Potent quotables: Weaver brothers make history

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“Mentally and physically I am exhausted. One of the most ill-felt victories ever. It wasn’t easy for either of us.”

– Jeff Weaver, after outpitching his brother Jered
in a 6-4 win over the Angels on Saturday night. They became the first
siblings to pitch against each other since Andy and Alan Benes did it
in 2002.

“People make assumptions about what
our activity would be, which is probably not unreasonable, but at the
same time, I never thought we’re required to be the rest of the
league’s farm system.”

– Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail tells Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun
that the club is not in “salary dump mode.” A number of players,
including Aubrey Huff, Melvin Mora and George Sherrill figure to draw
interest as the trade deadline approaches.

“Baseball is an expensive sport. That’s why a lot of African-Americans don’t play it. You gotta have a bat, a ball, a glove, a catching
glove, cleats — so many things. The fields. If you look at all those
commercials on TV, you never see a baseball commercial. You see LeBron
[James]. You see Terrell Owens. You don’t see that in baseball. Kids
think it’s boring. I thank my parents for that, that I had one of those
old Flintstone Wiffle ball bats. Big, fat bat. If it wasn’t for that, I
wouldn’t have played baseball.”

– Brandon Phillips, commenting on the lack of African-Americans in the majors.
The Reds fell to the White Sox 10-8 in Saturday’s third annual Civil
Rights Game. The event attracted a sold out crowd of 42.234 and names
like Frank Robinson, Hank Aaron, Bill Cosby, former President Bill
Clinton, and Muhammad Ali.

“It’s just a matter of competing. Do
I think he could play without embarrassing himself? Yes. But it’s best
just to play games and get acclimated. I think that’s important. He
doesn’t need to put up numbers.”

– Manager Joe Torre comments on Manny Ramirez, who agreed to start a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday. He is eligible to return from his 50 game suspension on July 3 in San Diego.

“The big deal is probably that a lot
of people aren’t familiar with what he went through, how serious of a
surgery he had and the fatigue that he went through. Everything is
always (bigger) when it’s Alex.”

– Manager Joe Girardi does his best to downplay Alex Rodriguez’s two days off. A-Rod may have needed a breather, but according to the New York Post, that didn’t stop him from attending a private party with Kate Hudson in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday.

Orioles have reached out to Yovani Gallardo

Yovani Gallardo
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From Jon Heyman of CBS Sports comes word that the Orioles “like” free agent starter Yovani Gallardo and “have reached out to him” to gauge his interest in coming to Baltimore and what that might cost.

Gallardo rejected a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer from the Rangers earlier this month and so his free agency is tied to draft pick compensation, but that shouldn’t hurt his bottom line all that much.

The 29-year-old right-hander posted a solid 3.42 ERA in 184 1/3 innings (33 starts) this past season for Texas and he pitched well in his one ALDS start.

Heyman reported a few weeks ago that the Diamondbacks are interested, and the Cubs, Blue Jays, and Dodgers were tied to him just ahead of the July 31 trade deadline.

Cubs, Cardinals, Giants, Dodgers, and Red Sox all showing serious interest in David Price

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David Price has expressed a desire to return to Toronto, where he finished out the 2015 season, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal writes Wednesday that the Blue Jays “are not expected to be a major factor in his free agency.”

The teams that should be considered serious suitors, per Rosenthal, are the Cubs, Cardinals, Giants, Dodgers, and Red Sox — all deep-pocketed teams looking to contend in 2016. Money is apparently the issue for the Blue Jays, who are currently owned by Rogers Communications.

Price registered an outstanding 2.45 ERA, 1.076 WHIP, and 225/47 K/BB ratio in 220 1/3 innings (32 starts) this past season between the Tigers and Jays, finishing second in the American League Cy Young Award race behind Dallas Keuchel of the Astros.

The 30-year-old left-hander is probably looking for a six- or seven-year contract worth more than $25 million per season. He is represented by agent Bo McKinnis.

Marlins have begun extension talks with Dee Gordon

Dee Gordon
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Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald wrote three weeks ago that the Marlins were probably going to explore an extension this winter with second baseman Dee Gordon. And it sounds like those talks are underway.

Via beat writer Joe Frisaro of MLB.com:

As a guest on MLB Network’s “Hot Stove” show Wednesday morning, Gordon confirmed his camp has been in talks with the Marlins regarding a multiyear deal. A source told MLB.com that the discussions are preliminary and have just recently started.

“My agent is doing the talking,” Gordon said on the show. “They’re just keeping me in the loop. I think it’s going pretty well right now. We’ll see how that goes. I’m just playing the waiting game. We’re going to do the right thing.”

The 27-year-old carries three more seasons of salary arbitration, so there’s no real rush to get something done before next spring. Gordon carries quite a bit of leverage after posting a career-best .333/.359/.418 slash line in 145 games this past season for the Fish. He led all major leaguers in hits (205) and stolen bases (58).

Braves sign Bud Norris to one-year contract

Bud Norris

Bud Norris has found a home for his attempt at a bounceback season, signing a one-year deal with the Braves. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says it’s worth $2.5 million, which is a huge cut from his $8.8 million salary this year.

Norris had established himself as a solid mid-rotation starter from 2009-2014, but had a brutal 2015 season split between the Orioles and Padres with a 6.72 ERA in 83 innings and a late-season move to the bullpen.

In announcing the signing the Braves referred to Norris as a starting pitcher, so joining the rotation for a rebuilding team gives him a chance to get his career back on track with an eye on hitting the open market as a free agent again next offseason. And if he fares well, the Braves could use him to add a prospect or two at the trade deadline.