Quick Hits: Isringhausen, Mets, Francis, Brewers

"One of a GM's biggest tasks is to have the understanding and power to manage up (his ownership) as well as manage down (his manager)," said a GM to MLB.com's Peter Gammons (Twitter link). Here is the latest from around the league…

  • Jason Isringhausen told reporters (including MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez) that he won't accept an assignment to Triple-A if he loses his roster spot when Jordan Walden returns from the DL (Twitter link). The 39-year-old has pitched to a 4.02 ERA in 40 1/3 innings for the Angels this year.
  • A former Mets executive told Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com (via Twitter) he believes the club will nontender Andres Torres in December.  The 34-year-old, who is earning $2.7MM this year, is hitting .234/.343/.337 with two homers in 309 plate appearances.
  • There are "strong indications" that the Rockies will make a push to re-sign Jeff Francis after the season, reports Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post. The 31-year-old southpaw has pitched to a 6.07 ERA in 15 starts since returning to Colorado earlier this year.
  • "Nothing happens quick in the off-season," said Brewers GM Doug Melvin to Todd Rosiak of The Journal Sentinel. "You wait until the GM meetings, the winter meetings. The only free agents that sign early are the ones who get overpaid … We'll determine what level of involvement we'll have with free agents. I don't know that we'll be that heavily involved. I know the list that's out there."
  • Hal McCoy of The Dayton Daily News argues that the Reds should pick up the team's $5MM club option for outfielder Ryan Ludwick next season. The 34-year-old has hit .271/.339/.568 with 23 homers for Cincinnati this season.


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26 Comments on "Quick Hits: Isringhausen, Mets, Francis, Brewers"


johnsilver
3 years 11 days ago

“The only free agents that sign early are the ones who get overpaid”

That might be true in some cases, as in maybe Papelbon ,but no Boras client signs early and they are ALL overpaid.

angels4life
3 years 11 days ago

A logical error from your part. What he says is that every free agent signing early is overpayed, but that doesn’t mean that every overpayed free agent signs early.

johnsilver
3 years 11 days ago

LOL. I was just throwing a Boras jab out there also. Cheers :-)

angels4life
3 years 11 days ago

ok 😉

3 years 11 days ago

I was going to make a joke about the Rockies wanting to re-sign a guy with a 6.07 ERA, but it turns out he has a 4.36 xFIP, so I guess he’s not SO bad, and maybe they can get a team-favorable deal thanks to his bad luck.

bigpat
3 years 11 days ago

good luck outpitching your peripherals in Coors Field with an 86 mph heater…

TophersReds
3 years 11 days ago

The question isn’t whether the Reds will pick up the mutual option at this point, it is whether or not Ludwick will accept it. He has carried this team for 2-3 months, especially since Votto has been out.

Also, Hal says the $5M option is a club option, but I’m pretty sure I remember it was a mutual option, and a quick google search seems to confirm that it is a mutual option. What is Hal thinking?

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
3 years 11 days ago

He has stepped up big time when they needed him the most. From all accounts he loves playing for Dusty, loves the atmosphere in the clubhouse, and playing for the Reds was a childhood dream-he grew up a Reds’ fan.

I don’t think it’s going to be that difficult to get him signed.

feathers
3 years 11 days ago

COT’s has it listed as a mutual option, so i’d think there’s little hope that Luddy would accept it from his side. It well could be his last contract and who can blame him for trying to maximize his deal.

Wilsonl
3 years 11 days ago

Jeff Francis? Seriously?

Noah Abrahamson
3 years 9 days ago

Sorry, Colorado pitchers believe that using PEDs aren’t the way to win.

But seriously, Francis is the guy that the Rockies thought Moyer was going to be at the beginning of this season. The veteran arm that is going to help their 200 young starting pitcher prospects along. The advantage with Francis is that he at least knows how to pitch at Coors field. It’s not like having to rely on the dense air and pitching friendly ballpark in San Francisco.

Leonard Washington
3 years 11 days ago

Yeah I don’t know if the Rockies could get someone as amazing as Francis. They better make a really strong push, maybe wine him and dine him. Otherwise I see him signing on with Philly and making Doc become their 4 starter.

johnsilver
3 years 11 days ago

LOL Agreed. Maybe they had best sit down and ponder over Francis and Aaron Cook to decide whether or not they need a RH/LH rubbish thrower the most in their rotation?

3 years 11 days ago

I have a feeling this is how the dinner would go.

Rockies: “Jeff, we’d like to offer you a contrac…”
Francis: “YES… er I mean, go on…”

RFsnapple
3 years 11 days ago

Ludwick may not go for the 5 mil option but they could likely get him on a 2 yr / 18 mil deal. He fits well for that park too.

vtadave
3 years 11 days ago

$9 million a year on Ryan Ludwick seems like a contract that a team could regret very quickly.

bigpat
3 years 11 days ago

wow, it’s really that bad in Colorado

jondogg2010
3 years 11 days ago

That’s what I was thinking..

jondogg2010
3 years 11 days ago

Yeah because a 6 ERA is worthy of re-signing..

vtadave
3 years 11 days ago

For the sad-sack Rockies rotation, it sadly is.

Tommet
3 years 11 days ago

What happens if they non tender a player? Do they not give him arbitration or a new contract?

jb226
3 years 11 days ago

Correct. The player becomes a free agent and can sign anywhere.

Don Stauty
3 years 11 days ago

Hey Jason Isringhausen, start pitching like you want that spot then you wouldn’t have to even worry about it.

Devon Henry
3 years 10 days ago

He shouldn’t have even made the team. Then we wouldn’t have this problem.

3 years 10 days ago

Isringhausen might well end up claimed if he is DFA’ed. I forgot that he was still pitching.

Devon Henry
3 years 10 days ago

Take him he is terrible in the clutch and kinda decent when it doesnt matter.