“Teams in Town–Tuesday Topics”
PADRES….I guess you could say “Never Say Never” when it comes to this group of Padres owners, even with the floating rumor that the Padres want to make a bid for Stephen Strasburg. The Washington Nationals spent the weekend reopening talks with agent Scott Boras and what could be a (3Y-99M) extension that pushes his earning power to 33M a year. I doubt the Padres would be a player at that price, but then we probably did not expect them to do the 30M deal for Manny Machado.
PADRES…Half way home to cleansing of the 40-man roster, lopping off fringe players. But there is still a logjam, a serious logjam now, because there are at least 9-minor league prospects who either have to be elevated to the 40-man roster before the Winter Baseball Meetings or be exposed to the Rule 5-Draft in December. The next deadline for the Padres is November 20th-when the final 40-man roster must be turned in for that draft. Look for more changes involving some name players between now and December 12th, the draft day. Will Myers, Ian Kinsler, even Austin Hedges might be moved other places to open roster slots. Some of the young pitching could be dealt for lower level prospects that don’t have to be protected at this point.
PADRES…If questions still float around about the Jayce Tingler managerial hiring, one wonders about the followup choices of an inexperienced Bobby Dickerson (Phillies) as bench coach, and then Wayne Kirby (Orioles) as first base coach. The lack of experience question resurfaces again.
DODGERS…Here comes free agency and you wonder if ‘there goes’ Hyun Jin-Ryu, off to a big payday somewhere else. If the going price for star pitchers is going to be in the 30M range, will the Dodgers be willing to ratchet up Ryu’s deal from 18M the year to the 30M circle for next season. Somebody might do it.
DODGERS….Keep track of the rumors-they are out there that some name players might be moved in a shuffling of the off season Dodgers roster. Would they trade SS-Corey Seager and OF-Joe Pederson? Stay tuned.
DODGERS…Everyone has spoken often of the potential of Mark Priory, once his pitching career ended prematurely. Now we find out as he is the pitching coach in the LA dugout, after learning and doing things with the Padres and Angels. He replaces Ricky Honeycutt.
ANGELS…So in need of pitching, after a year full of mistakes from GM-Billy Eppler, it becomes an Arte Moreno-Scott Boras series of conversations involving Washington Nationals free agent Gerri Cole. The price tag there, 30M too. Please don’t tell me the weekend signings of ex Cardinal Mike Mayers and ex-Pirates pitcher Parker Markel won’t be more of the same bargain baseman shopping the struggling GM did last year. The Yankees will likely get in on Cole too. A backup for Moreno and the Halos, if not Cole, then the other Boras client Strasburg. Bet one of them winds up at the Big-A with lots of Big Bucks.