|Trade deadline roundup: NL Central contenders reportedly head list of Jon Lester suitors||07.30.14 at 12:11 pm ET|
The Cardinals’ interest apparently has stirred the Brewers and Pirates, not only so they can get better but so they can keep him away from a rival. All three teams are within 1 1/2 games of each other atop the division.
Meanwhile, the other standout lefty from the American League East on the market appears less likely to be moved. While the Dodgers and Cardinals are said to remain interested in Rays ace David Price, the Rays’ recent hot streak (they’ve won 11 of their last 12 games) might help keep him in Tampa.
While Lester was scratched from Wednesday’s start, Price tweeted Wednesday morning that he’s planning to suit up for his team’s afternoon game against the Brewers, joking: This is my last start for the Rays….IN JULY!!! been up and been ready!!!
– According to multiple reports, the Phillies are making pitcher Cole Hamels available, but at a steep price.
ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports that the Phillies are only willing to pay $10 million of the remaining $90 million-plus on Hamels’ contract.
– The Cubs, who sent Jeff Samardzija to the Athletics earlier this month, plan to be involved in more trade discussions involving some of their players.
“I think we’ll be active,” general manager Jed Hoyer told Chicago Tribune reporter Mark Gonzalez. “It wouldn’t surprise me if we made no moves, but I guess I’d say I’d expect to be active. [Wednesday] is moving day. I’d expect things would be a lot more serious as we move into [Wednesday].”
Gonzalez reports that representatives from the Mets, Giants, Mariners and Dodgers watched Edwin Jackson start Tuesday night’s game. Infielder Emilio Bonifacio and left-handed relievers James Russell and Wesley Wright after other names to watch.
– The Rangers reportedly are willing to pay some of the remaining salary due to outfielder Alex Rios, although the interest appears to be fading. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweeted that there has been interest from the Indians, Reds, Royals and Giants.
|Tuesday’s Red Sox-Cubs matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Edwin Jackson||07.01.14 at 12:03 pm ET|
Buchholz (3-4) made his return to the rotation last Wednesday after being sidelined with what was called a hyperextended knee for the last month. Given how poorly he pitched prior to his trip to the disabled list, Buchholz was strong in his first game back against the Mariners. He gave up four runs on seven hits and had no walks in 7 1/3 innings in a 5-4 Red Sox win. The right-hander went at least seven innings for just the second time this season, and he threw 55 of his 76 pitches for strikes.
“I think there wasn’t a whole lot of thought going on out there. He was in the flow of the game,” manager John Farrell said after the game. ‘There was a good feel for all four pitches he was throwing. No hesitation on his part. That’s a sign of confidence and a good frame of mind on the mound with that tempo.”
Tuesday will be Buchholz’s first career start against the Cubs. He’s pitched twice against National League opponents in 2014 and struggled in both games. He is 0-1 with a 14.72 ERA in interleague play this season.
Like Buchholz, Jackson (5-8, 5.22 ERA) has had his share of struggles this season. The righty has lost three of his last four starts and has only gone six full innings once since May 23. Jackson was especially bad in June, going 2-3 with a 6.23 ERA in 26 innings pitched.
Jackson took another loss last Wednesday when he gave up four runs on six hits with four walks and two strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings in a 4-1 loss to the Reds.
“It’s a tough lineup and they’ll make you work,” Jackson said of the Reds after the game. “I thought for the most part I could contain them until the sixth inning, and then they busted it open. … You still have to get that first batter. It always jump-starts the inning when you get that leadoff guy on.”
Tuesday will mark Jackson‘s 13th career appearance against the Red Sox, but his first since Sept. 28, 2010, when he was a member of the White Sox. He took a no-decision in that outing after giving up three earned runs over seven innings in a 5-4 White Sox win. Jackson is 2-4 with a 5.49 ERA against the Red Sox.
|Hot Stove: RHP Edwin Jackson reportedly headed to Cubs||12.21.12 at 9:14 am ET|
Pitcher Edwin Jackson, who has played for seven teams in 10 years, has a four-year deal worth $52 million with the Cubs, according to an Associated Press report.
Jackson, 29, went 10-11 with a 4.03 ERA for the Nationals last season. he is 70-71 with a 4.40 ERA in his career.
|GM Ben Cherington: Red Sox ‘unlikely’ to add major pieces before spring training||02.01.12 at 7:16 pm ET|
WORCESTER — The Red Sox have been engaged in talks with any number of free agents throughout the offseason, and according to a team source, the team continues to talk to pitchers Roy Oswalt and Edwin Jackson. That said, Sox GM Ben Cherington said that he does not expect the team to add either pitcher in the coming days.
“We wouldn’t rule out adding a starter, but I think it’s unlikely at this point,” said Cherington. “I think we’re going to keep looking for ways to improve the team, including the pitching staff, but I wouldn’t expect any major changes between now and the [spring training] report date.”
Cherington is comfortable with that approach. While there are parts of the roster that remain undefined, and several jobs (the last two spots of the rotation, the division of labor at shortstop and right field, the roles in the bullpen) will be subject to spring training competitions, the Sox GM feels that his team is in good shape with the reporting date for pitchers and catchers now less than three weeks away.
“There’s elements we feel really good about and elements that we’d like to be stronger, just like any year,” said Cherington. “We think the lineup is, we hope, a pretty balanced lineup. We think we have some options with the bullpen. That can be a strength. We like the front of the rotation. We’re going to find out more about the end of the rotation in spring training and see which guys step up. That will be a big focus of spring training.” Read the rest of this entry »
|Red Sox GM Ben Cherington: ‘Don’t feel like we need’ to make a move||01.25.12 at 5:40 pm ET|
Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, in an interview on The Big Show, said that the Red Sox face a budget but not a mandate to stay under the $178 million luxury tax threshold for 2012, explained the rationale for the trade of Marco Scutaro to the Rockies and suggested that, while the Sox are exploring options (including starting pitching options) to reinforce their roster, that he is comfortable with where the team stands with its pitching.
Cherington suggested that the team is weighing whether there is more to be gained by using their available resources to sign players now or whether the team might be better served to maintain financial flexibility for potential deals either during spring training or leading up to the trade deadline.
“We would be content going [into spring training] with the pitching staff we have right now. Again, any decision you make, when it comes to acquiring a player, whether a free agent or a trade, there’s that decision and then there’s the opportunity cost of doing that. There’s something, by doing that, that you may not be able to do. Those are the things we weigh,” said Cherington. “If there’s something that helps the team now, that we think makes sense and is the right value, then we’ll do that. If not, we’ll keep our doors open, remain flexible and consider things during spring training and during the year.
“Teams evolve,” he continued. “Teams very seldom look the same way in July or at the end of the year that they do in spring training. In large part, that’s because baseball is such a difficult sport. It’s such a grind, it’s such a long season. It’s hard to predict exactly what you’re going to need. It’s hard to predict how players are going to react or respond. Sometimes flexibility can be a good thing.
“The Cardinals, in spring training last year, were getting beat up because they hadn’t extended Pujols and they lost Wainwright in spring training. Things worked out pretty well. That’s not to suggest it’s always going to happen that way, but things change a lot in baseball. We need to stay nimble and be prepared to react to things that we think make sense. If that’s next week, then it’s next week. If it’s a month from now, then it’s a month from now. If it’s July, then it’s July. We’ll just take every opportunity as it comes.”
As for reports that the Sox have made a contract offer to Roy Oswalt (and reportedly have also made an offer to Edwin Jackson), Cherington spoke in generalities.
“There’s a lot out there. If we acquired every player we are rumored to be on, we’d need, like, an 80-man roster. I’d never comment on a negotiation, specifically,” said Cherington. “We’re talking to a few different guys, we’re considering different things. If there’s a way to make our team better, whether it’s the rotation of the pitching staff or whether it’s another part of the team between now and spring training, we’ll do that.
“We don’t feel like we need to do that. We feel like we’re in a good position. If spring training started today, we like the mix that we have and we’ll have plenty of contenders for the end of the rotation and the last couple bullpen spots.”
To listen to the compete interview, visit The Big Show audio on demand page. Here is a transcript of other highlights of the interview:
Are the Red Sox under orders to stay under the luxury tax threshold of $178 million in 2012? Read the rest of this entry »
|Trade Deadline: White Sox, Blue Jays, Cardinals reportedly complete trades involving Edwin Jackson||07.27.11 at 11:59 am ET|
The White Sox and Blue Jays have agreed to a deal that sends starting pitcher Edwin Jackson and third baseman Mark Teahen to the Blue Jays for relief pitcher Jason Frasor and starting pitcher Zach Stewart, according to a tweet from FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal.
SI.com’s Jon Heyman tweets that Jackson will be flipped from the Blue Jays to the Cardinals in exchange for outfielder Colby Rasmus.
Jackson is 7-7 with a 3.92 ERA. Teahen is hitting .203 with three home runs and 11 RBIs.
Frasor is in his eighth big league season, all of which have been with the Blue Jays, and is 2-1 with a 2.98 ERA in 2011. Stewart has started three games this season for the Blue Jays and is 0-1 with an ERA of 4.86.
|Trade Deadline: Cardinals reportedly offer Colby Rasmus to White Sox||07.25.11 at 2:10 pm ET|
According to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals have made Colby Rasmus available to be dealt the White Sox pending the right deal. The report says that negotiations have “accelerated” in recent days and the White Sox could make free agent pitcher Edwin Jackson or left-handed reliever Matt Thornton available to the Cardinals.
Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said Saturday that he considers Jon Jay the team’s primary center fielder. Rasmus is in the midst of a two-month slump. Rasmus says that he will discuss any trade speculation.
“I’ve dealt with some of that in the past already. I’m just going to try not to think about it and, wherever I’m at, I’m just playing baseball,” Rasmus said. “I’m getting back to keeping it simple. You get too many things going at the same time and it doesn’t work. I’m going to keep it simple and play baseball. It’s what I did today, I played pretty good, and I’m going to try to keep it going.”
Rasmus is hitting .244 with 10 home runs and 37 RBIs this season.
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