Quick Hits: Soria, Bourn, Transactions, Wilson

Sunday linkage..

  • A look at Royals closer Joakim Soria's contract situation shows that his $6MM option vested on July 30, when he pitched his 110th game between the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Soria's option vesting merely locks in his salary for 2012; he'd have been arbitration-eligible at any rate.
  • David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wonders if the Braves should extend Michael Bourn, and what the cost of it would be. As O'Brien points out, it's hard to come by comparables for Bourn, and the best may be Juan Pierre, whose contract is widely regarded as a tremendous mistake.
  • Baseball America's Matt Eddy runs down the week's minor league transactions.
  • Recently, impending free agent C.J. Wilson said that now is not the time to look ahead to the offseason and his next contract.  In an interview on 103.3 FM ESPN (audio link), Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine seemed to agree and said that the club isn't looking to negotiate mid-season, writes Bryan Dolgin of ESPNDallas.com.
  • Infielder Felipe Lopez will report to the Brewers' Triple-A affiliate on Monday after being outrighted on Wednesday.  The veteran didn't impress on Milwaukee's big league roster this year, batting .182/.245/.182 in 51 trips to the plate.
  • It's time for Athletics GM Billy Beane to move on to a different challenge, writes Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle.  While he's been linked extensively to the Cubs job, Jenkins wonders if Beane could be a fit for the Dodgers if GM Ned Colletti winds up being hired by Chicago.
  • The Marlins have begun the process of looking at managerial candidates and there is still interest in some corners of the Florida organization in Ozzie Guillen, writes ESPN.com's Buster Olney. The White Sox skipper has another year on his current deal but it remains to be seen whether Guillen will be invited back.

MLBTR's Steve Adams contributed to this post.

Thanks to Cot's Baseball Contracts for the contract information used in this post.


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41 Comments on "Quick Hits: Soria, Bourn, Transactions, Wilson"


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Pete
3 years 10 months ago

Oh yeah, well-known A’s hater Bruce Jenkins wants the A’s to lose their most talented asset. Obviously. The SF Chronicle is so disgusting when it comes to a bias against the A’s.

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RepOak
3 years 10 months ago

And you just learned this haha. Jenkins has always been known for anti A’s articles..

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Crucisnh
3 years 10 months ago

What’s his problem with the A’s?  (I’m from the East Coast, and am not familiar with this writer.)

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Snoochies8
3 years 10 months ago

I dunno what his problem with the A’s is specifically, but i know he’s someone i read if i want a good laugh. He’s one of the few that still highly values wins, saves, rbi’s, and runs scored.

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Crucisnh
3 years 10 months ago

In other words, he’s seriously old school when it comes to stats.  Actually, so old that he’s almost prehistoric.  Not sure that I could get into him if he values such a valueless stat as wins for a pitcher.

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 10 months ago

Which does bring up the question, is Beane as good as everyone says? Over the last 5 seasons the A’s have had zero seasons above .500 though one at .500. Sure he had success early on but any other team would start blaming the GM by now.

Guest
3 years 10 months ago

To be fair, Beane takes a more all-or-nothing approach than maybe any GM in baseball, in part because he has the job security to do so. If the A’s aren’t going to make the playoffs, he puts zero value in winning 81 games instead of 70.

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 10 months ago

Fair point, but Friedman has done more with similar resources against 2 of baseball’s superpowers.

Guest
3 years 10 months ago

Yeah, although he was helped a lot by a number one pick in Price, a top five pick in Longoria, and selling another number one pick in Young. More to the point, Friedman is just a great GM who has handled his situation extremely well, both in advantages and disadvantages he was handed. It doesn’t make you a bad GM to do a worse job than Friedman has done over the last few years.

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alxn
3 years 10 months ago

then I guess it isn’t fair to start hating on Beane until the A’s are awful for a decade and are able to stock up on elite draft prospects

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bonestock94
3 years 10 months ago

They’re still drafting and developing players extremely well.

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Crucisnh
3 years 10 months ago

And perhaps aside from trying to look a little better to get a few more fannies in the seats and improve team revenue, what value is there in winning 81 games rather than 70?

Regardless, the A’s are in a difficult division and position.  The Angels have been good for a while and have more resources.  The Rangers are starting to look like they’re going to be a powerhouse team in the AL West for a few years.  And given that they’re in the AL, and it seems to take a rather special miracle for the wild card team to not come out of the AL East, the A’s have a difficult road ahead of them every year.  (Plus the fact that they need a new ball park.)

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jjs91
3 years 10 months ago

I was thinking the same thing, it just seems that it’s been a while that he developed or even traded for a decent hitting prospect. year, in and  year out their offense is seen as weak and he hasnt been able to develop the proper hitters to fix it. A lot of this has to do with his tiny draft and ifa budget but that’s not really a positive for him, as it would it doesnt necessarily tell us he’d be better at it with a bigger budget.

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alxn
3 years 10 months ago

Jemile Weeks

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bannister19
3 years 10 months ago

I’m not an A’s fan in any way, but Billy Beane is my favorite GM in baseball.

With that said, if he leaves Oakland this season without getting fired, I will be extremely disappointed in him. Since the days of Tim Hudson, Jason Giambi, and Barry Zito ended quite a few years back, the Athletics have been a pretty big failure in a mediocre division, considering they finished 1st or 2nd for the first eight years that he was GM.

Guest
3 years 10 months ago

If Billy Beane was going to leave the A’s, wouldn’t he want to run a team that has money? And don’t the Cubs want to get away from having a GM that fetishizes mediocre veterans?

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bannister19
3 years 10 months ago

You look at a GMs job too simplistic. Billy Beane could turn the Cubs organization around in a heartbeat, I just think that there is too much chaos in the organization for him to do it though.

Guest
3 years 10 months ago

I was responding to the item above that suggested he could move to the Dodgers. And no one can turn the Cubs around in a heartbeat, given their contracts and farm system. Whoever they hire needs to be given time to execute a long term plan.

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Crucisnh
3 years 10 months ago

I think that I’d agree that Beane taking a potential Dodgers job may be a long shot as long as McCourt’s the owner.  But if a new owner came in with the resources to make the team a lot more competitive again, I could see Beane seriously considering making the jump.  I think that if I were in Beane’s shoes, I’d rather consider the Dodgers’ job under those circumstances over the Cubs job.  Without dissing the Cubs, it seems like it’s gonna take a while to get beyond those bad contracts they’re saddled with that are probably inhibiting their ability to get better.  And that doesn’t sound all that enticing, though I could be wrong.

Guest
3 years 10 months ago

Agent Ned has not yet completely fulfilled his mission in Los Angeles. Keep him there!

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Gumby65
3 years 10 months ago

Very true, Kemp & Kershaw are still on the roster, so yep, until then, mission incomplete…

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bringbackandruw
3 years 10 months ago

Frank Wren is patiently waiting for Kemp

Guest
3 years 10 months ago

CJ Wilson will be a Chicago Cub in 2012

Guest
3 years 10 months ago

How unfortunate for both C.J. Wilson and the Cubs.