Thursday, November 04, 2010
Pickoff Moves, Bullet Points Edition
- Ron Washington and the Rangers are in extension talks. I'm not sure if this is a good thing; some observers noted Washington was outmanaged by Bruce Bochy, which isn't a great mark.
Update: Ron Washington has signed a two-year deal with Texas, according to Maury Brown.
- Jay Jaffe has an excellent review of the Yankees' surprisingly perilous financial situation; it might not be possible for them to retain Jeter, Pettitte, and make a run at Cliff Lee, too.
- Jay Gibbons will return to the Dodgers on a one-year deal, according to Dylan Hernandez. The deal is apparently worth $400k with incentives.
- Robothal says that Scott Podsednik declined his 2011 option with the Dodgers, but both sides remain in discussions.
- The Yankees have announced they have no plans to pursue either of Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth. This would make Crawford more amenable to the Angels, but his perilously low OBP is still a concern, especially at an age when he should be peaking.
- Sparky Anderson, who helmed the Reds and Tigers through some of their best seasons, passed away at age 76, from complications of dementia.
- Update 7:12 PM: The Giants bought out the balance of Edgar Rentaria's contract instead of exercising his 2011 option. The 2010 World Series MVP had an injury-plagued year, and is considering retirement. Via David Pinto.
It's hard to imagine that Podsednik would turn down $2 million guaranteed. Does he really think someone will pay him more? Is he hoping for a multiyear deal somewhere?
I don't like that it's fueled largely by batting average, but it's not perilously low.