Quick Hits: Giants, Red Sox, Smith, Dodgers, Orioles

Here are some items from around baseball to peruse after a great night of October baseball..

  • Giants GM Brian Sabean said that the club's paryoll in 2012 will be around $125MM but he may ask for more money based on a specific player they are targeting, writes Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.  Schulman believes that if Sabean wants to re-sign Carlos Beltran and needs more payroll room to do it, ownership will be willing to listen.
  • Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona plans to manage next season if offered the opportunity, a source close to Francona told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.
  • Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated (via Twitter) suggests that Torey Lovullo is a name to consider for the Red Sox managerial vacancy.  Lovullo managed Boston's Triple-A affiliate in 2010 and currently serves as the first base coach of the Blue Jays.
  • There's been a great deal of trade talk surrounding the Rockies' Seth Smith lately but the outfielder says that he's trying not to think about it too much, writes Jim Amstrong of The Denver Post.  If Colorado were to sign an everyday left fielder like Michael Cuddyer, Smith could be flipped for pitching.
  • The Dodgers have asked the judge in their bankruptcy case to reconsider limits he placed on their arguments, write Bill Shaikin and Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.  The team's attorneys want to present Bud Selig's dealings with other teams involving similar transactions.
  • Everybody is still waiting for both shoes to drop in the Orioles front office, writes Peter Schmuck of The Baltimore Sun.
Everybody is still waiting for both shoes to drop in the Orioles front office, where the respective status of president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail and manager Buck Showalter remain both intertwined and apparently undecided.

29 Responses to Quick Hits: Giants, Red Sox, Smith, Dodgers, Orioles Leave a Reply

  1. StanleyHudson 4 years ago

    Wouldn’t it be great if the Red Sox front office actually realized that all the managerial candidates(for the most part) are sub par and they beg Tito to come back to Boston?

    ……I’m a Red Sox fan and I’m hoping my teams front office looks like fools…….

    • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

      “front office” is actually ownership if you’re just talking about the francona fiasco

      • StanleyHudson 4 years ago

        I just lump them all together under the “Rich Idiots” category…

  2. GameCast_Freak 4 years ago

    so, lets stop saying “Dodgers” and start saying “McCourt” from now on. Thanks.

  3. Casmir Valeri 4 years ago

    Cuddyer cannot play left field he is deaf in his left ear.

    • Matt Moore 4 years ago

      Is this a joke or a fact?

    • johnsilver 4 years ago

      On a side note.. Was an OF several years back who hung around with several teams off and on who was mute and way back, “Dummy” Hoy, but must confess had to google the name as could only remember his nickname.

      Hoy must not have let it hurt him being a CF with over 600SB and played 14 seasons.

      Yeah, yeah.. Another off topic rant of mine over..

      • ellisburks 4 years ago

        Also Curtis Pride was deaf and played the outfield, all three positions. I don’t think it would hamper him.

        • johnsilver 4 years ago

          Thank you. That was the guy from a few years back whose name escaped me.. had to google Hoy’s name whose name had read about in variois books, but Pride was a guy we had all seen and it was bugging me…

    • Shu13 4 years ago

      If Jim Abbott could adapt and pitch w/ only a LH then I think Cuddyer could play LF….as stated Curtis Pride managed being deaf in both ears….I played on a full deaf team….(side note) it was fun when teams would sh!t talk to us b/c it would actually get under their own skin that we didn’t respond….I was the only one who could hear 100%

  4. 55saveslives 4 years ago

    Don’t forget Rollins too Sabes!!

  5. baybombers 4 years ago

    Beltran isnt worth it, sign cuddyer

  6. @stanley get over tito.he is not coming back.this is coming from a red sox fan

  7. “The team’s attorneys want to present Bud Selig’s dealings with other teams involving similar transactions.” 

    Sure, let them include all teams that the owner sucked the team dry for personal gain to the point the team is bankrupt.  Total=0

    • BlueSkyLA
      BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

      McCourt’s lawyers argue otherwise, or at least they allege otherwise. But the bankruptcy judge isn’t going to play the game of putting MLB on trial. I think he understands that it wouldn’t be Selig on trial, but baseball itself, since Selig’s job is to act as the agent for the owners. McCourt’s goose is cooked. Everybody seems to know it except for him.

  8. inkstainedscribe 4 years ago

    Frank Wren: Get Seth Smith. That is all.

  9. Bye Bye Baby Bonanza 4 years ago

    Yeah Giants payroll is going up.

  10. jctrock 4 years ago

    Go Giants! Go Brian Sabean! I know you can get some offense in S.F.

  11. bayareabeast 4 years ago

    ive said it before..i really dont want a player on the giants who says he wont come back if we dont get more players around him, id want players who want to be giants plus i love nate..but it would be interesting to see who else theyd pick up. im callin rollins on a 3yr contract and a cf like coco if hes cheap and put him in the 8 hole with rollins leading off


    your thoughts?

  12. GiantsRock 4 years ago

    Forget Coco, and add Grady Sizemore on a 1 year with an option.  He should be hungry to show he can get back to his previous levels.  It’s a great option to Coco, since the downside is limited, and the upside is tremendous.  In 2 years, we should have Gary Brown roaming CF for the foreseeable future, so let’s not block him with mediocrity.

    • bayareabeast 4 years ago

      the indians would have to decline his option and i doubt he would only want to sign a 1yr contract unless he just wants to proove he still has it

      • GiantsRock 4 years ago

        I would imagine the Indians turning down the option due to price and productivity of Sizemore over his previous contract.  Sizemore has been hurt a lot.  Supposedly he is coming back to full strenght now, but he’s only had one good year with no significant injuries.  I don’t see him getting more than a 2 year deal, but I imagine if the Giants (or submit most any team here) offered him a 1 year deal with a player option in 2 it’s about the best he can hope for given his history.

  13. start_wearing_purple
    start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

    I give the Royals, Pirates, Astros, and Orioles better odds.

  14. BlueSkyLA
    BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

    I hope I’ve found you in a moment of weakness, because I’d take those odds for large money.

  15. start_wearing_purple
    start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

    Eh, I was being sarcastic. But I do believe with McCourt the Dodgers are equivalent to a guy trying to tread water while holding on to an anvil.

  16. chico65 4 years ago

    In all fairness, I think the guy was screwed no matter what his parents named him.  It could be worse- at least “Peter” is a little more subtle than “Dick” Schmuck.

  17. BlueSkyLA
    BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

    I’ll take you at your word, but I still want to take you on that bet! It’s important to keep in mind that the team is under MLB control and bankruptcy protection. The team is actually at less risk of a fire sale now than it was this time last year. It’s in everybody’s interests to make the team competitive even if it requires loans from MLB to make it happen. But either way, McCourt is all but gone — he’s lost every round on points and we can all smell the TKO coming.

  18. Rabbitov 4 years ago

    He was screwed once he took over for Roch Kobatku (who was awesome) and started writing his own column (which is embarrassingly lazy, under-researched, and unfunny). 

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