Quick Hits: Nationals, Mets, Wandy, Blue Jays

On this date 25 years ago, A's rookie Mark McGwire hit his first MLB home run. Another historic slugger, Jim Thome, could be on the move this week. Here are the latest links from around MLB…

  • Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post wants to see Davey Johnson return as the Nationals' skipper in 2012.  Earlier this week, GM Mike Rizzo raved about Johnson's ability to connect with his players.
  • The Mets haven't yet had internal discussions about picking up the 2013 option for manager Terry Collins, but they'll likely discuss the possibility within the next month, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News
  • Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports hears from someone connected to baseball management who wonders why MLB players don't insist on slotting. Capping bonuses does have potential benefits, but as Rosenthal explains, it's far from an ideal system.
  • The Astros wanted Wilin Rosario or Drew Pomeranz for Wandy Rodriguez, but the Rockies were only offering Jason Hammel, Casey Weathers or Christian Friedrich, according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com (on Twitter). Talks between the two teams reached a standstill yesterday, after the Rockies claimed Rodriguez earlier in the week.
  • The Blue Jays announced that they signed non-drafted free agent Luke Willson, a left-handed hitter who also plays tight end for the Rice University Owls.

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9 Comments on "Quick Hits: Nationals, Mets, Wandy, Blue Jays"

4 years 6 days ago

I don’t know much about waivers so I have a question. The Rockies have claimed Wandy Rodriguez but if the talks fail, can another team step in and attempt to claim Rodriguez?

4 years 6 days ago

No.  Once he is claimed he is awarded to the team with the worst record in the same league.  If no trade is worked out the Astros can either let him go or pull him back.  If they place him on waivers again he cannot be pulled back.

East Coast Bias
4 years 6 days ago

Pomeranz or Rosario for Wandy and that contract? wtf were the Astros smoking?

4 years 6 days ago

What was thinking here, especially Pomeranz for a fair at best NL pitcher.

4 years 6 days ago

I wouldn’t even make that trade if the astros paid his full salary 

4 years 6 days ago

If those were indeed the players Colorado offered I’m glad Ed Wade told them “thanks, but no thanks”…

Neil Guzman
4 years 6 days ago

I’m glad that O’Dowd didn’t ask Wade to pass the dutchie…

4 years 6 days ago

Friedrich wouldn’t have been a bad get for Houston if Colorado took on all of Wandy’s remaining salary.

4 years 6 days ago

Dont forget about Jason Bay. They have been without him for 2 years