Rosenthal On Fukudome, Uehara, Orioles, Jackson

A look at the latest from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports..

  • Kosuke Fukudome wants to remain in the majors, according to a source with knowledge of his thinking.  Some executives, however, believe he could end up back in Japan.  The Brewers had interest in Fukudome before signing Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki.
  • Rangers right-hander Koji Uehara enjoyed his time so much in Baltimore that he recommended the Orioles to the two free-agents the team signed out of the Japanese league, Tsuyoshi Wada and Wei-Yin Chen, according to a major-league source.  A trade back to the O's is possible for Uehara, who rejected a deal to the Blue Jays this week.
  • The Red Sox are talking to Edwin Jackson, who might be open to a one-year pact. However, one executive points out that the AL East isn't an easy landing spot for a starting pitcher. If Jackson signs for one year, he might be better off in the NL, where he could produce better numbers before trying the open market again.
  • The bright side of the Nationals’ failure to sign Prince Fielder is that it allows the club to retain positional flexibility, particularly in center field.  A long-term deal for the slugger eventually might have pushed the Nats to use an outfield of Michael Morse in left, Jayson Werth in center and Bryce Harper in right.  Now, they can move Morse to first after Adam LaRoche plays out his contract this season and go after a center fielder.

36 Responses to Rosenthal On Fukudome, Uehara, Orioles, Jackson Leave a Reply

  1. kosuke he would make a great addition since Cody Ross is gone.??

    • undocorkscrew 3 years ago

      A light-hitting, declining corner outfielder who’s horrific on the bases? Perfect fit for the Giants.

      • Philip Marlowe 3 years ago

        Declining? Kosuke’s just as good as he always was.

        He was terrible then, too

    • undocorkscrew 3 years ago

      Disqus is really messing me up today…..

  2. Guest 3 years ago

    Considering many of the big hitters have now moved over the AL, I completely understand the point of Jackson being better off in the NL if he only has a guarantee of 1 year. Wouldn’t be smart to sign in Boston for example, potentially get smacked around by the rest of the AL and then seek a multi year deal the season after. Doesn’t work like that. I think neither Oswalt or Jackson end up in Boston. I’m still saying trading for Gavin Floyd is the best fit for all parties and for a lot of reasons. 

    • Guest 3 years ago

      How many times will the sox face the angels or tigers for that to be a reason for Jackson?

      If Pujols stayed with the cards and Fielder stayed with the Brewers, its still wise for any pitcher to stay out of the AL east…

      Realistically played in the East isn’t bad aslong as you’re on one of the sox/yankees.. because then you don’t have to face yourself.. 

      He’ll go to Boston, but not on a 1 year deal.  If boston wants him they are going to need to do 4-5 years

      • undocorkscrew 3 years ago

        4-5 years?!?!?!

        • Guest 3 years ago

          yah i guess only good pitchers like john lackey, aj burnette and gio gonzalez deserve those deals . 

          • Lookouts400 3 years ago

            Gio’s in the National League East, with Washington.

          • Philip Marlowe 3 years ago

            I think the point was the deal Gio got, not the division he plays in

          • Lookouts400 3 years ago

            Maybe, but the article and many posts are talking about playing in the AL East, as Lackey and Burnett do.

          • johnsilver 3 years ago

            I still think Lackey will out perform him over the next 2-3 years (like 2013-2015) since think both are just innings eaters and Lackey at least had a track record of consistency spanning 7-8 seasons.

            Sox fans hammer him mercilessly, but i have faith he will come back and give them at least a couple years of #3 type SP and can’t say that about Jackson.

            Nobody on this planet can say that lackey does not go on the mound and pitch with intensity and give it his all every time. His arm must have been literally falling apart since he signed that deal with the Sox.

      • Guest 3 years ago

        Man, you can’t agree with anything right now. 

        “If Pujols stayed with the cards and Fielder stayed with the Brewers, its still wise for any pitcher to stay out of the AL east…”

        That statement makes absolutely no sense. Well, that’s my point, it wouldn’t be smart to pitch a 1 year deal in the AL, especially factoring in the additions Pujols, Fielder, 2nd full year of Gonzalez, several new young power hitters, Trout, Montero, the whole Royals team under age 22. I didn’t mention a single Yankee and yeah, you’ve got to face those guys too..

        No chance the Red Sox or any team gives him a 4 or 5 year deal, that’s insane. I have no idea where Jackson could sign. I wouldn’t be surprised if he wound up back on the Cardinals for two years. If the price is cheap enough, maybe the Nat’s or Padre’s.

        • Guest 3 years ago

          you can make the same list of young budding power hitters for the NL..

          the author is saying he should stay out of the AL EAST not the AL.. why wouldn’t he go pitch in Cleveland, Detroit, LA, Seattle?

      • PWNdroia 3 years ago

        You don’t think Jackson’s decent enough to be Boston’s #4?  Or am I misinterpreting?

    • Guest 3 years ago

      dbl posts galore

  3. Manny Being Manny 3 years ago

    I hope Koji is friends with more good Japanese players.

    • Kurisu Rg 3 years ago

      Well, there’s also some bigshot NPB righthander Yu might have heard about. Although, Yoshinori Tateyama was with the Rangers last year, as well. Tateyama was actually a former teammate of Darvish, and was very effective against RHB, but couldn’t get a lefty out to save his life.

      • Well, considering Yu was taken in a posting, he didn’t really have much of a say where he landed.  Wada and Chen were both FA.

  4. Everything I read about Koji makes me like him more.  Can’t wait for him to be back in Baltimore by 2013 at the latest.

    • He is so awesome.  Then again, he will be 38.  I’d re-sign him, at a good cost.  But I would love to move him into the managerial side as a scout and ambassador of sorts when he is done playing.  If he loves Baltimore as much as the media has made it sound, he could do wonders in getting asian talent in OPACY.

  5. Does the Mayor of Baltimore have naked pictures of Koji?

  6. GlassJawn 3 years ago

    “If Jackson signs for one year, he might be better off in the NL, where he could produce better numbers before trying the open market again.”

    How uninformed (and unintentionally hilarious) of Mr. Links to say that.  Has he compared Edwin’s NL stats against his AL?

  7. UltimateYankeeFan 3 years ago

    The Red Sox make an offer to Jackson and Oswalt.   Then they wait and wait for for a reply.  It seems like none of these guys want to play for the Red Sox.  They make offers to these players and it’s like the players have left Beantown at the alter.  The only players the Red Sox seem to be able to sign or attract are the ones that have no control over their own destiny like Bailey or platoon players like Ross.  Oh how the mighty have fallen after missing the postseason 2 years in a row.

    • Guest 3 years ago

      I think its fair to say that players will still go to Boston and by their own control. As much we can bash them, its still a potential perrenial contender to play with. As long as Bobby V cut’s off the circus act and doesn’t further emphasize it, they have the ability to clean up their PR quickly this season. The mob is fickle and it can go either way. 

      It just seems that the particular players being discussed (Oswalt and Jackson) subsequently the only players left available through free agency, are not ideal matches for Boston at this moment. If Kuroda were still available, he’d sign in Boston as he stated he wanted to play on there or the Yanks. Oswalt and Jackson, nor their agents have stated the same. 

    • Zach 3 years ago

      Because nobody would want to come to a great city with great tradition and a chance at competing. It’s because of the lack of money or years being offered, not because of missing the playoffs. Get real bro..

    • PWNdroia 3 years ago

      A Yankee fan calling the Red Sox mighty?

  8. Bargab 3 years ago

    I would love to have Koji back in Baltimore, and thanx for the good word of mouth allowing the O’s to pick up Wada and Chen. Koji was wicked good here in Baltimore. He’s got some nasty stuff when he’s in the right environment.

  9. Rangersfan32 3 years ago

    Koji won’t be traded unless Texas gets better players back than what they trade to Baltimore. And that’s probably not gonna happen so..

  10. kräftig. entschieden 3 years ago

    Nationals will bid crazily on one of Victorino, Bourne, Hamilton, or Upton next offseason, however many of them hit the open market.
    1. Victorino
    2. Bourne
    3. Upton
    4. Hamilton
    In order of most likely to pursue, Hamilton isn’t a true centerfielder or a hitter in the lead-off role they’re looking for. Upton is young but not really as good. Bourne is pretty much a prototypical lead-off hitter, and Victorino was one of the better hitters in baseball last year. I fully expect them to sign one of them.

    • Guest 3 years ago

      Hamilton in theory should cost the most, however he is probably the least ideal for the Nat’s, that is, if he is not able to move to 1st. You don’t want two similar players in the OF, of their age, when frankly, that’s against what Rizzo has been trying to do and acquire a young, speedy guy. Hamilton probably puts up the best offensive numbers of the 4 you mention, but has the greatest injury risk and will cost the most. Frankly, I don’t know what’ going to happen with that guy. Consider Fielder signed with the Tigers, it’s probably very likely that Hamilton re-ups with Texas for 3-4 years at a total of $55mm-$70mm for that period. No chance he gets more than that. The Nat’s will probably go after Bourne or Upton and both shouldn’t cost more than $50mm on a 4-5 year deal. They are probably $10mm a year type players. 

    • Hamilton is a true CF. Just because he’s big doesn’t mean he’s slow. He’s one of the better defenders in the OF, specifically CF.

  11. disgustedcubfan 3 years ago

    They are two different players, but the Fukudome experience the Cubs endured makes me uncomfortable with Cespedes.
    They are very similar in that they both are the superstar players, coming from another country, that have never seen MLB pitching or played 162 games schedule.
    Remember how everybody wanted Fukudome, the White Sox outbid everyone, but the Cubs were the lucky winners for him to the tune of $48,000,000.
    Fukudome turned out to be a serviceable player at best, which is what Cespedes could end up being.

  12. jb226 3 years ago

    Looking back at ten years of data (courtesy of ESPN) the total runs scored for each league has looked like this:

    Year     AL      NL     Diff
    2002    778     720      58
    2003    788     747      41
    2004    811     751      60
    2005    771     721      50
    2006    804     771      33
    2007    794     763      29
    2008    775     734      41
    2009    781     718      63
    2010    721     701      20
    2011    723     668      55
    AVG     775     730      45

    Over the course of a season, that is one run difference per four games or about 0.25 runs per game.  Unless my math is off (and that is distinctly possible!), if a hypothetical single starting pitcher made every start, averaging 7 innings and giving up every single run scored in those games his ERA would go up less than a third of a run.  If you wanted a 6.5 inning average it would go up just over a third, and if you gave them 6 innings it would go up by 0.375.  Naturally this would not actually happen; the disparities would be spread around, both among starters of the staff and among starters and relievers.  In fact it would probably also spread disproportionately toward back-end starters than #1s and #2s, but I think it’s a decent working average.

    So is the AL superior?  Clearly so, but not as much as I think people make it out to be (though with two of the NL’s best hitters, Pujols and Fielder, jumping to the AL, next year might be an interesting disparity).  There’s definitely something to be said for trying to rebuild value in a better league, but in the case of somebody like Edwin Jackson he actually had one of his better years last year — it’s his inconsistencies (and Boras’ high asking price, in years and dollars) that is preventing him from getting a multi-year deal.

    In absolute terms I guess he’s better of signing in the NL, I don’t deny that.  But that should also be tempered by the fact that he could play for a contending team like Boston (and no, I’m not a Red Sox fan).

    If nothing else, I find the run totals to just be really interesting.  Despite all the talk about the superiority of the DH, and the fact that pretty much every full-time DH is going to both score and drive in more than 45 runs, that’s still the average difference played out over the year.  Maybe the pitching in the AL is also just vastly superior, or maybe the difference really is overstated.

  13. fxx3605 3 years ago

    nerd lol

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