Quick Hits: Padres, Cubs, Bourn, Sheets, Braves

Earlier today, the Indians released right-hander Derek Lowe after designating him for assignment earlier this month.  The veteran is willing to start or relieve and there's reportedly a sense that he'll return to the National League.  While we keep an eye on where the veteran might land, here's tonight's look around baseball..

  • As first reported by Jim Callis of Baseball AmericaPadres scouting director Jaron Madison is leaving the organization to join the Cubs.  The 36-year-old will take over as Chicago's scouting director while Tim Wilken has been reassigned to the role of Special Assistant to president Theo Epstein, the team announced.
  • One Braves official believes that if Michael Bourn had an agent other than Scott Boras he might already have a new contract with the club, writes Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com.  People who know Nationals GM Mike Rizzo believe that Bourn has always been at the top of his wish list and the Phillies, Reds, and Marlins are also potential suitors this winter.
  • Ben Sheets wasn't entirely confident about his return to the big leagues, but the veteran has looked tremendous so far, Knobler writes.  The 34-year-old isn't sure how long he'll continue pitching but he says that he wants to leave on his own terms as opposed to being forced out by injury.


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20 Comments on "Quick Hits: Padres, Cubs, Bourn, Sheets, Braves"


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Beersy
2 years 10 months ago

As a Padre fan, I am not very happy about Madisons’ departure. First Hoyer and MacLeod, then Rizzo, now Madison. I wonder if the Padre are going to get any compensation from the Cubs as Madison is getting a parallel job, not a promotion. I’m sure even if they say the Padres are going to get compensation they won’t, as the word when Hoyer left was that they were going to get some compensation and unless they snuck it by, the Padres haven’t as of yet.

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TheoHoyer
2 years 10 months ago

Look on the bright side, you’ve still got Josh Byrnes!

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Sd_brain
2 years 10 months ago

we should hire one of the rangers or the blue jays top scouts to replace Madison- obviously they’re doing something right.

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Beersy
2 years 10 months ago

The Padres were doing just as much right as those two clubs, but yes I agree, robbing another club with a great farm system would be the way to go.

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TheReturnOfMrBlanks
2 years 10 months ago

Can he take Maybin and his contract with him?

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Hermie13
2 years 10 months ago


One Braves official believes that if Michael Bourn had an agent other than Scott Boras, the slugger might already have a new contract with the club”

wait, what? Bourn the “slugger”???? On what planet is Bourn a slugger? First he’s a $16-22M a year man, now he’s a slugger? Sounds like the Red Sox aren’t the only organization that drinks on the job…

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Devern Hansack
2 years 10 months ago

Hey! I’m a Boston fan…and I totally agree with you. This season sure has hastened my impending cirrhosis.

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rsanchez1
2 years 10 months ago

Marlins should sign Bourne. They should also sign Lowe on the cheap. Signing washups and magically revitalizing their seasons is something the Marlins have been good at these past few seasons, just look at Javier Vasquez.

Also, Scott Boras should take a long vacation in China.

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Leonard Washington
2 years 10 months ago

Honestly I would be surprised if anyone noteworthy signed with the Marlins for a long time. There is zero reason to believe the core they have will be there so why go there knowing mid season you could be moving again.

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rundmc1981
2 years 10 months ago

The secret is out on Miami (it never really was a secret) – their not in the business of baseball as much as they are in the business of making money. They’ve got their new ballpark, new uniforms, boosted payroll, and made almost everyone forget that they were the team that MLB had to force to put more money into the annual budget. They’re not going to sign Bourn – or Jason Bourne. I’d be surprised if they come anywhere close to any signings like the ones we’ve seen in 2012 anytime soon.

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Leonard Washington
2 years 10 months ago

My hunch is Lowe is likely to go back to the NL because he is simply better off, not for any other reason.

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ssjchaseutley
2 years 10 months ago

Phillies would rather have Melky, no thanks.

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Jeff
2 years 10 months ago

I’d love that. Philly has so many cheesesteaks that Melky would be back to his old playing weight. I think Melky’s done so well in SF because the yuppie food just hasn’t agreed with him. ^_^