Friday night linkage..
- If Ken Griffey Jr. takes on some sort of role with the Mariners organization, it will likely be next year, writes Larry LaRue of The News Tribune.
- Speaking of Yost, he tells Daniel Paulling of the Kansas City Star that he expects to use Kanekoa Texeira as a reliever. The Royals claimed him off of waivers from the M's on Thursday.
- Dayton Moore is pleased with the job that Ned Yost has done so far with the Royals, writes MLB.com's Dick Kaegel.
- GM Andy MacPhail is next up on the O's hot seat, writes Kevin Cowherd of the Baltimore Sun.
- Royals GM Dayton Moore says that lefty Noel Arguelles has shoulder soreness and is not certain to pitch this year, writes Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star (via Twitter). The Royals inked the Cuban defector to a deal this offseason.
- Pat Burrell "couldn't be happier" after landing in San Francisco, writes Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News.
- The Reds' $1.75MM option on Jonny Gomes looks like a bargain right now, tweets John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Gomes is hitting .303/.366/.520 with 7 HRs in 175 plate appearances this season.
Not to mention that Gomes is on pace to repeat his 20 or so home run performance of last year, and might actually drive in 100 runs this season.
Jonny Gomes was a good signing, and I was hoping the Royals will get him. Massive power, and I don’t want to say easy, but in a healthy season, he can hit 30-40 in Cincy.The fact that he’s one of the worst defensive outfielders around still looms though.
Anyways, Kanekoa had a good Royals debut today. After really having no Rookies last year, we have Dusty, Blake, Marte, and now Tex. All in the pen.
firing MacPhail would be a big mistake, especially because the tendency is usually to hire someone who is very different from their predecessor. seeing as MacPhail is methodical, conservative, and likes to build around young pitching, we would probably hire some Jim Duquette / Steve Phillips clone to replace him….
I’m sorry this is off topic but did anyone watch the Red Sox game last night? Adrian Beltre goes down on one knee to hit a homer. Second time this year and second time I’ve seen that ever.
Yup, saw it and its ridiculous. But hey, whatever works.