Sunday night linkage..
- Rookie left-hander and Rule 5 draftee Edgar Osuna has impressed in Kansas City and will likely stick with the club, writes Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star.
- Joe Torre has suspended contract extension talks with the Dodgers to avoid becoming a distraction during the season, writes Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
- Dave Cameron of U.S.S. Mariner (via Twitter) believes that the Twins are paying Joe Mauer what he's worth. Meanwhile, Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweets that Minnesota's payroll will likely top $100MM in 2011.
- Social media can be a real headache for GMs, writes Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
- The Hanshin Tigers are looking at three major league pitchers to bolster their rotation, according to a report from Sports Hochi passed along by Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker. The report lists Jo-Jo Reyes, Eric Stults, and Seth McClung as possibilities. You may recall that another Japanese club, the Chiba Lotte Marines, has previously shown interest in Stults.
- Bobby Jenks will be on a short leash this season, writes Barry Rozner of the Daily Herald. Jenks, who turned 29 on March 14th, is set to earn $7.5MM in 2010 after avoiding arbitration with the White Sox.
- The Padres' Adrian Gonzalez is ignoring all of the trade talk that surrounds him, writes Peter Gammons in a column for MLB.com.
The Hanshin Tigers should claim Stults when he gets DFA’s. If only Japanesse teams could claim American pitchers and players. If so, Casey Fien would still be getting claimed day after day.
Jo-Jo may finally be out of the organization…hallejujah!
And open up a roster slot for Heyward!
It’s always about the money with Saint Joe Torre.
Because he’s hurting for cash or do you think this is some sort of ego thing?
Ken Rosenthal can be a real headache for readers, writes Ian Smell.
Edgar Osuna is the man. I could really see him helping out the Royals this season and for a long time. Osuna and Soria can be a good 1-2 punch at the back of the bullpen.
So I guess now Kenny Williams has figured out that Jenks is sort of tailing off. He started strong, but anybody can see that he doesn’t have the same fastball and breaking ball he did in 05-06. Williams might be selling that he has faith in Jenks, but I smell trade bait if he pitches like he did last year.
hat can they give the Braves for Jo Jo? I’ll take some sushi for him
Wouldn’t Crede make more sense for the White Sox than either Nix or Lillibridge? Ramirez and Beckham are going to play 90% of their innings and Vizquel can back up both positions. Crede would provide both a rh bat vs. lefties and a quality late inning defensive replacement for Teahen.
crede would make a lot of sense if it was not for his back always being an issue and money as well think about it, crede will at the very least command 1 mill, where as nix or lilibridge will only be in the 400k region. although i would not discount a crede reunion i doubt it hapens plus nix and lilibridge offer move versatility and speed than old broken back crede