Tag:John Buck
Posted on: July 19, 2010 11:15 am
Edited on: July 19, 2010 3:56 pm

Tigers on the trade prowl

Ben Sheets After being swept by lowly Cleveland, the Tigers may be looking to make several moves to help bolster their American League Central title hopes.

CBSSports.com senior writer Scott Miller writes the Tigers were the only team to send a scout solely to watch Dan Haren against the Padres on Friday and the team's also interested in Oakland's Ben Sheets.

Sheets is starting tonight for the A's, but the Tigers have already been checking out the Athletics, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle . The Tigers have been eyeing relievers Michael Wuertz and Craig Breslow.

Wuertz is under control through 2012, under contract through next season with a club option for 2012, while Breslow will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this year.

Sheets may be easier to dump for Oakland thanks to Vin Mazzaro's recent performance. Sheets signed a one-year, $10 million deal before the season. He's 4-8 with a 4.63 ERA in 19 starts.

Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail notes the Tigers could make a play for Blue Jays' John Buck.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 15, 2010 9:59 am
Edited on: July 15, 2010 11:17 am

Thumb kept A-Rod on All-Star bench

Alex Rodriguez Trailing 3-1, your slowest player leads off the ninth with a single.

You pinch run for him, right? It's a no-brainer for even a rec league softball manager. So what was Alex Rodriguez, the last man on the bench for the American League in Tuesday's All-Star Game, doing riding the pine as David Ortiz, who moves with all the grace of a box turtle, got himself thrown out on the basepaths? Or while Adrian Beltre, suffering from a hamstring injury, hit? Or while John Buck, a lifetime .239 batter, hit with home-field advantage in the World Series on the line?

Turns out, as first reported by SI.com, that Rodriguez had a "slightly sore" right thumb and wasn't going to be put into the game except in an emergency.

"We weren't going to push it," a team source said. "Four days off for our big guy."

Which begs several questions.

Why was Rodriguez even there? He wasn't selected by the fans or the players, he was hand-picked by Girardi, the one man who should have known if Rodriguez needed the break.

And if he knew Rodriguez was unavailable, why did Girardi burn through all 11 of his other reserve offensive players instead of saving someone to pinch hit or pinch run late?

Even if the thumb thing cropped up late or the benching was an order from the Yankees, why didn't Girardi replace him on the roster? Rodriguez still would have gotten credit for an All-Star selection.

"Michael Young should have been here then," one player told SI, referring to the Rangers' third baseman.

"It's a Yankee thing," said another, shaking his head and laughing.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:11 pm

Jays have pieces to deal

With their recent slide, the Blue Jays have slipped into the seller's mode as the trade deadline approaches and ESPN's Buster Onley points out they may have the best-stocked store.

Every contender needs bullpen help, it's the nature of the beast, and the Blue Jays have three relievers they could dangle -- left-hander Scott Downs, right-hander Jason Frasor and closer Kevin Gregg, who has 19 saves and would be a boost as a set-up man to most teams.

Jose Bautista has 22 homers and can play multiple positions, making his trade value as high as it may ever be.

John Buck is solid behind the plate and having a good season and is a free agent after the season. He's a low-risk move for any team that needs insurance behind the plate.

Lyle Overbay isn't sexy, but he is in the final season of his contract and could help a team looking for corner infield help. Overbay is hitting .244/.322/.405 with nine homers and 30 RBI. He has been hot, though, hitting .284/.370/.407 over the last four weeks.

Toronto was a nice early-season story, but they're now a game under .500, 9 1/2 out in the wild card and stuck in the American League East. There are blocks to build upon for the future, and the right moves now could add to those blocks.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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