East Notes: Nationals, Youkilis, Podsednik, Red Sox

After 8,020 games, the Mets finally have their first no-hitter in franchise history thanks to Johan Santana's brilliant performance tonight against the Cardinals.  Santana's bid was saved in the seventh inning by Mike Baxter as he sacrificed his body to make an incredible catch against the leftfield wall.   The left-hander threw 134 pitches in total but said after the game that he had no intentions of coming out of the game early.  Here's more out of the Eastern divisions..

  • According to a baseball source, there is a feeling that Bryce Harper is not the long-term answer in center field for the Nationals and the club still has interest in Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos and Twins outfielder Denard Span, a source tells Bill Ladson of MLB.com.  However, the source said there haven't been any talks between the Nats and those clubs and wouldn't be the surprised if nothing happened until the offseason.
  • Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis told Ian Browne of MLB.com that he's not fazed by the recent trade talk surrounding him.  Boston GM Ben Cherington denied a report saying that they are telling teams that the veteran is available but the White Sox and Rangers are among the clubs that have checked in on him.
  • The Red Sox could be forced to cut veteran outfielder Scott Podsednik once Darnell McDonald or Cody Ross return, writes Brian MacPherson of The Providence Journal.  For his part, the 36-year-old doesn't sound ready to hang 'em up just yet.  "Until I can't go out and steal a base, until I'm not running that well, I'd be doing myself an injustice by not trying to go out and play," Podsednik said.

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  1. EdinsonPickle 3 years ago

    Congrats, Johan! That was an exciting finish with those two bloopers that looked, at least to me, like they had a chance to drop in as they came off the bat.

    Also, the Sox should cut Darnell and keep Scotty Pods.

    • MaineSox 3 years ago

      I’d cut both of them (and Byrd) and keep Nava at this point.

      • start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

        It’s kinda funny. As much as our outfield has seemed like a major red flag this year, especially after Ells went down, we’ve gotten some great work out of some guys. Ross was providing a lot of power both in and out of Fenway, Sweeney has had a decent bat but a great glove, and Nava has been far better than anyone would have hoped for. It’s going to be a tough choice deciding who to cut. 

        • MaineSox 3 years ago

          For me it’s not too difficult.  Nava is the only one with any offensive upside so I’d keep him around and cut the rest of them (McDonald, Podsednik, and Byrd); he can’t play CF, but that really isn’t a problem because Ellsbury, Crawford, Ross, and Sweeney can all play at least a capable CF (and if it came to that point they have Lin in AAA who is probably a better defensive CF than anyone on the big league team, and Kalish who plays a decent CF).

          • start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

            I more meant because several of them have stepped up when we needed big hits or plays.

          • MaineSox 3 years ago

            Oh yeah, they have all been better than I’d expected (well, with the possible exception of Byrd, but he’s had his moments too), and they have all done things to help the team win, but in the long run most of them really aren’t worth a roster spot.

          • Karkat 3 years ago

             If they cut Pods for Darnell then everything I said about Bobby and Ben in the offseason will be justified.

            You don’t cut the guy hitting .440 (.280 lifetime) for the guy whose hit .221 over the last two season and who plays awful defense.

          • MaineSox 3 years ago

            Podsednik isn’t going to continue to hit at anything close to this level – he may be a worse hitter than Darnell – the reason you would keep him instead of Darnell is for his defense.

          • This ^
            Got nothing against McDonald but he’s nothing more than a serviceable backup. Podsednick’s a better hitter, offers as much defensively and is certainly more valuable on the base path’s. 

          • johnsilver 3 years ago

             That is kind of far fetched now in praise of mcDonald there.. A Kewpie doll has more use at home plate and pinned into the dirt at an OF position than does McDonald..

          • MaineSox 3 years ago

            huh? I wasn’t praising McDonald, I said they should cut him.

          • johnsilver 3 years ago

            Answered wrong post Maine..Apologies..

            Reply to a lot of yours and i mistakenly replied to yours.. Heartfelt apologies.

            Yo know by now all to well my wanting rid of McDonald off of the roster,,,


            With Ross declaring himself nearly fit to return by the next homestand and pedy *maybe* back by then.. I would rather see the LH Pods, who can be used as a better defensive substitute and pinchrunner, which is all mcDonald really is anyway.. A late game pinch runner he can do fairly well..

            Ross back from the RH side and they have a RH bat in the OF and no need for McDonald with Pods who plays all the positions, plus runs better anyway.

          • MaineSox 3 years ago

            Yeah, I wondered if you replied to the wrong post because it didn’t really make sense with what I had said.  No worries.

    • start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

      Agreed on McDonald. Why keep him. While Pods certainly won’t keep up this level of production I’d rather him on the bench for the speed.

      • Notin J. Notin 3 years ago


        The only real reason to hold McDonald is that he can play 3 OF positions and be used as a pinch runner, two advantages he has over even Nava as a bench player.

        However, Podsednik not only has those skills, but unlike McDonald, isn’t awful at them.

  2. start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

    I think it’s become boilerplate by now: Player X says they aren’t paying attention to the trade market. General Manager of Team A denies trade rumors entirely however Teams B and C are potentially interested in trading with Team A for Player X. 

    Also congrats Johan.

  3. Melvin McMurf 3 years ago

    bourjos for harper

  4. bigpat 3 years ago

    My god, who is Darnell McDonald blackmailing to hold onto a job for so long in Boston? He flat out sucks and was just as bad last year. He’s been on the roster for two years for a short stretch of looking like a capable 4th outfielder. 

    • Devern Hansack 3 years ago

      I’m OK with his .342 OBP against lefties in a reserve role. He’s also fast and passable in the field.

      • Karkat 3 years ago

         Did we just call Darnell “passable” in the field? According to UZR he’s been awful in right with the Sox (where we’d need him). Apparently he’s been good in left but I attribute that to him being able to play shallow in Fenway and UZR not knowing how to handle balls off the monster.  Darnell is really just not someone who should be on a major league roster.

    • start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

      The thing about him is he seems to come up with very big hits and a few big games out of no where. It seems like he can’t get a hit to save his life then suddenly bam, game winning hit. That’s the only reason I can think of as to why he’s still on the major league roster.

      • Karkat 3 years ago

         I’d rather have the guys who can reliably produce, personally.

    • MaineSox 3 years ago

      The problem has been that they have actually needed him because of the terrible injury luck they have with outfielders.  If they didn’t need him he would have been gone a long time ago (he was actually told he had been released last year but literally before they had time to file the papers someone got hurt again, so they kept him).

  5. GoFish 3 years ago

    Move Darnell McDonald to the bullpen.  He has Major League pitching experience.

    • Karkat 3 years ago

       And he was just as bad there as he is at the plate or in the field!

  6. theobi11111 3 years ago

    Can someone explain to me how Bryce Harper is not the long term solution in center field?

    • MaineSox 3 years ago

      I don’t know for sure, but I assume it’s because most people expect him to lose a step or two as he matures, so they expect him to move to right field at some point (also because he has a true 80 arm, and you generally want a guy like that in RF).

    • IndianaBob 3 years ago

      I would sure leave him in center.  Fast and great arm.  You can always find corner outfielders with pop.  Finding a CF with pop is hard.

  7. The Reds should be paying close attention to the Red Sox OF situation. Hopefully they will cut either Podsednik or Nava when all the injuries are resolved. We can then snatch them up. We need A LH OF badly for the bench. Either would be perfect. We’ve gave you McDonald, so no thanks on Darnell.

  8. ChefR 3 years ago

    Keeping McDonald perpetually befuddles me, and it pisses me off that I can’t figure out why he’s still around.

    • Crucisnh 3 years ago

      As of the beginning of this year, I can see how the Sox kept him around, since Crawford was on the DL, and Ells ended up on the DL after the home opener.  But at this point, it seems that the Sox have so many better options for backup OFers than McDonald, I don’t see how they could justify now DFA’ing him.  Nava, Byrd, Podsednik, and Sweeney are all better than him.

  9. JoeSeadog 3 years ago

    Beset by injuries the past few years, Santana will still end up with 200 wins and less than 100 loses for less than stellar teams in his career. In years he was durable enough to get his  30+ starts(5 -all consecuative) he’s 86-37 with a 2.82 ERA with a lot more K’s and a lot less hits per innings pitched. That puts him in pretty special company for a guy who didn’t have the benefit of a star studded line-up behind him like the Yankees, or Red Sox.

  10. hawkny1 3 years ago

    Darnell is currently at Pawtucket.  Tell him to rent an apartment.

    • Notin J. Notin 3 years ago

      McDonald should be DFA’d once he comes off the DL.  I know the Sox do value depth right now, but McDonald’s chances of clearing waivers fall somewhere in between 99% and 101%…

    • JoeSeadog 3 years ago

       He should be pretty safe buying………and taking the UPS test as well.

  11. Peter Bourjos is a awesome defensive player for the Angels but they don’t have room for him. Mike Trout just took his job.. Jerry Dipoto should trade him or send him back to the minors so he could get more playing time..

  12. Slopeboy 3 years ago

    Couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy!!!

    kudos and congratulations!

  13. East Coast Bias 3 years ago

    Boy 1: I just got a new bike. 
    Boy 2: So what, my older brother has 2 na nana na na

  14. MaineSox 3 years ago

    Nobody cares.  Just sayin’.

  15. ellisburks 3 years ago

    So what you are saying is the Johan Santana’s no hitter is negated because of Roy Halladay’s perfect game? Somebody better alert Bud Selig before he wastes time congratulating him.

  16. Slopeboy 3 years ago

    Thanks again for demonstrating the world renowned Phillies fan’s class.

  17. johnsilver 3 years ago

     Selig has already grown his spine for the week.. Picking on the 80YO Hawk Harrelson for rightly calling out a couple of crazy umpire incorrect calls on the air..

    Selig will now slink back into his slime pit for a few months and slither around until he finds someone else weak.. Or old.. And only then will he slink out and strike out again..

  18. Notin J. Notin 3 years ago

    Hey, if that is the case maybe Halladay’s perfect game should be negated because it wasn’t even the first one that month.   And nearly wasn’t the last one, as well…

  19. JoeSeadog 3 years ago

     The point is that he is a very special, very good pitcher who is very much in the class of guys who toss no-hitters. I think once he got the big contract he was dis-respected for “going for the money” and there was a lot chuckling when he ended up hurt and headed to surgery. Fans should never blame anyone for taking all they can get. Life is short, careers, even shorter. I was, and remain very happy for  Mr. Santana

  20. PileOfSandwich 3 years ago

    Santana was traded to the Mets and signed to stay there. Sure it was a large contract, but he didn’t leave anywhere on his own. How exactly did people see him as, “going for the money” as you put it?

  21. JoeSeadog 3 years ago

     The multi-million dollar extension was part of the deal. Officially the extension was signed 2/1 and he was traded 2/2 according to BB-Ref. He obviously wasn’t going to re-sign with the Twins. You make it sound like I don’t like the guy. By years end he may be the best pitcher in the game, . . . .again.

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