News and Notes: “Mannything Else in the News?”

Baker has developed into a true ace for the Twins (San Diego Shooter/Flickr).

Baker has developed into a true ace for the Twins (San Diego Shooter/Flickr).

We haven’t had too much in the way of updates around here lately as I’ve been working on some big projects as well as preparing for The Diamond Cutter‘s big move to their new home on the Bloguin network. More on this coming soon. But for now, on to the news!

• I’m not sure if you heard or not, but apparently Manny Ramirez signed with the Dodgers. Strange, I wasn’t aware he was a free agent. Go figure.

• The Twins closed the deal on a four year, $15.25 million deal with young stud pitcher Scott Baker. Not only is this great that they have locked him in for four years, but they did it relatively cheap. Baker was 11-4 with a 3.45 ERA last season with the Twins as he assumed the role of ace when the Twins needed one most. Look for more big things heading into 2009.

• Fragile shortstop Bobby Crosby has requested the A’s trade him since the signing of Orlando Cabrera. Apparently he wants to be traded to a club that needs a starting shortstop. My question is what team would want to invest in Crosby who a.) can’t stay healthy and b.) when he is healthy has put up horrible numbers? He has a career line of .239/.306/.380 and finally was able to play more than 100 games last season for the first time in four years. Can you imagine trying to sell that to your fan base? I just don’t know of a team that would sabotage themselves enough to trade for Crosby. Well except for the Pirates.

• I’m happy to see the Baltimore Orioles and Brian Roberts are working with Adam Jones on his base stealing abilities. I really see Jones as a huge breakout star this season as I think he’s right on the cusp of getting it. I see a .290/.360/.490 line with 20 homers, 80 RBI and 20 stolen bases. While those aren’t superstar numbers, I think it is a giant steps towards better things for Jones as well as the future of the Orioles.

Other than the WBC (which frankly bores me) and A-Rod’s injury (which bores me more and couldn’t happen to a better guy or team) that’s about all the news going on right now. This week we will begin the divisional previews as we grow closer and closer to the start of the 2009 season!

By Matthew Whipps
The Diamond Cutter
Major & Minor League Baseball Columnist

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7 Responses to News and Notes: “Mannything Else in the News?”

  1. Mike says:

    Who is this Manny Ramirez you speak of?

    I would like to see someone give up a mid-range prospect for Crosby. He still has the same R.O.Y. talent in there somewhere, he has to. Wasn’t it just about 3 years ago that he came back around mid-season and completely turned the team around and led a second-half tear? Surely the Pirates or Padres (Although Crosby’s recent stats introduced to Petco Park would probably force the Mendoza line to be renamed) could take a flier. Low-risk, High-reward? If only Gammons hadn’t predicted an MVP for Crosby….

    Jones should be a stud very soon. Look at those O’s- Markakis, Jones, Weiters, Roberts…That’s almost looking like an offense!

    Let’s all prepare for the dawn of the Cody Ransom era in New York. Just when the world seems to fall apart, everything just seems right again.

  2. Not sure really, some dude that signed with the Dodgers or something.

    Yeah I guess I could see some team take a chance on him but I don’t see it being a competing team. Like we both said with the Pirates or Padres. Then if he fails, eh, who cares as the team will have already failed too. Plus a nice no pressure place with a fresh start might be just what he needs.

    As I’ve said on this site before, I love what the Orioles have been slowly and quietly been building. The Markakis and Roberts signing were huge and I thought they were great moves. Plus Matusz, Tillman and Arrieta are going to make them a solid rotation in a few years. Big, big fan of them right now.

    Now we just need the Steinbrenner checks to start bouncing for everything to come full circle…

  3. Mike says:

    Oh, we’d bail out the Yankees. Probably even disperse the Twins, A’s, Royals and Pirates to help fund the bail out.

  4. Hey Mike, as an A’s fan I thought I’d throw this at you. Since the Yankees may shop around Xavier Nady at some point (who knows now with A-Rod’s boo-boo) with an expiring contract and a crowded outfield, what would you think about the A’s going after him if they are in the thick of it this summer?

    I’m trying to think of some good fits for him and wanted your thoughts on if you’d like to see him in Oakland.

    If so, what would you give up for him in a pennant race?

  5. Mike says:

    We’ll give them Bobby Crosby!! We’ve got the cast of High School Musical littering our outfield currently, all having some potential upside teetering on a cliff of uncertainties. Who starts (Besides Matty)? Buck? He’s always a step away from an injury. Cust? Can’t really defend. And, now we have Giambi taking some DH duties. Cunningham? Is he really a starter or more of a 4th outfielder? Rajai Davis? Seriously?? So, yeah- Nady would be a shining star comparatively speaking. I don’t think they’d give up a real prospect (Not that that’s what the Yankees would want anyway), but Crosby or Jack Hannahan??

    If it turns out we hold onto Holliday through the season, then I’d definitely hope we look to improve the rest of the outfield in hopes of beating the Angels. Unless, of course, Buck or Cunningham become the next Nate McLouth.

  6. I kinda figured you would. I honestly think there will be a pretty big bidding war over Nady this winter. Logic would say he would command far less than the big names, but considering many teams will most likely be in the hunt, I’d say Nady will get a pretty good payday.

    And I say good for him. He’s a solid ballplayer who was on a bad team in Pittsburgh and now gets over shadowed in New York. I can think of a dozen teams off the top of my head that could use him.

  7. Mike says:

    And he went to Cal, so we’d have a big welcome home party for him. Hey, we’ll even take Nick Swisher back!

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