Quick Hits: Wilson, Santana, Mets, Soto, Chen

When George Kottaras hits for the cycle, left-hander Tom Milone homers on the very first pitch he sees in the Major Leagues and the Tigers come back from an 8-1 deficit for a 9-8 win over the White Sox, you know it's been a wild day in baseball.  Let's end it off with some news items…

  • The Rangers should offer C.J. Wilson a five-year contract worth between $92.5 and $97.5MM, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor for ESPN Dallas, but not any more than that since Wilson isn't quite one of the game's elite aces.  If you think that Wilson isn't worth that kind of money, remember that unless C.C. Sabathia opts out of his deal, Wilson will be clearly the best free agent arm on the market this winter.  MLBTR's Tim Dierkes thinks Wilson could even score a $100MM contract.
  • Kaja Whitehouse of the New York Post isn't impressed by the Mets' plan of offering ownership "units" worth $20-$30MM to several different investors.  She believes the club will find it hard to find investors willing to buy in without getting any say in the franchise's operations.
  • Johan Santana threw 30 pitches for Class A St. Lucie today in his first minor league appearance since July 28, reports Adam Rubin for ESPN New YorkMets manager Terry Collins didn't rule out the possibility that Santana could pitch in a Major League game this season.   
  • The Cubs' new general manager may have a difficult decision to make about Geovany Soto, writes Patrick Mooney for CSNChicago.com.  While Soto will have to rebound in 2012, it's hard to imagine any new GM immediately getting rid of a catcher who has performed very well in two of four Major League seasons.
  • Bruce Chen tells Tyler Kepner of the New York Times that he wants to return to the Royals next season, what he's learned from pitching for 10 different organizations and how he wants to be like Jamie Moyer.  Will MLBTR still be writing posts about Chen in 2025?
  • Juan Rivera's performance for the Dodgers has convinced the team that it needs another big bat for next season, reports MLB.com's Ken Gurnick.  That big bat is intended for first base or left field, which would mean that the Dodgers would part ways with either Rivera or James Loney


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22 Comments on "Quick Hits: Wilson, Santana, Mets, Soto, Chen"


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3 years 10 months ago

“Will MLBTR still be writing posts about Chen in 2025?”
We can only hope.

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Isaac
3 years 10 months ago

Ya then maybe he’ll have already pitched with every team

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Bender44
3 years 10 months ago

“Will MLBTR still be writing posts about Chen in 2025?”

No, but you’ll still be writing posts about Jamie Moyer.

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bjsguess
3 years 10 months ago

I understand the position of the Mets investors. Look, if this was the Yankees and the organization was successful and printing money then I would feel relatively safe in being a silent investor. However, the Mets just don’t inspire that same level of confidence. I would be extremely¬†leery¬†of handing over a check for $20m and then having zero say in how the team is led.

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 10 months ago

Exactly why I tend think this whole selling $20M-$30M share thing is a complete joke.

Not selling to Einhorn showed the baseball world that the Wilpons were simply playing the waiting game to make sure that Selig wouldn’t step in. This new tactic of trying to sell tiny pieces is just a new bs tactic.

Kinda screams that the Mets are in trouble for more than just next year.

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Infield Fly
3 years 10 months ago

Kinda screams that the Mets are in trouble for more than just next year.

The Mets are in trouble every year in one way or another, and they will continue to be….until the freakin’ Wilpons finally succumb to reality….and sell.

Looks like this is going to be a pretty long siege. >:(

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TimotheusATL
3 years 10 months ago

In 2025, I hope MLBTR is still writing posts about Matt Stairs.

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bobbybaseball
3 years 10 months ago

“MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes thinks Wilson could even score a $100MM contract.” Isn’t that what Taylor is saying? 92-97 is awfully close to 100 isn’t it?