Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Tuesday Morning Hot Links

*Jim Crane wants to bring in another starter to fill out the rotation behind Keuchel, McCullers, McHugh, Fiers, and Feldman but notes that long-term deals "don't seem to really pay off." So I guess the trick is to just draft the next big starter, huh?

*The Astros are interested in Yovani Gallardo, but he comes attached with a qualifying offer. The Orioles and Royals are also in on Gallardo, who might choose a new team soon. Drellich noted a few days ago that Gallardo was scouted and signed by Jim Stevenson, who also scouted Dallas Keuchel, and is now with the Astros.

*USA Today's Bob Nightengale says the Astros could be in play for Mike Leake, now that the Giants have signed Johnny Cueto.

*Ken Giles said all the right things during his press conference yesterday, as did A.J. Hinch, with both noting the price tag.
Giles:
They had to give up a lot to get me. That shows how much they want to take it to the next level and take that next step...I think they did a great job. I'm happy to be here and be sought out as an important piece for your organization.

Hinch isn't worried about crowning a closer in December:
I think they all buy in that they're going to have to be a collective group for us to get where we want to get. I'm no dummy. I understand we paid a lot to get Ken Giles. I understand how trade dynamics work. I understand the difference between 100-mph and 90-mph, but right now it's just nothing we need to address.

*NumberFire analyzes Giles and the trade.

*Here's Jayson Stark's excellent article on Pete Rose, who remains a complete and total idiot.

4 comments:

Chaz R said...

It will be interesting to see how Gregerson handles the situation.

Rose really made a mess of his life. Incredible all that he had going for him.

JEXAS said...

I personally am excited about Ken Giles. Hopefully this means I won't be holding my breath as much in the 9th.

And Pete Rose, man. Chaz said it right: "a mess", indeed. Just sucks what he allowed himself to become.

Anonymous said...

I think Gregerson would rather have a World Series ring then fight over who is the closer. Plus he has guaranteed money. It's not like he is going on more for his performances via arbitration

The Batguy said...

But, Gregerson does have incentives in his contract based on how many games he finishes.