Quick Hits: Strasburg, Giants, Chavez, Sizemore

Earlier today, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post spoke with agent Scott Boras about his client Stephen Strasburg and the notion that he had a hand in imposing an innings limit on the hurler.  Boras confirmed that he shared information with Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo but insisted that ultimately, the decision was made by the organization.  Boras said that his staff created a study on the durability of pitchers and shared the data with Rizzo, who Boras said had already completed a similar study.  Here's more from around baseball..

  • Rival executives say that a number of players have yet to pass through waivers, creating the possibility that the Giants could find a left fielder.  However, the Diamondbacks and other clubs that trail the Giants in the standings will almost certainly look to block affordable options.  Someone like Jeff Francoeur would be more realistic for Brian Sabean & Co., writes Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
  • Yankees veteran Eric Chavez hopes to manage when his playing days are through, writes Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal.  The 34-year-old isn't sure what next year will hold for him, but he has considered retirement before each of the past two seasons.
  • Indians GM Chris Antonetti won't tip his cap to whether the club will look to bring back Grady Sizemore next year, only saying that he will wait to get a better handle on his health, writes Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer.  Earlier today, two scouts told Jayson Stark of ESPN.com that they'd recommend signing Sizemore if it doesn't require much guaranteed money.


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23 Comments on "Quick Hits: Strasburg, Giants, Chavez, Sizemore"


YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 days ago

If the Yanks really are serious about saving money by letting Swisher walk then I could see them taking a chance on Sizemore on a 1 year incentive laden deal. Something like 1/$5 mil guaranteed. Grandy/Gardner/Sizemore would be interesting if he’s healthy.

3 years 8 days ago

Good call, that makes a ton of sense. Resign AJones to play a few times a week against lefties & rotate resting those guys

ARod's Ring
3 years 8 days ago

I rather sign Reed Johnson than Jones to hit lefties.

JacobyWanKenobi
3 years 8 days ago

Jones has been amazing as a bench player. No need to look elsewhere short term IMO.

JacobyWanKenobi
3 years 8 days ago

I like that idea.

NickinIthaca
3 years 8 days ago

I feel like $5 million is too much for Sizemore at this point, even for the Yanks. An incentive laden $1 million deal, or even a minor league deal at this point makes sense, but the guy has played The equivalent of 1.5 seasons since ’09. Anytging more than that seems too much to risk for someone who will likely be injured for tge majority of the year

mstrchef
3 years 8 days ago

As an O’s fan I would love that. I’ve wanted Swisher for several years. I think he would look great in LF or at 1B batting anywhere from 3rd to 5th in the lineup.

Blue387
3 years 8 days ago

Sizemore was once a great player. Sad to see how injuries wrecked his career.

rundmc1981
3 years 8 days ago

It’s even sadder to see how many chances the Indians are chasing the fleeting butterfly that is Sizemore’s chances of reacquiring greatness in a CLE uniform.

Israel Piedra
3 years 8 days ago

I’m assuming Chavez isn’t going to retire after this resurgent year…

3 years 8 days ago

curious…..if the Nationals were planning to shut down Strasburg after 160-170 innings, and going in, they knew they had a chance at the playoffs, why didn’t they hold Strasburg back until Late May, where they could’ve started him then, and thus he’d be available the entire potential playoff run?

Pseudonymus Bosch
3 years 8 days ago

This requires guessing, in March, that they’d be in a playoff run. Who really predicted this?

sdsuphilip
3 years 8 days ago

Francouer is not a upgrade over any of SF’s OF’s but maybe Justin Christian, he is the worst regular in the majors.

BLB25
3 years 8 days ago

1) Christian isn’t a regular…or even currently on the 25 man roster
2) Francouer obviously isn’t an upgrade over Pagan or Pence and when defense is factored in he may not be an upgrade over Blanco either, but they don’t really have a reliable 4th OF at this point. Francouer is almost certainly an upgrade over Peguero, Pill, Nady or Christian when he comes back.

The only real issue is probably 2013 money. The Giants will have to add at least two OF in addition to keeping Pence and Blanco in arbitration, but I doubt they envision Francouer being the kind of guy who could be even a platooned starter on a team that can compete with the 2013 Dodgers. And they’ll need to dedicate all available funds towards a starting 2B and two starting OF so KC would have to eat a lot of Francouer’s 2013 money. If they’re serious about keeping Myers in AAA all season, KC may not have much motivation to deal Francouer and eat much of his contract.

sdsuphilip
3 years 8 days ago

Francouer is well below replacement level, he isn’t close to as good as Blanco and he isn’t a reliable anything at this point.

$6592481
3 years 8 days ago

Francouer’s arms however, is oh so fun to watch. It isn’t enough to overlook his other rather sizeable shortcomings, but, damn, is his arm good.

diehardmets
3 years 8 days ago

Sizemore makes so a lot of sense for the Mets. So much, in fact, that I know they won’t sign him. It would be to smart of a move .

3 years 8 days ago

Yea I know, they do so many things, he wouldnt be bad, and no matter what would happen, he would still be better then Bay

3 years 8 days ago

Why would the Indians sign Sizemore again? We gave him a big favor when they gave him 5 million to not play in a single game. I cant imagine any reason for Antonetti to even think about bringing back Grady

$6592481
3 years 8 days ago

A question not at all related to your post. What is the deal with the egg icon? I see them everywhere and I have no idea if they’re supposed to mean something.

Mick & BD Patriots
3 years 8 days ago

Giants need to get Cody Ross

mstrchef
3 years 8 days ago

Red Sox not likely to let him go now that Crawford won’t be returning.

BLB25
3 years 8 days ago

meh, much of that can be attributed to defensive metrics which are kind of meaningless over a one season sample. I find it hard to believe Francouer has gone from a great defensive corner OF to an awful one in one year. His batted ball numbers indicate he may have had a little BABIP bad luck this year, so its possible he could approach his career averages the rest of the way, something like .265/.310/.420… so basically a right handed Nate Schierholtz with less speed and OF range. I’m guessing he’d be quite useful to the 2012 Giants, but not all that valuable to the 2013 Giants making a deal difficult if the Royals refuse to eat much money in a deal.