MLBTR extends its best wishes to Michael Weiner, who is undergoing treatment for a brain tumor. The executive director of the Players Association expects the treatment to last about one month, according to an MLBPA press release. Here are today's links…
- Roger Clemens told reporters he’s “nowhere near” the shape he’d have to be in to pitch at the MLB level, Alyson Footer of MLB.com reports (Twitter link). The seven-time Cy Young Award winner signed a contract with the independent Sugar Land Skeeters and will pitch on Saturday. One rival executive speculated that the Astros could be a fit for Clemens, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports (on Twitter). The exec pointed out that Clemens has a good relationship with Astros owner Jim Crane.
- It’s unlikely but not impossible that the Giants will trade for Heath Bell this season, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports (on Twitter). Bell would have to be placed on waivers for the Giants and Marlins to complete a trade. Approximately $19MM remains on Bell's contract, so it seems likely that he'd clear waivers.
- GM Kenny Williams built the AL Central-leading White Sox, but he doesn't expect to be named MLB's executive of the year, Toni Ginnetti the Chicago Sun-Times reports. "If you don't win it when you win a World Series, you ain't going to win it,'' Williams said.
I understand Kenny Williams, but I know where he’s going with that quote and it’s sad he thinks that way. Poor attitude to have.
Kenny Williams built a team that won the World Series… a guy who builds a team that finished in the SAME division BEHIND the WHITE SOX and DIDNT EVEN MAKE THE PLAYOFFS won the award.. pretty sure he makes a really valid argument.
Getting a Heath Bell deal done should be priority #1 for the Marlins.
I’m sure the Marlins would have to pick up a vast majority of the remainder of that horrific contract in order to move Bell anywhere.
That’s the only way its going to happen. Giants wouldn’t have to give up much probably something outside of their Top 10 prospects.
They did that in the offseason 🙂
Roger is finally right about something…