Quick Hits: Oliver, Nationals, Yankees

The Tigers have a magic number of one tonight, which means a win over the Royals or a White Sox loss would be enough to send Detroit to the postseason for the second consecutive year. Here are today's links as we await a full slate of games Monday night…

  • Agents Jeff Frye and Mike McCann have joined together, MLBTR has learned. Frye McCann Sports represents MLB players such as Mark Lowe, Darren Oliver, Shawn Kelley, Michael Saunders, Adam Moore and Stephen Pryor. Check out MLBTR’s Agency Database for details on all player representatives, including Frye, the eight-year MLB veteran, and McCann.
  • Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post profiles Nationals GM Mike Rizzo, detailing the journey he took from area scout to general manager. Years of scouting enable Rizzo to make determinations about players that inform his moves. “I like to call it knowledge more so than gut,” Rizzo said. I recommend reading the entire piece for an up-close look at the person who leads Washington’s baseball operations department.
  • Derek Lowe and Eduardo Nunez helped the Yankees win a crucial game against the Blue Jays yesterday, but it wasn't long ago that Lowe was unemployed and Nunez was a minor leaguer, Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes.


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6 Comments on "Quick Hits: Oliver, Nationals, Yankees"


LazerTown
2 years 9 months ago

Joe really needs to trust nunez more. Giving up the DH in the 6th inning of a tied game is terrible move. Especially since jeter is really not the greatest defensive replacement ever.
It really frustrates me how they handle him. He had decent trade value back in the winter and several teams wanted him. Either trade him, move him to 3B or the outfield permanently, or let him get some semi-regular spot starts at shortstop.

Lowe has very quietly turned his season around. He has thrown 20+ innings in the past 1.5 months, really lowering the workload on the rest of the pen.

dylanp5030
2 years 9 months ago

Mike Rizzo had some of the easiest choices ever when it comes to draft. Both Strasburg and Harper were can’t miss prospects and Rendon fell to them when he could’ve been top 3. He has been very lucky. Now, he also made some great choices with Storen, Lambardozzi, and Espinosa, but any team would have taken Harper and Strasburg at number 1. Still did a nice job getting Gio, Jackson (who always makes the post season with his team), and Morse.

LazerTown
2 years 9 months ago

Was good to get Gio, but he still gave up alot to get him. 2 #1 picks in consecutive years will help alot of teams. Just like 2006/2007/2008 helped the rays when they got longoria, price, and then beckham. 50% of #1 picks between 2001 and 2010 have had very good careers (mauer, upton, price, strasburg, harper) It’s about making good picks when you don’t have to top picks.

FS54
2 years 9 months ago

Zimmermann, Desmond, Espinosa, Stammen, Storen, I think that is pretty good scouting in later rounds/picks.

LazerTown
2 years 9 months ago

Certainly. The rays are the same way, most of their major talent was from the later rounds, but if they didnt have those top picks 2006(3rd) and 2007(1st) they wouldn’t have longoria and price. They wouldn’t be anywhere close to a playoff team without those two.

FS54
2 years 9 months ago

Nationals have Jim Bowden to thank for those two picks, not Rizzo.