West Links: Myers, Wilson, Luebke

A few items of note to share out of MLB's West divisions …

  • Things don't look good for Giants closer Brian Wilson, manager Bruce Bochy told reporters, including Steve Kroner of the SFGate.com. The Beard has "structural issues" in his right elbow and could be facing surgery.
  • The news on Wilson prompted Bob Nightengale of USA Today to wonder whether the Giants would check in with the Astros on closer Brett Myers, whom Houston has been shopping for the past few months, if Wilson is in fact out for the season's balance or a substantial period of time (Twitter link).
  • Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson doesn't hold a grudge against the Yankees for not attempting to sign him this offseason, according to Richard Justice of MLB.com, though the lefty intimates that it bothered him at the time: "Everybody has different constraints. There's not one way to build a team. They obviously went after a couple of pitchers. Obviously, both those guys did really good last year. You can't hold a grudge forever. You move on. I'm here. I'm an Angel. That's it."
  • Padres lefty Cory Luebke discussed how last month's multiyear extension came to pass with Jeff Rickard and Jeff Nelson of MLB Network Radio's "Home Plate" on SiriusXM (audio link): "It wasn't something I expected, by any means. I was pretty surprised when they asked me if it was something I'd be willing to do. … There's a little peace of a mind, but I think we get more peace of mind when we're winning ballgames than dealing with the financial side of it, but it does offer a little security."

17 Responses to West Links: Myers, Wilson, Luebke Leave a Reply

  1. CJ tried to invite himself to visit the Yankees. If they were interested they would have called. The ego on this man astounds me.

    • Vmmercan 3 years ago

      Translation: “I’m mad they didn’t raise the price to sign me with other teams even though I never would have considered them anyway and they knew that”

      • strikethree 3 years ago

        I don’t see that.

        Perhaps he actually wanted to be a Yankee? The same thing happened with Tex: he wanted to join the Yankees but he didn’t want to take a big hit on pay.

        Haven’t you ever thought about a firm that you really wanted to work for? (But, you weren’t willing to take a big hit on pay.)

        He could have done the same with the Red Sox and other big market teams too (the Tigers were on a spending spree too) — but he didn’t. 

        It just happened that his FA year was at a time when the Yankees decided to tighten up on payroll.

        • “Haven’t you ever thought about a firm that you really wanted to work for? (But, you weren’t willing to take a big hit on pay.)”

          No, we’re in a recession. jk

  2. Rabbitov 3 years ago

    It’s been a long day when I read that second sentence as: The Beard has “structural issues” and he could have facial surgery.

    • start_wearing_purple
      start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

      Don’t worry, I read it the same way the first time.

  3. Tad_Knackers 3 years ago

    Wow, when will C.J. Wilson stop whining about the Rangers, Yankees and anybody else that broke his heart?  Oh the Rangers “offended” him in contract talks… so sad the Yankees weren’t interested in his quirks… boo-hoo that the Marlins wouldn’t give him a no-trade clause.  This guy’s ego is bigger than Bonds in his prime.

    How long will he last with the Angels?  A year tops?  The Angels should have gone after Buehrle instead.

    • Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

      This guy’s ego is bigger than Bonds in his prime.

      Whoa let’s get carried away here.

      • Snoochies8 3 years ago

        “Whoa let’s get carried away here.”
        sure thing! his ego’s bigger than bonds’ AND Manny’s AND A-Rod’s!

        • Infield Fly 3 years ago

          Throw Roger Clemens on top of that pile and the set is complete! :)

    • kbb102 3 years ago

      Wow actually read before you post. It makes you look more intelligent. CJ didn’t do anything to bring about your ire. He was asked the question- he did not bring it up. God, people try so hard to find reasons to hate certain players.

  4. Eric Ritz 3 years ago

    The Giants are going to trade Brandon Belt for a closer who would be just as good or worse than any middle reliever that is already on the Giants. Awesome.

    • Tad_Knackers 3 years ago

       Sounds crazy, but I could see them sending Belt to the Marlins for Heath Bell.  He just can’t cut it outside of California…he doesn’t like being away from home and he is already in the doghouse in Miami.  Maybe trade Belt and a B-level prospect for Bell and a PTBNL?

      • I doubt being homesick is the reason why he’s performing poorly.

      • ellisburks 3 years ago

        He is probably doing poorly cause he is getting older and is out of the cavern in San Diego. His K’s were down last year and he has had pronounced home/road splits. Also his new manager is a tool.

        • johnsilver 3 years ago

           His new “manager” was still suspended last night when bell came in with a 3 run lead, bases clean and promptly gave up 3 runs and left runners on and blew it and these were not cheapie hits either, but line drives.. Bell was throwing 93-94 also, so problem wasn’t velocity, but flat out throwing meatballs and dead over center of the plate..

          The guy just had nadda last night.

        •  He is getting older, but he went from the cavern in San Diego to a new cavern in Miami.  He seems to be having trouble with his control.  He threw 13 straight balls Friday night against the Astros.

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