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Cordero, Jones, Kasten, etc.

Trolling for tidbits this morning in a desperate attempt to renew circulation in fingers.

From Nick Piecoro's blog on the Diamondbacks:

The Diamondbacks watched free-agent reliever Chad Cordero throw last week, but keep in mind, he was just playing catch. They probably won't be able to tell much until he gets up on a mound, which is supposed to happen around the middle of February. Cordero's agent, Larry Reynolds, is expecting his client to be able to pitch in game situations before the end of spring training.
"We feel like there's a lot of surprise in terms of how far along he is and we're basically very pleased with where Chad is," Reynolds said. "We think there's going to be a real genuine level of interest when he starts throwing off the mound, and that's not too far off.
"If everything goes the way it has now, he'll be ready to pitch in spring training. I think he'll be able to pitch against hitters before spring training is over."

I saw some pro-and-con Andruw Jones speculation on previous posts. Here is what David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says of him:

How has Andruw fallen this far, this fast? Step right up to vote on your favorite explanation: He's older than he says; he played so hard for so long, he's 31 with a 50-year-old body; he's too stubborn to correct fatal flaws in his swing; his immense natural talent couldn't carry him once he started to break down ... Hey, feel free to supply one of your own theories.


Tickets go on sale Saturday for Nats' spring training games. Anyone in NJ land planning on making a trip to Florida this spring? Do you expect the economy to have a chilling effect on spring training in general?

Bud Poliquin of the Post-Standard -- a name I expect we'll get to know well as the year progresses -- advances tonight's get-together in Syracuse and quotes Kasten on Teixeira.

Speaking of whom, we now know why he chose the Yankees -- because they were willing to do super-cool stuff such as this.

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Gnu Posted:

Interesting to me that they invited Destin Hood and not Michael Burgess or Chris Marerro. That would seem to be a strong compliment to and interest in Hood. Do they evaluate him as being closer to ready because of batting eye/approach, or do they simply want to get a good look to evaluate him.

I was also struck by the number of backup infielders that appear to be in competion including Alberto Gonzalez, Anderson Hernandez, Rafael Belliard, Jose Castillo, Joel Guzman, Pete Orr, Willie Harris, Cory Casto, Freddie Bynum, Dimitri Young, and Leonard Davis. I assume one of those guys ends up as the starting secondbaseman (most likely Hernandez). Willie Haris and Rafael Belliard are on the team unless Belliard is traded. That leaves one, maybe two, spots for the others. Alberto Gonzalez provides the best middle infield insurance, and Dmitri Young offers the best bat, but I am most intrigued by Joel Guzman and Leonard Davis - Davis especially. He's left-handed and plays 2B, 3B, LF, and RF. If he can hit in the majors he offers some lineup flexibility.

I believe Guzman has played 3B, SS, and 1B and though he has never hit as well as projected and he is still relatively young (25?).

Of course all that changes id Hudson and/or Dunn are signed....

Posted by: natbisquit | January 16, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Maybe it was in Hood's contract when he signed. You never know.

If you haven't seen this already,

"I think it's probably fair to say that Adam Dunn, for all his obvious talents, can be a remarkably frustrating player to watch. He is a dreadful left fielder, a designated hitter in outfielder's clothes. He's slow*. He strikes out a ton. He hits .225 with runners in scoring position for his career (and over his career he has never hit better than .248 in those situations). He walks (797 times) about as often as he gets a hit (955 hits) -- those walks might be good for value but that doesn't make them fun to watch. There is a sense around the game that he does not especially like playing baseball; and nobody who has watched him play with any regularity would argue that he demonstrates Willie Mays' joy."

Posted by: jctichen | January 16, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

It was almost certainly part of Hood's contract. Last year, LHP Josh Smoker got a non-roster invitation

Posted by: Brian_ | January 16, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

I'm very curious about the Dukes story about not paying child support. Can someone at the Post cover it? What's management's view of it? I can see them in a big bind between last year's "one strike and he's out" type of stance and what I'm sure is a hope that he starts 150 games this year.

Posted by: natslifer | January 16, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Sorry - missed the earlier post on Dukes...

Posted by: natslifer | January 16, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Here's a question for somebody out there.
The Nats like Adrian Gonzalez so as a part of the deal, they don't pick Strasberg(sp)
first, leaving him for SD who pick next. Obviously, that kind of deal could be done under the table (I think), but could it be done legitimately.
I'm not suggesting I'd want this to happen-just curious. I believe Strasberg is from the San Diego area.

Posted by: jcampbell1 | January 16, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Seattle picks second in the draft, not San Diego. The Padres select third.

Posted by: Brian_ | January 16, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

"It was almost certainly part of Hood's contract. Last year, LHP Josh Smoker got a non-roster invitation"

Therefore, no reason to read too much into it.

Posted by: jctichen | January 16, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Can you draft a player and trade his rights before you sign him?

An interesting note, Adrian Gonzalez was a #1 overall draft pick back in 2000.

Posted by: jctichen | January 16, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

A drafted player cannot be traded until one year after he signs his contract

Posted by: Brian_ | January 16, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

and teams cannot trade draft picks

Posted by: Brian_ | January 16, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Here is a more detailed explanation from Baseball America's Jim Callis

When the draft began in 1965, teams were allowed to trade draftees whenever they wanted. That didn't change until 1985. Oklahoma State outfielder Pete Incaviglia rewrote the NCAA record books that spring, setting marks for single-season homers (48), RBIs (143), total bases (285) and slugging percentage (1.140), not to mention career homers (100) and slugging percentage (.915). All those records still stand except for the last one, which was surpassed by Rickie Weeks (.927).

The Expos wanted a power hitter, so they popped Incaviglia with the eighth overall pick in arguably the richest draft crop ever. The seven players taken ahead of Incaviglia were B.J. Surhoff (Brewers), Will Clark (Giants), Bobby Witt (Rangers), Barry Larkin (Reds), Kurt Brown (White Sox), Barry Bonds (Pirates) and Mike Campbell (Mariners).

However, Incaviglia wanted no part of playing in the cold climate of Montreal. He held out all summer and didn't sign until November—on the contingency that the Expos immediately trade him to the Rangers. Montreal had little leverage, because back then clubs that didn't sign their first-round pick received no compensation. All it got in the trade was righthander Bob Sebra, who won 15 games in six big league seasons, and infielder Jim Anderson, who never played in the majors again.

After the Incaviglia imbroglio, MLB made two changes to the draft rules. Starting in 1986, teams were prohibited from trading a player until one year after he signed his first pro contract, and they also received a supplemental first-round choice in the next draft if they failed to land their first-rounder. (Beginning with the 2007 draft, teams that didn't sign a pick in the first two rounds got the choice after the corresponding selection in the next draft; clubs that didn't land a third-rounder got a supplemental third-rounder.)

Posted by: Brian_ | January 16, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe I mixed up the draft order. Maybe I am getting old.

Posted by: jcampbell1 | January 16, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Atarashii poosto des'.

Posted by: CEvansJr | January 16, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Atarashii poosto WA desu ne?

You gotta have wa.

Posted by: CEvansJr | January 16, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

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