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Posted on: June 22, 2011 12:35 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 1:06 pm
 

Beckett may be pushed back again

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Josh BeckettJosh Beckett missed his scheduled start Tuesday and may miss his next scheduled start Saturday because of the same illness, Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters before Wednesday's afternoon game against the Padres.

"We're going to have to play this by ear," Francona said (via the Providence Journal). "Because of the off-day [Thursday], we're actually OK. There are some either-ors. [Andrew] Miller will throw a shorter side today, just in case. We don't want to run [Beckett] out there the first day he's OK. Because we know him so well, we want him to have Day 2, Day 3, Day 4. We'll see how he responds today and tomorrow."

Francona said he had no long-term concerns about Beckett, saying the pitcher has "a good, old-fashioned case of the flu."

Becket has been phenomenal this season, going 6-2 with a 1.86 ERA in 14 starts. He made just 21 starts last season. He is tentatively scheduled to start again next Tuesday at Philadelphia.

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Posted on: June 19, 2011 1:42 pm
Edited on: June 19, 2011 1:43 pm
 

Red Sox place Buchholz on DL

By Matt Snyder

Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz has been placed on the 15-day disabled list -- retroactive to June 17 -- with a lower back strain, the club announced Sunday afternoon. Buchholz left his start this past Thursday after only five innings with discomfort in his back, and it apparently hasn't improved enough to avoid the DL-stint. Andrew Miller will be activated in his place and start Monday night.

Buchholz, 26, is 6-3 with a 3.48 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 14 starts this season. He's settled in after a rocky start, though, as he's 5-0 with a 2.59 ERA since the beginning of May. Last season Buchholz was 17-7 with a 2.33 ERA and 1.20 WHIP, numbers that helped him finish sixth in AL Cy Young voting.

Miller, 26, was once one of the most highly-touted prospects in baseball, but has since seen a significant fall from grace. He was the sixth overall pick in the 2006 draft, but has a career 5.84 ERA and 1.74 WHIP in parts of five big-league seasons. He has been solid for Triple-A Pawtucket this season, however, with a 2.47 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. He's also struck out 61 hitters in 65 2/3 innings.

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Posted on: June 14, 2011 10:03 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 10:23 pm
 

Yankees, Red Sox look to alter rotations?

By Matt Snyder

The top two teams in the AL East are dealing with injuries to the pitching staff and likewise shuffling things a bit. Each might soon get a start from an unlikely source.

The Yankees signed Brian Gordon from the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate Tuesday afternoon (Bob Brookover via Twitter). If you're wondering how that happened, you likely aren't alone. Gordon had an opt-out clause in his contract that was set to expire Wednesday. It stipulated that any team that signed him would have to add him to its major-league roster. The Yankees swiped him up just under the gun and they intend to use him because it's being reported that the team has told Gordon to be "mentally prepared to start Thursday." (Jack Curry via Twitter).

Gordon's journey has been a long one. He was drafted out of high school as an outfielder in 1997. He played for three different franchises in four seasons of Triple-A from 2003-2006 before transitioning to being a pitcher. He actually got a cup of coffee for the Rangers in 2008, appearing in three major-league games, but he has never made a big-league start. Gordon's numbers in Triple-A this season are stellar: 5-0, 1.14 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, 56 strikeouts and seven walks in 55 1/3 innings.

As for the Yankees' rivals, the Red Sox plan to add Andrew Miller to the starting rotation next week (Pete Abraham of Boston.com). Miller also has a clause in his minor-league contract, one that would allow him to declare for free agency if he's not promoted to the majors by Wednesday. The sixth overall pick in the 2006 draft has failed to find success in the majors during the past five seasons for the Tigers and Marlins, but he's still only 26 and is throwing well in Triple-A. The 6-foot-7 left-hander has a 2.54 ERA and 51 strikeouts through 60 1/3 innings, though control (34 walks) is still a concern.

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Posted on: March 20, 2011 10:02 pm
 

3 up, 3 down for 3/20: Morel wins 3B gig

Morton

By Evan Brunell

We're getting to the part of spring training where players on the bubble who are given serious consideration for a job start looking for pink slips in their locker. Just one good (or bad, as Andrew Miller will probably find out) day could be enough to swing a decision. So who helped and hurt themselves today?

3 UP

1. 3B Brent Morel, CHW: 4 AB, 2 H. Morel's day at the plate was nothing to write home about, but he received good news earlier in the day when manager Ozzie Guillen told the youngster he had won the third base job. Morel's known for his glove more than stick, but he should be able to hold his own on offense. Now, Mark Teahen will be bumped to a backup role and certainly is available in a trade.

2. CF Chris Heisey, CIN: 6 AB, 2 R, 3 H, 2 RBI, 2 K. Heisey appears to have won the fourth outfielder's job in Cincinatti, besting Fred Lewis and Jeremy Hermida. The 26-year-old also impressed off the bench as a bench player, although he struggled when drawing the starting assignment. He could eventually emerge as a starter, but a career as a solid No. 4 outfielder appears more likely.

3. SP Charlie Morton (pictured), PIT: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K. Where did this come from? Morton has a 1.29 ERA in spring training after finishing last season with a 2-12 record and 7.57 ERA in 17 starts as a 26-year-old. However, Morton has likely fought his way into a rotation spot by dint of his excellent spring in which he has punched out eight and walked just one in 14 1/3 innings.

3 DOWN

1. DH Jack Cust, SEA: 4 AB, 1 H, 1 RBI, 3 K, 4 LOB. Seriously, this is a typical Cust line right here. Cust is known for a low batting average, strong eye and solid to good power (he banged two homers on Saturday). Cust is going to be looked upon to help Seattle move past their brutal offensive season last year, but his power has been largely dormant the last two years.

2. SP Andrew Miller, BOS: 0 IP, 4 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 0 K. There's been plenty of ink written about the promise Andrew Miller has and how Boston may be the place for him to put it all together. One start doesn't make that go away, but this brutal outing underscores just how long to go Miller has to be anything of value to the big-league team. The odds are still stacked against him. Miller had long odds to make the Red Sox bullpen anyways, and this outing may have just sealed his fate.

3. SP Edinson Volquez, CIN: 2 1/3 IP, 1 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, 3 K. Volquez has never been one known for control, but he seems to have particularly struggled with it on his return from Tommy John surgery. That's not uncommon, but for Volquez to continue to have these issues speaks to a larger issue, whether that's a tougher time in returning from the surgery or an underlying issue of dude just not having command at all. Given the Reds lack a frontline ace despite not wanting for depth, Volquez's struggles are concerning.

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Posted on: February 21, 2011 6:08 pm
 

GM Epstein puts in unique option into Miller deal

MillerRed Sox GM Theo Epstein is certainly finding creative ways to hang onto his players.

Andrew Miller is the latest example. The Red Sox acquired the tall lefty from the Marlins in an offseason trade, believing that the promise Miller displayed out of college was still hiding in there somewhere. After non-tendering Miller by virtue of having a pricey major league deal, Miller opted to return to town on a minor league pact. He had other offers that may have given him a clearer path to the majors, but Miller wanted to play for Boston and take his time ironing out his mechanics and return to the majors when ready to do so, not on the vagaries of baseball rules. 

According to ESPN Boston, Epstein built in a $3 million team option for 2012 that kicks in if he's acquired by another team. This is a smart move, as the Red Sox could promote Miller to the major leagues and then waive him with confidence he would end up at Triple-A because it's unlikely any other team would be willing to commit $3 million to Miller for 2012. In essence, Boston has built in another option into Miller's contract.

If Miller spends the entire year in the majors, he will earn around as much as he did in 2010 ($1.79 million) but that is not expected to happen. Instead, Miller will likely occupy a rotation spot in Triple-A. He also has out clauses at various points this summer if he requests his release.

While the team option benefits Boston, it also benefits Miller in knowing the team is invested in his future, which he prioritized in resigning with Boston.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 16, 2010 6:58 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2010 11:50 pm
 

Minor moves in baseball

There's been plenty of news today -- Josh Willingham to the A's, Kerry Wood back to the Cubs, and so on -- but there are some minor moves to take note of, too.
  • Chien-Ming Wang has re-upped with the Nationals on a one-year, $1 million contract. Wang was with Washington in 2010 but was unable to return from the myriad of injuries that derailed his career as a Yankee. He will be able to earn another $5 million in incentives and may be ready to contend for a rotation spot in spring training.
  • The Red Sox have inked left-handers Rich Hill and Andrew Miller to minor-league deals, and the two will battle for a spot in the bullpen. Boston also signed former first-round pick Ryan Harvey, who is making the transition to a pitcher.
  • The Twins and Rockies made a minor trade, with Colorado acquiring catcher Jose Morales and Minnesota lefty pitcher Paul Bargas. Bargas has a shot to become a middle reliever but is still a ways off, while Morales figures to back up Chris Iannetta in 2011.
  • Enrique Rojas on Twitter says that reliever Guillermo Mota has five offers to join a team, with the Giants, Dodgers and Rays the finalists.
  • The Indians inked shortstop Adam Everett to a minor-league deal. He was released by the Tigers midway through 2010 and will fight for a backup spot. He can field, but can't hit a lick.
  • Tampa and San Diego's long nightmare may be over, as SI.com's Jon Heyman reveals that the Jason Bartlett trade is almost done.
-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 3, 2010 12:28 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:37 am
 

Russell Martin among those non-tendered

The deadline to tender contracts was Thursday night at 11:59 p.m., and here's the players who were not tendered contracts and are now free agents:

A's: Edwin Encarnacion, Jack Cust, Travis Buck

Angels: Kevin Frandsen

Astros: Sammy Gervacio

Blue Jays: Jeremy Accardo, Fred Lewis

Braves: Matt Diaz

Brewers: Todd Coffey, Joe Inglett

Diamondbacks: Blaine Boyer, Ryan Church, Augie Ojeda, D.J. Carrasco

Dodgers: Russell Martin, George Sherrill, Trent Oeltjen

Giants: Eugenio Velez, Chris Ray

Mariners: Ryan Rowland-Smith

Marlins: Jose Veras, Ronny Paulino

Mets: Chris Carter, Sean Green, John Maine

Nationals: Wil Nieves, Joel Peralta, Chein-Ming Wang

Orioles: Matt Albers

Padres: Scott Hairston, Tony Gwynn Jr., Luis Perdomo, Matt Antonelli

Pirates: Lastings Milledge, Argenis Diaz, Donnie Veal, Brian Burres

Rangers: Dustin Nippert

Rays: Lance Cormier, Willy Aybar, Dioner Navarro, J.P. Howell

Red Sox: Hideki Okajima, Taylor Buchholz, Andrew Miller

Rockies: Manny Delcarmen

Royals: Josh Fields

Tigers: Zach Miner

White Sox: Bobby Jenks, Erick Threets

Yankees: Alfredo Aceves, Dustin Mosley

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 16, 2010 10:50 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:28 pm
 

Tuesday morning rumor roundup

Hot Stove The GM meetings are under way in Orlando, which means we can expect an avalanche of rumors (but little, if anything, actually happening) in the next few days. The commissioner's office is intent on getting some business expedited this week -- GMs were prohibited from bringing their assistants, and the days are dedicated to league business with team business left for the hallways and dinner tables.

Here are a few of the rumor bits currently floating around:

* Leo Mazzone, who turned down the Yankees' pitching coach job previously, will not be interviewed this time around. (Journal News )

* The Cardinals want to get a contract extension done with Albert Pujols "between now and the Christmas holiday." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch )

* The humidor at Coors Field will be addressed during the meetings. (Denver Post )

* Add the Braves to the list of teams interested in Dan Uggla. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution )

* Andrew Miller assumes he'll be a reliever in Boston. (MLB.com)

* The Mets' lack of discipline last year makes Terry Collins a good candidate for the Mets, though Bob Melvin made a strong impression on GM Sandy Alderson. (New York Post )

* Rockies free agent left-hander Jorge De La Rosa is the Pirates' top target. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review )

* There are 12 teams "interested" in third baseman Adrian Beltre. (SI.com)

-- David Andriesen

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