Quick Hits: Dobbs, Pitching, Floyd, Marshall, NPB

On this date in 1994, the owners implemented a salary cap and revenue sharing as the players were on strike. Those provisions were never put in place though, as the judge who ended the labor dispute ruled that the next two seasons must be played under the previously existing labor conditions. We do have revenue sharing nowadays, but a salary cap isn't going to happen anytime soon. Here's the latest from around the league…

  • The Nationals are now focused on improving their bench, but MLB.com's Bill Ladson says (on Twitter) that it seems as though they are unlikely to sign Greg Dobbs. Washington expressed interest in Dobbs last week.
  • Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com listed (on Twitter) the Rockies, Marlins, Tigers, Red Sox, Yankees, Orioles, and Blue Jays as clubs looking to add a starting pitcher. Earlier today we heard that both the Yankees and Red Sox are pursuing Hiroki Kuroda.
  • Even after signing John Danks to an extension, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports that the White Sox could look to trade Gavin Floyd this offseason. The Red Sox expressed interest in the righty during the winter meetings. Floyd will make $7MM in 2012, then a $9.5MM club option for 2013 comes into play.
  • In an Insider-only column, ESPN's Keith Law calls the Sean Marshall trade a win for the Cubs. "The Reds, meanwhile, continue what I can only assume is a rapid emptying of their farm system to try to win again in the two years before Joey Votto reaches free agency," he added.
  • With several Japanese players slated to join MLB next season, Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker takes a look at the players who will replace them on their former club in Japan.


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56 Comments on "Quick Hits: Dobbs, Pitching, Floyd, Marshall, NPB"


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rsanchez1
3 years 6 months ago

Dobbs will sign again with the Marlins. They seemed a good fit for each other last season.

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BobbyJohn
3 years 6 months ago

What needs/wants do the White Sox have that they’d look for in return for Floyd?

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

They need everything, but mostly bats. However, other teams are dealing with Williams. So, a career .225 hitter for Floyd straight up? Ha.

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

They need everything, but mostly bats. However, other teams are dealing with Williams. So, a career .225 hitter for Floyd straight up? Ha.

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PWNdroia
3 years 6 months ago

Well Floyd isn’t anything to write home about either.

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KEK
3 years 6 months ago

He is a good number 3 that was the AL pitcher of the month last July. So you don’t know what you are talking about.

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PWNdroia
3 years 6 months ago

One month can’t define a whole season.  And a 4.37 ERA is only a good #3 pitcher for team who has outstanding offense or isn’t ready to compete.  He’d be more qualified as a #4 on a good team, or even 5.

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Red_Line_9
3 years 6 months ago

I see a deal to the Rockies for Dexter Fowler.

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BobbyJohn
3 years 6 months ago

Can’t see that one. No one else on the current roster or in the entire system can cover ground like Fowler, and that’s more important at Coors than any other park in MLB.

If they’d take Smith plus another positional prospect then I’d be happy, though.

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Red_Line_9
3 years 6 months ago

I’m not sure where Smith would fit on the Sox current roster.  If anything they will be dealing Quentin to make room for Viciedo.  I just know that there had been talk last summer about Floyd and the Rockies and Fowler was brought up in that scenario.  I’m not even sure how Floyd’s curve would translate to the thin air in Denver.

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BobbyJohn
3 years 6 months ago

My guess is “not well”. Curves and sliders don’t bite as much in Denver as elsewhere.

That’s also part of the reason why Rockies’s hitters struggle more on the road than players for other teams. They have to make a huge adjustment to breaking pitches that other guys don’t have to deal with.

I don’t see them dealing Fowler unless they get blown away, and Floyd, being a breaking ball pitcher, won’t accomplish that.

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Red_Line_9
3 years 6 months ago

The Rockies have actually been improving recently in their home/road splits. 

I wouldn’t call Floyd a strict breaking ball pitcher.  He has a pretty live fast ball.  He just needs to limit the big inning.  He’s as good of an arm as I’ve heard linked to the Rockies.

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Fred_G_Sanford
3 years 6 months ago

keith law has no friends.

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Gunner65
3 years 6 months ago

Now that he is the 2nd ESPN “expert” to trash a Reds deal, I am sure him & Bowden are best buds

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tommyhilfigure
3 years 6 months ago

trade danks 4 fielder???

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John McFadin
3 years 6 months ago

Excellent idea.  I wouldn’t be surprised if this happens in the next couple of weeks.

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ukJaysfan
3 years 6 months ago

I would be surprised if that trade happened.

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BobbyJohn
3 years 6 months ago

Considering the fact that Fielder is a free agent, I would be TOTALLY surprised if they traded for him.

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Guest
3 years 6 months ago

I think he means Cecil Fielder.

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rizdak
3 years 6 months ago

Heh, the Nats want to improve their bench? Jayson Werth would be a good fit.