Tag:Eric Wedge
Posted on: March 2, 2011 10:02 am
Edited on: March 2, 2011 10:19 am
 

Pepper: Teixeira ditches Boras



By Matt Snyder


Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has decided to part ways with Scott Boras (seen above during happier times), ending a 12-year relationship with the uber-agent.

"There are a lot of things and no reason to go into details," Teixeira said. "We have been together long enough and time to go in a different direction ... When I hired Scott at 18 to help with career there was talk about free agent contract. At times I was Mark Teixeira, Scott Boras client instead of Mark Teixeira, baseball player." (New York Post )

As a Boras client, Teixeira landed an eight-year, $180 million contract. He still has six years left on that deal, so one could argue he doesn't really need an agent's services too much the next few years. He's going to make $22.5 million in 2016 before becoming a free agent.

Boras also lost Alex Rodriguez as a client earlier this offseason.

It's an interesting query: Why are these guys leaving Boras? Both have plenty of years and money left on their contracts -- incredibly lucrative ones that Boras negotiated. Does it show a lack of loyalty or the players tiring of Boras -- or neither, as it could be just a coincidence?

Here's an enlightening quote on the situation.

Bryan Hoch, the MLB.com beat writer for the Yankees, tweets that "Teixeira said he wants to focus more on helping Yankees win and impact in community, not next contract. Feels Boras isn't best fit for that."

Interesting. So with six years left on a deal, Boras is still talking about the next one? While that's certainly his job, I can see how it would be a bit exhausting. It's not like Tex is going to be in the poor house anytime soon.

DEJA VU: Milton Bradley is swinging a hot bat in the spring. He's had problems with his current manager before (Eric Wedge), but he's learned from his mistakes and is now focused on doing the right things to help the team win. The manager is singing his praises. And it's March 2. We've heard this song and dance before, even if some specifics are different. Maybe one of these days something will change. Until then, history is the biggest indicator of future behavior. After 11 seasons, you don't even need a whole hand to count the number of times a season has ended on a positive note for Bradley. He's going to have to prove otherwise for a full season before getting the benefit of the doubt here. (MLB.com )

LILLY SCRATCHED: Ted Lilly was supposed to make his spring training debut Wednesday, but he's been scratched due to the flu. No long-term worries here whatsoever, though no new date for Lilly's first spring outing has been set. (MLB.com )

TROUBLE ON THE HOME FRONT? There seems to be some signals crossed in Pirates camp when it comes to Scott Olsen. Sunday, Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington said that Olsen was fighting for the fifth rotation spot and could be sent to the bullpen if he loses out. That was news to Olsen. "He hasn’t told me that, I don’t know anything about the bullpen, I’m a starter," Olsen told the Post-Gazette. "They didn’t bring me in here to be a bullpen guy," he continued. "They want to do that, we are going to have to have a conversation about it, and we haven’t had one about it." Um, really? We're talking about a guy with this line in his career as a starting pitcher: 36-49, 4.87 ERA, 1.48 WHIP. In the past two years, he's 6-12 with a 5.76 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. And he apparently thinks he's in a position to make demands? Wow. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette )

STAYING PUT: Brandon Phillips wants to stay with the Reds. The Reds want to keep him. Of course, in baseball we know we have to deal with much more than that, when it comes to dollars the player feels he's worth and the dollars the smallish market team can pay him -- especially with all the young talent the Reds have on the roster. John Fay breaks down how it might shake out. (Cincinnati Enquirer )

HIATUS? Former Tigers pitcher Jeremy Bonderman has still yet to sign a contract. In fact, he may be ready to sit out an entire season. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports via Twitter that he talked to a player who knows Bonderman and "more than likely he's going to sit this year out." Crasnick also offered that Bonderman "doesn't have the energy for more rehabs, or going to camp and having to fight for a spot." In several ways, it's easy to feel bad for Bonderman. First of all, he was thrown into the fire on the worst major-league team in recent memory as a 20 year old -- that 2003 Tigers team that went 43-119. Bonderman took his lumps all year, going 6-19 with a 5.56 ERA. A few years later, he was a quality pitcher on a team that made the World Series. Since then, he's fallen apart with injuries and has never really scratched the surface on his potential. He's still only 28, so maybe a full season of rest can do some long-term good for his baseball potential. (Crasnick on Twitter )

FRIENDS FOREVER: Barry Bonds' ex-trainer is going to jail, again, instead of testifying against Bonds. Loyalty or blind stupidity? You make the call. (Associated Press )

NO LOANS FOR YOU! The Mets will not be receiving any more loans from Major League Baseball. That cool $25 million from last November will have to do. Maybe the Mets could borrow back some of the money Jason Bay didn't earn last year? (New York Times )

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 4:59 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2010 4:59 pm
 

M's interim skipper back to Triple-A


Daren Brown, who managed the Mariners after the firing of Don Wakamatsu in August, will return to his old job as manager of Triple-A Tacoma, the Mariners announced.

On his Tacoma staff will be Alonzo Powell, who had filled in as major-league hitting coach after Alan Cockrell was fired in May and will also return to his old job. So will Roger Hansen, who served as bench coach for Brown and will go back to being the organization's roving minor-league catching instructor.

Brown went 19-31 as Mariners manager. The team hired Eric Wedge last month.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 5:17 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2010 5:37 pm
 

Brewers' pitching coach up in the air

Ron Roenicke In kind of an interesting in retrospect kind of way, Brewers manager Doug Melvin (picutred, right) revealed the eight candidates he interviewed for the managerial job.

According to Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel , in addition to the man they did hire, Ron Roenicke (pictured, left), the team also considered Bobby Valentine, Bob Melvin, Joey Cora, Don Wakamatsu, Tim Wallach, Eric Wedge and Pat Listach.

Melvin -- the GM, not the candidate -- also said the Brewers never made an offer to Valentine, as was reported by several national reporters.

"It never got that far," Melvin said. "We did not make him an offer."

Haudricourt also said Melvin told him his new manager, Roenicke, will meet with the team's pitching coach Rick Peterson, who is under contract for next season. If the two don't hit it off, the Brewers could still make a change.

"I want to wait until Ron sits down with him and see what happens," Melvin said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 5:44 pm
 

Pirates down to 2 for manager

The Pirates are down to Clint Hurdle and Jeff Banister as their next manager, Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated tweets .

On Tuesday, the Pirates received permission to interview Hurdle, deemed the favorite by Heyman.

The Pirates have led one of the most transparent manager searches in recent memory, announcing each of their interviews after the fact. So far, the team has interviewed Eric Wedge (hired by the Mariners), John Gibbons, Dale Sveum, Carlos Tosca, Bo Porter, Ken Macha and Banister.

Banister has spent 25 years in the Pirates organization as a player and coach on both the major and minor league levels. He played one game in the majors, for the Pirates on July 23, 1991. He pinch-hit and singled in his only big-league at-bat.

Banister has managed in the organization and served as the team's interim bench coach last season after Gary Varsho was fired.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 26, 2010 8:43 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2010 12:41 am
 

Valentine may be a finalist for Brewers' job

Bobby Valentine Bobby Valentine may be one of the mystery two candidates for the Brewers job, FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal tweets .

White Sox bench coach Joey Cora and former Mariners and Diamondbacks Bob Melvin are the two known of four finalists.

The final candidate may be Angels bench coach Ron Roenicke, who has reportedly interviewed with the team and is not on the list of those who have publicly said they've been told they're not finalists, such as Nationals third-base coach Pat Listach and Dodgers Triple-A manager Tim Wallach. Recently-hired Mariners manager Eric Wedge also reportedly interviewed for the job.

But the most important part is with Valentine in the mix, I get to look through more photos and find fun photos of Valentine in Japan and post them.
 
UPDATE: Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman writes that Valentine is indeed a finalist.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 5:58 pm
 

Brewers trim manager list to four

Bob Melvin The GM and managerial races are nearing an end, with many teams having either announced their new leaders or on the verge of doing so.

One such team is the Brewers, who narrowed the field of candidates to four after concluding the first round of interviews.

The list, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel , is being kept confidential but GM Doug Melvin did reveal he interviewed eight candidates and plans to knock the list down to four.

"We're narrowing the names down," said Melvin. "There are a lot of qualified people out there, guys with major-league experience and some without major-league experience. We're getting close [to doing a second round]. It'll probably be four guys."

Melvin would not confirm any candidates that interviewed, but reports have listed six:
  • White Sox bench coach Joey Cora,
  • Nationals third base coach Pat Listach,
  • Angels bench coach Ron Roenicke,
  • Dodgers Triple-A manager Tim Wallach, who will coach third base for the Dodgers if not hired as manager elsewhere,
  • Eric Wedge, just hired to skipper Seattle, and
  • ex-Mariners and Diamondbacks skipper Bob Melvin (pictured), thought to be the favorite.
Given Melvin revealed he has interviewed eight, that leaves two others as unknowns. Bobby Valentine did speak with the team about the position, but it was informal and was not an actual interview. Melvin also spoke with Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum, who he has already ruled out.

That's not to mention that the list above might be inaccurate.

"Some of the names [reported] are right and some aren't right," said Melvin. He did, however, add that there aren't any names under consideration that are currently involved in the postseason.

Melvin expects the process to take another seven to 10 days, meaning no decision will be made until after the World Series.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 12:39 am
 

Pirates waiting for Pena?

Tony Pena The Pirates may have their eye on one of the LCS coaches, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 's Rob Biertempfel writes .

The candidate that could make the most sense is Yankees bench coach Tony Pena, a former Pirates catcher.

The Pirates have announced each candidate after their interviews, but haven't done so since last Thursday.

"The managerial search is an ongoing process," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington told Beirtempfel. "We continue to do due diligence on candidates and are considering additional interviews."

In addition to Pena, the Pirates could also interview Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle, Giants bench coach Ron Wotus and Yankees third base coach Rob Thomson.

The Pirates have already interviewed Eric Wedge, hired Monday by the Mariners, John Gibbons, Dale Sveum, Carlos Tosca, Jeff Banister, Bo Porter and Ken Macha.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 18, 2010 10:10 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:28 am
 

Bradley surprisingly supports Wedge hiring

Milton Bradley As soon as Eric Wedge was hired as the Mariners' manager, the focus turned to his relationship with Milton Bradley.

Bradley was traded from the Indians to the Dodgers before the 2004 season after a spring training incident with Wedge, then the Indians' manager.

Monday, Bradley texted the Seattle Times ' Larry Stone, writing , "Whatever took place was six or seven years ago and I'm over it."

Bradley also texted Stone: "He was a disciplinarian and I felt our team lacked discipline last year. Hopefully, he instills some of that."

Stone also did some homework looking into the incident of 2004 in a separate blog post . He digs up an old quote from Sports Illustrated in which Bradley said, "it was strictly a problem with Eric Wedge. Some people want to be bigger than they are. You have no credentials, you have no history of anything, how are you going to tell someone else what he needs to be doing? I can't respect somebody that has nothing to go on."

Bradley also allegedly wore a "F--- Eric Wedge" t-shirt with the Dodgers.

It will be interesting to see what Wedge has to say about the incident in his press conference on Tuesday, but he certainly already answered similar questions during the interview process. Bradley is owed $12 million for the last year of his contract in 2011, and would be difficult to trade without either eating a healthy bite of the contract or taking on another bad contract (which is how he ended up in Seattle). Stone notes Pittsburgh could be a match, not with a bad contract, but with a GM willing to put up with Bradley's crap in Neal Huntington, who was with Bradley in Montreal.

Bradley hit .205/.292/.348 with eight homers in 73 games after being swapped for Carlos Silva.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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