Quick Hits: Playoffs, La Russa, Ordonez, Wood

On this date in 2005, the Mets signed Carlos Beltran to a seven-year, $119MM contract. Beltran enjoyed some tremendous seasons and endured some difficult moments with the Mets, who traded him to San Francisco last summer. Here are today's links…

  • An extra wild card team is far from a sure thing for 2012, tweets ESPN's Jayson Stark, as "big scheduling obstacles remain" to be worked out before baseball can expand its playoffs for this fall.
  • Tony La Russa has been "informally offered" Joe Torre's old job as MLB's executive vice president for baseball operations, reports USA Today's Bob Nightengale (via Twitter).  La Russa has given no indication that he is interested in the job. 
  • Magglio Ordonez intends to play in 2012, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports. The free agent outfielder is making progress in his recovery from right ankle surgery.
  • Kerry Wood said on the Waddle & Silvy Show on ESPN 1000 that there's "nothing new" to report on his near-deal with the Cubs.
  • Dan Johnson, the unlikely hero of the Rays’ exhilarating comeback in the final game of the regular season, tells Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he’s still looking for a job.
  • Dodgers scout Carl Loewnstine continues working as he battles bone cancer, Bob Nightengale of USA Today writes. Loewnstine will be honored this weekend at a banquet benefiting the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation in California.
  • Red Sox GM Ben Cherington and David Laurila of FanGraphs discussed the role of information in the decision making process of an MLB front office.
  • The Red Sox don’t expect to offer guaranteed deals to free agent pitchers, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com tweets. The asking price for Hiroki Kuroda and Roy Oswalt is dropping, but those pitchers aren’t likely to sign in Boston, Heyman writes.


22 Responses to Quick Hits: Playoffs, La Russa, Ordonez, Wood Leave a Reply

  1. EdinsonPickle 3 years ago

    Who’s going to take Maggs? He’s a DH only player at this point in his career, and as we’ve seen, those one dimensional players just aren’t getting jobs anymore.

  2. Leonard Washington 3 years ago

    If Magglio can handle RF still and his ankle is good Sox should try snagging him to platoon with Sweeney.

    • lefty177 3 years ago

      that’s what i was thinking & he could spell Papi every now & again

  3. UltimateYankeeFan 3 years ago

    “The asking price for Hiroki Kuroda and Roy Oswalt is dropping, but those pitchers aren’t likely to sign in Boston, Heyman writes.”
    See what happens when you ban fried chicken and beer in the club house.  You can’t sign any decent FA’s.

    • Redsoxn8tion 3 years ago

      Those fried chicken

      • Redsoxn8tion 3 years ago

        Those fried chicken jokes never seem to get old. Oh wait, they did. Especially coming from a Yankees fan? Did you hear the one about the team that has the most expensive payroll in baseball, who’s ace pitcher looks like he could be the spokesperson for KFC? You did? Man, I’m slow

        • James Stevens 3 years ago

          It’s rich hearing a red sox fan whine about spending….

        • slider32 3 years ago

          Holy cow, eat more chicken!

        • UltimateYankeeFan 3 years ago

          Would that be the same team that has made the post season 16 out of the last 17 years.  Won 5 World Series Titles and appeared in 7 during that time.

          • flickadave 3 years ago

            And had the best chemists in MLB to boot!

    • slider32 3 years ago

      The Sox and the Jets are the most self destructing teams of all times.

  4. TheHitman23 3 years ago

    I still don’t know why the Yankees haven’t picked up Oswalt. Why is a 1yr/8 million contract such a huge risk? Yes, he’s had his history of back problems. Imagine the reward this guy could have though. Based on the potential reward alone, Oswalt is so worth it. Plus, he costs less than Kuroda (a bit overrated in my opinion) and Jackson (could potentially earn a 2yr/25 mill contract). He’s a gamble worth taking. CC, Roy, Nova, Hughes, and AJ would be a pretty good rotation.

    • flickadave 3 years ago

      Come on now, they are the Yankees! They should grab both Kuroda and Oswalt for that chump change. That would suck if they did.

  5. StanleyPujols 3 years ago

    Tony LaRussa has absolutely indicated interest in Torre’s old job during a radio interview with 101.1 ESPN radio in STL.

  6. EdinsonPickle 3 years ago

    Talking to yourself again? Nice.

  7. InLeylandWeTrust 3 years ago

    So Nelson’s a Mets fan…god it all makes so much sense now.

  8. UltimateYankeeFan 3 years ago

    Insert the 59 wins, 3.00 ERA and World Series Ring in 3 years with the Yankees.  Oh, and btw 3 straight post season appearances. 

  9. [insert CC Sabathia career stat line here]

  10. UltimateYankeeFan 3 years ago

    I’m all for that.

  11. ARod's Ring 3 years ago

    I’m surprise this comment hasn’t been deleted yet… That was extremely racist.

  12. flickadave 3 years ago

    Mine too. It’s great to hear that Kuroda and Oswalt will be coming to Boston!

  13. Infield Fly 3 years ago

    Only to Mets fans who need a good laugh…

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