Overnight Links: Wise, Gonzalez, Fielder, Rule 5

Some links for the bleary-eyed readers still awake at their computers/smartphones/tablets:

  • The Yankees are discussing a minor league deal with outfielder Dewayne Wise, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). A strong defender, Wise is probably best known for preserving former teammate Mark Buehrle's 2009 perfect game in the ninth inning by robbing a home run off the bat of Gabe Kapler.
  • Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram tweets that the Rangers met with Scott Boras to discuss Mike Gonzalez today, and they also checked in on Prince Fielder.
  • Brewers GM Doug Melvin said his team probably won't make a pick in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, tweets Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
  • The Pirates have at least thought about picking Nationals lefty Josh Smoker in the Rule 5 Draft, though it's not a lock according to John Perotto of Baseball Prospectus (on Twitter). Smoker was selected 31st overall by the Nats in 2007.
  • Even with tonight's hiring of Jeff Luhnow as the new Astros GM, it will be interim GM Dave Gottfried and scouting director/assistant GM Bobby Heck calling the shots at the Rule 5 Draft tomorrow, tweets Alyson Footer of the Astros.
  • Baseball America's John Manuel writes that reports of the Twins focusing on pitching led to speculation on Mets righty Rhiner Cruz, but a club source said the team is looking in another direction.
  • The Red Sox compensation from the Cubs for Theo Epstein is expected to be sorted out after the Rule 5 Draft, writes MLB.com's Carrie Muskat.


13 Responses to Overnight Links: Wise, Gonzalez, Fielder, Rule 5 Leave a Reply

  1. MrBaseball29 4 years ago

    Yanks

  2. Chewtoy123 4 years ago

    I hope the Rangers make it happen with Gonzo. 

    • He really wasn’t impressive, and is not a difference maker.

      • Chewtoy123 4 years ago

        Yeah he was, and he could be a difference maker. Wash hardly ever used him. We should give him the opportunity to show us what he’s got.

    • foxtown 4 years ago

      Why would they sign a muppet?

  3. johnsilver 4 years ago

    Dewayne Wise would be the NYY version of the Red Sox’s Darnell McDonald.. Hopefully they can manage to keep him as far away from the MLB roster as possible. Am hoping Boston wises up and dumps Mcdonald from theirs.

    Always amazes me why teams consider these washed up retreads, who cannot buy a hit as a better option when they need someone for an emergency to play a couple of weeks. Usually a team has a guy on the 40 man roster who is comparable and needs a good look anyway, yet teams almost always have these useless types hanging around.

    • Jim McGrath 4 years ago

      johnsilver if Darnell were anyone elses McDonald–I would only be slightly concerned but he’s the Red Sox McDonald and Mrs.McDonald’s son and has tried real hard to contribute the last two years to our RS Nation. He’s in a no win situation with the Sox and apparently not held in high regard by MLB teams since he has passed through waivers a couple of times. 
      It would seem to me Japan, for a 30 + year old would be a good landing spot for him if he can find a team to polish his game. He’s a poor man’s Gabe Kapler. He shows occasional signs of more than being mediocre and his opportunities to shine are limited.
      I suppose as long as he can find a gig paying the minor league minimum he can continue to feed his family and live his dream.

      • johnsilver 4 years ago

        “-I would only be slightly concerned but he’s the Red Sox McDonald and
        Mrs.McDonald’s son and has tried real hard to contribute the last two
        years to our RS Nation”

        It is the ice cold nature of the game and a job in general.. When termination time comes and one cannot fill a job’s duty competently, then you get rid of them..simple as that. Baseball is no different than any other job whether or not this sport/job has a massive following or not.

        If you have seen me here, you know have been following this sport for close to 50 years.. Ballplayers come and go. when it’s time to go, you get rid of them or retire. something the last Red Sox manager had a problem with.

        • Jim McGrath 4 years ago

          JS—you are right Terry kept his faves around hoping the 30 + guy would turn a “Miracle” before he calls it quit.
          Hasn’t happened to me in my 67 years either–still appreciate his efforts. Happy Holidays.

          • johnsilver 4 years ago

            Right on with his bench veterans core he liked to employ and sticking with many far to long as starters sometimes all along his tenure as a manager. he was a player’s manager indeed and it did get results for a time, but eventually the players seemed to just take over the ship.

            Back to McDonald if you don’t mind.. In May, June and July when he was hitting below .200, swinging at everything and making Billy Hall look like an All Star he was performing so poorly… Wouldn’t you have preferred to see Che Lin called up? he is the best glove guy as far as OF go in the system, with a cannon for an arm and would not in all likelihood have hit any worse than McDonald and has speed. It makes one wonder if that was Francona and his buddy system at work there once again, keeping someone who is not a good fielder and even kept him over Cameron when he was released, yet McDonald was performing a little worse than Cam was.

            Edit:

            Happy Holidays to you as well.. Always nice to see other long time baseball fans here :-)

          • Jim McGrath 4 years ago

            Terry did miss the opportunity to bring up Lin and he did stay with Mc too long.

      • johnsilver 4 years ago

        “-I would only be slightly concerned but he’s the Red Sox McDonald and
        Mrs.McDonald’s son and has tried real hard to contribute the last two
        years to our RS Nation”

        It is the ice cold nature of the game and a job in general.. When termination time comes and one cannot fill a job’s duty competently, then you get rid of them..simple as that. Baseball is no different than any other job whether or not this sport/job has a massive following or not.

        If you have seen me here, you know have been following this sport for close to 50 years.. Ballplayers come and go. when it’s time to go, you get rid of them or retire. something the last Red Sox manager had a problem with.

  4. JackPackage 4 years ago

    Hi, I’m Dewayne Wise and you might remember me from such catches as: the one that preserved Mark Buehrle’s perfect game.

    Imagine if Josh Smoker’s parents had called him Paul? Yikes.

    … slow news day.

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