Tag:Joe Saunders
Posted on: February 25, 2011 4:06 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:33 am

Rough start for Lincecum in Cactus League

Ah, the smell of the grass, the smell of hot dogs, the taste of a cold beer and the sound of overreaction -- spring certainly is in the air.

The exhibition season got underway today in Arizona, and already there's "trouble" for the defending champs -- Arizona managed five hits and three runs off of Tim Linecum in 1 2/3 innings. The first four Arizona batters singled off of Linecum to start the spring.

Diamondbacks starter Joe Saunders gave up four on four hits runs in 1 2/3 innings.

OK, nobody's too worried about Lincecum, and they shouldn't be. Even on Twitter, all the responses are sarcastic. Really, what's more important is that baseball's back and I'm listening to it on the radio (well, through the internet), but it's still baseball.

UPDATE: The Giants took the Cactus League-opener, 7-6. So at least Linecum doesn't have to worry about a big L in his first start of the season.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 29, 2010 1:56 am

D-Backs' Towers talks 2011

New Arizona general manager Kevin Towers talked to reporters on Tuesday and had several interesting tidbits. Among them, he'll have more money to play with than he did with the Padres.

When asked about what kind of payroll the team could have in 2011, Towers wouldn't be specific, but did get a dig in at his old team and current divisional rival.

Kevin Towers "I never want to let my competitors know what I've got to work with," Towers said (via MLB.com's Steve Gilbert on Twitter). "Certainly more than I had in San Diego, let's put it that way."

One of Towers' prime targets for next season is a veteran starter for his rotation.

"I think it's important to probably get another starter, another veteran starter, to log some innings," Towers said, according to the Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro. "Him and [Joe] Saunders would allow those kids to be at the back end of the rotation. It's tough when you take a kid and expect them to be a No. 2 or a No. 1. It's nice to let them slowly evolve into those guys and let the veteran guys show them the way."

The youngsters Towers referenced are Ian Kennedy, Daniel Hudson and Barry Enright, who along with Saunders should make up the 2011 rotation.

Towers also said he doesn't see much starting pitching in the free agent market after Cliff Lee, the team would also like to get more offense out of left field and he'd make an effort to upgrade the bullpen. He also said it "looks good" that interim GM Jerry Dipoto will stay with the Diamondbacks.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 10:56 pm

Should Angels look to sell?

Angels general manager Tony Reagins met with manager Mike Scioscia and the team's coaching staff for 45 minutes following the team's 7-3 loss to the Red Sox. It's probable they didn't spend that time lamenting Derrek Lee's decision not to go west.

According to the Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett, neither Reagins nor Scioscia would publicly say the team is giving up on 2010.

"I don't like labels," Reagins told Plunkett. "What I would say is we're going to look to improve. If we can, we will."

Said Scioscia, "There's nobody who feels were'' out of this."

Or perhaps, there's nobody who will say it. The team lost starter Joel Pineiro for six to eight weeks with an oblique injury. Pineiro is 10-7 with a  4.18 ERA in 20 starts this season.

With Wednesday's loss, the Angels dropped to 52-52, nine games behind the Rangers in the American League West. The Angels are now 12 games back in the wild card, behind six teams.

After making some of the most aggressive moves in the post-Cliff Lee trade market by acquiring Dan Haren and Alberto Callaspo.

The Angels gave up former pinch-starter Sean O'Sullivan in the trade with Kansas City. In the Haren deal, the team gave up lefty Joe Saunders and Triple-A right-hander Rafael Rodriguez. Los Angels also gave up three Class A pitchers between the two moves. That's a lot of arms that the team could hope to replenish with some other moves.

The team could move third baseman Brandon Wood, who is being labeled as a disappointment and a "former" prospect, after hitting .168/.185/.225 in 57 games for the Angels this season. Wood is 25 and once ranked the third-best prospect in baseball by Baseball America.

Veterans Brian Fuentes, Juan Rivera and Mike Napoli could also be moved to bolster the minor league system.

The Angels have lost four in a row and seven of their last eight.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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