Quick Hits: Feliz, Bonser, Pavano, Mets, Overbay

Links for Thursday, as the White Sox announce that Dayan Viciedo will miss 3-4 weeks with a fractured right thumb…

  • Scott Miller of CBS Sports says it's starting to seem likely that the Rangers will move Neftali Feliz to the rotation.
  • Yahoo's Jeff Passan argues that the Rangers will keep Feliz in the rotation, where he has pitched this spring, if they know what's best.
  • Rival teams sense that the Rangers would prefer to move Michael Young before his ten and five rights kick in this May, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney (on Twitter). They won't give him away, though.
  • Boof Bonser has a clause in his contract that allows him to opt out if he doesn't make the Mets, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News (on Twitter). The Mets would love to keep Bonser regardless, but he isn't sure what he'll do if he isn't on the team's Opening Day roster.
  • Richard Sandomir and Ken Belson of the New York Times report that the Mets' owners were in financial trouble before Irving Picard filed a $1 billion lawsuit against them.
  • One talent evaluator tells Olney that Carl Pavano looks like the best pitcher in Florida this spring (Twitter link).
  • Lyle Overbay told Ron Musselman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he signed with the Pirates because "they were going in a better direction" than some of the other interested teams. Overbay, the oldest player on the Pirates roster, says he liked the idea of playing under new manager Clint Hurdle.


39 Responses to Quick Hits: Feliz, Bonser, Pavano, Mets, Overbay Leave a Reply

  1. InLeylandWeTrust 4 years ago

    Really Johnny???? What exactly did you do here that made you think it was a “slam dunk” that DD would bring you back???

    • safari_punch 4 years ago

      Diamond Dave likes giving out bad contracts or haven’t you noticed?

      • InLeylandWeTrust 4 years ago

        I wouldn’t say bad contracts as much as bad extensions.

    • Yes, the team that is TRYING TO TRADE YOU definitely wants you around. Dummy.

      • RedSoxDynasty 4 years ago

        Couldn’t have said it any better myself but then again, Damon will always be an “Idiot”!

  2. PostMoBills 4 years ago

    I thought it would have been obvious that the pitcher with the best mustache would look like the best pitcher. He did say Florida, so John Axford doesn’t count.

    • MinnesotaTwins 4 years ago

      Very good point, that upper lip sweater for the cool Minnesota evenings certainly makes him the best pitcher, even in warm sunny Florida.

  3. safari_punch 4 years ago

    Look forward to the Sabermetric crowd’s defense of Overbay.

    Come on clowns! Where are you?

    • ugen64 4 years ago

      you’ll be waiting a long time. his LD rate is declining, he’s swinging at more bad pitches and taking fewer walks, he’s seeing the fewest fastballs of his career, and he just turned 34. i wouldn’t hold my breath :-)

      • MaineSox 4 years ago

        There wasn’t much there for him to decline from to begin with. He’s been basically the definition of league average for pretty much his whole career.

    • MaineSox 4 years ago

      WATCH THE GAMEZ!!!1!

    • goner 4 years ago

      I was underwhelmed by the Overbay signing as much as anyone, but his defensive play at 1B should be a vast improvement over Clement and Jones’ aggregate performance in 2010.

  4. ugotrpk3113 4 years ago

    Sweet story on Reyes – Never heard that before. Good stuff.

    • BobMexico 4 years ago

      Other things Reyes does with his right hand; eat pizza, eat McDonalds, eat twinkies, and pick up the check when he goes out to eat with Pablo Sandoval.

      • ugotrpk3113 4 years ago

        Google “Pablo Sandoval weight loss”

        Let me know whatcha find.

        • Chuck345 4 years ago

          I Googled that. The article states that he has lost at least 17 lbs. Not bad.

          Only 150 lbs more to go.

          • ugotrpk3113 4 years ago

            Nah – you have to look at him in person. There’s no way it was just 17, he literally looks like half a person now.

          • Chuck345 4 years ago

            I’ll take your word for it. That’s impressive.

            Does he realize he could have been the winning contestant on NBC’s The Biggest Loser?

          • Whole_New_World 4 years ago

            Hmmmm, that article from early December?

            He dropped 38 lbs. Looks good. Not sure how much that’s going to help him with the bat. Still, he’s not going to drop dead on the field this year, anyway.

        • HerbertAnchovy 4 years ago

          Funny what telling him he’d be sent down if he didn’t get his game and conditioning together does for his motivation.

  5. Backup_Slider 4 years ago

    Wilpon and Katz are clearly in dire straits – I hear that the Gaddafis are offering them help.

  6. Pawsdeep 4 years ago

    Slam dunk?? Don’t get me wrong, Damon was good for the tigers but with all of the young guys coming up in the OF, how did he figure the tigers were going to pay him 5mil(or plus) to be a part time OF/DH? They will get basically the same stat line from raburn for half the cost and he will be a full time outfielder who can actually hold a runner from advancing. I really liked having Johnny on the team but he should have seen this coming—it’s almost as is he’s using the tigers as a scapegoat for him being too afraid to show his face at Fenway again.

  7. Karkat 4 years ago

    I’m not sure why everyone seems to think it’s such a no-brainer to move Feliz in the rotation. I know closers generally get over-hyped, but I feel like, especially with the departure of Francisco, this leaves a big gaping hole in the back of the Rangers’ bullpen.

    That aside, are we even sure Feliz can make a smooth transition into a starting role? His numbers as a starter got progressively worse as he moved up in the minors, and he’d really need to be able to use his change-up more than he did last year in order to have three true pitches. I feel like it’s best for them to leave well enough alone, really.

    • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

      part of the problem for them is that an air-tight closer won’t matter much if they can’t get to the ninth with a lead consistently. i don’t think they’re at all satisfied with their rotation, and that’s priority 1

      i’m not sure what you’re talking about in terms of his minor league numbers. they are small samples (because he was successful), but he posted FIPs of 3.07 and 2.88 in AA and AAA respectively. his stuff more than qualifies him to start effectively, and that’s all he’d been doing until texas moved him to the bullpen

  8. monkeyspanked 4 years ago

    Ok so the Tigers try to trade you Mr. Damon, and you think it’s a slam dunk that they would want to retain you? Where the hell does that make sense?

  9. start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

    Meanwhile in what the rest of us will refer to as “reality,” everyone was expecting a “slam dunk” for the Tigers to say bye-bye to Damon.

  10. Infield Fly 4 years ago

    …The Mets’ owners were in financial trouble before Irving Picard filed a $1 billion lawsuit against them.

    Now that the lawsuit hit, all of the old guard is gone, and there’s no Omar (etc.) for them to hide behind any more, we have a much better perspective on what the Wilpons call “running a Major League ball club.” In keeping with that, words can not express my utter disgust at their incompetence…or my impatience for them to sell. ALREADY.

  11. Alex Gomez 4 years ago

    Welcome to what us Dodger fans want out of McCourt.

    • Verlander_Will_Save_Us_All 4 years ago

      “This comment was flagged for review”

      What? I’ve never seen disqus do that before.

      • apparently the wilpons by chance came on the site and flagged my comment that was urging them to just sell the team already. haha

  12. twins33 4 years ago

    Just be happy someone still wants to employ you, Boof.

  13. Mike 4 years ago

    Feliz is not gonna be in the Rangers rotation, not now. He said himself he’d prefer to go back to the bullpen for another year. Besides, until he shows consistency with at least one more pitche besides his fastball, he can’t hack it as a starter.

  14. Ray R 4 years ago

    Of course the Stache is the best pitcher in Florida. Too bad he’ll have to play most of his games in 47 other states.

  15. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    Hiroshima Toyo Carp
    Las Vegas 51’s
    Tokyo Yakult Swallows

  16. RedSoxDynasty 4 years ago

    And what other teams are headed in a worse direction than the Pirates? Just admit you took the most money Lyle, no one will hate you for it!

  17. themadman0307 4 years ago

    Zing! :)

  18. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    only one way to find out!

  19. Encarnacion's Parrot 4 years ago

    Haha. I had a feeling that comment would be removed, but it was worth at least trying. My bad, Ben.

  20. goner 4 years ago

    The Pirates sucked so bad in 2010, they can only improve in 2011 (though they probably still won’t crack .500). How many other teams would you say are just as certain to improve compared to 2010?

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