West Links: Dodgers, Kinsler, Athletics, Giants

Three years ago today, the Padres traded Khalil Greene to the Cardinals for Luke Gregerson and Mark Worrell. Greene hit .200/.272/.347 during his one season in St. Louis and has been out of baseball for two years while Gregerson has emerged as one of the game's best setup relievers. Here's the latest from baseball's two West divisions…

  • Bidding for the Dodgers is down to three groups according to Bill Shaikin of The Los Angeles Times (on Twitter): Steven Cohen & Patrick Soon-Shiong, Magic Johnson & Stan Kasten, and Stan Kroenke.
  • The Rangers and agent Jay Franklin met on Friday to discuss a contract extension for Ian Kinsler, writes MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan. Franklin is “not very optimistic” a deal will be reached before the season. Kinsler is under contract for 2012 with a $10MM club option for 2013.
  • Commissioner Bud Selig is "working actively behind the scenes" to find a resolution between the Giants and Athletics regarding Oakland's stadium situation according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
  • Pat Burrell has formally agreed to scout for the Giants this season, reports Hank Schulman of The San Francisco Chronicle. The slugger retired this offseason and is currently providing internal evaluations of San Francisco's prospects.
  • Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports wrote about the evolution of the DH position, where clubs are using a rotation system similar to the Rangers last season.

15 Responses to West Links: Dodgers, Kinsler, Athletics, Giants Leave a Reply

  1. thebigbangdito 3 years ago

    its very sad to know that mccourt is going to be making so much money from this sale and he gets to keep the parking lots.  I wish all those bidding would backout until he adds the parking lots so if he doesnt he gets screwed on the sale.

  2. johnsilver 3 years ago

    Just curious how much Kinsler would fetch on the open market as a 30YO 2b who did get a *small* pad on his power numbers from playing at Arlington.. Say… 5 years an a 17-20m AAV? Would that be on the high side? he isn’t as good all around as Pedey and Cano because of the glove, but his value playing in Arlington you would think would approach that amount due to his offensive production.

    • Stark2k 3 years ago

      Are you under the impression hes a bad defender?  He was second in the MLB in 2b UZR last year and he hasn’t been particularly error prone in a while.

      He was slowed down a bit by a lingering ankle injury in 2010 but he looked great on defense last year.

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

         No, not a bad defender, just not as good as Pedey and Cano.Cano is lightning fast with his hands around the bag and has the range and pedey is sure handed, plus covers the holes as good as anyone has in awhile.

        I did no intend to imply Kinsler was poor with the glove, just not in the class as Cano and Pedey.

        • IndianaBob 3 years ago

          Cano has been negative UZR/150 every year except 2007.  He is probably a slightly below average 2B.  He most certainly is not a GOOD fielder.  Great hitter though.

          • johnsilver 3 years ago

             That is one gripe many will have with UZR rankings… Cano turns the DP and has the quickest turn around times around the bag of anyone in the league and other than pedey.. Nobody has the range at 2b in the AL. Cano just makes bone … plays and will drop a relay sometimes.. He just acts too fast and gets ahead of himself is his problem. But as a REAL defensive 2b? he is up there with Pedey.

  3. CAD_Monkey 3 years ago

    As much as I agree with you, I want to see McCourt out ASAP.  I’ll just take the Dodger Stadium Express from Union Station and save $15.

    Edit: Oops, this was supposed to be a reply to thebigbangdito up there!

    • Taylor Maricle 3 years ago

      There’s no point. The terms state that McCourt will lease the lots for $14mil no matter what, so all the proceeds from parking tickets go to the real owner anyway, so McCourt doesn’t lose any money from people doing that.

      • CAD_Monkey 3 years ago

        Aw, that sucks.

        • Taylor Maricle 3 years ago

          Heh, IMO it just frees Dodger fans from the thought of giving him money. The owner will pay for the parking lots, not us. We’ll still pay, just to the owner instead.

    • BlueSkyLA
      BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

      I have a feeling that the team buyer will want and will get at least an option to buy the parking lots when the lease expires.

  4. The Rangers sure are having trouble with extensions talks with their top players. Elvis Andrus and Derek Holland have extensions, but now talks with Hamilton, Napoli, and now Kinsler are stalled. 

    Funny thing is, all three of these players either have some kind of red flag attached to them: offensive numbers skewed by their home ballpark (Hamilton, Kinsler); serious personal problems (Hamilton), or uncertainty of the true value of the player in question (Napoli).

  5. Burrell has agreed to scout for the Giants……..tons of jokes to be made there.  


  6. I don’t know why I didn’t cite Hamilton being prone to injury. In fact, I should’ve cited both he and Napoli, because that’s why the Angels traded Napoli, and he ended up on the DL again in 2012.


    The guy has lived a colorful life, on and especially off the field.

    He is a class act though.  

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