Quick Hits: Theriot, Smith, Athletics, Dodgers

It’s been a quiet day from a transactions standpoint, but we’ve got some late night links to pass along as Tuesday turns into Wednesday…

  • The Rockies have some interest in free agent infielder Ryan Theriot, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post (Twitter links). The Rockies are considering many options at second base and there’s no indication that the team is seriously pursuing Theriot at the moment, but it’s the first time he’s been linked to Colorado since the Cardinals non-tendered him earlier this month.
  • It’s “very likely” that the Rockies will trade Seth Smith before Opening Day, Renck writes.
  • Athletics managing partner Lew Wolff told Jane Lee and Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com that the club isn't any closer to moving to San Jose to his knowledge. "We're still looking for a 'yes' or 'no' answer," he said. USA Today recently reported that the A’s may soon obtain permission to move.
  • Free agent infielder Omar Vizquel suggested on Twitter that he wouldn't consider signing with the Mets. The 44-year-old has indicated that he would be interested in signing with the Giants.
  • Billionaire Steven Cohen is bidding for the Dodgers, according to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times. Agent Arn Tellem and former deputy commissioner Steve Greenberg are allies with Cohen, who has already met with some MLB owners, according to Shaikin.

34 Responses to Quick Hits: Theriot, Smith, Athletics, Dodgers Leave a Reply

  1. BrocNessMonster 4 years ago

    Hahaha hahaha hahaha the Rockies are interested in Ryan Theriot. Hahaha hahaha Haha idiots!

    • jwsox 4 years ago

      Why? He is a decent second basemen. Once people stop playing him at short he is a decent option. Good
      Mix of hitting for average power and speed plus a decent fielder at 2nd.

      • bighiggy 4 years ago

        a decent fielder? im a cards fan and watched him play and trust me his defense is terrible, i mean bottom of the barrel! if anyone pays him more than 1.5 mil its an overpay

        • jwsox 4 years ago

          Watched him alot being a native of the Chicago land area. His arm is horrible yes but he is at least average defender which is why I said decent. Is he a gold
          Glover? No. Is he Dan uggla? No. He is fine at second. Which is why I said he is a decent second basemen. Managers have a problem not playing him at short. Also his offense would thrive in Colorado.

          Edit: looked up uzr/150 at second it’s a + 6.5. So like I said. Not great but no bad b

      • BrocNessMonster 4 years ago

        His OPS+ was over 100 once in his career, for 53 games when he first came up. Other than that,no bat. So, he’s NOT any kind of good mixture of a good hitter.

        • Thomas W 4 years ago

          Theriot hits LHP well .301/.373/.401 career line against them, he should never be allowed to play SS(not a problem if Tulo is there) and his 86 OPS+ last year was bad not Rockies 2B 63 OPS+ bad.

  2. Red_Line_9 4 years ago

    Asking a GM if they are “interested” in a certain player is not the same as asking them if they are “pursuing”.  It seems that lately the Rockies have been linked to a lot of players. 

    • jwsox 4 years ago

      Exactly they are probably interested in strasburg but they are not
      Going after him

    • Thomas W 4 years ago

      They have had a pretty active offseason trading Street, Stewart and Wiggington in three different trades. Signing Cuddyer and actively shoppin Smith. I wouldn’t be surprised if they have talked to every FA on the Market

  3. Clearly, Omar is holding out for a surefire contender to sign him.

    Too bad for him he couldn’t convince the Red Sox to sign him instead of Nick Punto.

  4. letsgogiants 4 years ago

    As a Giants fan, I would be down to see Vizquel return. He would be a great mentor to Brandon Crawford.

    • get real.  a 44 yo with out a bat, might as well but bochy behind the plate when posey has an off day to show the youngn how to squat.  dont waste our “limited payroll” on vizquel as much as i love the guy

  5. northsfbay 4 years ago

    The A’s Owner hasn’t heard anything yet on the A’s move. So, nothing yet.

    • sportsfan07 4 years ago

       Doubt that’s the whole truth. It’s not like he is allowed to actually say anything public anyways about the move.

  6. roberty 4 years ago

    Braves should sign Vizquel to play backup to Pastornicky and Chipper Jones.

  7. What would it take from the reds to get seth smith?

    • Thomas W 4 years ago

      Fraizer or Fransisco they would probably add an arm to get Fransisco

  8. RepOak 4 years ago

    A 44 year old wanting to play for the giants, no way I don’t believe it!

  9. Fooshnik 4 years ago

    Maybe if Cohen holds out a little bit longer, the Great Neck, NY native might have the opportunity to purchase the Mets?

    • BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

      Better he buys the Mets than the Dodgers. Who wants their hometown ball club run like a hedge fund?

  10. Jdobb 4 years ago

    I am a Cards fan and I hope to see Theriot land somewhere that has a chance to win. He is a everyday second baseman for somebody but is a terrible SS. The guy is a great guy and leader. I would be ok with the Cardinals starting him at second but we have Greene and hes out of options, Decalso and Shoemaker as a back up and 5th outfielder. For 1.5 million hes a steal.  

  11. DT Flush234 4 years ago

    How about this trade Colorado gets Kyle Mccellen plus a prospect and cash , Atlanta gets Seth Smith, St. Louis gets Martin Prado

    • bravesdude 4 years ago

      NO . Atlanta would basically be trading Prado for Smith in that deal and would be getting robbed . We would be better off keeping Prado .

      • Guest 4 years ago

        my question is with the braves position players getting older, why trade prado in the first place….seems like a pretty solid player

    • Thomas W 4 years ago

      Why in the world would the Rockies want involved STL in that trade?

  12. progmatinee 4 years ago

    On the Rockies season ticket holder conference call a few weeks ago Dan O’Dowd grouped Seth Smith, Ian Stewart and Chris Iannetta together as the “junior varsity” members in terms of their approach to work ethic and desire in improving their skills. We know what happened to the other 2. If Smith is not traded I will be shocked. Now its just a matter of where and for whom.

    • Interesting comment about Iannetta…I wonder if that attitude will change under Scioscia….or if that comment is a way to justify to fans about the moves of those 3 players…..

      • Guest 4 years ago

        Scioscia is trying to figure a way to cover that napoli f-up

      • progmatinee 4 years ago

        IMO people are in love with Iannetta’s OBP and sure its great for a catcher, but I’ll take a player who wants to swing the bat over a player who is overly disciplined. I’ll take a guy with 120 hits and 20 walks over a guy with 80 hits and 70 walks. I know that is contrary to what most of the OBP fans would select, but give me aggressive hitting and I’ll take the ks and unproduction outs that come with that. Walks are overrated, especially for a team like the Rockies that needed more players to come with a big hit than a big walk.

        On the Angels with that loaded lineup maybe they’ll be happy with a 9th hole hitter who simply flips the lineup. Iannetta is the king at that.

    • If by “junior varsity”  O’Dud means that they “really play well at the AAA level” he’s right on the money.  I live here in Colo. Springs and have seen them play here; and believe me that’s where they need to keep playing.

  13. Ryan Theriot was responsible for the single-worst defensive play in the history of Cardinal baseball (the scrambling, roll-the-ball-to-second classic in 2011). Anyone who pays him more than $1M is a moron.

  14. jwsox 4 years ago

    Surprised he isn’t going to Miami knowing Ozzie will give him 300+ at bats at short and third

  15. Joe Valenti 4 years ago

    vizquel pretty much doesn’t want to be on any team other than a handful including sfg

  16. Red_Line_9 4 years ago

    I’m a little surprised too.  I assumed Vizquel’s Social Security checks were already being sent to Miami anyway.  Oh well, that’s just a quick forward at the post office.

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