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, ESPN.com’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 ESPN.com’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.


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23 Comments on "NL West Notes: Saunders, Dodgers, Giants"


Dodgersarelife
3 years 9 months ago

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

doyers
3 years 9 months 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
3 years 9 months ago

I think he’s having TJ surgery.

thegrayrace
3 years 9 months ago

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

3 years 9 months ago

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.

bayareabeast
3 years 9 months ago

show me the money!

Evan Olson
3 years 9 months 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.

3 years 9 months ago

I hate to see the rotation with or without him.

Alex
3 years 9 months ago

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

vtadave
3 years 9 months ago

Guessing Frank McCourt didn’t quite meet that criteria.

Shu13
3 years 9 months ago

He had money and passion to buy houses…..lol

angryredmenace
3 years 9 months ago

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

55saveslives
3 years 9 months 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
3 years 9 months 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
3 years 9 months 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 :)

3 years 9 months ago

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

Donald Munson
3 years 9 months ago

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

3 years 9 months ago

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?

Donald Munson
3 years 9 months ago

I don’t expect much these days.

Patrick the Pragmatist
3 years 9 months ago

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

3 years 9 months ago

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

Bombercules
3 years 9 months 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?

55saveslives
3 years 9 months ago

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