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Monday, November 03, 2008

Pickoff Moves, Bedtime Edition

White Sox Recycle Dodgers, Angels System Player, Coach

The White Sox have picked up Olmedo Saenz to coach Advanced Rookie Great Falls. Former Angels system coach Ever Magallanes will manage the Chisox' class-A Birmingham team. Interestingly enough, an ex-Sox went to the Dodgers, Carlos Subero, who is the manager for the Dodgers' Inland Empire Cal League affiliate.

Ned: Signing Manny Won't Be Fast

Jon Heyman:
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said what's been obvious for a while, and that is that their talks with superstar free-agent outfielder Manny Ramirez aren't going to result in a quick signing.

"I'm not too confident it's going to be resolved in the next short period of time,'' Colletti said Monday at the baseball general manager meetings.

While Colletti said again that the Dodgers had yet to meet with Ramirez's agent, Scott Boras, or make an offer, sources say they intend to make an initial short-term offer at a high annual salary, something along the lines of $55 million over two years. Ramirez, the Dodgers' season savior who hit .397 with 17 home runs and 53 RBIs in 53 games, has made it clear he's interested in getting the best deal he can anywhere, suggesting during interviews in the playoffs that he wants a six-year contract.

Rangers Tab Mike Maddux For Pitching Coach

The Rangers have signed Mike Maddux as their pitching coach. Maddux previously was the Brewers' pitching coach, but became a free agent at the end of the year. It's likely that the Rangers came up with a big offer.

Padres Get Michael Watt From Dodgers As PTBNL In Maddux Deal

The Padres acquired Michael Watt from the Dodgers as the player to be named later in the deal that sent Greg Maddux to the Dodgers.
As part of negotiations that would send Padres pitcher Greg Maddux to Los Angeles on Aug. 19, the Dodgers refused to trade Watt. Creative thinking by Padres General Manager Kevin Towers helped the two sides strike a deal. Towers suggested that if the Dodgers reached the playoffs, the Padres could get Watt, in addition to minor league pitcher Eduardo Perez. The Dodgers eventually agreed, and when L.A. won the National League West, the Padres got Watt.

Watson said that Watt was responding well to Dodgers coaching and conditioning methods by season's end. In the lefty's final 23 innings, he had 20 strikeouts and zero walks. He went 9-4 with a 4.35 ERA in the hitter-friendly Pioneer League.

The Dodgers' Logan White, a former Padres scout whose draft record since 2002 ranks “as good as anybody's,” according to Towers, selected Watt 86th overall out of Capistrano Valley High. In a waiver claim later in October, the Padres grabbed another player drafted out of high school by White, second baseman Travis Denker.

Towers and the Dodgers could talk trade again this month as Towers tests Jake Peavy's trade value. Jump-starting the GM meetings in Dana Point, Towers yesterday was to meet with the Cubs, Brewers and Cardinals.

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