Tagged: Winter Meetings

Rumors and Rumors of Rumors

Enough already. Would someone PLEASE trade for Johan Santana so we can get on with it? PLEASE?

My predictions:

1) The Diamondbacks will not get Kuroda, Bedard, Haren or Blanton.

2) They will not resign Tony Clark.

3) They will not even get Matt Clement, and if they play Owings even ONE game at first base then they’ll end up regretting it. And so will we.

I hope I’m wrong about 1 and 2 and only half right about 3.

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Not Who We Thought He Was?

Nick Piecoro, blogging for the Arizona Republic in Nashville, reveals that reviews for the Carlos Quentin trade are mixed. The impression is that the Diamondbacks felt Quentin’s value was declining fast.

"Apparently, the Diamondbacks
believe Quentin’s value might have gotten worse before it got better.
Going to Triple-A might have been the best way for him to reestablish
value, but Quentin has already spent way too much time at that level
and the Diamondbacks weren’t sure how he’d respond to going there again.

They tried to get an arm for him. Heard he was being talked about as a part of a package to Cleveland for Cliff Lee. To my knowledge, those talks go back as far as the trade deadline and were rekindled in recent weeks.

There were just a lot of questions about Quentin. A scout I bumped into from AL team yesterday said he likes Quentin but “I’m just not sure about him.”
He was saying he saw so much stuff not to like about Quentin last year
it made him wonder what kind of player he’ll be."

Gee, how much farther could he have fallen? Just a few weeks ago they were talking about Quentin in a package for a starting pitcher. Had he really become such a liability that he would have hurt such a trade?

Read Nick’s blog for more news regarding Kuroda, the Haren/Blanton chase, Tony Clark and Kevin Seitzer. FULL STORY

Caution: Hot Stove

Now that the brouhaha over the new uniforms is over, and the news duds have officially been declared a dud, it’s time to get back to the real business of baseball as wunderkind Josh (no relation to Eric) Byrnes heads off to GM meetings where instant replay is on the agenda.

Gibsphu008001_3 The Diamondbacks are admittedly looking for starting pitching but with the caveat of a $10 million dollar cap offer and the expressed desire not to extend a long term contract that is likely to come about via trade rather than free agency. This makes Arizona’s’ purported bid for Korean pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, as well as any other free agent pitcher not considered a health risk, even more puzzling – that is, unless there is something the Arizona front office hasn’t been telling us (like they found an extra five or ten million dollars in Jerry Colangelo’s empty sock drawer). It’s hard to imagine the D-backs would outbid teams like the Yankees, Mets or Red Sox (and there are rumours the Red Sox bid $31 million dollars just to TALK to the guy). Expect catcher Johnny Estrada to be dangled as trade bait as well as some of the plethora of young talent in the Diamondbacks’ minor league system.

The Diamondbacks have filled their last remaining coaching vacancy. Kirk Gibson has signed a two year contract to replace Jay Bell as bench coach. Gibson knows both how to win (with the Tigers in 1984 and the Dodgers in 1988) and how to lose (as the Tigers’ bench coach 2003-2005). His gritty determination will make him a great role model for all the young players on the big league roster, I think.

On a non-Diamondbacks related note: the Astros have signed Craig Biggio, who needs 70 more hits to reach 3,000, for another year. This allows me one more season to share one of my favorite blogs, Plunk Biggio, which follows Biggio’s quest to break the all time major league career record for getting hit by pitches. Honestly, there are so many numbers over there it will make your head swim, but the trivia is kinda cool!

Now, come on, boys! Let’s go get some pitching!