Tag:C. Trent Rosecrans
Posted on: July 31, 2011 1:39 pm
 

Quade says he's managing for his job

Mike QuadeBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Cubs are 42-65 and aren't looking like they're getting better anytime soon. That has first-year manager Mike Quade looking over his shoulder -- which is probably a good idea.

Asked by reporters before Sunday's game in St. Louis if he was managing for his job, Quade replied in the affirmative. From CSNChicago.com's Patrick Mooney:

“I feel like that every day,” Quade said before the game. “You come here to solve problems, to teach, to make the best decisions you can make. (I’ve) come from a long line of one-year contracts and the idea of people being day-to-day when they’re hurt – I’ve always thought that was the case.

“I don’t feel any more or less like that. I come here to try and do the best I can every day.”

Much of the Cubs' struggles aren't Quade's fault -- the front office shoulders much of the blame. But the manager certainly isn't blameless. As Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch noted after Saturday's 13-5 pounding at the hands of the Cardinals, the Cubs have suffered, quoting Miklasz: "a remarkable collection of physical errors, brain freezes, indifference, feral pitching, the obligatory managerial meltdown and other acts of baseball malfeasance."

Miklasz highlighted Saturday's bottom of the fifth inning as what plagued the Cubs. In that fifth inning, St. Louis' Matt Holliday -- who was on first after being walked with the bases loaded -- took out shortstop Starlin Castro with a slide on a double-play ball. As Castro dusted himself off, another run came into score. The Cubs complained about the play, but never fought back. Outfielder Alfonso Soriano loafed after a double in the corner, allowing another run to score and then had a lazy and inaccurate throw allow another run to score and the runner to advance to third. In all, it added up to an eight-run inning and the team's 65th loss of the season.

So, yeah, it's not surprising Quade feels the heat in Chicago. He should. But he shouldn't be alone.

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Posted on: July 31, 2011 1:00 pm
 

Hours after trade, Cabrera adjusting to new team

Orlando CabreraBy C. Trent Rosecrans

CINCINNATI -- The worst part about being traded near the trade deadline? For new Giant Orlando Cabrera it was that he'd just paid his August rent for his place in Cleveland.

"I just handed it over, I wondered if I could get it back," Cabrera joked before his first game in a Giant uniform on Sunday at Great American Ball Park.

Seriously, Cabrera said he was worried about his pregnant wife, who will be making the three-month trip to San Francisco with him, along with his two teenage daughters.

"She's eight months, she found a great doctor that she loves," Cabrera said. "The truth is, that was my only concern."

Last night the Cabrera family started packing its place in Cleveland -- and Orlando packed his bags to get to Cincinnati. After the Indians' walk-off victory over the Royals at Progressive Field on Saturday, he saw the end of the Reds-Giants game on TV, so when he was told he was traded to the Giants, he knew exactly where he was headed.

Of course, wherever he was going he'd likely be familiar with the surroundings, but maybe few places as much as Cincinnati, where he was the Reds' shortstop in 2010.

"They asked me about him yesterday, so I thought they might get him," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "I wish him well -- starting tomorrow."

The Giants will be Cabrera's ninth different team and seventh in the last five years. As his wife noted late Saturday night, he will now have played in every division in the baseball, with the Giants filling the NL West portion of his baseball bingo card. He started his career in the National League East with the Expos and played in Montreal from 1997-2004, before joining the Red Sox in the American League Central in 2004 in time for the team's run to the World Series title.

He signed as a free agent in the American League West with the Angels for the 2005 season, staying there three seasons, winning a Gold Glove in 2007 and reaching the playoffs twice. He was traded by the Angels to the White Sox after the 2007 season for his first stint in the American League Central before heading back to the American League West, signing with the A's before the 2009 season.

At the trade deadline in 2009, Cabrera was sent to the American League Central Twins and then signed as a free agent with the Reds in the National League Central before the 2010 season. 

He doubled up with the American League Central signing as a free agent with the Indians before this season and on Saturday was traded to the Giants for minor-league outfielder Thomas Neal.

"If I get traded somewhere, it's a pretty good chance I've played for or against the team they're playing recently," Cabrera joked as he tried on a new pair of uniform pants and met new teammates.

The one constant for Cabrera has been that in all those travels, he's seemed to end up playing in October. Cabrera's played in the postseason in each of the last five seasons with five different teams. Joining the Giants seemes to guarantee him a sixth different playoff team in six years.

"I'm really proud of that," Cabrera said. "I believe that's the biggest reason I'm here."

After a 7:30 a.m. flight from Cleveland to Cincinnati, Cabrera found himself in the Giants' lineup, playing shortstop and hitting sixth. Before the game, he said he hadn't yet been told of his role, but  Bruce Bochy said he'll be his everyday shortstop, replacing Miguel Tejada. In Cleveland, he had his playing time cut at second base, where the team had gone with rookie Jason Kipnis.

"The [Indians] told me they had good news and bad news -- maybe for me it was good news and good news," Cabrera said. "They ere feeling bad that I wasn't playing much. They were going to go with Kipnis every day. It's something that will work out for both [teams]."

Despite the early-morning flight, his worries about his wife and the thought of finding another place to live, Cabrera was all smiles while greeting his new teammates Sunday morning, less than 12 hours after learning he was headed to San Francisco (with a brief layover in Cincinnati).

"I'm on the 25-man roster of the world champions," Cabrera said. "That's enough for me."

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Posted on: July 30, 2011 1:53 am
 

3 Up, 3 Down: Renteria stings old team



By C. Trent Rosecrans

Edgar Renteria, Reds: The reigning World Series MVP stuck it to his old team with an RBI single in the 13th inning, ending Cincinnati's four-game losing skid. Renteria hasn't been very good this year -- hitting .238/.305/.298 -- but he came up big against Giants closer Brian Wilson, lining a single down the right-field line to score Jay Bruce from second for a 4-3 Reds win. It was his second walk-off RBI of the year in extras and he's now 5 for 9 in extra innings. A little extra praise here for Reds reliever Jose Arredondo, who not only picked up the victory, but also singled off Wilson in his first big-league plate appearance after the Reds had run out of position players.

Jeremy Guthrie, Orioles: With several teams scouting Baltimore's right-hander, the 32-year-old impressed, holding the Yankees to just four hits and one run in seven innings. The Cardinals, Tigers, Brewers, Rangers and Red Sox have all expressed interest in Guthrie, who lowered his ERA from 4.33 to 4.18 and improved his record to 5-14.

A.J. Pierzynski, White Sox: In a washing machine, the red socks will overpower the white ones -- but recently it's been the other way around on the baseball field. Pierzynski's two-run homer in the seventh inning led to Chicago's seventh straight victory over Boston and its 14th win in the last 16 battles of the Sox. Both teams managed just three hits, but Pierzynski made his lone hit count, homering off of Tim Wakefield to break a 1-1 tie in the seventh to deny Wakefield his 200th career victory.


Hitting streaks: Florida's Emilio Bonifacio and Boston's Dustin Pedroia both went 0 for 4 on Friday, ending a 26-game hitting streak for Bonifacio and a 25-game hitting streak for Pedroia. Both of their teams also lost while managing just three hits -- the Marlins 5-0 in Atlanta and the Red Sox 3-1 to the White Sox.

Charlie Morton, Pirates: Much has been made of the similarities between Morton and Roy Halladay -- their motions do look awfully similar. But on Friday, the results couldn't be more different. Morton allowed eight runs on nine hits in four innings, while Halladay allowed just a single hit over seven innings in Philadelphia's 10-3 victory over the Pirates.

Carlos Carrasco, Indians: After giving up his third homer of the game -- a fourth-inning grand slam by Melky Cabrera (that Cabrera admired for way too long) -- the Indians right-hander threw at the head of Royals DH Billy Butler, who had homered in the first. Carrasco was immediately ejected by home plate umpire Scott Barry. Butler was restrained by Indians catcher Lou Marson and both dugouts and benches cleared. Not to be outdone, Carrasco yelled back at Royals players as he exited the field. Carrasco took his ninth loss of the season and allowed seven runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings. Butler added his second homer later in the game.

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Posted on: July 30, 2011 1:36 am
 

Friday night trade rumor roundup

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Now that Hunter Pence is off the table, it seems Heath Bell is the latest big name certain to move. But that doesn't mean he's the only one. There are plenty more rumors out there.

One of the most interesting is the Cardinals having interest in Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports

This comes after the Post-Dispatch's Joe Strauss tweeted shortstop had become the team's "priority" at the non-waiver trade deadline. 

Furcal, 33, is struggling this season, hitting .195/.267/.241 coming into Friday's game but could still help the Cardinals -- which tells you all you need to know about the team's struggles at the position.

• A new hot rumor is that the Tigers are making a push for Ubaldo Jimenez and have offered top prospect Jacob Turner, according to FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal. Turner, the team's 2009 first-round pick, is 3-5 with a 3.48 ERA at Double-A Erie this season. He has 90 strikeouts and 32 walks in 113 2/3 innings. The Tigers would prefer not to deal anyone from their big-league roster.

The Tigers are also dangling lefty Andy Oliver in return for a pitcher that can help them now, such as Jimenez, Hiroki Kuroda or even the Nationals' Jason Marquis, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! tweets. Oliver was rated as the team's No. 3 overall prospect by Baseball America heading into the season. He's 6-7 with a 4.64 ERA at Triple-A Toledo with 102 strikeouts and 52 walks in 106 2/3 innings. He was the team's second-round pick in 2009. He made five starts for Detroit last season and two this season. Overall he's 0-5 with a 7.11 ERA in the big leagues with 23 strikeouts and 21 walks in 31 2/3 innings.

• The Astros dealt Pence on Friday, but MLB.com's Brian McTaggart tweets the Astros have told inquiring teams that shortstop Clint Barmes is unavailable.

• The Pirates are still looking for an outfield bat, Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports.com tweets, and that bat may be the Twins' Jason Kubel, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch writes.

• Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers tells Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that the odds of his team making a deal are "50/50."

Towers also said there are six or seven prospects he doesn't want to deal.

• Brewers general manager Bob Melvin told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he is still looking at deals, but wasn't hopeful of completing another. On Thursday the Brewers acquired Felipe Lopez from the Rays and brought him from Triple-A Durham where he was playing for Tampa Bay before bringing him to Milwaukee to replace the injured Rickie Weeks.

Melvin said the team would love to find another infielder, but isn't seeing many on the market. The Brewers have rumored to have talked to the Dodgers about both Jamey Carroll and Furcal.

However, the Los Angeles Times' Dylan Hernandez tweets the Dodgers' conversations about Carroll "have died."

• Orioles reliever Koji Uehara is a hot name, Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman tweets. He says Uehara will go somewhere. He'll make any bullpen better. However, Rosenthal tweets that it's only a 50-50 chance the Orioles move Uehara. He is 13 appearances shy of a $4 million vesting option for 2012. The Baltimore Sun links Uehara with the Pirates, Diamondbacks, Rangers, Phillies and Tigers and notes all five of those teams have had scouts around the Orioles in recent series.

• The Rangers are certainly interested in bullpen help, but San Diego may not be their only trading parter. Brady Tinker of Fox Sports Southwest, tweets Andrew Bailey of the Athletics is the "most likely top bullpen addition" by Texas.

• The Braves may be reluctant to make much of a deal at the deadline so they don't repeat the Mark Teixeira mistake when the team sent, among others, Neftali Feliz and Elvis Andrus to Texas, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes. The Braves are refusing to give up any of their top four pitching prospects -- Julio Teheran, Arodys Vizcaino, Randall Delgado or Mike Minor. They could look at dealing from that grow in the offseason when the team could be searching to fill more holes. Atlanta has placed center fielders Nate McLouth and Jordan Schafer on the disabled list in the last two days with Jose Constanza starting on Friday, making his big-league debut. Yahoo!'s Passan tweets the team is targeting center fielders. Rosenthal writes Atlanta is looking not only at center fielders such as B.J. Upton and Michael Bourn, but also corner outfielders such as Ryan Ludwick, Carlos Quentin and Josh Willingham.

• The Marlins appear to be holding pat at the deadline, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports. That means they'll keep closer Leo Nunez and left-handed reliever Randy Choate.

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Posted on: July 30, 2011 1:01 am
 

Hernandez could go even if Reds don't sell

Ramon HernandezBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Reds were just swept by the Mets in Cincinnati and welcome the defending champions to Great American Ball Park this weekend, but general manager Walt Jocketty told reporters the team still considers itself a buyer.

"We are not selling," Jocketty told reporters, including MLB.com's Mark Sheldon.

The Reds enter Friday in fourth place in the National League Central, 6 1/2 games behind Milwaikee and five games behind both Pittsburgh and St. Louis. The Reds have six games left with the Pirates and three each with the Brewers and Cardinals, but just 19 of their remaining 54 games are against teams with winning records, and only six games in August are against teams currently with a winning record.

Even if the Reds do consider themselves still in the race despite the mountain ahead of them, that doesn't preclude a trade at the deadline that sends off a member of their roster.

The Giants are reportedly interested in Reds catcher Ramon Hernandez, a free agent after the season. Jocketty said he hasn't listened to offers for Hernandez -- yet.

"I haven't no, and I don't know if I would," Jocketty said. "I still think he's a guy that can help us with this year. I think his value is greater to us now than if we were to move him. You're not going to get the value in return for him that he gives our club. That's why we would hold on to him."

Of course, the Cardinals had no plans on moving Colby Rasmus, either. At this time of the year, anything a general manager says should be taken with a grain of salt -- it can always be a smokescreen or something he wants other to hear. Even if the Reds are buying and not selling, that doesn't necessarily rule out a Hernandez deal.

Hernandez, 35, is having a fantastic season offensively for the Reds, hitting .308/.368/.500 with 10 home runs. That's a vast improvement over Giants catcher Eli Whiteside (.225/.312/.370) and Chris Stewart (.211/.294/.276).

And as good as he's been, he's expendable because the Reds not only have one of the game's top catching prospects, but that prospect is knocking down the door of the majors. Devin Mesoraco is hitting .305/.376/.496 with 10 home runs and 59 RBI at Triple-A Louisville. The team also has veteran Ryan Hanigan at the big-league level, who is a good defensive catcher and under contract through 2013 for just $3.25 million over the next two seasons. Hernandez is a free agent after the season for the Reds.

But if the Reds do deal Hernandez to the Giants, they may wait until right at Sunday's 4 p.m ET deadline, as Cincinnati hosts San Francisco all weekend and wouldn't want to a lineup that had Hernandez in it instead of either Whiteside or Stewart. Hernandez has also caught every inning Sunday's starter, Johnny Cueto, has thrown this season. The teams play at 1:05 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle tweeted the Reds want pitching in return for Hernandez -- and a San Francisco official said "That, we got a lot of." Keep in mind the Reds could likely get compensation for Hernandez if he left as a free agent. One name to keep an eye on, left-hander Eric Surkamp of Double-A Richmond. Surkamp is 8-3 with a 2.05 ERA and 140 strikeouts in 114 innings for the Flying Squirrels. He's also a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Moeller High School, the alma mater of former Reds Barry Larkin and Ken Griffey Jr.

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 10:19 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2011 1:22 am
 

Astros add electric arm in Pence trade

Jarred Cosart

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Hunter Pence will now be a Phillie, but who are the newest Astros?

Well, they're not Astros yet, but the newest members of the Houston farm system give a jolt to a system ranked No. 26 in baseball by Baseball America before the season (and 30th in each of the two previous years). Here's a closer look at the three players the Astros will get in return for the All-Star outfielder in addition to a player to be named:

RHP Jarred Cosart: The 21-year-old from the Houston area wowed everyone in attendance at the Futures Game in Phoenix this month. His fastball was clocked at 98 mph as he had a pair of strikeouts in a perfect eighth inning of work for the United States team. The 6-foot-3 right-hander has a good curveball to go with the electric fastball. At high Class A Clearwater, he's struck out 79 and walked 43 in 108 innings and has a 9-8 record with a 3.92 ERA. He's seen his walks skyrocket this season after walking just 23 with 102 strikeouts in his first two pro seasons. The Phillies drafted him in the 38th round in 2008, but it's not because he was a 38th-round talent. Every team seemed to expect him to pitch at Missouri, and that's what he told them. But the Phillies drafted him and offered him a $550,000 bonus and he took it. He has a very high ceiling and a lot of potential, but he still needs a lot more polish, which is why he's in Class A. Baseball America ranked Cosart the No. 43 prospect in baseball in its midseason rankings.

1B/OF Jonathan Singleton: Ranked the Phillies' No. 2 prospect at the beginning of the season by Baseball America, Singleton doesn't turn 20 until September. At 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, Singleton has  the potential for a ton of power. So far this season he's hitting .282/.386/.411 at high Class A Clearwater with nine home runs and 47 RBI in 92 games. He's also show a good approach at the plate and the ability to take a walk, walking 56 times this season. He has struck out 83 times, though. Singleton has played some left field, but he's much better suited to first base. Baseball America ranked Singleton the No. 41 prospect in baseball in its midseason rankings.

RHP Josh Zeid: Zeid, 24, is 2-3 with a 5.65 ERA at Double-A Reading, striking out 56 and walking 27 in 63 2/3 innings. A former Vanderbilt and Tulane pitcher, Zeid dominated the South Atlantic League last year, but was one of the oldest players in the league, going 8-4 with a 2.93 and 111 strikeouts on 107 1/3 innings. Although he's started 38 games in the minors, he projects as a reliever if he gets to the majors. Since moving to the bullpen at Double-A, he has 24 strikeouts in 16 innings, while allowing just 10 hits. He pitched in the Arizona Fall League last season and made the Rising Stars Game, the All-Star game in the fall league.

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:40 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 8:45 pm
 

Braves backup catcher connects with 10-year-old

By C. Trent Rosecrans

We interrupt the trade talk for the best story you'll see here today.

It started last night when 10-year-old Lily Anderson sang the National Anthem before Thursday night's Braves-Pirates game. Anderson sang on behalf of the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research. She's currently undergoing treatment for a relapse of Nueroblastoma.

After her rendition of the National Anthem, she received the longest standing ovation of the season at Turner Field, and certainly deserved it. Check it out:

If that's not enough for you, the story gets better.

After Anderson hugged her mom and talked to Brian McCann, a spokesman for the foundation, Braves backup catcher J.C. Boscan, up because McCann is on the disabled list, told McCann him he'd met Anderson a year before.

Last season, Boscan met Anderson at Triple-A Gwinnett when she visited the dugout for autographs. She gave him a bracelet that said "Anderson Power, pray for Lily." Not only did Boscan put it on, he hasn't taken it off since. He showed it to her on Friday.

From Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

“Mac told her, ‘Do you remember this?’ and she got so excited,” Boscan said. “Her mom started crying again. It was emotional.”

Boscan said he wears the bracelet day and night to remind him of those undergoing hardships.

“There are things outside of baseball,” said Boscan, who hopes to keep in touch with Anderson now. “Sometimes we need to think of those people and have them in our prayers, especially little girls or little boys like that who are suffering from a disease. I think it’s the right thing to do.”

Check out his photo from spring training, where Boscan is wearing a green bracelet that I assume is from Anderson:

J.C. Boscan

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:06 pm
 

Dodgers place reliever on DL with heart issue

Kenley JansenBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Add this to the ledger of the Dodgers' strange 2011 season -- reliever Kenley Jansen has been placed on the disabled list with cardia arrhythmia.

Jansen complained about his heart fluttering after a save against the Rockies. The 23-year-old was then taken to the hospital where his heart was shocked back into its normal rhythm. 

The right-hander has a 3.65 ERA and two saves in 34 appearances this season. He hasn't allowed a run since May, a stretch of 14 appearances that has seen him allow just three hits in 16 innings, while striking out 26 over that stretch. He leads the majors with an average of 14.84 strikeouts per nine innings.

Los Angeles called up right-hander Josh Lindblom from Double-A Chattanooga. Lindblom has appeared in eight games for the Dodgers this season, with a 1.69 ERA.

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