The Mariners have the best record in the American League since the All-Star break (23-13) after winning six consecutive games, as Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times writes. Here’s the latest from baseball’s two West divisions…
- In an appearance on on Sports Radio KJR this morning Felix Hernandez gave Mitch Levy a "promise" that there's nothing to worry about regarding a possible change in teams (quote via Baker). Hernandez is under contract through 2014 and Baker says the Mariners should extend him beyond that and build a better team around him.
- The Athletics and Diamondbacks extensively discussed a possible Stephen Drew trade leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports. The Athletics acquired Drew last night in a move that will reduce Arizona's payroll and provide Oakland with a shortstop who should hit.
- Manager Bruce Bochy said on MLB Network Radio that it's fair to say the Giants are looking for left field help, according to Jim Bowden (on Twitter). GM Brian Sabean is "working on it now," Bochy said, according to Bowden. Gregor Blanco is the Giants' left fielder for the time being. Sabean says all is quiet for now, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports (on Twitter).
Mike Reeder Harris
Felix is staying put. And they are building a good team around him.
-Jack Zduriencik (2010)
Very funny, but yes, there has been good progress made with the team since then. We have an outside shot of getting to .500 this year, and if things continue, a wildcard shot next year.
Hey as an Orioles fan, I am jealous of the A’s
Billy Beane got it done.
As for Duquette….he’s still the little Nash Rambler that’s stuck in 2nd gear.
They signed Cespedes to a big contract.
They signed Crisp to what I would call a big contract.
They absorbed Drew’s salary…WOW!
What has Angelos and the rest of the O’s ownership done? Nothing! What else is new?
Didn’t he sign a few players to an extension? I know that’s not what you’re looking for, but having some of your key guys locked up is good.
Adam Jones and I think there was someone else.
And they signed Wei-Yin Chen, who’s been awesome at pitching for the O’s.
I trust Felix he signed the extension last time.
Is there really anyone out there for the Giants to get?
Felix is simply one of the best pitchers since he came into the league. Its hard to believe hes only 25 but if the Mariners are to build around someone then there is no better guy than Felix.
Bye Bye Baby Bonanza
Sabean and crew will probably find someone. Until then how about promoting Xavier Nady?