Links for Sunday, as we wait to see if the Dodgers can extend their six-game winning streak….
- Ken Rosenthal writes that the Nationals promoted the 10th overall pick from the 2009 draft, Drew Storen, today. Storen had annihilated minor league hitters across two levels this season.
- Ozzie Guillen understands the reasoning behind GM Kenny Williams' recent public confirmation that he's losing patience with his ballclub, writes Ken Falkoff on MLB.com.
- Two players signed to one-year deals, Justin Duchscherer and Nick Johnson, could require surgeries that would sideline them for most or all of this season. MLB.com's Jane Lee and Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork have the details.
- Bill Ladson of MLB.com tweets that Willy Taveras may not accept a minor league assignment if he clears waivers. Taveras was DFA'd by the Nationals last night.
- Luis Ayala has exercised the opt-out clause in his contract, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times (via Twitter). The Dodgers will have to add Ayala to their 25-man roster by Monday afternoon or release him.
- Earlier in the week, MLB.com's Chris Haft floated the idea of the Giants moving Aubrey Huff to left field to make room at first base for Buster Posey. According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Huff is open to the idea and thinks Posey would do well at first base.
- Speaking of Posey, John Sickels asks who you'd rather have: the Giants' prospect or Carlos Santana of the Indians.
- The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Paul Hoynes details the Indians' changing draft strategy, and fields readers' Tribe-related questions in a mailbag.
- Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette lists the top ten best investments made by the Pirates' current regime.
Half of Posey’s value is in being a catcher. Just play the guy there. Sabean makes running a team look harder than it is.
You floated the idea of Huff to the outfield? It’s been floated a thousand times a day on KNBR by every caller since the middle of spring training. The theory is that it’ll slow Posey’s development as a catcher. I do like the idea of Huff to left and Uribe to first (or Uribe to third, Pablo to first) when Renteria and Sanchez get back.
lets go Storen !! Lets gooo Nats
the main reason you would want posey at 1st is that should extend his career even longer…but im sorry if you have a guy running through the minors like posey i dont care if you have a 10 million dollar catcher as your starter if the rookie is better and will make your team better you call him up…gms across the majors care more about the money on the field than winning(which oddly enough the more you win the more money your team makes)
Yes, because GMs care about their jobs.
Imagine walking into work and telling your boss you just wasted 10% of your budget
I think they also care about long-term success. Sure, they might win another game, maybe two if their rookie performs really well. If that isn’t enough to push them into the post-season, it isn’t worth the extra money.