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Posted on: January 26, 2011 11:16 am
 

Rockies not done shopping

BiemelThe Rockies aren't finished shopping and hope to bring in three players, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Colorado is looking to add a starting pitcher, left-handed reliever and backup infielder.

Currently, the rotation is made up of Ubaldo Jimenez, Jorge De La Rosa, Aaron Cook, Jhoulys Chacin and Jason Hammel. The club will also have Felipe Paulino in the rotation, but Colorado apparently is seeking a veteran to make 10-15 starts over the course of the season. Given the rotation is full, any veteran depth would likely have to come on a minor-league deal. Rosenthal names Dave Bush and Rodrigo Lopez as targets.

Another position that would require a minor-league contract is left-handed relief. The club has Franklin Morales and Matt Reynolds as options out of the bullpen but would like to conduct a competition for the bullpen spot. Eyes are on Joe Beimel (pictured), who is unlikely to sign a minor-league contract given interest from other teams, and Mark Hendrickson.

Lastly, the Rockies are searching for additional names to throw into the fire for the backup infield job. Alfredo Amezaga, Cristian Guzman and Aaron Miles are possible candidates.

Minor moves to be sure, but depth is everything over the course of a baseball season.

And Colorado may not be done with major moves. Despite the Rockies signing reliever Matt Lindstrom and extending the deals of Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, the Rockies may still be interested in acquiring Michael Young from Texas. If the Rangers are willing to kick in serious cash to move Young and clear up playing time for Mitch Moreland and the newly-acquired Mike Napoli, Young could end up in a Rockies uniform.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 7, 2010 1:37 am
 

Kinsler bats leadoff for first time in 2010

Ian Kinsler Ian Kinsler used to be the Rangers' leadoff man, serving in that capacity for part of 2007 and all of 2008 and 2009, but until Monday, had never topped the lineup card for Texas in 2010.

That changed as Kinsler attempted to snap the Rangers' three-game losing as leadoff man. While he was unable to help Texas emerge with a victory, he went 1 for 5 and demonstrated a liking for the lineup change.

"I still like hitting in the first inning because I think that's where I'm at my best," Kinsler told the Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram . "My goal is to touch home plate as many times as I can in the game. Obviously that takes the guys behind me, but you can't score unless you get on base. That's my main goal."

Kinsler may not last in his new home as manager Ron Washington plans to slot Cristian Guzman in the spot as Elvis Andrus recuperates from a tight right hamstring. When Guzman doesn't play, Kinsler probably will appear at the top.

Andrus is likely not to play the entire Jays series, which runs through Thursday. Andres Blanco drew the start at short Monday and batted ninth.

So where else could the second baseman hit? Third is his usual home, but he's appeared at fifth and sixth since returning from the disabled list last week.

"Today the way the lineup shook, Kins was my perfect choice," Washington said. "He's done it. He's hit third, but I don't feel like he's totally there yet as far as having at-bats as far as the DL. He can still go up there and he has a good eye. If he sees a pitch he likes, he can still get you one run."

The 28-year-old has had a lost season, appearing at the plate 354 times for a line of .300/.388/.426, not displaying the power that sent him to 31 bombs in 2009 and 41 doubles the year previous. He also swiped 31 bags in 2009 to become a 30-30 player, but is at just seven home runs in 2010 with 10 stolen bases. He missed a month with a left groin strain in August and began the year on the DL with a right ankle sprain.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 30, 2010 3:46 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2010 6:02 pm
 

Rangers nab Guzman for infield help

The Texas Rangers keep on wheeling and dealing, as Cristian Guzman has reportedly been traded down south from the Nationals, says MLB.com's Bill Ladson.

Guzman is making $8 million in the final year of his contract with the Nationals and it is a near certainty that Washington will pick up some of the money headed to Texas due to the Rangers' ongoing bankruptcy crisis . (ESPN's Buster Olney has the amount at $2 million, meaning Texas will be responsible for roughly the same amount.) Guzman will fill in at second base with the absence of Ian Kinsler, placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday.

Primarily a shortstop prior to 2010, Guzman has appeared in 63 games at second on the season while batting .282. In a short sample, he has posted a -3.4 UZR/150 with -8 defensive runs saved. Given his work at shortstop in his career, we can consider him an average to slightly-below average fielder at second.

He does so with minimal plate discipline and zero power, but is a strong fill-in and bench option due to his versatility and ability to make contact. He has also played short, left field and right field on the season.

UPDATE: The prospects headed back to Washington, according to MLB.com, are Ryan Tatusko and Tanner Roark. Both are playing in Double-A. Tatusko is a 25-year-old right-hander drafted in 2007. He has split the season between the rotation and bullpen, piling up a 2.97 ERA in his breakthrough season over 100 innings. His 5.2 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 don't bode well, although he burns worms as a groundball pitcher.

Roark is a 23-year-old plucked in the 2008 draft, also splitting time between the rotation and bullpen. In 105 innings, he has a 4.20 ERA and much better peripherals than Tatusko with a 6.4 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9.

Cristian Guzman

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 23, 2010 10:28 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2010 10:50 pm
 

Hart exits game with wrist injury


Corey Hart Another of the most talked-about outfield trade targets went down on Friday.

A day after David DeJesus was lost for the season with thumb injury, the Brewers' Corey Hart left in the third inning of Friday's game against the Nationals with a right wrist injury.

Hart chased a Cristian Guzman liner to the right-field line and slid into the wall to attempt to catch the foul ball. He didn't catch it, but finished the inning. Jim Edmonds pinch-hit for Hart in the bottom of the third.

According to Jordan Schelling of MLB.com , Hart underwent X-rays on his wrist and they were negative. However, the same was said about DeJesus last night. Hart will undergo an MRI on his wrist Saturday.

Hart has been a popular name in trade talks for teams searching for a big bat. He's hitting .292/.349/.568 with 22 home runs and 70 RBI.

Hart's been named as a possibility for the Giants, Rays and Padres, among other teams.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 4, 2010 10:46 am
 

Nationals to go back to middle-infield rotation

Ian Desmond The Washington Nationals' double-play tandem of Ian Desmond (pictured) and Cristian Guzman will be short-lived, as Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports .

Manager Jim Riggleman said he will return the middle infield to a four-man rotation that the team had earlier in the year although Desmond will continue to get the bulk of playing time at shortstop.

This means that Adam Kennedy will start seeing more time at second base in addition to Alberto Gonzalez at the expense of Cristian Guzman.

"I kind of fell into the trap of Cristian Guzman tearing the cover off the ball," Riggleman said. Guzman is hitting .293/.336/.373 on the season and received more playing time in May when Guzman hit .381.

"It became too hard not to put him in there," Riggleman added. "When I did that, I let a little rust get on Kennedy and Gonzalez. I think I have to avoid the temptation of playing the hot hand and keep Kennedy and the others involved. It seems to work better for us."

Kennedy is trade bait, which is one reason he'll start playing more often. However, he's playing poorly enough that his suitors are limited as his OPS is below .450 since the beginning of June which could be attributed to less playing time. Altogether, he's hitting .236/.314/.315.

Gonzalez, a former Yankee farmhand, is at .296/.333/.352 with an ability to play second, short and third. Desmond isn't much better, registering as an average fielder at short and hitting a weak .256/.293/.382, but the Nationals understandably want to get him as many looks as possible to determine his future with the team.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 17, 2010 6:09 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2010 2:28 pm
 

Angels may need outside help for SS

Erick Aybar The Angels are now without their two main shortstops as Macier Izturis hit the disabled list on Wednesday because of a strained left forearm.

The other shortstop, Erick Aybar, has avoided the disabled list thus far after seeing meniscal damage to his left knee, injured on a Casey McGehee takeout slide Monday. But if Aybar does hit the disabled list, the Angels are suddenly looking at being without a major-league caliber shortstop for a long period of time.

Right now, the Angels are asking former top prospect Brandon Wood, handed the third base job out of spring training, to shift back to shortstop, the position he played for years in the minor leagues. However, questions remain with Wood's bat as he is hitting a paltry .156 in 128 at-bats.

The team's other option is a 31-year-old journeyman in Triple-A, so general manager Tony Reagins admitted to the Los Angeles Times that the team may have to look outside the organization for shortstop help. Of course, a lot depends on how long Izturis and Aybar are out for. If it's just the minimum 15 days, the Angels may opt to scrape by or acquire a capable fill-in that can head to the bench. If it's much longer than 15 days, then clearly the Halos will have to pursue a higher-caliber player.

Who could the team pursue? Here's a list.
  • Ronny Cedeno: .235/.276/.333 in 204 at-bats. The Pirates are mired in laughable levels of losing even as the team graduates its best prospects to the majors. While Cedeno would be far from a solution, he could fit short-term and then head to the bench. Despite Cedeno's inability to hit, he boasts a slick glove and could play all around the diamond for the Angels once the team gets its shortstops back.
  • Craig Counsell: .277/.330/.366 in 101 AB. Yes, the 39-year-old is still around -- and producing. He's a bench player for the Milwaukee Brewers, but that's another NL Central team that has to be thinking of giving up on 2010 shortly. Counsell is in his fourth year with Milwaukee and is signed to an affordable deal.
  • Stephen Drew: .275/.344/.445 in 229 AB. If the Angels acquired Drew, it would be to install him at shortstop permanently. It's tough to imagine the Angels giving up what would be required for the 27-year-old, but the Diamondbacks intend to make just Ian Kennedy and Justin Upton untouchable in trade talks this summer, so the possibility is there.
  • Adam Everett: .185/.221/.247 in 81 AB. Everett is an older version of Cedeno, but would be easier to get considering the Tigers just realized him. No, he hasn't wielded a bat in quite some time but his vacuum on defense will give him a job. It wouldn't be surprising if the Angels signed Everett to a minor league deal even if Aybar can return to the lineup immediately.
  • Cristian Guzman: .297/.323/.369 in 222 AB. Guzman has an empty batting average, is a liability on shortstop and is owed $8 million. Other than that, hey, he's perfect.
  • Cesar Izturis: .222/.277/.269 in 108 AB. The Orioles have their hands full with a meager 18 victories on the season, and Izturis isn't important to the team's future. Izturis is also defensively inclined. There's not much separation between Izturis, Cedeno and Everett, so the smart money, again, rests on Everett simply by virtue of Everett being a free agent, allowing the Angels not to surrender anything in trade.
  • Edgar Renteria: .326/.372/.395 in 86 AB: Renteria has gotten his season off to a strong start, but most of his defensive value is gone. While he's been a bit underrated lately, it's clear he's on the tail end of his career. Renteria may be the best option of anyone on this list to fill in for a few months if needed, but one thing that might scare the Angels away is Renteria's numbers in the AL. In two seasons in the AL, one year apiece with the Red Sox and Tigers, he had a .711 OPS. In 13 NL seasons, he has a .753 mark.
  • Ryan Theriot. With the arrival of Starlin Castro, Theriot has been pushed out of shortstop. What may may him unavailable to the Angels is the fact Theroit is now the Cubs' second baseman. While he's currently being benched in a timeshare with Mike Fontenot and Jeff Baker, the team hasn't indicated they don't still see Theriot as a long-term 2B.
  • Omar Vizquel: .241/.301/.325 in 95 AB. The White Sox may be about to wave the white flag, and Vizquez would certainly prefer to play for a contender in what may be his swan song. Like many on the list, his value is in defense. That said, his bat isn't an embarassment like it was in his final year with the Giants in 2008 and at least has some life in it. Vizquez would also bring some notoriety to the club and the 43-year-old is known as a strong mentor. Given that Vizquel would come at a low price, he's looking like an appealing short-term solution at short and long-term backup.
  • Jack Wilson: .253/.275/.347 in 83 AB. A move for Wilson would be rather unlikely as he's tied up through 2011 for $5 million, but the Mariners may make him available in trade. He's lost playing time to the hot-hitting Jack Wilson and has developed a reputation for being injury-prone.
-- Evan Brunell

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