Quick Hits: A-Rod, McGuiness, Tanaka, Twins, Jays

Brendan Kuty of the Star-Ledger looks at how much money the Yankees can save based on the outcome of Alex Rodriguez's case.  If his full 211 game suspension is upheld, the Yankees would be off of the hook for his $25MM salary in 2014 and roughly $6.8MM in 2015, good for a total of $31.8MM saved over the next two years.  Meanwhile, if A-Rod manages to win his appeal, he could recoup those funds and potentially more thanks to the incentives he can get for passing Willie Mays (660), Babe Ruth (714), Hank Aaron (755), and Barry Bonds (762) on the all-time home run list.  He's in line to get $6MM for each separate milestone. Here are more notes from around the Majors.

  • The Pirates acquired first baseman Chris McGuiness from the Rangers because they were seeking a left-handed first bat to platoon with Gaby Sanchez and have a surplus of bullpen arms, tweets Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Pittsburgh shipped reliever Miles Mikolas to Texas in the deal, whom they acquired in late November from San Diego. It's possible the Pirates will use McGuiness more as a depth option than as their starter at first base against righties, however.
  • Masahiro Tanaka will be more like Rangers standout Yu Darvish than big league bust Daisuke Matsuzaka, opines Gregg Doyel of CBSSports.com.
  • The Twins and Blue Jays took different paths towards fixing their rotations this offseason, writes Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.  Since the season ended, Twins GM Terry Ryan has signed Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes, and Mike Pelfrey with a series of moves that cost $84MM. Anthopoulos, meanwhile, hasn't signed any starters, opting instead to explore trades and bide his time on select free agents.


24 Responses to Quick Hits: A-Rod, McGuiness, Tanaka, Twins, Jays Leave a Reply

  1. bjsguess 2 years ago

    Am I reading this wrong? Wouldn’t Mays be the most attainable?

    • LazerTown 2 years ago

      yea, he misstype.

    • meep 2 years ago

      yes you are since he 38 he would have to play at least maybe 4 more years and avg about 20 hR to catch araon

  2. Comfy_Wastelander 2 years ago

    “He’s in line to get $6MM for each separate milestone, with Aaron’s being the most attainable.”
    Why is Aaron’s the most attainable? Did I have a reading fail?

  3. bjsguess 2 years ago

    Hmmm … I’m also not understanding the last bullet point. How are the Blue Jays “fixing” anything? They haven’t signed or traded for anyone of note. They lost Josh Johnson. I guess most people wouldn’t associate standing pat with fixing a problem. Sure they “might” sign someone or make a trade but to date this looks like whole lot of nothing.

  4. Robert Muldhoon 2 years ago

    Hisashi Iwakuma has better numbers than Yu Darvish.

    • meep 2 years ago

      how much better because looking at the stats, yu a better strike out pitcher and iwakuma has avg better ERAs in two years then yu other then that they are pretty even

    • Ley_Z 2 years ago

      Most underrated pitcher in baseball. Blows my mind how all the articles about the Mariners this offseason don’t even mention him as one of their studs.

    • alphabet_soup5 2 years ago

      2012-2013

      Darvish fwar: 9.8
      Iwakuma fwar: 4.8

      Darvish FIP: 3.28
      Iwakuma FIP: 3.77

      Darvish ERA: 3.34
      Iwakuma ERA: 2.84

      Darvish IP: 401
      Iwakuma IP: 345

      Seeing all those upvotes upsets me, Darvish is undoubtedly a better pitcher than Iwakuma and is 5 years younger.

      • alphabet_soup5 2 years ago

        30 out of 30 GM’s would take Darvish over Iwakuma, despite the downvotes.

    • Vmmercan 2 years ago

      Iwakuma is underrated no doubt, but look at their home ballparks. No contest.

  5. meep 2 years ago

    as a dodger fan if they got tanaka i wouldnt mind if he turn out to be Hideo Nomo like. when he pitch for the dodgers not the nomo outside of LA

  6. Rashomon 2 years ago

    Zach Links, you’re not messing with Sasquatch here. We know maths and Mays is the closest to A-Rod.

  7. Shawn Baublitz 2 years ago

    A-Rod will most likely get a 50 game suspension if anything. He didn’t fail a test. So everything else is just paperwork. Rules go both ways.

  8. troche565 2 years ago

    Wow, the Alex Rodriguez case is definitely a big deal for the Yanks and their immediate future. I hope after all this is said and done that they have learned a lesson, and stay away from ten years contract s with just about any ballplayer regardless of #’s in their stat sheet. Alex was a bust and as it turn out a big mistake, and they are paying for it right now. Alex has turn out to be on and off the field exactly what a Yankee should not be, the opposite of a Derek Jeter.

  9. LetsGoBucs92122 1 year ago

    Nice minor move by the Pirates in picking up McGuiness. May not have a big impact, but could help the ball club this season.

  10. Cubstein 2 years ago

    He has the numbers right I believe, looks like he just had a typo and meant to put Mays not Aaron.

  11. UltimateYankeeFan 2 years ago

    My friend, sorry a typo in my opinion is when you perhaps misspell Mays lets say Meys that’s a typo. When you type Aaron’s instead of Mays that a mistake.

  12. Cubstein 2 years ago

    Call it whatever you want. I still call it a typo when he had a brain fart and put the wrong name down.

  13. Cubstein 2 years ago

    You can call it whatever you want. I still call it a type but he clearly did not mean to put Aaron.

  14. UltimateYankeeFan 2 years ago

    My friend I’m totally confused by your post. The writer of the article talks about the 2014 and 2015 seasons and A-Rods possible suspension. Then you talk about the ’13 season. Mission accomplished I’m confused here.

  15. UltimateYankeeFan 2 years ago

    My friend is the fact that you typed “type” when clearly you meant “typo” here a freudian slip?

  16. Cubstein 2 years ago

    I’d call it a typo, kinda like when I when you put “that a mistake” rather than “that is a mistake” or “that’s a mistake” in your previous comment. Don’t know why we need to get all grammatical on a blog.

  17. UltimateYankeeFan 2 years ago

    Clearly we differ on what constitutes a typo versus a mistake. Have a good day.

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