Minor League Transactions: Jan. 1-10
B-R says he started his minor league career in Seattle’s minor league system as a 25-year old and batted .367/.387/.433/.820 with 5 K and 1 BB in 31 PAs (.440 BABIP). Then he made 2 very brief (6 PAs) stops in the rookie-ball and Class-A+. He didn’t play in 2010.
Geoff Baker talked with Seattle Mariners team president Chuck Armstrong:
“I went home Thursday night, thinking we had a deal with the Yankees,” Armstrong said. “Pending an exchange of the physical information of the players involved. The next morning, when we got into the details of the physicals of the players involved, one of the players that was coming to us from the Yankees was disabled, and based upon the best medical information that our team medical director, Edward Khalfayan, had, he recommended that we not proceed. Jack (Zduriencik) and his people then spent some time with the Yankees trying to come up with an alternative player, or players, to replace that player. Or even players to be named later. If we could come up with that. In the meantime, other clubs became involved. The White Sox, Minnesota and Texas to name a few.”
So, Larry Stone heard correctly. Same for Ken Rosenthal. And, if you think Seattle asked for Gordon Beckham you are correct!
UPDATE: Tim Brown (Yahoo) says Cliff Lee might be a Kenny Williams target again in the off-season. Other possible Kenny Williams targets: Prince Fielder, Rafael Soriano, Matt Kemp.
Padilla @ ESPN:
From early indications, it looks as if Joey Cora will likely be back as bench coach for the Chicago White Sox next season.
According to a major league source, the Seattle Mariners never considered Cora a candidate for their managerial opening and the Pittsburgh Pirates don’t have Ozzie Guillen’s right-hand man on their preliminary list of candidates for their manager opening. …
Cora isn’t in the running for the Florida Marlins manager job either says Padilla.
Cliff Lee is joining his fourth team in 12 months and the Rangers are hoping he can lead them to the playoffs for the first time in 11 years. The Rangers pried Lee away from the Mariners and multiple suitors today in a blockbuster deal that makes the 50-35 Rangers clear favorites to win the AL West.
They obtained Lee, Mark Lowe (who is out for the season with back surgery) and cash considerations from the Mariners for Justin Smoak, Blake Beavan, Matthew Lawson and Josh Lueke.
White Sox games remaining against the Rangers: 0
Twins games remaining against the Rangers: 7
Tigers games remaining against the Rangers: 5