The Rangers like both players. Who wouldn’t.
Konerko is simply the better fit for the Rangers right now, club officials believe.
He is a right-handed hitting first baseman who could also DH. He would be a perfect match for Mitch Moreland at first base. Moreland hits left-handed and can also play the outfield. …
December 4, 2010
June 1, 2010
Cowley says replace Mark Buehrle and Gavin Floyd with Cliff Lee and Daniel Hudson, re-sign Freddy Garcia, trade Bobby Jenks, re-sign J.J. Putz, pickup Matt Thornton’s option, say goodbye to Paul Konerko, A.J. Pierzynski, Carlos Quentin, promote Dayan Viciedo and Tyler Flowers, sign Carl Crawford or Adam Dunn, and sign the one and only Juan Uribe.
I say forget free-agents and the money in the draft and international scouting.
May 2, 2010
One of his suggestions to improve the Sox offense:
Vernon Wells, Blue Jays: The Sox already got Alex Rios from Toronto, so how about adding Wells as well?The Blue Jays aren’t drawing flies at Rogers Centre, and Wells has a nightmarish contract – $12.5 million this season, $23 million next year, $21 million in 2013 and $21 million in 2014.
Wells has an opt-out clause after next season, but why would he walk away from all of that money?
Other suggestions are Carl Crawford, Raul Ibanez, Daniel Murphy, Chris Iannetta and Jermaine Dye. Where’s Carl Everett Scot?
March 26, 2010
From Merkin’s mailbag:
I know this comment sounds strange, considering Flowers is pegged as the organization’s catcher of the future. But in my humble estimation, you have to keep Pierzynski for another couple of years. I really think he’s as valuable as any player on the team, in terms of all the intangibles he brings to the equation. He calls a good game, is one of the game’s better catchers on offense and possesses the sort of strident leadership you need in a winning clubhouse.
December 8, 2009
Sources with Tampa Bay and the Sox said the sides had talked several times this offseason, not only checking out closer Bobby Jenks and his availability in a deal, but more specifically a trade that would have sent Carlos Quentin to the Rays for Carl Crawford.
Cowley also says the “The payroll will be in the low $90 million neighborhood when it’s all said and done.”
UPDATE: Ozzie’s says:
”To make that trade there is a lot of money involved. (Crawford) is making a lot of money. Personally, I don’t think we have enough money to cover that. Second, Carlos is younger and I think we can get Carlos to have more production than what he had this past year. Kenny hasn’t said anything to me, but … rumors are rumors, and that’s what the winter meetings are all about.”
I guess this depends on what the Sox think about Quentin’s health going forward. I lean towards agreeing with Ozzie! SoxNet’s take here.