NL West Notes: Lincecum, Petit, Colon, D’Backs, Rockies

The Giants are weighing whether or not to continue with beleaguered right-hander Tim Lincecum in their rotation, writes John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. Lincecum himself offered a frank, expletive-laced assessment of his recent performance and sounded aware that he may not make his next start. Shea spoke with manager Bruce Bochy about rotation candidate Yusmeiro Petit‘s struggles as a starter and excellence in the bullpen this year, with Bochy calling Petit’s rotation work too small of sample to judge. Petit’s recent bullpen work, however, has been nothing short of incredible, if not historic. He’s retired 38 consecutive batters, striking out 16. As Andrew Baggarly of points out (on Twitter), Petit is seven batters shy of matching the Major League record for most consecutive hitters retired. Lincecum, who is in the first season of a two-year, $35MM extension, has a 9.49 ERA over his past six starts and has totaled just 24 2/3 innings in that time. Baggarly tweets that for now, the team’s Thursday starter is listed as “TBA.”

Here’s more from the NL West…

  • While the most commonly linked team to Bartolo Colon (who is currently on revocable waivers) has been the Angels, ESPN’s Buster Olney writes in his daily blog that the injury-plagued Dodgers are a candidate to place a claim as well (ESPN Insider required). Olney points out that Colon’s start against the Dodgers tonight could serve as an audition.
  • Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa feels that his team can post a winning record in 2015, he tells Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. La Russa feels that the D’Backs can make improvements with their current roster solely by improving their approach at the plate and improving their baserunning, but he also cites the desire to make “two or three impactful moves” in the offseason, including the addition of at least one hitter and at least one pitcher.
  • Zach Buchanan of the Arizona Republic writes that the D’Backs are in evaluation mode with middle infielders Chris Owings, Didi Gregorius, and Nick Ahmed. Additionally, the club is trying to determine how to mix in veterans Aaron Hill and Cliff Pennington. For the time being, GM Kevin Towers tells Buchanan that Owings will see more time at second base with Gregorius getting a look at short, but that doesn’t mean Owings is being converted to a second baseman full-time. Hill, meanwhile, will see action at third, though a full-time transition there would block prospect Jake Lamb, Buchanan notes. In my view, Pennington is a non-tender candidate following the season and Ahmed could use more work at Triple-A, leaving three infielders for two spots. Hill is guaranteed $12MM in 2015 and again in 2016, making him difficult to trade, but any number of clubs would likely be interested in Owings, Gregorius or Ahmed in trades.
  • The Rockies are further away from contending now than they were at the beginning of the season, opines Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. Saunders looks at Colorado’s pitching predicament, noting that Tyler Chatwood will miss the 2015 season due to Tommy John surgery and Jhoulys Chacin‘s shoulder cannot be relied upon. Brett Anderson‘s injuries make it difficult to exercise his $12MM option, and Jorge De La Rosa could end up pitching elsewhere, as several sources with whom Saunders has conversed feel that there’s only a 50-50 chance he returns. Add in the persistent trade rumors regarding Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez — Saunders feels the latter is more likely to go — and the offseason is rife with question marks and uncertainty.

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4 Comments on "NL West Notes: Lincecum, Petit, Colon, D’Backs, Rockies"

1 year 7 days ago

The Dodgers can stomach the 11 million dollar hit and have a need. They have tens of millions invested in broken starters coming off the books.

1 year 6 days ago

Those contracts are going to be at least partially insured against injuries, so for all intents and purposes, Billingsley, Beckett and Maholm are already off the books.

Joe Covert
1 year 6 days ago

The D-Backs would be better off trading Hill, Montero and Trumbo for a starting pitcher. Moving Owings to second and keeping Gregorius at Short is the solution. Inciarte (LF), Pollock (CF), Peralta (RF); Lamb (3B), Gregorius (SS), Owings (2B) Goldschmidt (1B) and Tuffy (C); Having Pennington, Marte and Pacheco as your infield and outfield backups. Having said all that, the best thing Gibson or the next manager can do is run out their starting eight position players with regularity and that doesn’t been every three days.

Christopher Rioux
1 year 6 days ago

I don’t think that the case can be made that Tuffy is one of your 8 best and Montero isn’t. Unless they’re going full-rebuild, and it doesn’t seem like they are, they’re not trading Montero to play a career backup at catcher.

I don’t know how much you’re going to get by dealing Hill at this point. And Trumbo, while able to be traded, would fetch more if they could demonstrate he was healthy and recovered.

Skaggs and Santiago would certainly make the pitching staff look better. But given the absence of a time-machine, they’re going to have to figure out a different way to get better.