Quick Hits: Millwood, Rockies, Ordonez, Eckstein

One year ago today, the Royals and Billy Butler agreed to a four-year, $30MM extension. Butler responded with another strong season, batting .291/.361/.461 with 19 homers and racking up more than 670 plate appearances for the third straight season. Let's take a look at some news from around the league on a less-eventful January 22…

  • On its face, it’s hard to argue with the Mariners bringing in Kevin Millwood to add pitching depth at a minimal cost, writes Dave Cameron of U.S.S. Mariner.  Like with every other move the M's have made this off-season, Cameron writes, the veteran is a nice role player at a good price.
  • The Rockies were willing to give Millwood a guaranteed deal during the winter meetings, tweets Troy Renck of The Denver Post.
  • The market for Magglio Ordonez should pick up once he's medically cleared for full activity, tweets Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. Morosi says that could happen in two weeks' time.
  • David Eckstein, who decided to retire according to the Boston Globe, had a chance to play with the Mariners in 2011 but didn't take it, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (Twitter link).
  • John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times looks at the Rays' stadium situation in light of a recent meeting between owner Stuart Sternberg and Tampa Bay mayor Bill Foster. Romano writes that Sternberg wants to begin looking for new locations now, while Foster doesn't want the Rays to leave St. Petersburg on his watch.


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40 Comments on "Quick Hits: Millwood, Rockies, Ordonez, Eckstein"


3 years 7 months ago

Ha, wow. That says a lot about the Mariners if David Eckstein didn’t want to play for them.

alan104
3 years 7 months ago

Rays need to move to the fairgrounds east of Tampa near I-75.

johnsilver
3 years 7 months ago

Bingo!.. Only the clueless and greedy folks of St Petersburg running that town would rather them leave the area than break that precious lease.

That stadium is barely better for baseball than it was for hockey when the Lightning were forced to use it as a temporary home and the stadium should have been torn down years ago as the albatross it is.

3 years 7 months ago

Imagine what the Rays could do with a 100MM dollar payroll

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

gift and a curse i presume.

Since Burrell, Rays havent had any bad contracts.. but thats mostly due to the fact that they can’t afford any FA’s.. giving them a larger payroll might have lead to more bad contracts.

JacobyWanKenobi
3 years 7 months ago

Well, those teams are Above 100MM by a bit. They could just as easily be the Mets with these arguments.

The rays compete (for now) in a tough division with a 42MM payroll. Eventually, their young talent will expect money that’s equal to, or greater than what their talent deserves(see Longoria, and like every pitcher they have). They need to make some money before they lose what they have.

Teams around 100MM + rays

7 New York Mets 120,147,311
8 San Francisco Giants 117,784,333
9 Minnesota Twins 112,737,000
10 Detroit Tigers 105,705,232
11 Los Angeles Dodgers 103,788,991
12 St. Louis Cardinals 98,746,072
13 Texas Rangers 91,885,265

29Tampa Bay Rays      41,932,171

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

Normally I’d agree, but Friedman has found a good balance of competing now and in the future, he let their best player walk away and traded one of their best starters and still made the playoffs that following season..

He will continue to trade expensive players for cheaper, controllable players . Its just what he does…

Plus lets not forget the team friendly deals he gets players to sign (longoria, moore)

Caballo14
3 years 7 months ago

I predict Ordonez signs with Boston.

3 years 7 months ago

I <3 the rays they needed pena

3 years 7 months ago

@Steve Adams, Foster is the name of the Mayor of St. Petersburg, where the Rays play. Tampa Bay is a region not City….

101andCounting
3 years 7 months ago

I would think that Detroit would be in on Maggs now that they’ve lost V-Mart. He’d be an affordable high-average DH with a decent amount of pop in his bat. Plus, he can play OF once or twice a week if they decide someone else needs the day off.  

3 years 7 months ago

Magglio can play on my co-ed softball team.  He will love all of the other Hugo-loving socialists that play with us!

3 years 7 months ago

Magglio can play on my co-ed softball team.  He will love all of the other Hugo-loving socialists that play with us!

3 years 7 months ago

Maggs to Reds on minor league deal?

3 years 7 months ago

Why hasn’t Fielder signed yet. Doesn’t he know that he’s only losing money?

3 years 7 months ago

How is he losing money? He is the only impact bat left on the market. My high school economics taught me that supply demand sets prices therefore the supply is down and demand is still atleast three teams. I think he is making more.

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

Did you happen to fail that class Zach?

because while he technically might not be losing money, he’s definitely not gaining any money.

The reality is that Fielder picked a terrible year to become an FA. The big spenders are out of the running because they have comparable or better 1B’s. NL teams won’t give him the years he wants, and AL teams are mostly noncontenders where he doesn’t really want to play.

3 years 7 months ago

I disagree greatly. What exec did you talk to that the NL teams do not want to give him years? I agree with a bad year to become a free agent but next year is no better so really it doesn’t matter what year he comes out with in reason. He will get 150 over 7 years from some one becasue he has played this out to where two or three teams are going to want him for the push to make them WS contendors and will bid against each other driving the price up up up. 
By the way i passed lol   

3 years 7 months ago

Fielder is seen as a future DH. So NL teams don’t want to hand him a monster contract for him to butcher in the field in the future. Pretty simple.

johnsilver
3 years 7 months ago

“He will get 150 over 7 years from some one becasue he has played this
out to where two or three teams are going to want him for the push to
make them WS contendors”

I am interested in who those teams are, close to WS contenders that can afford 7/150m for a future DH.

Nationals might be desperate enough to choke up 5 years, mariners are years away from competing.. Rangers just spent 100m on something they needed far worse in darvish and one of their owners has publicly stated that he prefers going LT with a Hamilton extension.

The obvious big spenders.. NYY, Boston and Philly are out.. So who are the other 2? Not trying to put you on the spot, but who exactly are those other WS contenders with 21.7m a year deep pockets for 7 years?

jesse heiman
3 years 7 months ago

He has too much trust in Boras to find him a six year deal for over $150 million but what he should do is go where a team can build around him and a solid starting pitcher like King Felix.

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

Signing Fielder would mean having to trade Smoak when his value is low.

probably not the best move I’d say

jesse heiman
3 years 7 months ago

Astros need some potential DH’s for the AL leap

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

I wonder if the jays can get butler out of KC for some pitching perhaps.  The OBP would fit in nicely in the DH spot and he could take Lind’s AB’s vs Lefties. 

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 7 months ago

Why would KC trade him now? Hes young and cheap for the next three years. He would fit nicely on any team in need of a 1B, his on base numbers are impressive. 

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

to address other needs would be the best answer..

KC has an impressive offensive nucleus moving up, but the arms are still a year or two away, if not more.. They would trade him for some rotation help I’m sure..

3 years 7 months ago

You’re probably right. Butler is who I hope Mitch Moreland can become.

Devon Henry
3 years 7 months ago

Yeh would makes sense, however im not sure when Royals are expecting to start contending? If they think they can keep up with the Tigers this year they definetely cant move him.

3 years 7 months ago

I think the Royals feel their window is just opening this season.

3 years 7 months ago

Steve Adams get your facts straight first you say David Eckstein is retiring then you say he is not retiring then you say he is retiring all in the span of about 8 hours what next he signs with someone. Make up your mind. Why don’t you admit it when you get your facts wrong.

PWNdroia
3 years 7 months ago

Raysshould sign Derrek Lee for cheap.  He can help spark that team and give them more offense.

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

Gordan, Hosmer?

Tigerfan93
3 years 7 months ago

A moderately good rookie campaign does not establish you as a proven major league hitter. Get ready for the sophomore slump. 

diesel2410
3 years 7 months ago

Are you bitter or something?

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

 a .343 wOBA as a 21 year old rookie is far from moderately good..

not too mention his data in the minors (.369 wOBA) almost always playing against older players.

not every player has a sophomore slump, he was highly touted and has already showed signs of living up to projections.

MetsMagic
3 years 7 months ago

No one said “proven major league” hitter. He said “actual hitter”, and Hosmer is the real deal. The Royals are going to have a scary offensive core of Moustakas, Hosmer, Gordon, Butler and Perez this year. 

Tigerfan93
3 years 7 months ago

Bitter? No. Realistic? Yes.

3 years 7 months ago

lmao!  Believe it or not, they are totally fine with operating like a socialist nation…or the complete opposite.

Socialism is for the people…not the socialists.

3 years 7 months ago

Haven’t heard that name in a min.

stl_cards16
3 years 7 months ago

Huh? Pretty sure Holliday is the only player with a contract for 3 years,……so nice try.