NL West Notes: Saunders, Dodgers, Giants

The Rockies have grabbed the headlines tonight, trading Chris Iannetta to the Angels for Tyler Chatwood and agreeing to terms with Ramon Hernandez on a two-year deal. However, there’s lots more going on in the NL West. Here are the details:

  • There’s a “very good” chance Joe Saunders signs a two-year deal with the Diamondbacks,’s Buster Olney reports (on Twitter). Saunders, a non-tender candidate, has a projected 2012 salary of $8.7MM.
  • The Dodgers are looking for starting pitching and remain in on Hiroki Kuroda, Aaron Harang and Chris Capuano, according to’s Jayson Stark (on Twitter). However, Kuroda may be too pricey for the Dodgers, who also like Jeff Francis
  • The Dodgers will have a new owner before long, so Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times asks baseball people what qualities a good owner has. I recommend DiGiovanna’s piece, which suggests passion and money top the list of traits fans might want in an owner. 
  • Incoming Giants CEO Larry Baer confirmed that the team will operate with a $130MM payroll in 2012, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. The team followed up its 2010 World Championship season with a $118MM payroll in 2011. 
  • For more news on the Rockies, click here.

23 Responses to NL West Notes: Saunders, Dodgers, Giants Leave a Reply

  1. Dodgersarelife 4 years ago

    I like francis too, good experiment at least for fifth starter. SIGN HIM AND KURODA

    • doyers 4 years ago

      they would not be able to afford both.they should just sign Kuroda and make Rubby De La Rosa the fifth starter.And we also have Nathan Eovaldi or Dana Eveland who become the fifth starter 2.

      • John 4 years ago

        I think he’s having TJ surgery.

      • thegrayrace 4 years ago

        De La Rosa is not expected to play in 2012, TJ surgery. Eovaldi would be the 5th starter.

  2. Make that $125 MM if Sabean is able to offload recently signed Jeremy Affeldt ($5 MM). Unless that extra 5 mil is absorbed in some of the other deals the Giants are trying to consummate.

  3. bayareabeast 4 years ago

    show me the money!

  4. Evan Olson 4 years ago

    Please Ned sign Kuroda. Our best pitcher outside of Kershaw. I would hate to see a rotation without him. If we can’t get Kuroda please at least get Harang, all the others are trash.

  5. Alex 4 years ago

    Fans want an owner with passion and money? You don’t say…

    • vtadave 4 years ago

      Guessing Frank McCourt didn’t quite meet that criteria.

      • Shu13 4 years ago

        He had money and passion to buy houses…

        • angryredmenace 4 years ago

          Frankie had passion to buy houses, but not the money.That’s why he raided the dodgers and accumulated so much debt.

  6. 55saveslives 4 years ago

    130 is workable…just depends on who they offer arbitration to.  We don’t need Torres, Ross, Keppinger, Whiteside.  We could afford Beltran, Cuddyer or Willingham.

    • jordan4giants 4 years ago

      I would say keep Keppinger. With health issues as 2B, and a question mark at SS, it might be good to keep a steady glove/bat on the bench. But I agree on the rest. 

      I do however disagree on signing Willingham. He might have a slightly positive WAR, but his UZR is horrible, and would want more than 5 mill a year. Why not get try to get J.D. Drew on a 1 year deal to play left?

      • 55saveslives 4 years ago

        Fontenot is cheaper than Keppinger since we need to save.  Willingham will get at least 10 mill a year.  I don’t care what his UZR is, he will be in LF for us.  His 25-30HR power is what I want :)

  7. Harang, Capuano, Francis … let’s call the whole thing off, as the song goes.

  8. Donald Munson 4 years ago

    The “joys” of being a Padres fan include reading NL West notes that don’t include anything about them.

    • Last off season it was A-Gon this and A-Gon that.  Now that the Padres have “nothing” and no plans to change that, what do you expect?

  9. Patrick the Pragmatist 4 years ago

    I think Chone Figgins fits in well in the Giants ballpark.

  10. Heard this: Ned Colletti preparing 3 year/$9M figure for Rey Ordonez.

  11. Bombercules 4 years ago

    Joe Saunders? At 8.7 million? It’s a Christmas miracle (for the rest of the NL West).

    Why give a pay raise to a guy who clearly outperformed his peripherals?

  12. 55saveslives 4 years ago

    I only want Torres back if we don’t offer arbitration and re-sign him at minimum.

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