Posted on: June 9, 2010 12:46 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2010 12:49 pm

Orioles' skipper list includes Valentine, Wedge

The Orioles plan to interview former major league managers Bobby Valentine and Eric Wedge and have contacted several other potential candidates for their managerial opening, according to the Baltimore Sun .

The Orioles, who have the worst record in baseball and are already 22 games out of first, fired Dave Trembley last week. The team is being managed on an interim basis by Juan Samuel.

"We're starting the process, sort of the vetting process. We're not expecting anything soon. I'm not sure how the timetable is going to play out myself," Orioles president Andy MacPhail told the Sun. "I've never been through one of these in-season. We'll do our due diligence and work through it, but I'm not expecting anything quickly."

Valentine took the Mets to the World Series in 2000 and also won a title in Japan in 2005. He's currently an analyst for ESPN. Valentine's somewhat cantankerous personality has rubbed some people in the game the wrong way over the years, but given his track record (he has a .510 winning percentage in 15 years managing in the majors) it's surprising he hasn't been given another chance to manage by now.

Wedge managed the Indians for seven years before being given his walking papers at the end of last season.

Samuel will be considered to retain the Orioles' job. Other names that have been connected to the search include Buck Showalter, Bob Melvin and Clint Hurdle.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Tags: Orioles
Posted on: June 9, 2010 12:20 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2010 5:57 pm

Yankees to pursue Lee?

According to the New York Post's George King , the Mariners are expecting the Yankees to be among the bidders if they shop left-hander Cliff Lee before the deadline.

Lee was traded to Seattle in the offseason and is in the final year of his contract. The Mariners hoped to contend and convince Lee to sign long-term, but with their season in the ditch they will almost certainly opt to cash him in. Lee is making $9 million this season.

A source told King the Mariners have been scouting the Yankees' minor league system extensively and will ask for shortstop Eduardo Nunez and a catcher.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: The New York Daily News says the Yankees are not interested in adding a starter, according to a team source.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 9, 2010 11:58 am

Phillies sign top pick

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Enquirer reports via Twitter that the Phillies have come to terms with first-round pick Jesse Biddle, a high school left-hander from Philadelphia. Biddle will join the Phillies' Gulf Coast League team immediately.

-- David Andriesen
Category: MLB
Posted on: June 9, 2010 11:44 am

Mets rotation news

The Mets have flopped R.A. Dickey and Jon Niese in the rotation. Niese will go Thursday against the Padres and Dickey on Friday against the Orioles. The move gives knuckleballer Dickey extra rest.

Right-hander John Maine, who has been on the disabled list since May 22 with shoulder tendinitis, is coming along faster than expected and could be back in the Mets' rotation as soon as next week. He threw a simulated game yesterday and will make a minor league rehab appearance this weekend.

Manager Jerry Manuel told reporters that when Maine returns, Hisanori Takahashi is headed back to the bullpen.

"We like Takahashi as a pitcher," Manuel said "[But] we think we have lost something in the bullpen when he's a starter, so that's a scenario that could work if and when John Maine is healthy and we feel he's ready to be part of the rotation."

-- David Andriesen

Posted on: June 9, 2010 11:24 am
Edited on: June 9, 2010 12:48 pm

Chicago wins award for awkwardness

On Friday, the Cubs and White Sox will open their Chicago showdown series with something new at stake -- a trophy that will go to the winner of the series each season. It was announced with much fanfare on April 26.

Less than a week later, an oil pipeline burst under the Gulf of Mexico.

What does that have to do with a trophy in Chicago? The trophy is called the BP Crosstown Cup, and it's sponsored for the next three years by British Petroleum. The sponsorship agreement is staying in place, but the Cubs have scaled back the unveiling of the cup at Wrigley Field before Friday's game.

"We're trying to stand behind our sponsor, but at the same time be respectful of what's happening off the ballfield," Cubs spokesman Kevin Saghy told the Chicago Sun-Times .

-- David Andriesen

Category: MLB
Tags: Cubs, White Sox
Posted on: June 9, 2010 10:13 am
Edited on: June 9, 2010 10:16 am

Arrieta could debut for Orioles

Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun is hearing that right-hander Jake Arrieta is likely to make his major league debut on Thursday against the Yankees. Jeremy Guthrie is currently listed as the starter for that game, but could be pushed back a day with Brian Matusz going Saturday. The Orioles currently have no starter listed for Saturday after announcing that Brad Bergesen was being banished to the bullpen.

Arrieta, 25, is 6-2 with a 1.85 ERA this season for Triple-A Norfolk.

-- David Andriesen

Posted on: June 9, 2010 9:46 am

Halladay's tax hit

Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay must have been bummed when he learned that the June 25-27 series between Philadelphia and Toronto would be relocated to Philly to avoid the G-20 summit in Toronto. Halladay spent 12 years pitching in Toronto and is a legend there. See some old friends, eat at his favorite restaurants, bask in adoration ... would have been a nice weekend.

But Halladay must have really been bummed when his accountant informed him that the relocation of the series would add $75,000 to his tax bill. According to the Wall Street Journal , Halladay had accumulated "excess foreign tax credits" from his time in the Great White North and now won't be able to use them to reduce his tax bill.

Fortunately, Halladay gets to sleep in his own bed that weekend, and that bed might well be stuffed with cash. He's scheduled to make $15.75 million this season.

-- David Andriesen

Category: MLB
Posted on: June 9, 2010 1:01 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:18 am

The Kids Are Alright

How about the rookies of the National League East?

• There was some guy in Washington who did something.

• The Mets' Ike Davis hit a walk-off against the Padres.

• Florida's Mike Stanton was 3 for 5 with two runs in his debut.

Jason Heyward started the day by moving into second in All-Star fan voting for National League outfielders, then went 2 for 5 and picked up his 40th RBI of the season in a Braves victory.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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