Quick Hits: Upton, Greinke, Escobar, Managers

Stephen Strasburg may not be there, but the Nationals are going to the playoffs.  The Nats clinched a postseason berth with tonight's 4-1 win over the Dodgers and now have a magic number of eight to clinch the NL East.  This is the franchise's first postseason appearance since reaching the NLCS (as the Expos) in 1981, and the first time a Washington baseball team has made the postseason since the Senators played in the 1933 World Series.

Here's the latest from around the majors…

  • Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic talks to several executives and scouts about Justin Upton's trade value, with the general consensus being that the Diamondbacks can still command a high price for the outfielder, though Upton's disappointing 2012 campaign has hurt his value.  Opinion was split on whether the D'Backs or Rangers would have to add players in such a possible Upton-for-Elvis Andrus deal.
  • Upton discusses his season, his career development and his feelings about the trade rumors in an extensive profile by Robert Sanchez of ESPN The Magazine.
  • John Axford believes the Zack Greinke trade was the inspiration for the Brewers' surprising turn-around, reports MLB.com's Adam McCalvy.  Since Greinke was dealt to the Angels on July 27, the Brewers have surged back into the NL wild card race with a 32-18 record, including today's win over the Pirates.  "Personally, I thought it was going to be more motivation for certain guys," Axford said. "There wasn't ever a thought on this team that this was a lost season. It was disappointing for a while….But there's no guy on this team that's going to lie down and give up. It's shown recently."  
  • "The sense now is that some teams would still be willing to take [Yunel Escobar] on provided he delivers a proper penance first," writes Sportsnet.ca's Shi Davidi.  Escobar is scheduled to return on Friday from his three-game suspension for wearing eye black that contained a homophobic slur.  This incident could spur Escobar's departure from Toronto, especially since the Blue Jays have promising shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria waiting in the wings. 
  • ESPN's Jim Bowden lists ten of the top managerial candidates, a compilation that includes nine men who have never managed at the Major League level and two-time World Series winner Terry Francona.  Two names on Bowden's list (Tim Bogar and Dave Martinez) are reportedly the top candidates to become the Astros' new manager.
  • Jim Thome's quest for a World Series ring has surprisingly taken him to the Orioles instead of the Phillies, writes MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince, but the slugger has dropped hints that 2012 may not be his last season.
  • Derek Jeter told ESPN's Rick Reilly (passed on by Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News) that he would potentially be open to playing for a team besides the Yankees once his current contract expires.  "Well, if I wanted to keep playing, yes," Jeter said. "It's a business. People forget that."  Jeter is under contract through the 2013 season with an $8MM player option for 2014; the shortstop turns 40 years old in June 2014.

26 Responses to Quick Hits: Upton, Greinke, Escobar, Managers Leave a Reply

  1. Tko11 3 years ago

    If the Rangers can get Upton for Andrus without adding any other major players to that trade then they should get that done asap. They already have Profar waiting to replace Andrus and they may lose Hamilton this offseason.

    • Dynasty22 3 years ago

      Define ‘major’. The Rangers will need to add someone though. 4 years of Upton does not equate to 2 years of Andrus, even with Upton’s down year.

  2. Joe 3 years ago

    Should be able to get more than andrus for upton, come on! Arizona dont give up a guy considered top 10 a year ago for one that is top 60

  3. NickinIthaca 3 years ago

    Not a Yankee fan, but I’d hate to see Jeter in another uniform…

    • LazerTown 3 years ago

      His comment is a bit overblown. I see it as him saying that he will end his career when he wants to. He is not going to let the refusal of the yankees to offer him a contract mean that its all over.

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

        I wanted Dwight Evans to finish his career with Boston also, but after 19 years a team does what it has to do and over paying an aging veteran for most teams does not make any sense.

  4. jigokusabre 3 years ago

    If the Mets are good enough for Willie Mays, they’re good enough for Derek Jeter.

    • Slopeboy 3 years ago

      @Robert Kuhl
      If you truly believe that Jeter would play for the Mets, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I will sell you. Act now, I’ll throw in paint. At this point in time, Jeter does not come close to Tejada as a SS, defensively. Jeter will not play any other position besides SS, as many BB fantasy players have suggested. This is nothing but Jeter throwing a bone to a well liked reporter so he can post an article.

      • Just_Da_damaja 3 years ago

        ,,,and yet the wilpons would gladly pay Jeter 10 mil per year if they thought he would fill more fannies in the seats…

        meanwhile Reyes will probably be Yankee winning chips with David Wright and Cano…

        They will be named the 3 Amigos…

        David Wright will go back to being a 30 HR .320 + hitter…

        And Met fans will still blame the GM or manager or Omar or anyone not named Wilpon…

        • Slopeboy 3 years ago

          Jeter would not put enough fannies in the seats of Citi Field to even cover the contract he would command from the Wilpons.

          • Just_Da_damaja 3 years ago

            Jeter’s agent would convince the WIlpons that Yankee fans would fill up Citifield to see Jeter break the all-time hit record

  5. Gator4444 3 years ago

    Upton sprained his thumb in April and hasn’t regained his power. He is OPS’ing .950 this month, though… He’ll bounce back and have a 6-7 WAR season next year. A fair trade would be Upton and cash to Texas for Andrus & Olt. Last season at this time Upton could’ve emptied farm systems.

  6. start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

    Failed GM offers advice on managers… oh yeah, I’m going to pay to read that one.

  7. salempirate 3 years ago

    Congrats to the Nats and the City of Washington.
    I’d imagine if it took nearly 70 years for the DCers to make a post season, that in 50 years or so, my grandchildren’s grandchildren may read of the Pirates doing likewise.

  8. Runtime 3 years ago

    I don’t understand these “scouts” hyping Hech… sure… he’s smooth defensively, but he can’t hit.

    • LukeNalooshe 3 years ago

      He’s hit really in September, above .300 in fact. there’s value in a strong defensive shortstop who can hit .250-.280 who’s pre-arb and controllable.

    • safari_punch 3 years ago

      I guess we won’t find out if Hech is being hated on by scouts due to the fact other teams lost out on the bidding for him or if he really can’t hit. Initially it was believed that Hech was going to be Derek Jeter. Hech was pushed through the system even though his offensive numbers didn’t suggest he be promoted. I hope the Jays have a really strong back-up/potential starter that they acquire in the event they send out Escobar, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. This is the same organization that thought Omar Vizquel was an upgrade over Johnny Mac.

  9. Aj Cluck 3 years ago

    I wonder if the Cardinals would take a one-year flyer on Escobar. Furcal won’t be back until at least June 1, Escobar would bring some power and be a one year stop-gap/platoon partner with Wong.

    • safari_punch 3 years ago

      Wong’s a second baseman. Why would the Cards want someone like Escobar on their roster? They normally steer clear of guys like that.

    • Alex Gonzalez will be available if Segura is our starting shortstop next year. Plus defense with plus pop for a shortstop.

  10. safari_punch 3 years ago

    No one is free to express their opinions in the States, Canada or anywhere else without repercussions.

    Escobar doesn’t have the proper attitude; that’s the problem. That is why Bobby Cox and Atlanta got rid of him and reports out of Toronto from Greg Zaun and others is Escobar is only in business for himself. Escobar isn’t some young kid. He’s about to turn 30. What you see is what you get.

  11. Slopeboy 3 years ago

    So, you wanna make me an offer for the bridge, or what?

  12. Slopeboy 3 years ago

    @ Robert Kuhl
    You make a very good argument with excellent examples to support
    It as well, but there are a number of differences here. The major factors are the times we live in and economics. Jeter is this generation’s Joe DiMaggio with millions. His stature in Yankees history is that he’ll finish in Pinstripes at his choosing.

    He may get a one year contract after 2014, out of respect,but no one is going to pay him at age 40 to play regularly, especially with his poor defense. Jeter won’t sign anywhere else to play part time. He is too much ‘Yankees Royalty’ to tarnish the overblown image by wearing another uniform for an additional year.

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