Tag:Rays
Posted on: July 21, 2010 11:45 am
 

Crawford out, as well he should be

Rays All-Star outfielder Carl Crawford is out of action Wednesday, a day after leaving Camden Yards by ambulance following an errant pickoff throw hitting him in ... a place you would rather not be hit.

Crawford is listed as day-to-day with a "testicular contusion." You can see video here , courtesy of the St. Petersburg Times, of Crawford discussing the injury.

"It caught me square," Crawford said. "You couldn't have hit it in a better spot. It kind of took the wind out of me."

Crawford doesn't wear a protective cup, saying he finds it too restrictive, and said he doesn't plan on changing that now.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 20, 2010 11:29 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2010 5:20 pm
 

Report: Phils eyeing Oswalt, try to ship Werth

Jayson Werth Earlier today, we learned that the Phillies may make a deal for a starting pitcher who could then take the rotation spot vacated by Kyle Kendrick on Saturday.

Now, ESPN's Jayson Stark tweets that the Phillies are working on a "major deal" for a starting pitcher. Jayson Werth would be moved in another deal, likely to offset the salary Philadelphia would absorb in the acquisition of the starter. Coworker Buster Olney concurs, saying that Roy Oswalt is a logical fit.

The two starting pitchers on the market that could qualify as a major acquisition are Oswalt and Dan Haren, but Oswalt is far easier to pry. Plus, as Olney says, the Phillies have not discussed Haren, Ben Sheets (who has been linked to Philadelphia before) or any of the Rays pitchers. The Rays have been linked to Werth as they seek a major upgrade with the bat.

All that makes Oswalt the most likely name to be headed to Philly, especially given Oswalt's next start is -- surprise, surprise -- Saturday.

Complicating things is that Oswalt has a full no-trade clause and may want to be convinced by the Phillies that they have a legitimate shot at the playoffs. The Phillies may also be forced to pick up the $16 million club option for 2012, although Oswalt may not make that part of his demands. AOL Fanhouse's Ed Price reports the Astros are very close to putting the deal before Oswalt for a decision.

As for where Werth could go, that's not as obvious. Here are some candidates:
  • Braves: The Braves are thought to be 50/50 on adding another outfielder as Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports . If Nate McLouth can return from his concussion at full strength, the Braves would be fine given a hot Matt Diaz and the return of Jason Heyward. Complicating matters is that the Braves are a division rival, although Atlanta has young pitching Philadelphia undoubtedly covets.
  • Giants: The Giants are looking for a big bat, but GM Brian Sabean has been adamant that he will not acquire any rental players. Could the chance to get Werth change his mind for a suddenly streaking team who is now tied for second place, 3 1/2 behind the Padres? The Giants could move Jonathan Sanchez to Philadelphia or a stable of prospects. The Phillies will certainly have a desire to restock its farm system.
  • Padres: The division-leading Pads of the West have made no secret of their desire for Corey Hart. They can only wait so long, however, and Werth is not a bad consolation prize at all and could even be considered better than Hart, as the Philly right fielder is a five-tool player. It's unclear what pitching the Pads could possibly cough up, though, especially with Mat Latos on the DL. While they have some intriguing pieces down the farm, there are none that jump out.
  • Rays: The Rays have been seeking a big bat for quite a while, and Werth would certainly be that bat. They have a ton of pitching to deal along with prospects and could match up perfectly, with the Phillies spinning some prospects to Houston by way of Tampa. The Rays could give up Wade Davis or Jeremy Hellickson, as well as no shortage of position player prospects -- especially shortstop, where Houston might love to plug in Reid Brignac or add Tim Beckham to its farm. Olney and Stark both heard the Rays are involved in discussions with Werth, although that doesn't necessarily mean they're the front-runner.
  • Red Sox: The Red Sox could certainly use a big thumper, but the team is about to have a plethora of injured players return, one of which is an outfielder. While Jeremy Hermida doesn't make anyone quake in their boots, their outfield production has been surprisingly effective. They have inquired as to David DeJesus but find the price prohibitive, according to the Boston Globe 's Nick Cafardo. Cafardo also reports that Hart's price is too expensive, so imagine what Werth's price would be to them.
  • White Sox: The ChiSox have been hungry for Adam Dunn, but the Nationals aren't budging on an exorbitant price. A scout says that the Nationals are acting as if Dunn is like Ryan Howard -- which is not all that far off an actual comparison. Bottom line, if Dunn doesn't happen, you can't count Kenny Williams out of a deal for Werth. If Williams made Chicago's farm system available for Dunn, wouldn't it be so for Werth?
  • Yankees: The Yankees are miffed that they missed out on Cliff Lee, and despite their sudden need for a starting pitcher with the Andy Pettitte injury, certainly wouldn't turn down adding a bat to an outfield that needs it. It's unlikely Jesus Montero would be swapped, but they have enough complementary prospects to make a deal happen -- but not to the level as other teams on the list.
You can't have trade rumors without a dark horse, though.

My surprise team? The Athletics.

Think about it: They have no interest in trading Ben Sheets, which has to count for something. Then you have the team 8 1/2 games out of first but very much still in the hunt. They lost Ryan Sweeney for the year and need a stick in the middle of the order -- even when they had Sweeney. And of course, they'll recoup draft picks if/when Werth leaves as a free agent.

It'll certainly be an interesting storyline to follow.

UPDATE : And the Phillies may have just lost a little leverage. Starter Jamie Moyer left Tuesday's game with an injury and the latest report from Todd Zolecki has the lefty headed to the disabled list. Manager Charlie Manuel compared the injury to J.A. Happ's, who took over three months to get back on a mound. Ironically enough, Moyer's replacement will likely be Happ.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 20, 2010 2:20 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2010 3:11 pm
 

Piniella to retire at end of the season


Lou Piniella Lou Piniella announced his intention to retire at the end of the season.

Here's a statement released by the team:

"I couldn't be more appreciative of the Cubs organization for providing me the opportunity to manage this ballclub. I've had four wonderful years here that I wouldn't trade for anything in the world.  I've grown to love the city and the fans but at my age [67 at the end of the season] it will be time to enter a new phase in my life.  It will enable me to spend more valuable time with my family -- my wife, my kids and my grandchildren.  God has blessed me to have been able to work this many years in the game that I love.

"Why make this announcement now? Jim Hendry asked me in recent weeks regarding my future with the team and I told him I had made the decision to retire at the end of the season.  Since my decision has now been made, I don't want to mislead anyone about my intentions when asked in the future.  

"But more importantly, announcing my decision now is what's best for this organization in the long run.  It gives Jim Hendry ample time to find the next manager and he doesn't need to do so in secrecy. The Cubs are one of the greatest organizations in baseball.  I care very deeply for this organization and want nothing more than for it to experience present and long-term success.  I'm proud of our accomplishments during my time here and this will be a perfect way for me to end my career. 

"But let me make one thing perfectly clear: our work is far from over. I want to keep the momentum going more than anything else and win as many games as we can to get back in this pennant race.  I'm going to give every effort I have to help this team win and that will remain my sole focus through the rest of the season."  

An hour or so before Piniella announced the decision, Bill Madden of the New York Daily News writes reported the news without the very mention of a source or anything else to back up what is written other than "the Daily News has learned."

Piniella is 307-271 in Chicago and 42-52 this season, with his team 10 1/2 games out of first place in the National League Central.

Piniella has said this will be his last managing job. He's 1,826-1,691 in 23 seasons as a manager with the Yankees, Reds, Mariners, Rays and Cubs.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 19, 2010 2:21 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2010 3:55 pm
 

Rays sign Baldelli


Rocco Baldelli The Rays have reached into their own front office to try to bolster their lineup, announcing the signing of Rocco Baldelli to a minor-league contract.

Baldelli, who had been serving as a special assistant, will DH for the Class A Charlotte Stone Crabs tonight, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times .

Baldelli, 28, played for the Red Sox last season, hitting .253/.311/.433 in 62 games, but missed the postseason because of a shoulder injury.

This spring, Baldelli was a roving instructor for the Rays. The team will need to make a decision on his ability to help them by Aug. 31, when he'd have to be on the roster to be eligible for the postseason.

Baldelli's once-promising career was sidelined by a series of injuries and finally being diagnosed with mitochondrial abnormalities and then that diagnosis was changed before last season to a form of channelopathy, a more treatable disorder.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 17, 2010 10:17 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:18 am
 

Burnett loses battle with Rays, Plexiglass


A.J. Burnett OK kids, a little lesson I learned in college -- there's no winner when you hit an inanimate object. The best case scenario is a tie. Worst case scenario is you break something and you've got to pay. In my case, it was my left hand, which hurts when you're left-handed and you've got classes on the history of the Russian Revolution and medieval Japan -- note taking and essay writing can be a chore with a cast on your hand.

The Yankees' A.J. Burnett lost his cool Saturday and had to leave in the third inning because of cuts on his hands.

Here's how the Star-Ledger 's Mike Mazzeo described the action :

Clearly frustrated after allowing three runs over the first two innings of his start this afternoon, Burnett, 33, went into the clubhouse and pushed a pair of Plexiglass lineup holders on the wooden double doors leading into the showers with great force, causing both of his palms to be cut.

Embarrassed by his actions, Burnett, who sustained lacerations on both hands, initially told trainer Steve Donohue he cut his hands bracing himself after falling down the dugout stairs. However, he later fessed up when questioned by manager Joe Girardi.

"I let my teammates down," said a remorseful Burnett after the Yankees' 10-5 loss to the Rays. "I let my frustrations get the best of me. It's something I've got to deal with."

[Joe] Girardi let Burnett pitch the third inning, hoping he would regain his composure and turn it around. But after the enigmatic right-handed flamethrower hit Evan Longoria and threw a wild pitch before allowing an RBI single to Carlos Pena, Girardi had enough. He went out to the mound along with trainer Gene Monahan and pulled Burnett from the game.
Burnett isn't expected to miss his next start, Girardi said and the pitcher noted he'd already apologized to Brian Cashman and would apologize to his teammates on Sunday.

The incident is reminiscent of a similar action by Kevin Brown in 2004, but Brown didn't suffer any cuts.

Burnett got the loss against the Rays and fell to 7-8 with a 4.99 ERA this season, with just one win in his last eight starts. Burnett is in the second year of a five-year, $82.5 million contract that pays him $16.5 million annually. For their troubles, the Yankees have gotten a 20-16 pitcher with a 4.37 ERA in 52 starts. Not a bad back-of-the-rotation guy in the leagues, but hardly someone you'd like to owe more nearly $60 million.

While not a complete bust -- Burnett can be dominating at times -- it's still a price tag that would cripple just about any other franchise, but once again the Yankees are different. It's naive -- and flat out incorrect -- to claim the Yankees buy titles and win only because of their free agent signings. No, the biggest difference for them is their ability to overcome these types of offseason mistakes. They pay dearly in dollars, but not in any other way.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 13, 2010 6:52 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2010 7:58 pm
 

Rays, Giants interested in Hart

Corey Hart Could Corey Hart be on the move?

The Brewers' outfielder, who has 21 home runs at the break and participated at the Home Run Derby, has the Giants, Rays and Padres interested, says John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle .

Hart is under team control through 2011, which certainly works in his favor as the cash-strapped Giants, Rays and Padres would like to make a move with the long-term in mind. However, Milwaukee is expected to ask for starting pitching in return and the Giants have stated they will not be trading any.

Closer Brian Wilson believes the Giants are just fine without Hart.

"I think we've got just what we need," he said. "Would it help [to add a bat]? Of course it would help. Putting a big hitter in the lineup would help any team. We're excited about what we have."

On Sunday, Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune tweeted the "Rays appear to be getting serious" about Hart and have Jeremy Hellickson available. Hellickson is 11-2 in Triple-A as a starter with a 2.21 ERA. The lefty is banging down the door to the majors, but the Rays are deep with top prospect Wade Davis occupying the fifth spot and Andy Sonnastine in the bullpen.

Although Davis has a ton of promise, he has a 4.69 ERA and Hellickson may be better prepared to give the Rays quality innings down the stretch. The Brewers would be able to afford to groom Davis for the remainder of the year and have to love his strikeout potential -- but not his four walks per nine innings.

One thing is clear: the Brewers need pitching and the Rays may be the best fit with a stockpile of young pitching and a clear need for offense, whether that's out of the DH spot or outfield.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 10, 2010 11:44 pm
 

Futures Game lineups set

The All-Star Futures Game is set for 6 p.m. ET on Sunday in Anaheim, and Saturday the starting lineups were released.

Starting on the mound for the U.S. team will be right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, who is 11-2 with a 2.21 ERA for Triple-A Durham in the Rays system. The World team will start a Double-A right-hander, Dominican Simon Castro. He is 5-2 with a 2.74 with San Antonio in the Padres system.

You can see complete lineups here, and full rosters here.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 9, 2010 10:19 am
 

AL East teams covet Werth


If the Phillies falter, the American League East is interested in Jayson Werth, the New York Post 's George A. King III reports .

According to the report, the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays have all told the Phillies they'd be interested in the outfielder.

The Phillies are 44-40 and 5 1/2 games behind the Braves.

Werth would fill needs for all three teams, but won't come cheap. For the Phillies to concede, it may take a large bounty to make it worthwhile. He can play both corner outfield slots and going to the American League, he'd be able to DH as well.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
 
 
 
 
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