Quick Hits: Galvis, ChiSox, Marlins, Soriano, Dodgers

Ichiro Suzuki recorded his 2500th career hit tonight, leading off the game with a single to center field.  Only Al Simmons, Ty Cobb and George Sisler reached the 2500-hit milestone in fewer games than Ichiro's 1817 MLB games.  Of course, Ichiro started his Major League career at a much later age than any of those Hall-of-Famers, as he had already racked up 1278 hits in Japan before joining the Mariners in 2001.

Here's the latest from around the majors….

  • Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis has been suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball due to a positive PED test, according to a statement from the league.  Galvis is currently injured and will able to serve his suspension while on the DL, which FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi describes as "a loophole that wasn't closed in the new [collective bargaining agreement]."
  • White Sox GM Kenny Williams told reporters (including Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago) that his team's low attendance could make it more difficult for the Sox to make acquisitions at the trade deadline.
  • The Marlins are actively looking for outfielders, writes MLB.com's Joe Frisaro as part of a reader mailbag.  Frisaro speculates that Denard Span, Peter Bourjos or Carlos Lee could fit the Marlins' needs.
  • ‘‘It goes both ways because I don’t want to be miserable,’’ Alfonso Soriano tells Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times about a possible trade from the Cubs.  Soriano wants to remain in Chicago but, ‘‘I don’t want to have a long summer or a long season. I just want to win, no matter what. If it’s here, I’m more than happy. If it’s not here, if they think they want to take longer than two or three years, then my contract’s done….But it has to be a very good team to go to because I don’t want to go be miserable on the other team, too.’’
  • With the Dodgers expected to big players at the trade deadline, Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times warns that the team shouldn't feel obligated to make a move just to answer the pressure.
  • Ned Colletti tells Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times that the Dodgers are looking for a starting pitcher, a hitter and a left-handed reliever.  Trades have been hard to come by, however, as Colletti says teams have so far only been willing to discuss moving pending free agents.  The second wild card has also improved several teams' chances of contending, so there are fewer obvious sellers.
  • The Pirates have been similarly stifled in their trade attempts, as they've been discussing moves for the last six weeks, writes Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  "We've been told by some clubs that they're going to hold on as long as they can to sell tickets and try to keep their fans engaged, so that may take an obvious seller off the market," said GM Neal Huntington.
  • Diamondbacks rookie Wade Miley shut down the Mariners on Monday, but Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that in 2010, the two teams discussed a trade that would've sent Miley to Seattle in exchange for David Aardsma.


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51 Comments on "Quick Hits: Galvis, ChiSox, Marlins, Soriano, Dodgers"


rainyperez
3 years 2 months ago

I really wish Ichiro had the chance to play his entire career in the MLB. It would be interesting to see if he had any chance to pass Cobb and Rose. 

3 years 2 months ago

I think he’d easily be the all time leader.

rsanchez1
3 years 2 months ago

Gaby Sanchez will be leaving Miami soon.

3 years 2 months ago

Good thing that trade wasn’t made. 

Snoochies8
3 years 2 months ago

Hey Marlins, so how about that Coco…Nevermind how he started this year, let’s all just focus on the gigantic sample size of the last week or two and you guys agree to take him off the A’s hands please!

jwsox
3 years 2 months ago

dear kenny williams I have a simple answer for you, get rid of Dynamic ticket pricing then!!!  Yes its awesome that If I buy seats now for a game in August I can get awesome seats for like 25 a pop but that same game has walk up prices that are 45%+ over market value for the same seat…MAKES NO SENSE…Payroll is down from last year LOWER TICKET PRICES and Lower parking prices, its insane that tickets can be less than parking!!!! Illinois sucks enough as it is with the highest gas prices in the union(FOR NO REASON) we dont need an expensive baseball team to go to when you have a lower pay roll than last year!!!!

the_show
3 years 2 months ago

He is just trying to drive down prices for things

Before last season the payroll was nearing 130 million and Kenny said there was no more money and then went out and signed relief pitcher for 24 million…He loves to cry poor to drive down prices for things

CHendershott
3 years 2 months ago

The Ken Williams creedo: “Won’t come to our games? Fine! I won’t field a complete team! Take that!”

And here we are, Mark Buerhle is playing for the Marlins and there is no one on our staff picking up the production. He sure showed us.

johnsilver
3 years 2 months ago

 ChiTown needs a Bill Veeck type owner to run them as well.. he would find something to ignite the fans.. Short pants, OF walls that move in and further out on a per series basis.. Blow up disco records in the OF before gametime.. 10c beer night(!!)…

the_show
3 years 2 months ago

The Marlins way overpaid for 
Buerhle , it would have been foolish to match that contract

They paid him ace money and he has an ERA approaching 4

johnsilver
3 years 2 months ago

 His contract isn’t actually that awful for what they intended him to be this and next year.. A #3 behind JJ, then Sanchez. Loria had to spend the money his team was going to reap from the new stadium income this year on a competitive team and giving Buehrle a 4 year deal with an AAV of 14.5m wasn’t the worst for someone like him who is consistent, pitches a lot of innings and is solid.

Should they have locked up Sanchez 1st with some of that money? I think so, but they wanted to field a winner the 1st year in the new park and put people in the seats after playing before empty seats at the old Land Shark stadium for years.

Keep the soft tossing lefty Buehrle out of offensive stadiums like Fenway, The vet, Arlington and a few other places and he will do decent even when he has issues with his command, like he did last night at Fenway and each one of his mistakes “went yard” on him.

jwsox
3 years 2 months ago

I’m pretty sure Chris sale, buehrles replacement, is having a cy young caliber season.

CHendershott
3 years 2 months ago

I was more referring to the innings you are all but guaranteed to get from Buehrle. Peavy and Sale, the Sox two best pitchers this season, are both having better years than MB, but neither is a guarantee for 200+ innings. Peavy is still an injury risk and they may cap Sale’s innings (they almost moved him to the BP in early May). That massive comsumption is what is missing from the pitching staff and will hurt the team immensely down the stretch if they don’t add a decent #3 or #4 guy (preferably a lefty with Danks being injured).

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 2 months ago

Mark Buerhle has an ERA around 4 in the National League while Chris Sale is among the league leaders.

Red_Line_9
3 years 2 months ago

They have to sell a lot of tickets to single individuals.  If a person has a family…the already high ticket prices start doubling and tripling.  As a family man..I’d really like to see some teams work with families in a real way..not just limited dates for seats that don’t want to be sit in.  I want to get my boys in to see Konerko on the lower level and not feel tension sitting there because of what I had to pay for the seats.  It’s just flat not worth what it costs anymore.

3 years 2 months ago

The White Sox will be playing in a different city by 2020.

the_show
3 years 2 months ago

lol no they won’t…bad joke…we averaged 38,000 a game a few years ago people just aren’t going pay a bunch a money to watch a team that sucks at home.

3 years 2 months ago

As soon as the renewed contract with US Cell is up in 2017 they will start the process. They won’t be getting a free ride on the taxpayers dime again and Jerry will shoot for Vegas but end up in Memphis. 
BTW, the Sox have never averaged 38,000 in any season of their existence, the closest they came was in 06 after the WS win with 36k per. Their average over the last 12 years is 26.5, the fourth lowest in the majors in that time frame.
 I’m not trying to take shots, but there is a very real probability of them relocating in the near future as they will very soon not have a free ball park to supplement their fragile resources and JR and co will look for a better option.

the_show
3 years 2 months ago

There never was a free ride with the stadium there is a lease agreement now. and yes we averaged close to 38,000 in 2006 just under

No owner is going to leave Chicago for a small market like Memphis as most revenue in baseball comes from tv

In the modern game televison revenue is more important than attendace and you don’t get big television deals like the Sox have with Comcast in small markets like Memephis

Our payroll was 130 million last year so clearly there is plenty of revenue

The grizzlies are struggling to survive in memphis as well

CHendershott
3 years 2 months ago

How long are the Sox under contract with Comcast? They’ve got to be doing well in TV ratings since no one is going to games haha. My hope is they get a big new deal with Comcast in the next few years, and maybe increase payroll a tad.

the_show
3 years 2 months ago

The White Sox part own Comcast along with the Bulls and Cubs

That is why their television contract is so valuable.

Red_Line_9
3 years 2 months ago

I’m not sure why they just don’t walk out and give tickets away if there’s a certaintly of not having a sell out…..empty seats don’t buy overpriced beer and popcorn.

jwsox
3 years 2 months ago

No they wont. It makes no sense for them to move. The only way they
Move is if they truly tank for the next few tear and reinsdorf either sells the team(he won’t he loves the whitesox
More than his bulls) or he dies but even then I doubt his family sells. They just need to get a new tv deal. I mean of the freaking padres can get a multiple billion dollar deal why can’t the whitesox who actually win.

thatonephillyfan
3 years 2 months ago

Pretty disappointed with the Galvis news. When I worked at Reading (AA), I enjoyed watching him play and was happy when he made the team. Though it is pretty funny to think that even with the performance-enhancing drugs, he still wasn’t good.

1980CHAMPS
3 years 2 months ago

He was a rookie trying to figure out ML pitching.  His defense was already there though.  Doesn’t matter, once a cheat always a cheat.

thatonephillyfan
3 years 2 months ago

“…once a cheat always a cheat.” You couldn’t have said it any better.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 2 months ago

… If he was cheating, he would have tested positive last year in the minor leagues, which is when the bulk of his strength-increasing took place.

Sometimes the stuff gets into your system. It happens. He deserves to be suspended because knowingly or not, it shouldn’t be in his system and he should be more careful with what he’s putting into his body.

To call him a cheater is way off base… especially since, like dylan said, it was a very small trace.

dylanp5030
3 years 2 months ago

You know you can test positive for this because of eating contaminated meat? Also, there was a very small trace of it, so it is completely plausible that he didn’t take this substance.

kray1000
3 years 2 months ago

Note to Alfonso Soriano:  If you become miserable playing baseball, just retire.  Problem solved.

westcoastwhitesox
3 years 2 months ago

It sounds like he is miserable playing for losing teams….why did he sign a long term deal with the cubs?

WrigleyTerror37
3 years 2 months ago

 thats suppose to be a shot at the cubs, but i dont care, i never wanted soriano when he signed with us. it makes you wonder how the baseball world woulda been shaped if he signed in Phillie

3 years 2 months ago

 As a Cubs fan, I even have to agree with this.

3 years 2 months ago

I agree. Maybe if he lived up to his contract, the Cubs might not be losing as much. Poor baby and his $18 MIL a year to play on a losing team. Join the ranks of the rest of us, Soriano. If you want the Cubs to win, retire and let them spend the money you are “making” on players who can actually provide a winning atmosphere.

CitizenLoonie
3 years 2 months ago

Maybe someone should inform Kenny Williams that if you actually win games at home (16-20), fans might pay to see them.  

3 years 2 months ago

History has proven that to be false.

the_show
3 years 2 months ago

No it hasn’t we averaged nearly 38,000 a game in a losing season in 06 just because we won the world series the year before

The fanbase was pissed how bad 2011 went after we were supposed to be all in and then Kenny quickly decided that now he was rebuilding so season ticketholders dropped by 5,000….This fanbase will never be like Cub fans where they just show up no matter the product. People expect results

You don’t know this franchise at all

3 years 2 months ago

Again, the Sox have NEVER averaged 38,000 fans per game in any season in their existence, in 2006 they averaged 36,5. 

the_show
3 years 2 months ago

again they averaged 37,500 in 2006
And you don’t understand the economics of baseball it is about television revenue not attendance

The red sox have the smallest stadium in baseball but have plenty of money becasue NESN gives them a bunch of money to broadcast their games all throughout New England

Texas was able to raise their payroll this year because they got a large new tv deal with Fox Sports

The yankees started their own  tv network to generate a lot more revenue

Baseball is all about tv revenue that is why your post about the Sox moving to a small market is so comical 

johnsilver
3 years 2 months ago

 ” the Sox have NEVER averaged 38,000 fans per game in any season in their existence”

One of the funniest posts have ever seen here and a basic google check would have let you know that the stadium *ONLY SEATS* barely over 37k now and that includes obstructed view seating..

Include SOR tickets (standing room) and it’s possible to get over 38k into Fenway after the latest renovations..

3 years 2 months ago

The removed 10,000 seats a few years ago.

johnsilver
3 years 2 months ago

 Try again.. Seating capacity has done pretty much nothing but INCREASE over the years.. Fenway NEVER *seated* more than 35k until 1952 and only then less than 500 over 35k.

Seating capacity (now) 37k, is as high as it has ever been

3 years 2 months ago

We were talking about the WHITE Sox. Wow.

CitizenLoonie
3 years 2 months ago

The White Sox have only been slightly under the A.L. average for attendance since 2009.  They were above it the previous three seasons.  Your “history” needs some perspective.  Do they give ticker tape parades for highest attendance? 

formerdraftpick
3 years 2 months ago

The Pirates should make a run for Adam Lind.  I’m sure he is filling in the seats at AAA, but how much of a cash cow is that. 

jondogg2010
3 years 2 months ago

As someone who knows a lot about supplementation and what different kinds of steroids do, it still doesn’t justify that he had an 80/5 million ribbon count. It also doesn’t justify that it was a weak steroid. There are plenty of legal stimulants that can boost your workout and pre-game routines.

3 years 2 months ago

Vis a vis Freddy Galvis, this to me is why there should be a change in PED suspensions, where they begin when a player is healthy if they are injured.

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 2 months ago

They also play about 20 less games a season. When you consider his batting average isn’t hugely different in the States compared to Japan, I’d say if he started his career here we possible could be cheering on hit humber 4,000 sooner.

MetsMagic
3 years 2 months ago

He had 242 hits his first season in America, and he was already 27 years old. If he had played his whole career here, he would probably be the alltime leader and maybe have even hit .400 once. 

ubercubsfan
3 years 2 months ago

The problem with this is the Cubs have stated they would eat a majority of his contract.  I think I read upwards to 14-15MM/yr to trade him and get a prospect or two back.  Just takes two to tango.

rainyperez
3 years 2 months ago

Also consider that if he started in the MLB he would also have the record for Gold Gloves. 

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 2 months ago

I can buy him potentially beating Rose under another set of circumstances, I can’t buy him being a .400 hitter. There’s a reason why it hasn’t been done since 1941. It takes a special blend of skill but mostly blind luck.