Wednesday night linkage..
- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton said that it will be “miraculous” if he and the club come to terms on a new deal before Opening Day, writes Drew Davidson of the Star-Telegram.
- Reds GM Walt Jocketty told Tracy Ringolsby of FOXSports.com that while the club is making progress in multi-year contract talks with Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto, nothing is imminent.
- Pitcher Jeff Francis has decided not to exercise his opt-out clause with the Reds, tweets Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. Francis told the club that he’d be willing to go to Triple-A and start.
- The Rays are a thorn in the side for people those who contend that teams with limited budgets can’t win, writes Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com. Tampa Bay is bumping up their payroll this year in an effort to spark attendance and revenue at Tropicana Field.
- After spending just one day in major league camp, it looks like Xavier Nady may have a chance to crack the Nationals’ roster, writes Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. One spot is up for grabs between Nady and Jason Michaels, who has an out clause. The out clause may actually work against him as the player that the Nats choose will likely be sent to the minors once Michael Morse returns.
Good luck on getting that attendance up.
i still remember watching nady play outfield with the dbacks last year and the color announcer saying “nady literally has no throwing arm.”
The Francis news is actually about a week old.
Nationals need a righty platoon partner in CF with Ankiel/Bernadina.. No way in hell I’d rather have Nady in Center over Carroll or Michaels
He wouldn’t play in center. I doubt there’s going to be a platoon out there.
If I’m Ryan, I let Hamilton walk. At this point, I’d pass up on the injury magnet that is Hamilton. He’s becoming too much of a risk for that team. I doubt they have anyone to fill his shoes, but that’s the risk I’d be willing to take.
It will be “miraculous” if Hamilton and the club come to terms on a new deal at all.