Quick Hits: La Russa, Cordero, Ayala, Oliver, Vizquel

Some links as Monday turns into Tuesday…

  • Joe Strauss of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says (on Twitter) Tony La Russa is seriously weighing his career options and hopes to have an answer soon, perhaps before Spring Training. It's been speculated that La Russa could join a team in a front office role after retiring from managing.
  • The Angels have talked to Francisco Cordero's representatives recently according to MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez. He says it's hard to gauge where the team is in the race for the right-hander given all the money they've already spent this offseason, among other things.
  • The Yankees maintain interest in re-signing reliever Luis Ayala according to MLBTR's Ben Nicholson-Smith (on Twitter). Ayala posted a 2.09 ERA with a 50% ground ball rate in 56 IP for New York last season. Last month we learned that six teams were pursuing the righty.
  • Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports (on Twitter) that the Rangers didn't offer Darren Oliver anything close to the $4.5MM he got from the Blue Jays. He says they remain in the market for left-handed bullpen help, and Mike Gonzalez still fits.
  • Omar Vizquel hinted at retirement on his Twitter account today, saying "[if] there is no contract [offer] there will be no other option but to start a new career, [as a] coach," according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes (link in Spanish).
  • Troy Renck of The Denver Post reports that Casey Blake will have to come to the plate 550 times this season to max out the $1MM in incentives in his contract with the Rockies. He'll earn the first $350K in bonuses at 350 plate appearances.
  • Within the same piece, Renck says that Aaron Cook's minor league deal with the Red Sox will pay him $20K per month in the minors. He can make an additional $2MM by making 30 starts in the big leagues, and the escalators kick in at 15 starts. Cook can request his release if he's not on the 25-man roster on May 1st and again on June 1st.

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4 Comments on "Quick Hits: La Russa, Cordero, Ayala, Oliver, Vizquel"

3 years 7 months ago

Looks like Aaron Cook will be leaving the Sox organization come May 1st.. Sure, Andrew Miller had a couple last year and even did not exercise the 1st to use the escape clause, but there was potential with Miller t least and not that of a BP pitcher a fenway.

3 years 7 months ago

With the right co-author–and La Russa’s willingness to speak very freely–I think he could produce one heck of a book recounting what he’s seen in his many years in baseball and what he thinks about it. I’d like to see him do that before taking a front office job.

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

If he is healthy pitches decent out of ST and isn’t on the roster I agree he isn’t staying. As for him not being able to have success at Fenway I don’t know. He had some solid years at Coors when he was healthy, if he can pitch at that place I would give him a go. 

3 years 7 months ago

Do not want Ayala at all.