The White Sox were able to get Carlos Quentin at a discount from the
Diamondbacks last offseason because he was coming off shoulder surgery,
but he’s had different injury problems since arriving in Chicago.
Gambling on Quentin’s health paid huge dividends for the White Sox
last season, as he hit .288/.394/.571 with 36 homers and 100 RBIs in
130 games to finish fifth in the AL MVP balloting. However, he missed
the final month of the season and the playoffs with a broken wrist.
Quentin got off to a strong start this year, hitting .253/.374/.587
with eight homers in April to show that his wrist was no longer an
issue. Unfortunately, he began having problems with his left foot once
the calendar flipped to May and has been in and out of the lineup for
the past three weeks while going 11-for-56 (.196) with zero homers.
After saying last week that he planned to simply play through the
pain, Quentin felt a “pop” in his foot while running the bases Monday
and hasn’t played since. He left the team to have his foot examined by
doctors back in Chicago and the White Sox placed Quentin on the
disabled list this afternoon.
Chicago has scored the second-fewest runs in the league and
replacing Quentin’s big bat with the likes of Scott Podsednik and
DeWayne Wise certainly won’t help matters. His injury, plantar fasciitis, is more common among NBA players and often leads to long stretches on the sidelines because playing through the pain typically proves extremely difficult.
Last week general manager Kenny Williams made an unsuccessful run
at Jake Peavy, but with the White Sox now sitting in fourth place at
21-25 and facing life without Quentin it may be time for the reigning
AL Central champions to shift gears with an eye toward 2010 and beyond.
Fernando Rodney left a Caribbean Series game with leg tightness
Per MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez, new Padres reliever Fernando Rodney was taken out of a Caribbean Series game on Thursday due to tightness in his leg. It’s unfortunate timing, as the club’s one-year, $1.6 million contract with the right-hander was also finalized on Thursday.
According to MLB.com, Rodney has logged 2 2/3 innings for the Dominican Republic, allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Rodney, who turns 39 in March, posted a combined 4.74 ERA with 58 strikeouts and 29 walks across 62 2/3 innings with the Mariners and Cubs this past season. Most of his struggles came with the Mariners, as he compiled a minuscule 0.75 ERA in 12 innings with the Cubs, but pitched in mostly lower-leverage situations.
Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said on Thursday that while he hadn’t spoken with the representatives for free agent reliever Tyler Clippard, he would likely check in. It didn’t take long for him to act, as Jack Magruder of Fanragsports.com reports that the two sides have been in touch.
Despite his long track record of success as a late-inning reliever, Clippard’s market has been rather quiet this offseason. The soon-to-be 31-year-old posted a 2.92 ERA over 69 appearances last season between the Athletics and Mets, but he was shaky as the year moved along and saw his strikeout percentage fall by over eight percent from 2014. His velocity also continues to decline. Considering those warning signs and the late stage of the offseason, a multi-year deal is likely a stretch.
It was reported on Friday that the Rays are considering Clippard among other free agent relievers.
In a move which will surely lead to some speculation about John Gibbons’ future, the Blue Jays have hired former Indians and Mariners manager Eric Wedge as player development advisor.
John Lott of Vice Sports notes that the hiring has been rumored for a while, as Wedge knows new team president Mark Shapiro and general manager Ross Atkins well from when he managed in Cleveland. According to an announcement from the team, Wedge will work closely with the front office and new player development director Gil Kim “on strategies to enhance the Player Development system.”
Gibbons is a holdover from the previous front office, so as these situations often go, it’s not hard to imagine Shapiro and Atkins wanting to put in their own guy if the team disappoints.
When Pete Rose’s application for reinstatement was denied in December, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred wrote that the all-time hit king had done nothing to change his habits from when he violated Rule 21, baseball’s anti-gambling rule. In a stunning lack of self-awareness, Rose informed Manfred during their meeting that he continues to bet on baseball where it is legal. Now that his banishment from MLB has been upheld, Rose has apparently decided to double down on his reputation.
In a commercial that will air locally in Las Vegas during the Super Bowl, Rose helps promote the William Hill sports betting app. Former Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman is also featured. As you’ll see below, Rose’s ban for betting on baseball is used as the punchline.
It’s a clever spot. Rose is free to make a living, so if he wants to own his reputation at this point, that’s cool. No judgment here. While Manfred’s ruling seemingly left the door open for the Hall of Fame to make their own determination about his status, Rose might feel that he has nothing left to lose.
Rose has often used not being in the Hall of Fame as a form of self-promotion. We posted the commercial here, so it accomplished exactly what it was supposed to accomplish for all involved. But Rose also can’t act shocked why he continues to stand outside the gates. We’re all in on the joke, whether he wants to admit it or not.