Astros GM Jeff Luhnow didn’t make clear whether or not his team has interest in Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel, but did say that the organization has taken a good look at him, as Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. “We’ve done our homework and we’re very well aware of the player and what we believe he’s capable of doing,” he said. It’s still anybody’s guess whether Houston will stick with its internal options at third base — including Luis Valbuena, utilityman Marwin Gonzalez, and prospects Colin Moran and Alex Bregman — or instead pursue outside help.
Here’s more from out west:
- The Giants are open to bringing back outfielder Angel Pagan on a short-term arrangement when his current contract is up after the season, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports (Twitter links). That could change depending upon what the team does on the trade market, he adds. San Francisco has been rumored to be looking at outfielders, infielders, and both starters and relievers. Needless to say, it’s shaping up to be an interesting deadline for the NL West leaders.
- As for possible outfield additions, the Giants have put in a call to the Reds on Jay Bruce, Schulman reported earlier today, though it seems that the Cincinnati brass has yet to respond on the inquiry. He notes that the preference may well be for a right-handed bat, but with good options potentially scarce the club won’t rule out a left-handed hitter.
- Young Dodgers righty Frankie Montas has been diagnosed with a broken rib, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter links). He already had rib issues earlier in the year, and Rosenthal suggests the new problem is related. The highly-regarded prospect had been set to receive a big league call-up before the injury cropped up, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times tweets.
- Dodgers GM Andrew Friedman discussed his club’s uneven start to the season with McCullough. He says that the club still “feels good about where we are looking forward,” particularly given the need to weather some early injuries. Friedman suggested that the impressive stock of younger talent in the system could still be used to bolster the big league roster, though it remains unclear whether and when that’ll happen. “Our mindset since I’ve gotten here has been to focus on elite-level players,” Friedman explained. “That being said, we also had to focus on rounding our roster. With where our roster is, where our depth is, and with the quality of our upper-level prospects, it allows us to focus more intently on that.”
- Mariners outfield prospect Boog Powell has been hit with an eighty-game PED suspension, as MLB.com’s Greg Johns was among those to tweet. That’s obviously disappointing for a player who was generally regarded as one of the organization’s best upper-level youngsters. The 23-year-old was struggling at the plate at Triple-A this year, but has put up strong numbers over most of his minor league career. Powell was part of the deal that also brought Nate Karns to the M’s.
How is hitting .270 in 60 odd games struggling? I’m talking about Powell
He had an OPS of .685… How is that not struggling?
Elite players, Friedman? McCarthy? Anderson? Grandal? Anderson? Kazmir? You’ve yet to add a single elite player.
Yeah, and Friedman had to end it with a little insult to the fans who think he hasn’t done enough. One of the comments on the original LA Times story called him “15-minute Friedman.” Pretty appropriate considering.
I agree with Blue Sky. Is Friedman a San Francisco fan? He has only hurt the Blue since he’s been here. Like they finally did with Crawford, they should cut Friedman free. Stop counting pennies while paying millions to players who can’t or don’t produce.
Elite, as in possible upcoming players ; however it happens.
Grandal fits the immediate need to have a catcher to work with the new arms. I can accept his poor hitting.
If it was a question of someone to work with the new arms, nobody is better than AJ Ellis.
We all know why Kaz
This would not be Montas’ first big league call up. He made his debut for the White Sox last season.
How does having so many pitchers on the DL say anything good about the front office? My Dodgers have had to struggle with having no pitching except for Clayton and Kenley for 2 years and no offense for 3! I think they’ve done a poor job in trades and rushed to overpay free agents. Shake out the front office, lets get some real baseball people here in L.A! Steal some from St.Louis and Chicago.
God I hope they don’t re-sign Pagan.
I hope they do! But if you sign Pagan you need depth because he’s going to give you 100-120 games a season. But those games are gonna be above average. When he’s healthy he’s a special player. But of SF signs him expecting a full season we are screwed. SF can’t be going into every season with Blanco as a starting OFer due to injury. Having said that. He seems to have for better at the place last couple of years.
I can see why you would want to bring him back on something like a 1 year deal, there isn’t much in the system right now in the outfield, Parker and Williamson haven’t been great, just ok and neither can play CF in a pinch so Pagan gets a second look.
I’m not sure why Friedman and co. are getting so much hate. He is in the process of changing the Dodgers from a team of high priced veterans to a team of young, elite and homegrown players while still running out a playoff caliber team. We’ve all seen how the Astros, Cubs and Royals had to completely tear down their franchises and stink for multiple seasons to be able to complete their rebuilds, while the Dodgers are doing it on the fly. On top of that, the Dodgers have been the most injured team in baseball this year and are only 1 game behind where they were at this point last season.
I think Friedman should be praised for the outstanding job he has done in his two years at the helm. The Dodgers are on pace for another playoff berth and also have a top 3 farm system that is probably the most well rounded system in baseball. I wouldn’t trade the Dodgers future for any team in baseball right now. The Cubs are probably the only team I would think about, but their future pitching looks too questionable.
The Dodgers also have Clayton Kershaw in his prime right now and aren’t in first. Kershaw is having an all time season.
The Dodger have a losing record in starts not made by Kershaw. They’d be lucky to be in 4th place without him.
The Dodgers’ annual revenue is at least $400M. I can’t see why any fan would get themselves involved in hoping that the team reduces payroll, given all of that money comes straight out of the pockets of fans. Are they rooting for more profits for Dodgers, Inc? Either way, I don’t get the reasoning.
As for the team and the job Friedman has done, by letting Grienke walk and (as we found out recently) not even making an offer to Cueto, we have a rotation that averages less than six innings a start, and beats up a bullpen that continues to carry the woeful non-performers Coleman, Baez, Howell, and Hatcher. The numbers from the pen only look good recently because Roberts has used these four as little as possible. This is Friedman’s doing, entirely, so he deserves to wear it. Just as he deserves to wear his poor trade choices at the deadline last season. But Friedman consistently declines to take ownership for the mistakes. He also can’t seem to resist taking a swipe at fans who question his questionable strategy,
Who said I was rooting for Dodger profits? The Dodgers spend money like they are printing it. They have the highest payroll in baseball and over the past year have also spent the most money in the history of the game on amateur talent. I also have no doubt that they will start signing their homegrown talent to huge extensions to keep them around long term.
As to your complaints about the bullpen, it’s unwarranted. Their bullpen currently ranks 3rd in ERA and 7th in FIP in all of baseball. They also are not nearly as overtaxed as you claim as they have thrown the 14th fewest innings.
They have the largest revenue in baseball. Saying that they should be “transitioning” from high-priced players is basically rooting for larger profits for them instead of wins for us. Let’s be totally clear here: that is why Grienke and Cueto pitch for division rivals instead of for the Dodgers. It wasn’t because they could not afford to hire one of them and do all the other things they are doing, and make a profit besides. They decided to keep that money for the investors. Plain and simple.
Amateur talent alone does not win championships. Never has, never will.
As for extensions, where is your evidence that they believe in them?
The complaints about the bullpen are totally warranted. Roberts has managed around the dead weight in the pen, but he will burn those pitchers out, because he simply can’t use four of his relievers in any sort of critical situation. As was demonstrated again yesterday. Jansen has pitched more innings than nearly everyone in the bullpen except for Blanton. Sometimes you need to look a bit beyond numbers to see where those numbers come from.
Close, but the Yankees actually have higher revenues despite averaging less attendance.
Look at the future. The Dodgers have a shot at a Cardinals like run. Contend every year. The fans that want crazy blockbuster deals don’t understand how much a team really gives up. 2018, Kershaw, Urias, Montas, De Le On, Stripling.
It’s way too early to judge the FO at this stage. They hoarded prospects last year. If they turn some of those into a #2 type pitcher and a 8th inning guy then I can say he’s done a great job. The angst in fans comes because you can’t keep every single prospect and the Dodgers haven’t won anything since 1988. The Dodgers have a really bright future and I applaud what the FO is doing. Part of the failure the last two years has been them trying to band aid everything. The needs though are clearly evident. They will be judged on how well they do at the trade deadline.
How did they do at last year’s trade deadline? Everybody and their grandmother knew what the Dodgers needed then. Did they go out and get it?
So, no, it is not too early to judge.
Actually the A’s have had the most injuries this year…and they don’t possess the dollars to cover injuries by acquiring players and then just cutting them when no longer needed, eating money like donuts in the process…for the amount of money the Dodgers have spent in the past calendar year they should be miles better than any other team and yet they are not…
I think it’s weird that the Dodgers can both be criticized by some for spending a lot of money and by others for being cheap. All in the same comment tread no less. It’s a funny world we live in.
Both could be true, you know. They could be spending a lot now so the team will become much cheaper (read: more profitable) in the future. This is what I suspect is the plan. Whether this has anything to do with winning championships remains to be seen.
But spending less in the future wasn’t your criticism. Your criticism was that they should have spent more money now by signing Cueto and Greinke (read: they were being cheap). .
Yes of course it is my criticism. They should spend what they need to fill gaps in the roster whenever they have gaps to fill. This is what winning teams do.
Yep, that’s my point. Some people criticize them for spending all this money, yet others like yourself say they aren’t spending enough. It’s silly. It can’t be both.
If you insist on this entire discussion being reduced to simplistic arguments of too much and too little, then I guess you can claim to be right. But you won’t be right, because what I am saying is not nearly so simplistic. I am taking in what we’ve seen ownership do over the last two seasons and reasoning a theory of what their plan for the future might well be.
Ok, so I’m confused. You are saying that the reason Greinke and Cueto are not Dodgers is because the Dodgers did not spend the money to acquire them due to the management being greedy and wanting to pocket the money. How is that not saying the team is spending too little again?
Blue Sky you seem to argue both sides so your point is unknown? Also Dodgers made solid offer for Greinke. Just because the Diamondbacks made a terrible deal and grossly overpaid for Greinke does not mean the Dodgers are cheap. Friedman is just too smart and you obviously do not appreciate what he is doing in LA as you cannot see the forrest thru the trees so to speak.
Again you insist on assuming that I am making your simplistic point rather than the one I am actually making.
I see both the forest and the trees. This FO, as with any other, deserves to be judged on the quality of their decision-making, and that is determined objectively based on whether they assemble a winning ball club. In defending the (objectively poor) results I am hearing far too much abstraction about how they have this great plan, and anyone who looks at the result and judges that plan wanting simply doesn’t get it. The opposite it is true, it seems to me.
They nave have the most injuries but the Dodgers own the most lost days. So they essentially have more serious injuries
True, but: a large chunk of those days belong to Ryu and McCarthy, two players the Dodgers knew from over a year ago would be unavailable until at least June of this year. Another big piece belongs to Garcia with his mystery injury, and Tsao and Ravin. Their absence is unimportant. The unexpected injuries that matter are to Ethier and Anderson.
Let’s get it right. All the Dodger prospects were already here, except for Thompson, who is now playing more to his level. It was Friedman who signed all the Injury prone pitchers we have, except Ryu. He can’t be blamed for the bad offense, but what has he done about it?? June is the time to get ahead of the trade game. He shows no aggressive traits in solving problems before they get too hurtful to the team. What has he done to make this team better? Yes he got Maeda,but overpaid for Kazmir. And it took 2 years to release Crawford. So tell me how Friedman has addressed the Dodger needs??
Or even after they’ve already hurt the team. I don’t know about “overpays” but I do know that Kazmir stinks and is completely unworthy as the #2, and worst of all, if he continues to stink, the Dodgers will be stuck with him for another two years. Nice deal. The Friedman fans won’t respond to any question about how the Kazmir signing helped this team. The good news is, other than on these boards, Friedman basically has no fans.
This is Powell’s second PED bust (he got busted with the A’s too), shouldn’t his suspension be longer?
Not aware if any previous positive test by Powell, please cite your source.
it was actually for amphetamines…so he basically gets a free pass for that then?