Quick Hits: Felix, Cuddyer, Dotel, Phillies

A round-up of news from around the majors….

  • The Mariners will be hard-pressed to contend with AL West superpowers like the Rangers and Angels, but Larry Stone of the Seattle Times argues the club shouldn't think about trading Felix Hernandez.  Stone thinks such a deal would cause a "backlash" among M's fans and "there's still plenty of time to consider a Hernandez trade down the road if the Mariners' situation gets more dire."
  • Michael Cuddyer was frustrated by the negativity surrounding the Twins last season and isn't sure if the team will be able to contend in the near future, reports Phil Mackey of ESPN 1500 Radio.  The Twins have had a three-year, $24-$25MM offer on the table to Cuddyer for the last few days and the Rockies may also be willing to go to three years for the veteran.  Mackey speculates the Cardinals could check in on Cuddyer to help fill the void left by Albert Pujols.
  • Octavio Dotel tells MLB.com's Jason Beck that his choice of teams came down to the Tigers and the Brewers.  Dotel says the Padres were also interested in signing him as a setup man. 
  • MLB.com's Todd Zolecki has contract details for a number of new Phillies, most notably Jonathan Papelbon.
  • Carlos Beltran hasn't gotten much attention this winter, and Fangraphs' Eric Seidman names seven teams who could be a fit for the free agent outfielder.
  • Nick Punto is "at or near [the] top" of the Braves' list of backup infield options, reports David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (via Twitter).
  • A rival executive tells FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi (Twitter link) that the Mets won't trade David Wright.  "He’s more valuable to them than he would be to any other team," the exec says.


90 Responses to Quick Hits: Felix, Cuddyer, Dotel, Phillies Leave a Reply

  1. vtadave 4 years ago

    Let the Felix for Montero, Betances, and Nunez type offers start…now.

    • Encarnacion's Parrot 4 years ago

      Felix for Montero, Betances and Nunez.. please?

  2. Howard 4 years ago

    I hope Cuddyer goes to the Cards. They need him.

  3. Encarnacion's Parrot 4 years ago

    Mariners will be hard pressed? They midaswell just stay home this season. They need to work on their farm system; Baseball Prospectus had them at 13th and BA at 18th before the season started, and I’m pretty sure Ackley burned his prospect status, so they’re probably at best 20th now.

    • vtadave 4 years ago

      They also have a very good top-three in terms of young pitching prospects with Walker, Hultzen, and Paxton.  Add in Nick Franklin and they have some guys worth noting. Now as to the depth, perhaps not so much…

      • Encarnacion's Parrot 4 years ago

        Never said their farm was bare. I should have emphasized a little more clearly that they need to work on obtaining positional prospects. Their pitching is..  adequate.

    • Actually were at 10-13 but there is no hitters on the way its all pitching with guys like Hultzen,Paxton,Walker who all have top of the rotation stuff.

      • xthetouristx 4 years ago

        Nick Franklin and Vinnie Catricala beg to differ.

        • Maybe Nick Franklin but Catricala really isn’t a star type player.

          • xthetouristx 4 years ago

            So people don’t develop or improve over time?

          • No he can but he isn’t considered a A prospect like the 3 pitchers i named are hes lower down.

          • xthetouristx 4 years ago

            So people don’t develop or improve over time?

    • Haewon Kim 4 years ago

       We did add Hultzen, Frank Martinez, and Chiang. Trayvon would have been rated high in the farm as well.

  4. Atlbravosfan11 4 years ago

    I don’t think punto is the right answer for the braves

  5. Brad426 4 years ago

    Punto makes a lot of sense for the Braves… versatile defender, decent glove at all the infield positions. So long as he doesn’t cost more than $1Mish I’m all for it.

    • catch21_2 4 years ago

      Punto is going back to STL.  I think that’s pretty much a given at this point.

  6. Thanks for shunning the Brewers OD! I knew I liked you!

  7. dshires4 4 years ago

    And the “Beating a Dead Horse Award” goes to, yet again, the notion of trading Felix Hernandez!

  8. thekoshow 4 years ago

    I really want Cuddy to go to the Rockies. He’d be a perfect fit.

    • Bear0402 4 years ago

      Cuddy is running out of years.  As much as I would love to see him stay with the Twins, he’s not going to chase the money.  He’s going to go after a ring.

  9. MNTwins12 4 years ago

    I’d rather see the Twins let Cuddyer go and instead sign Josh Willingham and Edwin Jackson. The Twins can certainly afford this while also adding some solid bullpen arms.

  10. TheHotCorner 4 years ago

    I wouldn’t be against Punto to the Braves as a backup infielder as long as the price is reasonable.  He has a decent glove and can play several positions. 

    • MNTwins12 4 years ago

      He has more than just a descent glove. Just saying.

    • BravoBrado 4 years ago

      I think you could get more upside and same versatility from Gordon Beckham, and just maybe coming back to Altanta kick starts a little hitting. 

  11. I actually wouldn’t be opposed to trading Felix if we don’t sign Prince because as we have seen with all Mariner players the M’s front office doesn’t pay them. Randy Johnson,Griffey,A-Rod.

    • dshires4 4 years ago

      Are you special? We offered Alex a huge contract, and he turned it down. Griffey’s situation was about him being closer to home, and he got his wish. Nothing they could do about that. Johnson, yeah they could have ponied up, but that trade led to the foundation of the 2001 season.

      And really? We don’t pay them? We locked up Felix below market. We locked up Ichiro. The previous front office is to blame for what the Mariners are right now. A depleted farm system which has had to be rebuilt from the ground up. And a bunch of bad contracts were given out like Halloween candy.

      Stop being so reactionary.

      • I don’t give the M’s any credit for locking Felix up he gave them a huge discount Boston or the Yankees would have gladly payed the 150M+ to get him infact if he didn’t give us the discount he would be with one of those clubs through a trade. Obviously we didn’t offer enough to A-Rod and i don’t believe the front office on that front. Sure Griffey wanted to be closer to home but that wasn’t the only reason we didn’t offer him enough money either.

        Also you realize why Ichiro was payed right? Because he brings them a ton of money they can shove in there pockets. Face it the M’s are turning into the Pittsburgh Pirates and Felix will be traded away soon.

        I won’t turn my back on the M’s but the fan base is dwindling seems like we only get 8k people attending games now a days unless there throwing Bobble heads at people.

        I want Z to stay the GM but i want new ownership because our owners are awful. Im going to laugh if they give us the rebuild excuse as to why they won’t go out and get Fielder because he is 27 and fits perfectly into a rebuilding team.

  12. MNTwins12 4 years ago

    I’ll be devestated if we commit so much money to him that we can’t sign any other players. That being said, I hope the Twins increase their “fluid payroll” to sign Cuddyer, Jason Kubel, Edwin Jackson, and some bullpen arms. But knowing how tight this organization is with money, they’ll forget how nice it is to have more than two power hitters in the lineup.

    • cyberboo 4 years ago

      It never ceases to amaze me how out of touch with reality some people are. 

      Fact:  the Twins have added over 50M to their payroll, as based on actual amounts on Cots, yet some here are delusional and say they don’t spend.  Perhaps many Twins fans don’t look at team payrolls.  lol.  They live in a dream world of fantasy.  lol.
      2011:
      $113,237,000

      2010:
      $ 97,659,167

      2009:
      $ 65,299,266

      • MNTwins12 4 years ago

        Yes, I agree with you. Except the Twins do have limits, and signing Cuddyer may restrict the Twins from signing some other key, free agents. Is that really too difficult for you to comprehend? Did you not notice my statement regarding the “fluid payroll”?

  13. MNTwins12 4 years ago

    I’ll be devestated if we commit so much money to him that we can’t sign any other players. That being said, I hope the Twins increase their “fluid payroll” to sign Cuddyer, Jason Kubel, Edwin Jackson, and some bullpen arms. But knowing how tight this organization is with money, they’ll forget how nice it is to have more than two power hitters in the lineup.

  14. 0192837456 4 years ago

    i think this is a sighn that cuddy will not be a twin next year.

  15. 0192837456 4 years ago

    i think this is a sighn that cuddy will not be a twin next year.

  16. Never been a fan of trading Felix but I see no other way to paying Felix back for his services. He will never reach the post season with Seattle. Lets be real, the FO is more concerned where to put Ichiro in the lineup than producing a winning ball team. I’m sick and tired of watching a losing team and I’m sure Felix is as well.

  17. The Seattle organization is so unpredictable and so detached from reality it’s a wonder they can even get guys to play on the team. I see Felix getting traded and Prince signing with the Cubs.

    • No kidding the only guy we ever payed was Ichiro.

    • NYPOTENCE 4 years ago

      Totally agree, if the Rangers find a way to keep their team their will be two teams ahead of the Mariners for another 5-10 years. The Angels and Rangers have tight grasp on the division and while the Mariners have been a non-factor for the last decade. This team needs many more pieces and they would be wise to add them if possible. 

    • slider32 4 years ago

      At least you are not the Astros.

  18. Nelson Brana 4 years ago

    nick punto  ?? jajaj

  19. KeithLawSucksInStl 4 years ago

    Felix is only 25. I just had to remind myself of that. It seems like he’s been around forever.

  20. I’d hate to see Cuddy leave the Twins. He is the only really good righty they have and AL teams basically gave up running on him in right. He has a frickin cannon out there. But if the Twins us the money upgrade pitching it might end up being a good thing.

  21. Jessy Scholl 4 years ago

    I have a feeling that Cuddy is waiting on the Prince Fielder situation.  Why settle for what the Rockies and Twins are offering when you can get at least $15 to $20 million per year from a team desperate for a 1st baseman.

    • $3768902 4 years ago

      Good point. Although, he is out of his mind if he thinks he is getting $15-20 million per year.

      • Jessy Scholl 4 years ago

        There are a lot of teams that are desperate for a 1st baseman.  But if Cuddyer can get $15 to 20 million for his services, so be it.  Heck, some team might be so desperate to get a quality 1st baseman that they might decide to give up three A+ rated prospects in order to nab Justin Morneau, and they would eat Morneau’s entire contract, in the process, as well.

    • $3768902 4 years ago

      Good point. Although, he is out of his mind if he thinks he is getting $15-20 million per year.

  22. dshires4 4 years ago

    I’m all for exploring his market. I’ve never been 100% against trading Felix is the right offer came along.

  23. I know that if the two sides agreed to meet that the Rangers and M’s could work out a deal. I wouldn’t mind Texas “losing” the deal in the long term.

  24. Agreed maybe not this season but eventually they are going to have to show me the front office cares about winning by signing Prince Fielder only reason we got to keep Felix was because he took a lesser deal to stay with us.

  25. Haewon Kim 4 years ago

    Oh come on, #3?  I’d say he’s at least a #3, probably borderline 1 and 2.

  26. Have you even watched him pitch? I have and he can be a #2.

  27. Jeremy Johnson 4 years ago

    Yeah then they arent fans of the Mariners then.

  28. xthetouristx 4 years ago

    Yeah, right up until the team is contending in a couple years.  Then they’ll be all like, “I love you, Mariners, and I always have and I always will!”

  29. I would never do that but i really don’t like our ownership.

  30. I would never do that but i really don’t like our ownership.

  31. xthetouristx 4 years ago

    The future would look gloomy even with Fielder.

  32. dshires4 4 years ago

    I wouldn’t deal Felix to a rich AL West team. And even with Fielder, this team is still going to contend closer to 2014 than 2012. No use in signing Fielder. Wait until after 2013 when some elite names hit the market and we have more money off the books.

  33. I think the M’s would get a fantastic return from the Rangers (Perez and Profar for starters). I would hate to see them go to a division rival, but seeing Felix pitch against the Angels in a Texas uni might take the sting off a little.

  34. Gardy has a crush on Cuddyer and his versatility. He also had a crush on Punto, who is now one year removed from wearing a Twins uniform. 

  35. Can you be sure those elite names will hit the market 2 seasons from now? They could be extended.

  36. Doesn’t make sense then Felix is going to be a FA we won’t be able to afford him and a bat how many times does a young 27 year old bat hit the FA market?

  37. MNTwins12 4 years ago

    It’s too bad Gardy didn’t have crushes on some players that we should never have gotten rid of. Matt Garza, J.J. Hardy, Wilson Ramos, Jesse Crain, Brian Fuentes, just to name a few. I think getting rid of Johan Santana was the correct choice to make, considering his level of production the last few years, but definetly not in the package Smith allowed.

  38. MNTwins12 4 years ago

    It’s too bad Gardy didn’t have crushes on some players that we should never have gotten rid of. Matt Garza, J.J. Hardy, Wilson Ramos, Jesse Crain, Brian Fuentes, just to name a few. I think getting rid of Johan Santana was the correct choice to make, considering his level of production the last few years, but definetly not in the package Smith allowed.

  39. xthetouristx 4 years ago

    What a profoundly paranoid thought.  Which recent season had zero elite free agents?

  40. dshires4 4 years ago

    You’ve obviously never heard of Scott Boras.

  41. xthetouristx 4 years ago

    The only way they can prove to you they want to win is by signing Fielder?  Really?  So a trade for an elite hitter would then be proof to you that they want to lose?

  42. xthetouristx 4 years ago

    The only way they can prove to you they want to win is by signing Fielder?  Really?  So a trade for an elite hitter would then be proof to you that they want to lose?

  43. Nick Sossamon 4 years ago

    What’s with all the Angels hate from Mariners fans?  Seems like most M’s fans don’t mind the Rangers but somehow despise the Halos.  Just a weird observation.

  44. m4r1n3r 4 years ago

    Seeing Felix pitch in ANY other uniform other than a Mariners uniform will suck. Nothing will take that sting away. I hate all division Rivals. I was elated when the Rangers choked for the 2nd straight year. One…strike…away. Hehehehe.

  45. I don’t want to deplete our farm system and yes i do want to sign Prince the ownership has the $ to do so they just don’t want to. Guillen,Moyer are going to be our big signings maybe we can talk Randy Johnson out of retirement and keep living in the past.

  46. I don’t have any hate for the Angels atleast Moreno is trying to build a contender while the M’s continue to fall downward thanks to the horrible ownership.

  47. m4r1n3r 4 years ago

    Angels have had waaaay too much success. That’s why. Rangers have been a non issue up until 2 years ago. That’s why.

  48. I hate the Angels a whole lot, but I hate the rangers almost almost almost as much. Is that better? 

  49. I’m a Rangers fan lol.

  50. dshires4 4 years ago

    Why won’t we be able to afford him? He’s already going to be making 20M by the end of the contract. To think that he’ll be making 40M a year is absurd. By all accounts, Felix is in love with the city. I’d try and extend him before dealing him.

  51. m4r1n3r 4 years ago

    Who says the M’s won’t be able to afford him? Ichiro could be gone after next year and that frees up a LOT of money. Aside from that Felix has stated that he wants to stay and win with the Mariners. Cliff Lee took less money last year to go to a team he ‘wanted’ to go to.

  52. m4r1n3r 4 years ago

    Not necessarily. While it doesn’t look good the craziest things can happen in baseball. An injury here or an injury there and a breakout year here or there can certainly change things. Aside from that the roster might be different before the season starts. As constructed RIGHT NOW…yes. No way. But the deals aren’t done yet and the season is still a ways off.

  53. I’d be more devastated if this post was serious.

  54. seajtl 4 years ago

    Haha if they wanted Reyes they would of just signed him.

  55. seajtl 4 years ago

    Haha if they wanted Reyes they would of just signed him.

  56. It would take Stanton + prospects.

  57. That’s one strike closer than your team has ever been.

  58. xthetouristx 4 years ago

    It would take quite a bit.  The Mariners need a quality starter, a 3B, and a LF.  They need a breakout year from both Ackley and Smoak.  They need a bounce back from Ichiro and Gutierrez.  They need Pineda to do as well as he did the first few months and Felix to be Felix.  All of that and they’re only slightly better than .500 in that division, if at all.

  59. xthetouristx 4 years ago

    Okay, so if they signed Carlos Beltran and Aramis Ramirez, they still want to lose?  Because it’s not Prince Fielder?

  60. Jessy Scholl 4 years ago

    Yeah, but reports are that the Twins were somewhat hamstrung by Santana’s demands.

  61. Yes, Because Carlos Beltran is on his last leg that would be a Bill Bavasi type signing and at Ramirez age no way im giving him a multi year deal either he isn’t even a good 3rd basemen.

  62. xthetouristx 4 years ago

    Beltran on his last leg is better than any hitter currently in the Mariners lineup, and had a better batting average than Prince Fielder, is a switch hitter, and plays a more premium position than Fielder.  History states players like Fielder crash hard young (see Mo Vaughn), and that contract with no production would absolutely cripple the Mariners, likely for 4 years or so since I don’t see Prince signing with Seattle for less than 8 years.

    Aramis Ramirez is a better hitter than anyone we have in our lineup currently as well.  His defense may not be all that good, but it’s better than any in-house options we’ve got except for maybe Seager, who’s hitting does not warrant being a starter (on any other team than the Mariners!).

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