Friday, October 03, 2008
Rangers Burned By Danks TradeAnd that's about par for the course:
About eight innings into the White Sox-Twins game Tuesday, after watching former Rangers prospect John Danks throw a two-hit masterpiece, owner Tom Hicks decided to send a text message to a buddy.Brandon McCarthy made five starts for the Rangers this year, spending significant time on the DL with injuries to his right forearm and finger ligaments. Whose fault was that?
"You owe me one big time on Danks," he noted.
"I sure do," came White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf’s reply.
"That wasn’t just JD. Our staff made the judgment that Danks was two years away, and they were absolutely wrong. The comforting thing for me now is we have a new leader, and if [team president Nolan Ryan] had been there, we never would have done [the Danks deal]. And we will never trade a No. 1 pick, a left-handed pitcher again."And yet Nolan is just one man; how often is it that the dull tide of consensus washes over us, diluting blame and seducing us to bad decisions?
Omar Minaya ExtendedThe Mets extended GM Omar Minaya through 2012. I'm not sure what the point there is; he's assembled winning-ish teams, but the club remains stuck in its spendy ways without winning for them.
- Now that it's too late, the Angels are expected to bench Gary Matthews, Jr. in favor of Juan Rivera.
- Todd Helton had lower back surgery and is expected to be ready for spring training.
- The Red Sox may bench Mike Lowell for today's game.
- Josh Beckett threw a side session and will start Saturday's game as expected.
"No limitations," pitching coach John Farrell said. "There was no discomfort in the oblique. So provided that there's no concerns coming out of his exam, or a follow-up exam tomorrow, he should be on line for Sunday." He'll match up against southpaw Joe Saunders.
- Joe Torre plans on staying with Takashi Saito as his closer despite yesterday's ineffective performance.
- Data point for the offseason free-agent pitching acquisition race: Brian Cashman thinks Mike Mussina wants to retire.