Quick Hits: Buchholz, Ishikawa, Tabata, Rivera

Rounding up Sunday's links, as Andre Ethier celebrates his 29th birthday….

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  1. Guest 649 4 years ago

    As far as I’m concerned if Rivera keeps up this pace he should be released in a few weeks, for a guy like podsednik or Patterson. Then we need to fix our Error machine at 3B. I’d rather see Lawrie making these mistakes than E-5

  2. cayanksfan 4 years ago

    What is Jose Tabata’s status? Cots says he has a one year (2011) contract with Pittsburgh. Don’t they have rights to him longer than that?

    • Under control until 2016.

      And we’re GLAD about that – the kid’s a helluva ballplayer.

    • He’s arbitration eligible, so yes he’s under team control. Most teams who have pre-arb, and arb, players end up doing one year contracts. So while they still control the rights and will retain him for longer than this year, he’s only under contract for this year. They will renew the contract next year.

      • cayanksfan 4 years ago

        Didn’t he have some kind of attitude problem?

        • Look at below post.

        • Bucs 4 years ago

          No attitude problem. There was a custody battle in which his wife was arrested for taking their child without his consent. Tabata is an absolute joy, always smiling. and so are pirate fans in regards to him.

          • cayanksfan 4 years ago

            He had some problems with the Double-AA management, reported drinking, and he was benches. They said he left a game before it ended. There was also some reports of age discrepancy. Glad he turned it around. I wonder why the Yankees gave up on him…

          • Bucs 4 years ago

            Yankees didn’t give up on him. They made a trade they thought would help them win a world series in which they had to give him up. The season he was traded he went from can’t miss prospect to fringe player.

          • TapDancingTeddy 4 years ago

            Also, they wanted Xavier Nady who they thought was at the verge of becoming a much better player than in past years. While it was X’s breakout season, he hurt his throwing elbow the next year and needed Dr. Frank Jobe surgery to repair it.

            After that X’s career went south and Nick Swisher’s went north with Swish becoming the regular Yankee right fielder.

      • indybucfan 4 years ago

        He has half a season in, he’s not even close to being arbitration eligible. At the very least this year and next provided he becomes a super two, otherwise, this year and the next two before he’s eligible for arbitration.

  3. Bucs 4 years ago

    Who is the best leadoff hitter in MLB? Whoever it is can’t be that much better than Jose Tabata. His numbers have been great but more importantly he has been the prototypical leadoff man. If, and this is a huge if, he continues to develop, he could be a perennial all star.

  4. Not happy with Juan Rivera? So what! You’re free of that horrible Wells contract.

    • Guest 649 4 years ago

      Very true, however when podsednik and Patterson are healthy they need to take a bench spot and put Encarnacion at 1B/DH. I would rather pay Rivera to be a FA because there is no one stupid enough to take his contract on. I know it’s early but I already don’t like him. I don’t dislike many players, he just seems to not want to be here.

      • Agree with you completely. Except send Encarnacion to single a or release him on his ass

      • vilifyingforce 4 years ago

        Think about what you just said. “No one is stupid enough to take on his contract”. Are you aware of who he was dealt for?

  5. East Coast Bias 4 years ago

    Curse of the large market team, we will forever supply other teams’ futures.

    • NickinIthaca 4 years ago

      Before getting them back in free agency right before they begin their decline… It’s a terrible cycle.

      • East Coast Bias 4 years ago

        That’s not entirely true, and you and I both know that. It’s more like getting them back for their prime years for a large paycheck, and most likely also paying them the same for their declining years.

  6. Backup_Slider 4 years ago

    So you’re saying that Ethier has turned a non-tender 29?

    • BrocNessMonster 4 years ago

      He needs to be moved to first base. And is anyone as bad at hitting lefties as he is?

  7. Tirameenlasbolas 4 years ago

    I disagree with the Tabata article when it says “got little out of Nady and Marte”. Marte was nails in the playoffs when the Yankees won the World Series. I’m sure they’d love to have Tabata back but they’ve got a ring for which Marte deserves some credit so it wasn’t a bust for NY at all.

    • Bucs 4 years ago

      I agree that here in Pittsburgh we like to think we hustled the Yankees. We didn’t plain and simple. It reminds me of the Ricardo Rincon Brian Giles trade. Pittsburghers love to say we hustled the Indians when in fact we got their 5th outfielder for an extremely important piece of their pen. The fact that we stunk with Giles to me means we made a good trade and did nothing else to improve that team.

  8. AA is good but I really don’t see how he could trade Rivera. He looks awful can’t hit, can’t run and can’t play the outfield. It’s time for AA to accept his 5 million dollar loss and realease him.

  9. He is not better then Ichiro

  10. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    which is why he said Ichiro is the best

  11. i replied to the wrong comment

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