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21 Comments on "Quick Hits: Manuel, Doumit, Twins, A’s"


TartanElk
4 years 6 months ago

So, essentially what Huntington said is: “Doumit has a lot of value to us as a player, but we’re sure as **** gonna get rid of him if an offer comes up.”?

leberquesgue
4 years 6 months ago

I realise that linking to your other site is a valid business decision, but please consider that fantasy baseball matters have nothing to do with the purpose of this site and some of your readers will find the barrage of links to Rotoauthority over the next couple of months aggravating. I wish you could find a less blatant and intrusive way to guide those who are interested over to the fantasy pages, in a way that those of us with complete disinterest could ignore. Free advertising space, for example.

not_brooks
4 years 6 months ago

“Blatant and intrusive”? It’s one sentence at the bottom of a list of links. That’s a lot less “blatant and intrusive” than a big ugly ad.

I mean, look at that ad up there. For me, it’s a bright orange 3×3 square. That was the first thing that I saw when I opened this page. And while skimming through to see what I was interested in clicking through to, I honestly didn’t even notice the RotoAuthority link.

fpsantangeloswingman
4 years 6 months ago

“please consider that fantasy baseball matters have nothing to do with the purpose of this site”

It’s their site, they can post whatever they want to it. You have no obligation to read or click on everything they post. Exercise you ability to choose or ignore, instead of telling them what you think readers want. You don’t speak for me.

4 years 6 months ago

Come on Twins! Sign some young Dominican Republic arms that fire 97+ mph. We need some power arms in the farm.

0vercast
4 years 6 months ago

Haha, I know what you mean. I like the signing.

“Jorge, who is around 6-foot-4, 175 pounds, has an 88-91 mph fastball that has touched 92. Jorge, a 17-year-old from Santiago, has a good delivery, a loose arm and shows feel for spinning a solid curveball.”

4 years 6 months ago

I’m normally really against signing Japanese pitchers, but I hope the Twins go after Yu Darvish next offseason.

0vercast
4 years 6 months ago

Too rich for the Twins blood.

4 years 6 months ago

They almost won the bid for Hisashi Iwakuma. I wouldn’t put it past them.

0vercast
4 years 6 months ago

Oakland’s $19M bid was 3x higher than the Twins, who had the second
place bid. Darvish is actually gonna get the 9-10 mil per year long
term contract that Iwamura wanted. The Twins can’t afford gambles
like that while paying Mauer $23M. I’ll pass on Darvish at that cost.

4 years 6 months ago

Learning that Billy Beane likes the idea of trading draft picks is about a surprising as learning that CC Sabathia likes Hot Dogs.

TartanElk
4 years 6 months ago

That would be surprising. Sabathia is much like the average lolcat. He likez cheezburger.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=105×7896966

4 years 6 months ago

That doesn’t make sense about your comment and the A’s. The A’s have never traded a draft pick, ever. Look it up. You make it seem as if the A’s are wheeling and dealing and move up and down the draft board. This is not the case. Just recently MLB clubs were allowed to trade their draft picks.

Plus, draft picks in the MLB dont’ have the same value has they do in other sports. “Sign ability” is major factor in the MLB draft. Rarely if ever, does the best “amateur” prospect go number one. For instance, anybody remember Matt Bush? He was the number one pick in 2004. And clearly he was not the best player in college or high school.

Even people who are “not in the know”could have told you that Jared Weaver (who won the Golden Spikes award) and Stephen Drew were the cream of the college crop. And Homer Bailey and Billy Butler were clearly the two best high school prospects. Add all that up and they take Matt Bush. Ironically, the night after the draft he was arrested and thrown out of club for underage drinking. And well the rest is history.

TartanElk
4 years 6 months ago

Since when can teams trade picks now?

4 years 6 months ago

I think you’re mistaken. MLB draft picks can’t be traded. Beane WANTS that to change and Cobby is simply saying Duh, not saying that they already do.

4 years 6 months ago

This guy gets me.

Bust A Posey
4 years 6 months ago

Bouchy is underrated as a coach. He is one of the top five in MLB.

corey23
4 years 6 months ago

is bouchy a coach on the giants or something?

TartanElk
4 years 6 months ago

Easy now Wayne.

Don’t let that bicycle kick go to your head.

Fifty_Five
4 years 6 months ago

You can’t say hell on disqus?

TartanElk
4 years 6 months ago

Wrong 4 letter word, I censored myself.