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HOT STOVE notes-GM Mtgs.

Discussion in 'All Other Sports' started by rexy2006, Nov 13, 2006.

  1. rexy2006

    rexy2006 Well-Known Member

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    Hot stove notes from the GM meetings

    Ken Rosenthal / FOXSports.com
    Posted: 36 minutes ago

    NAPLES, Fla. - Notes from the general managers' meetings:

    -Third baseman Aramis Ramirez actually is guaranteed $75 million in his new five-year deal with the Cubs, not the $73 million that was initially reported.
    The extra $2 million, according to sources with knowledge of the contract, comes from a buyout if the team fails to exercise his option for 2013.
    Ramirez received full no-trade protection for the first four years of his deal, the sources said, and his contract stipulates that any team that acquires him in the fifth year will be obligated to exercise his sixth-year option.
    Believe it or not, the Cubs again granted Ramirez an escape clause, this time after his fourth year instead of after his second. The risk isn't as great; Ramirez figures to be less attractive at 32 than he was at 28.
    While the Angels were believed to be the team most interested in Ramirez if he tested the free-agent market, the Orioles, Padres, Giants and Phillies were perhaps more willing to meet Ramirez's desire for a six-year deal, sources said.

    -The Cubs still want to add two starting pitchers, and free-agent left-hander Ted Lilly appears to be one of their principal targets. The team has made early contact with Lilly's agent, Larry O'Brien, who describes the Cubs as an "intriguing" possibility.
    O'Brien is familiar with new Cubs manager Lou Piniella; his brother, former major-league first baseman Pete O'Brien, played for Piniella with the Mariners in 1993.
    Lilly, 30, also is drawing significant interest from NL West clubs, O'Brien said. Lilly might prefer a west-coast team; his wife, Tasha, will be a third-year veterinary student at the University of California at Davis next season.

    -The White Sox are fielding calls on each of their five veteran starters, and several rival executives believe that GM Ken Williams could move quickly on a trade.
    Righties Freddy Garcia and Javier Vazquez and lefty Mark Buehrle are signed through 2007, while righty Jon Garland is under contract through '08 and righty Jose Contreras through '09.
    The Rangers are one potential trade partner; the Sox probably would want one of the Rangers' pitching prospects and another young player in return.
    Williams can proceed without restriction in his trade discussions; none of the Sox's starting pitchers has no-trade protection.

    {edited by Concudan, Please do not post full articles}
    Ken Rosenthal is FOXSports.com's senior baseball writer.
     
  2. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

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    I'd loveta see Jon Garland inna Pads uni!!:tup:
     
  3. rexy2006

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    Extra Bases, a Boston Globe Blog

    November 13, 2006
    GM meetings buzz

    By Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff

    NAPLES, Fla. -- GMs from both the AL and NL, dressed in flowered tropical bowling shirts, just departed for their bowling tournament down the road. Theo Epstein wore a yellow tropical design and seemed nervous because he hadn't bowled 10-pin for a while, being a Bostonian and used to candlepin like the rest of us.

    The buzz around the meetings, though unconfirmed, is that J.D. Drew is the player the Red Sox have offered a free-agent contract to. Sox officials did not deny that Drew is the one.
    Drew's agent, Scott Boras, and his entourage have arrived in Naples. Epstein told the Globe that he had made a free-agent offer to a player but would not reveal his identity.

    There have been conflicting reports on when the Seibu Lions will hold their press conference to speak on Daisuke Matsuzaka. Japanese reporters here are still saying the press conference will be 8 p.m. (EST) tonight. There are other reports indicating 8 p.m. tomorrow night. We'll try to nail this down as the afternoon goes on.

    Mets GM Omar Minaya remains confident Billerica's Tom Glavine will re-up with the Mets. The terms have been agreed upon and now Glavine must decide between NY and Atlanta.
     
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    rexy2006 Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG]

    On the first day of their annual meetings, the general managers went bowling. That's right. You heard right. The winner was Kevin Towers of the Padres, who bowled in the mid-160s. That, of course, is out of 300.

    "It was a lot of fun," said Towers, who returned from the excursion wearing a blue floral shirt, his sunglasses dangling from his neck. "Now it's back to work."

    -thanks to Gaslamp Ball for this story & pic
     
  5. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    Mr. Towers?
    I'm Mr. Anteater, Esq.
    AJ Smith called, he's suing you for copyright infringement
    Only he who has b!tchslapped multiple teams can wear the hawaiian shirt
     
  6. tboltzcali

    tboltzcali Well-Known Member

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    How bout gettin us a power hitter KT?
     
  7. HollywoodLeo

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    I'm sure KT can do his job and take time to relax in between.

    We all do it.
     
  8. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

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    I wear Hawaiian shirts all the time.
     
  9. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

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    Then again, we are a litigenous society, and you are who you are.
     
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    Your bro had a nice one!:nana_dance:
     
  11. BFISA

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    Yup!!:icon_mrgreen:
     
  12. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

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    They sent me one with the Pads logo on it last year.:tup:
     
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    rexy2006 Well-Known Member

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    Very cool!:yes:

    Didja hear that Randy Ready is gonna be the coach of the San Antonio Missions???:tup:
     
  14. BFISA

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    Me and O'reilly-

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    BFISA Well-Known Member

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    Hadn't heard that...great news. He wasn't muchuva hitter, but I always thot he hadda good head on his shoulders tabe a coach or summmpm.
     
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    A snippet from the article, Cubs Bracing for Busy Offseason, by
    Ken Rosenthal / FOXSports.com
    Posted: 8 minutes ago

    -The Padres, who tried to trade for Gary Sheffield, are interested in free-agent outfielder Moises Alou on a one-year deal. They also could be a suitor for Maddux, but would prefer to sign him for only one year to retain their flexibility. ...

    Moistest? A PADRE? :icon_eek: Maddux=:icon_banana:
     
  17. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

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    I dunno, Moises has broke the last cuppola years, hasn't he?? 'Sides, if he still pees on his hands, ewwwwwww!!:icon_eek: :no: :tdown: :icon_evil:
     
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    I think there's a place on our staff for Maddux...I was pimpin for'im last year :tup:
     
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    Baseball GMs want to look over instant replay
    By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer
    November 15, 2006


    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- When it comes to instant replay, baseball general managers want to look it over.
    GMs plan to talk about the topic some more, and perhaps make recommendations in the future, even they know commissioner Bud Selig is against the having replays aid umpires' decisions.
    "There is sufficient interest in it that it really warrants further discussion," baseball senior vice president Joe Garagiola Jr. said Wednesday at the GMs' annual meetings. "There's no specific action item at the moment. We just want to keep talking about the different ways it could come into play and just keep kind of refining our thinking on the topic."
    GMs have repeatedly discussed the topic but know replays aren't likely to be used while Selig is in charge. Two years ago, GMs split 15-15 on a vote to further consider the use of instant replay.
    "The commissioner's views on instant replay are well known but I also know he respects the body here," Garagiola said. "So it's an important topic to continue to discuss."

    Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella, whose been known to speak his mind to umpires, doesn't think there's a need for replays.
    "Umpires do a really nice job," he said. "I think that's the way baseball has been played since inception. I don't see any reason to change it."
    On the third day of the four-day session:
    -- Toronto neared agreement on a two-year contract with designated hitter Frank Thomas.

    -- The New York Mets traded relievers Heath Bell and Royce Ring to the San Diego Padres for outfielder Ben Johnson and right-hander Jon Adkins.

    -- The New York Yankees declined Mike Mussina's $17 million option but neared agreement on a two-year contract with the right-hander that would be worth about $23 million.

    -- Baltimore neared agreement with pitcher Jamie Walker on a three-year contract worth about $11 million.

    -- Tampa Bay won the rights to Japanese third baseman Akinori Iwamura when the Devil Rays' bid of about $4.5 million was accepted by the Yakult Swallows.

    -- The Chicago Cubs agreed to a $5.25 million, two-year contract with backup catcher Henry Blanco.


    -- Philadelphia reached a preliminary agreement on a two-year contract with third baseman Wes Helms.

    While big-names clients are being discussed with teams in this early stage of free agency -- players such as Alfonso Soriano and Barry Zito -- no deals appear close.

    GMs did approve several changes. Starting next year, a team can change its postseason roster up until 10 a.m. on the day its first game is played, not when it is scheduled. That came in response to the postponement of the NL championship series opener between the Mets and Cardinals.

    Starting next year, tie games will be a thing of the past -- if a regulation game is tied when stopped by rain, and it will be suspended and resumed at the point where it was interrupted. That change was approved last year but not ratified by the players' association, which can delay rules modifications for one year but can't block them.

    GMs didn't approve a proposal to have games suspended that were not yet regulation -- in other words, if there is a rainout after two innings, the game still will be wiped out and replayed from the start.

    In a rule change that must be approved by owners and the union, umpires proposed that weekends count for waivers during spring training.

    Baseball also revealed a number of statistics on umpires. The Questec computer system, used in 11 ballparks, said 94.91 percent of ball-strike calls were correct, up from 94.20 percent in 2005. That represents a decline from 8.65 to 7.64 missed pitches per game.

    Ejections dropped from 227 to 218 this year, and warnings fell from 79 to 68. There were 30 hit batters after warnings, of which 12 pitchers were ejected.

    Updated on Wednesday, Nov 15, 2006 9:58 pm EST
     
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    "When it comes to instant replay, baseball general managers want to look it over."

    Geez, jes what we needta speed up the game :no: :icon_shrug: :icon_huh: :tdown:
     
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    Looks like the Padres will be getting a new bench coach:

    Thursday's MLB Transactions
    November 16, 2006


    SAN DIEGO PADRES: Announced the contract of Tony Muser,
    bench coach, will not be renewed.:icon_shrug:

    no more partying with Jr.
     
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    Yup, can't wait!!:tup: :icon_toast:
     

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