Quick Hits: Pedro, Martin, Archer, Davis, D’Backs

Links for Saturday, after Matt Harrison threw his second gem in as many starts…

  • A team official told Joel Sherman of The New York Post that the Yankees have no interest in Pedro Martinez even though he's looking to return (Twitter links). The Yankees changed their mind about Carlos Silva after the right-hander agreed to get in shape and pitch in the minors.
  • Mike Petraglia of WEEI.com spoke to Russell Martin, who said the Red Sox expressed interest in signing him this offseason but were concerned about his injured hip.
  • Rays prospect Chris Archer holds no ill-will towards the Cubs for dealing him, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.  The right-hander was a part of the deal that brought Matt Garza to Chicago.
  • The Yankees did not send a scout to watch Doug Davis' workout yesterday, reports George A. King III of The New York Post.
  • In his Insider-only blog post, ESPN's Buster Olney spoke to some executives that said Manny Ramirez's reported PED use may have altered the future of former Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes and manager Bob Melvin. Arizona led the NL West for most of the 2008 season, but were knocked out of postseason race when the Dodgers made a late charge after acquiring Manny at the deadline.
  • ESPN's Jerry Crasnick profiled Brett Wallace of the Astros, who was traded three times in the span of 371 days. "The way I choose to look at it, the teams that traded for me all had a plan for me and believed in me," said the first baseman. "But it definitely makes you step back and see the business side of baseball. When you get traded one year out of the draft, it's an eye opener. It doesn't matter how much a team likes you or doesn't like you. Things can change. Things are going to happen, and anyone is touchable."


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23 Comments on "Quick Hits: Pedro, Martin, Archer, Davis, D’Backs"


rovert22044
4 years 4 months ago

Wallace is a good guy. I have high hopes he will be a future star. Good bat, decent fielding abilities, just slow. VERY slow.

David X
4 years 4 months ago

I’d rather not think of Brett Wallace as “touchable.”

grouchonyy
4 years 4 months ago

You have a scary typo here. George King writes for the Post, not The New York Times. The Times hasn’t fallen that far, that fast

Koby2
4 years 4 months ago

And it’ll never get corrected.

vtadave
4 years 4 months ago

Why is that?

Koby2
4 years 4 months ago

They never seem to correct typos/mistakes like this. Something I’ve noticed as the site as grown.

NickinIthaca
4 years 4 months ago

You forgot to edit your post to say “has grown”

AJCBE
4 years 4 months ago

And it’ll never get corrected.

PRINCEOFNY
4 years 4 months ago

George A. King III’s name sounds like he *should* write for the Times; then you read his writing and understand why he writes for the Post.

Milmurph
4 years 4 months ago

Really? Carlos Silva agreed to get in shape? He agreed to go to the minors? Isn’t that already assumed and implied when you are under an $11.5 million dollar contract? The amount of negative and accurate amount of insulting cliches could follow, but I think one gets the point about his character.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 4 months ago

I don’t understand this. The Red Sox were nervous about Russel Martin’s hip and he signs with the Yankees, and the Yankees were concered with Alfredo Aceves’ back and he signs with the Red Sox. WTF

YanksFanSince78
4 years 4 months ago

Not so odd.I imagine if Martin lowered his asking price then he would’ve signed with the Red Sox. As far as Aceves is concerned they had Ace for two or three years and I guess had reasons to be conerned.

vtadave
4 years 4 months ago

Meanwhile:

Martin – 3 Home Runs
Dodgers Team – 3 Home Runs

TapDancingTeddy
4 years 4 months ago

Cashman’s best move of the offseason. I don’t expect Martin to continue to be a hitting star, but he is healthy, and when healthy he is a very good defensive catcher whose offensive gifts are above average for the position.

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

if martin hits for a .300 wOBA the rest of the year (152 games) is it still the best move of the offseason? i liked the signing, but let’s give it a minute

TapDancingTeddy
4 years 4 months ago

If he’s healthy the defensive improvement over Posada alone may be worth the one-year signing.

TapDancingTeddy
4 years 4 months ago

What you said is true, but I am still so pissed over Aceves leaving while our team needs pitching. All the crap pitchers the Yanks have signed and Ace goes to Boston.

I think it’s all because Cashman doesn’t like taking chances with injured pitchers. Anyone he sees ready to throw now, he’ll give a shot, but if he thinks they’ve got an injury, then all bets are off.

That policy worked with Chien-Ming Wang, but it might backfire badly if Aceves is healthy the whole season. His long relief efforts can turn into a lot of comeback wins for the BoSox since they have such a powerful offense.

ultimate913
4 years 4 months ago

“Asked if he thought much about what might have been heading into this series at Fenway Park, Martin said he really never gave it a second thought.”

I wouldn’t have either. I’d rather not have thought about heading into a series against the Yanks with all the hype they had, when the team was 0 – 6.

LifeLongYankeeFan
4 years 4 months ago

That would just be too weird seeing Pedro wearing a Yankees uniform. Not sure if Posada would be crazy about it either.

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 4 months ago

I think most NY-Sox fans have that image ingrained in their minds of Pedro pointing at his head while jawing with Posada as if to say “youre getting beaned here next Jorge”!

LifeLongYankeeFan
4 years 4 months ago

Yeah very true I actually have that game on my itunes. Good luck this year and hopefully it will be a fun season to watch.

studio179
4 years 4 months ago

“Rays prospect Chris Archer holds no ill-will towards the Cubs for dealing him, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. The right-hander was a part of the deal that brought Matt Garza to Chicago.”

Some Cubs fans hold ill-will towards the Cubs for dealing him.

studio179
4 years 4 months ago

“The Yankees changed their mind about Carlos Silva after the right-hander agreed to get in shape and pitch in the minors.”

Nice. You should have been in shape coming to spring camp, clown.