Quick Hits: Astros, Angels, Cespedes

We wouldn’t want the biggest news of the day — that the Rangers won the bidding for Yu Darvish — to completely overshadow some secondary notes from around MLB. Here are some quick hits from around the league, starting in Texas:

  • Astros GM Jeff Luhnow told fans at MLB.com that Wandy Rodriguez, Brett Myers and Carlos Lee are “very good players” who could help the Astros going forward. “We will look for any opportunity to improve our team in the medium and long term,” Luhnow explained, “so if there were a trade that made sense, we would consider it.”
  • Brian Bixler cleared waivers and accepted his assignment to Oklahoma City, according to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch. The Astros designated the infielder for assignment last week to create roster space for Jed Lowrie and Kyle Weiland.
  • The Cubs and Red Sox have agreed that former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein won't be able to hire anyone from the Red Sox for three years, according to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com (on Twitter).
  • Angels GM Jerry Dipoto likes the depth in his team's starting rotation, but doesn't yet know whether his bullpen is a strength or a weakness, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times. Ideally, the Angels would like to add a late-inning reliever and make the lineup a little more left-handed, Dipoto says.
  • There's a consensus among international MLB people that the Yankees are "BIG" on Yoenis Cespedes, according to Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus (on Twitter).
  • Cespedes is close to establishing residency in the Dominican Republic, reports Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes. The Cuban outfielder still needs to secure a license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control since his residency is not permanent. The process could take two weeks, but he should be cleared to sign sometime in January.


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94 Comments on "Quick Hits: Astros, Angels, Cespedes"


Karkat
3 years 8 months ago

Ahahahahahaha that “compensation.”

3 years 8 months ago

They get Pujols, but want to make the lineup more left-handed. They get CJ and are worried about the bullpen. C’mon now.

Salmon4Coach
3 years 8 months ago

Everyone say’s were not a championship team or that were not even capable of beating Texas for the West..So Jerry wants to give Angels a lot of Depth and make the lineup as strong as possibility as he can..Also give the Angels a very good chance of taking the West and winning it all..So i’m glad we have people that hate..It puts Angel fans in the need for more and makes Jerry realize a lot of things that can still upgrade and help this team..

3 years 8 months ago

Angels are definitely a championship caliber team. The rotation is great, very similar to Phillies rotation. What sets the Angels apart is the lineup. Albert, Hunter, Morales(bounce-back), Wells(bounce-back), Kendrick, Iannetta(huge upgrade from Mathis), Peter B. That’s a great lineup. You’d have to think Wells can only improve, and Morales, if healthy, will produce. They’re my pick to win the WS.

But last year I picked the Red Sox. Preseason predictions don’t mean much.

Salmon4Coach
3 years 8 months ago

Ya you say that but there’s still a lot of people that say that Angels aren’t and that just makes Angel fans feel unsatisfied which i really hate.. Because then people talk smack on Angel fans for being unsatisfied..Like if it’s our fault..Haters out there put it in our heads to want more.. That said i do believe that the pen can use another guy

3 years 8 months ago

Not sure how you can get the top hitter AND top pitcher on the market and still be unsatisfied. What exactly are you striving for? Recognition as a good team? Because when y’all win the West you ‘ll be recognized. Until then the Rangers are top dog. But like I said, I believe the Angels are set for a run of division crowns.

Salmon4Coach
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t see crowns or championships yet..and no Angel should be expecting one, until it happens..I’m happy and i’m satisfied with the team we have now..I’m super excited that we got the best hitter on our team..I’m excited to have Cj on our rotation..but the pen won’t do it for October.. I think that’s all we need to give the team a lot more depth.. Because Angels won’t win the division due to offense..There going to win it because of pitching..and Jerry knows that

3 years 8 months ago

Walden, Downs, Hawkins is a very good late inning trio. Maybe Kerry Wood or Rodney.

Salmon4Coach
3 years 8 months ago

Rodney? HA..Walden Downs, Hawkins is good but Angels rely on players to do stuff to much..One more guy wouldn’t hurt.. If its via trade or through F/A..or even through the farm system..Jerry has mentioned signing D.Oliver and now he addressed this..I believe another signing or trade will happen  that will benefit Angels pen…

3 years 8 months ago

Oliver would certainly be a great piece.

slider32
3 years 8 months ago

Wouldn’t it be ironic if the Angels win the WS with Wells starting and doing well. I can see this happening if Dipoto can make a few more trades for Abreu or Morales and pick up some relief help. Wells is a better player than what was sent to the Angels, but the contract is what everyone keeps talking about. With the new TV contract the Angels increased their revenue 100 million a year. Right now the West is where its at.

Jim McGrath
3 years 8 months ago

The Angels could use a few of the pieces the Red Sox have–
Ellsbury, Bard,Youk and Beckett– experienced playoff /WS participants(except Bard). I think Beckett would solidify your rotation against the Rangers who are stacked with pitching with Yu just added. The Angels could sign Ells long term and Youk could be the extra power bat at third.

The Sox could use a few of the Angel pieces–Trumbo, Peter B.,Santana, Callaspo,Walden and Tori.

johnsilver
3 years 8 months ago

Don’t count on Boston having a selloff of pieces like Haywood Sullivan did when he “gave” away fred Lynn and Rick Burleson to the Angels in seperate deals in 80-81 for scrap pieces, as in the washed up Frank Tananna, couldn’t find home plate mark Clear,well past his prime Joe Rudi, ex Sox “Ram” Miller and sole decent player Carney Lansford..

No… Boston IMO has a GM with a head, rather than a “do boy” like Haywood Sullivan was who stole the sox from Mrs Yawkey, along with Buddy LeRoux and had no clue as to how to run anything.

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago


The Angels could use a few of the pieces the Red Sox have”

And the Sox could use those pieces too. If we get rid of ANY of those guys, our playoff hopes are greatly diminished. Shipping out all of them, however, would make us a fourth place team.

3 years 8 months ago

That is a lot of bounce backs…. don’t see it happening. Rangers win the AL West.

3 years 8 months ago

Wells is old and washed up. Why would anybody think he can only improve? He is what he is.

slider32
3 years 8 months ago

Toronto was actually better with Wells in the line up 2 years ago than last year. Check the record. Its not Wells who is bad its his contract.

cardswho
3 years 8 months ago

what position do you play on the Angels?  I just figured since you said We a lot, you must be a player, manager, front office guy…… something.

3 years 8 months ago

As Angels fans we support our team and make it our own…

Salmon4Coach
3 years 8 months ago

I play a fan on section 113. I go so often that i’m actually part of that seat

3 years 8 months ago

as a yankee fan im glad the yanks are trying to go after the cuban. with swisher on his final year, this guy could be decent in the OF.

RedSx799
3 years 8 months ago

I hope…and I really mean this sincerely, maybe it’s the hard liquor talking though…that Theo not being allowed to hire any Sox personnel for three years is actually the compensation….as lame as that sounds, I’d take it at this point…

cardswho
3 years 8 months ago

I LOL when I read that.  who cares if he can hire any Red Sox staff.  He already created an “all-star” front office…… so to speak. 

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

They don’t want to lose all of their scouts and scouting reports right now.

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t think it works like that.

jb226
3 years 8 months ago

It works however the teams decide it works; they are the parties to the negotiation.  Even if Selig needs to sign off, has he ever done or said anything to make you think he would not agree to something that clearly de-values executives?  He has outright stated he wants to lower their value, which is probably why the Cubs have been dragging their feet in the process, hoping he’ll step in because they know he’ll help them give up as little as possible.

I don’t think this is the sole compensation for Epstein by any means, but I do think it is part of it (otherwise why would the Cubs agree?) — and it probably means that the actual return is going to be negligible.

3 years 8 months ago

Where would Dipoto put a left handed bat?  Going on the assumption that Morales is healthy and Trumbo plays 3b…

The only possible trade players would be Kendrick and Aybar…  Aybar is a switch hitter and I don’t know of too many left handed 2nd basemen out there that would be an upgrade from Kendrick…  Wells and Torii are locked up via their payroll, plus I think that management wants them there, Bourjos is already off the table, Iannetta just got picked up, 1b is obviously taken….  Morales is a Switch hitter with great power from the left at DH…  Trumbo will have 30+ HR’s next year and hopefully can play 3b- as a former 96mph pitcher he has the arm for it….   

Where would you fit a left handed bat in there?  Abreu is an obvious choice but if Kendrys is healthy enough to play everyday I just don’t see Bobby playing too often…

3 years 8 months ago

Trumbo is not going to start many, if any, Angels games at third. There’s a reason he hasn’t played there yet.

3 years 8 months ago

Well the most glaring reason is because he was a pitcher with a 96mph fastball…  Scioscia is going to give him a chance to do it, I think you sacrifice a little defense at 3rd for 30+ HR’s especially with GGer Aybar at SS helping to make the hot corner a little smaller.  If Morales can play we will have 4 30+ HR talent guys in our lineup next year to help make up whatever runs Trumbo may or may not be responsible for at 3b.  –  The guy had some pretty good metrics at 1b range-wise this last year.  

3 years 8 months ago

He’ll be 26 when spring training starts and he’s never played third in pro ball, and he’s not terribly athletic. And a guy who put up a .291 OBP isn’t someone for whom you should sacrifice defense at a corner position.

3 years 8 months ago

It’s his rookie season… obp will improve- Reynolds who strikes out more than 200 times per year and had 8 more errors than the next guy at 3rd last season is a pretty good example…  As for him being athletic he was 1st in the AL for 
Range Factor/9Inn as 1B last year, 5th in Total Zone Runs as 1B
3rd in assists as 1B and led the league in putouts… and he can play the corner outfield positions

3 years 8 months ago

I don’t put much stock in defensive metrics for first base, but especially don’t see how first base putouts and assists translate to third base defense.

I’d also hesitate to say he can really play the corner outfield positions. He didn’t play a game away from first base until his age 23 season, and hasn’t done it a whole lot since then. Again, the Angels haven’t exactly had a run of titans at third base. If Trumbo could play third, they’d have probably already given it a real try long ago.

As for his OBP, the only time in his pro career he’s ever put up an OBP over .335 was as a 24-year old in Salt Lake, which is an amazing hitters park. Reynolds put up terrific OBPs in the minors in his age 22-23 seasons and put up a reasonable OBP right out of the gate in the majors. Reynolds has a lot of swing and miss in his game, but Trumbo has too much swing at everything in his game.

slider32
3 years 8 months ago

Most 1bmen don’t play 3rd that well. The easier move is from SS to third.

3 years 8 months ago

I wouldn’t argue that. Most first basemen don’t play anything very well defensively.

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago


It’s his rookie season… obp will improve”

His career OBP in the minors was .330, it’ll improve, but probably not by much. The kid’s effectively allergic to walks. Adrian Beltre can get by on a .330 because he’s an elite defender, Trumbo will not be an elite defender at third.

3 years 8 months ago

Sure.. Trumbo is going to be given the chance to play at 3B by  Mike Scioscia. Afterall, Mike has a history of letting younger players and rookies get starting spots in positions they haven’t played before.. 

Watch what he does. (Hello?..Jeff Mathis.) not what he says…Trumbo ain’t playin no third base any time soon for teh Angels… unless it’s for the Salt Lake Bees or Inland Empire 66’ers..

slider32
3 years 8 months ago

Scioscia will figure it out, it is a nice problem to have at this point in time. Morales is a big if at this point. Dipoto will continue searching for improvements until the season starts.

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

Anyone that posts this picture several times a day is a troll!

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

Hey.

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

What up?

3 years 8 months ago

Hate to say it but Safeco would turn Prince into Richie Sexson or is it Beltre?  No Sexson works better- that place devours would be HR balls…  Imagine though- the AL west with Pujols, Wilson, Darvish and Prince?  What an offseason  

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

How many is several?

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

LOL,Anything more than once if you add when the Mariners sign this guy…..

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

Then I can’t stop until after the M’s sign…

wait for it…..

wait for it……….

THIS GUY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sdsuphilip
3 years 8 months ago

hmmm

3 years 8 months ago

 What is Edes talking about? The Cubs just signed Sox scout, Matt Dorey. And where’s the compensation for Theo. Is Selig still alive or is he in a home? Let’s get to steppin.

slider32
3 years 8 months ago

Looks like the Yanks think Cepedes can take Swicher’s place next year. They will make him the 4th OFer this year and work him in slowly. In the past the Yanks had their eye on Kemp but since he signed with the Dodgers they are going in a different direction. They also have Mason Williams who looks to be 2 years away.

3 years 8 months ago

I don’t think that Carols Lee or Wandy Rodriguez moves this off-season. However, next off-season, I expect both to likely be shopped (Lee is a free agent after 2012, and Wandy Rodriguez is signed for 3 more seasons with a 2014 option).

Red_Line_9
3 years 8 months ago

The Astros are likely going to have to pay someone to take Lee off their hands.  I’m not even sure what the market is for Wandy Rodriguez.  He seems to be a basic back-up option for alot of teams looking for pitching.

3 years 8 months ago

Have you seen the video? He could be 60, and I’d sign him. Guy can run a 6.3 in 60 yards, and leg press 1300. He’s a monster.

RedSx799
3 years 8 months ago

oh — btw, as a Sox fan I find your avatar humorous because I know there are ones like it with the guy peeing on the Yankees’ logo.

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

This is so dumb. Hernandez claimed to be born in 1969, which to this day, is what the government and MLB claim he is. ESPN says he was born in 1965 and random people who just like making stuff up say 1957. His name is Yoennis Cespedes. Not The Cuban. Unless you have evidence, which you don’t.

cardswho
3 years 8 months ago

Technically he’s NOT a Cuban anymore because for anyone to “hire” a Cuban in the U.S. is illegal.  That’s why he has to get the Dominican residency.

diesel2410
3 years 8 months ago

Did the Sox just hear a nice back of the rotation add? Who cares if they’re an AL team. Cherington is on the phone now!

Sucks that it won’t help them. Lololol

3 years 8 months ago

Definitely underrated. Solid 5-hole on a contender. 3-4 on a non-contender.

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

Love how you continue to talk about how bad pitchers are when your teams rotation has AJ Burnett in it!

3 years 8 months ago

that i would not deny. thats why i hope the yanks do get him. as i said he could be good replacement for swisher lol

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

You are way to amused. You ‘lol’ at everything. How is ‘He could be good replacement for Swisher’ funny? Is it because you forgot the word ‘a?’ Is that it? Is it?

Ben_Cherington
3 years 8 months ago

Mo Vaughn?

OrangeCards
3 years 8 months ago

So, smoking and spamming that Fielder picture all day? Where do I sign up …

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

So we’re just going to save that image, aren’t we?

chico65
3 years 8 months ago

If I were an Astros fan, I’d be more concerned I have a GM who thinks Carlos Lee is a “very good player”. 

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

Dominican does not equal Cuban. And not all Dominicans use steroids.

OrangeCards
3 years 8 months ago

Sounds like an Ace to me.

3 years 8 months ago

Yeah—– only the good ones.

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

Albert Pujols? Juan Marichal? Robinson Cano? Hanley Ramirez? I could go on, but I think I’ll stop there.

3 years 8 months ago

Sorry to offend you. I was kidding.

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

It’s fine. It’s just that I’m very close to a lot of Latinos so when people start using stereotypes to describe them as lawn mowing Mexicans and cocain hoarding Colombians, or more in this case, cheating Dominicans or Cubans lying about ther identity, I take it personally.

3 years 8 months ago

I hear ya dude. Understandable

dredog
3 years 8 months ago

I am Colombian. If you want to be friends with us, spell the name of our country properly. That’s a good place to start.

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

Because I’m sure that, let’s see here, Ken Spliffey Jr’s. (Really people?) comment on the internet is very important to them.

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

Repost? When did I repost? Cant wait until he does sign somewhere else so I can troll that pic daily like you with the that guy didnt sign here…..

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

Last time I checked Residency means residency, if you become a citizen you are a citizen. Are my parents no longer belgian because they have citizenship in the US now? Also it is not illegal to hire anyone from anywhere as long as they have proper documents!

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

Release Brandon Inge! Now!

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

It’s 2:30 right now. I have a lot of time to waste. But most of it is tied up in waiting for the M’s to sign….. THIS GUY!!!

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

Ahhhh gotcha! Maybe he likes veggie sushi, never know!

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

Okay, I think I got it out of my system.

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

#3 on half of the NL teams, maybe a #2 on a few. At 16.5 million a season he is awful. If he didnt play for the yankees he wouldnt have won 15 games in the past 2 seasons.

3 years 8 months ago

I just looked at 2011 and maybe that wasn’t a great offensive year to pull from…  Only 3 guys in double digit HR’s and nobody with more than 19 total…  2 players had 10 HR’s at home- Olivo who is a righty and Smoak who is a switch hitter…  

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

Why? I read the comment policy and this doesn’t break any rule. I don’t think they are going anywhere.

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

The difference between 2:30 AM and 2:40 AM is extraordinary. I bid you good night.

3 years 8 months ago

No, under a Halo… Sorry his dad died but that doesn’t change the fact that Safeco can’t attract sluggers because balls don’t leave the park… at least not for the Mariners they don’t.

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

If Inge has a 0-2,1-2,or 2-2 count I bet you 20$ he strikes out with a check swing lol! Do you live in Mi?

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

Detroit.

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

Not a chance. Myers would get eaten alive in Boston. He’s outright said he hates pitching here, thinks we’re too mean to scumbags who deck their wife in the middle of the street or something.

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago


Safeco can’t attract sluggers because balls don’t leave the park… at least not for the Mariners they don’t.”

Ken Griffey Jr. says hi.

1999, Safeco: .616 SLG, 14 home runs in only 42 games.

Also, Raul Ibanez, 2006: Safeco SLG: .553, .484 on the road. 17 of his 33 homers can at Safeco.

Branyan, 2009, more homers at Safeco than on the road.

Lefties can slug in Safeco, the Mariners just don’t tend to sign a lot of lefty sluggers. The last “power” guy they signed was Beltre and he was a righty who was coming off a career year. The Mariners’ problem isn’t necessarily a rotten ballpark (Given, Safeco doesn’t help, but it doesn’t hurt lefties), it’s that they were terribly run for the bulk of the last decade.

slider32
3 years 8 months ago

I think for AJ its all about confidence. The Yanks need to give him a quick hook when he starts to lose it. It almost like he is the king of ADHD. He has great stuff, but it would help if he could master a third pitch, a change. He is a .500 pitcher which isn’t all that bad. As with Wells its his contract and expectations more than his abilities that did him in.

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

I’m sorry. I know how to spell Colombia, it was a typo I made at two in the morning.

I have a couple of really good friends from Colombia. What part are you from?

dredog
3 years 8 months ago

No big deal man.  I was just ribbing you mostly.  Bucaramanga.

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

Ahhh, that is cool. I like in kalamazoo.

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

My moms boyfriend from there. You a Tigers fan?

Ferrariman
3 years 8 months ago

they didn’t attract Griffey/Ibanez as a free agent ,way to miss the point.  He was drafted.

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

“Safeco can’t attract sluggers BECAUSE BALLS DON’T LEAVE THE PARK”

The point, which you seem to be the one missing, is that the Mariners don’t attract free agents BECAUSE you can’t hit home runs there, which is a complete fallacy. If you’re right and that wasn’t the point, well then his point was missing critical data and thus an invalid one. Lefty sluggers don’t have a big problem hitting for power in Safeco, it’s righties at issue (See Beltre, Adrian).

The Mariners don’t attract free agent sluggers because they’ve been a bad team more often than not for the last decade, not because you can’t hit home runs in Safeco.

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

I am a cubs fan first, but I like the tigers and watch pretty much every game.