West Links: Adams, Wilson, A-Rod, D’Backs, Rangers

Rangers right-hander Mike Adams had successful surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome yesterday, reports Anthony Andro of FOXSportsSouthwest.com (on Twitter). The free agent-to-be reliever should be healthy in time for Spring Training. Here's the latest from baseball's two West divisions…

  • "They pay me to be me, and I will be," said Giants closer Brian Wilson to reporters (including Hank Schulman of The San Francisco Chronicle). He is recovering from Tommy John surgery and hasn't thought about his role going forward (Twitter links). Wilson is a non-tender candidate after earning $8.5MM in the second year of a two-year deal in 2012.
  • "I think there will certainly be interest," said Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson to Arizona Sport 620's Burns & Gambo when asked if the team has trade interest in Alex Rodriguez. The D'Backs are said to be seeking a third baseman, and GMs Kevin Towers and Brian Cashman worked together in the Yankees' front office in 2010.
  • The Rangers have hired Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan to be their hitting coach, reports WEEI.com's Rob Bradford. Texas has since confirmed the hire.


36 Responses to West Links: Adams, Wilson, A-Rod, D’Backs, Rangers Leave a Reply

  1. Wade 3 years ago

    I would say A-Rod belongs in the AL at this point in his career.

    • danburrito 3 years ago

      agreed, most of his use will always come from his bat, and he is slipping defensively

  2. Liberals Are Dumb 3 years ago

    yeah right Arod in AZ. Good luck with that one!!

  3. withpower 3 years ago

    If Alex has another year like 2012, how is he any different from Chris Johnson?

    • ARod's Ring 3 years ago

      Big name factor. Defense. Legacy. Fear in the batter’s box. brings fans to the ballpark. Track record. Way higher OBP. Above average running speed. Steal bases.

      He is Alex Rodriguez. Chris Johnson is well……Chris Johnson.

      After that… yeah they’re pretty much the same players.

      • withpower 3 years ago

        I didn’t really see any fear from opposing pitchers against Alex this year. Alex stole 13 bases this year; he stole 4 each year in 2011 and 2010, which isn’t far off Johnson’s total of 5 from 2012.

        Alex’s above average running speed at age 37 somehow didn’t seem to translate into higher triples or doubles totals than Johnson in 2012 or 2011.

        I’ll give you defense, Fangraphs doesn’t much like Johnson at all in that regard.

      • bigpat 3 years ago

        How many seasons did A-Rod have where he rushed for 2000 yards?

        • You Know Who 3 years ago

          How many hat-tricks did he have?

        • ARod's Ring 3 years ago

          I’m not in touch with the NFL… but now I get it, Chris Johnson is a running back from the Tennessee Titans haha

  4. start_wearing_purple
    start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

    Too bad, Magadan was a pretty good hitting coach for the Sox. I guess though this means the new manager, at this point it’s looking like Farrell, will pretty much be bring in his own staff.

    • dc21892 3 years ago

      Whoever the new manager is should be able to bring in a completely new staff though or at least be able to choose. I agree, he was a good hitting coach, but I guess we will have a new staff shortly. I’m confident whoever it is this time will pick a strong staff.

  5. Beersy 3 years ago

    Actually Brian the Giants pay you to save games, not be a side show on the bench during the playoffs.

    • You’re so right. I mean, all I hear right now is about how much of a nuisance Brian Wilson was to the entire team. So crazy that every member of the team has come to the media to talk about Brian Wilson being such a bad team-player.

  6. Yanks need to offer ARod a $50 million bonus with $50 million more deferred over 10 years. In return he modifies his contract to 3 years at $8 million per year. He would have a lot more takers with that contract and the Yanks would clear payroll for 2014 ongoing.

    • lakersdodgersyankees4life 3 years ago

      1. why in the world would he take that? 50M now is worth more than 50M in 10 years. 2. where does that first 50M come from? You didn’t think this through because it would ADD 20M to the 2013 payroll…

      • Yanks clear payroll for 2014 in order to meet new revenue sharing guidelines and are able to spread out his cost .It is the 2014 payroll figure that matters. ARod ends up with $10 million more overall plus at the end of 3 years he could retire at 40 or if still productive sign a new contract. Seems like a win/win situation if the Yanks are serious about getting rid of him or else they are on the hook for 5 more years.

        • Meh Sheep 3 years ago

          That depends since there are milestone bonuses in the current contract which can make it exceed $114 million. He would get $6M each for his 660th, 714th, 755th, 762nd, and 763rd. He is currently at 647 so that first one is pretty much guaranteed. If he hits 15 HR a year over the next 5 he hits the second one making your offer $2 million less already and you are defering part of the money over 10 years. Averaging 24 a year which isn’t setting the world on fire would get him all $30 Million in bonuses. He was on pace for 22 this year if playing 150 games.

          • Didn’t realize he had those contract bonuses. The bottom line is if the Yanks want him out they are going to have to be creative and willing to pay extra.

        • Slopeboy 3 years ago

          As Lakersdodgersyankees4life said, you’re not thinking this through.
          Yankees are not going to spend more money to ‘save’ money for Tax purposes. A-Rod makes $30MM per year, that’s money that’s really not comprehensible on a daily basis to a baseball player, other than as a bank statement. Do you really think A-Rod is going to be impressed by an extra $10 MM 5 years from now?

          You’re missing the most crucial element to this whole drama. Rodriguez has a tremendous ego that’s been hurt and holds all the cards concerning a trade! He has been adamant that he staying in NY. He is not leaving the biggest stage with his tail between his legs, looking like a failure. He very well may fall on his face, but an extra $10MM five years from now isn’t going change his mind.

  7. GasLampGuru 3 years ago

    The Dbacks should just stick with Johnson at 3B. At this point, there probably isnt much of a difference with the glove or the bat between ARod and Johnson. Plus, why add the headache and media circus to such a young team?

    • NYPOTENCE 3 years ago

      I would argue against your “media circus” point, many of these midling teams actually desire some media-attention in order to promote sales and exalt the brand. If that’s what they are looking for A-Rod is their man.

      • Media-circus is much different than media attention. Teams don’t want prima-donnas.

        • TXHC 3 years ago

          As a fan of a team that’s been there and done that with A-Rod, I’d just like to point out that it should be kind of a red flag when a Yankees fan is trying to sell you on him. Just saying.

  8. alphabet_soup5 3 years ago

    I think Rodriguez will have a bounceback year in 2013. He obviously is not what he used to be, but he has yet to fully recover from his hand injury. Something like 2010 might not be out of the question.

    • burnboll 3 years ago

      I was thinking the same. It depends on how bad A-Rod wants it. And I think he really feels he’s got something to prove, and that will help him with motivation in the offseason.
      Never been a fan of A-Rod, but I love comeback kid stories…

  9. Hoosierdaddy92 3 years ago

    If the Giants actually do non-tender Brian Wilson, I hope Detroit gets in on him. Shouldn’t be too expensive and anything’s better than Valverde. Plus he’s hilarious.

    • Ausome7 3 years ago

      We thought Valverde was hilarious too in 2011…

      • Hoosierdaddy92 3 years ago

        Tousche. What I will say is this. Wilson has a proven track record of success and look at how Joe Nathan as a closer responded from Tommy John surgery.

        • Ausome7 3 years ago

          I’d love to get a fear the beard shirt in navy blue. However I’d like to see Rondon get a shot despite his age

    • northsfbay 3 years ago

      The Giants said that they will bring Wilson back.

  10. Lefty_Orioles_Fan
    Lefty_Orioles_Fan 3 years ago

    Wait a second: “I think there will certainly be interest,” said Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson to Arizona Sport 620’s Burns & Gambo when asked if the team has trade interest in Alex Rodriguez.
    Didn’t Gibson go nuts about steroids a few months ago, stating their should be stiffer laws about steroids. Also, Alex Rodriguez admits taking PEDs during 3-year period.
    So why would Kirk Gibson have an about face on this? Doesn’t make one once of sense!
    Plus, even if A-Rod didn’t admit taking steroids, I am not sure if Phoenix and A-Rod are perfect together.

  11. NYPOTENCE 3 years ago

    Don’t see how A-Rod would waive his no-trade clause to go to Arizona.

  12. ¿Rodriguez as a DBack? I can´t see it, but it would be interesting
    i like the idea 😀

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