LaTroy Hawkins not the only pitcher cruisin' for a bruisin'

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Thanks to the wonderful Fack Youk for the heads up on this one:

Tampa Bay Rays RHP Matt Garza acknowledged it was more than
coincidence than he hit Mark Teixeira the inning after Yankees starter
Joba Chamberlain threw a pitch at the head of Evan Longoria, and noted
the Yankees threw inside to Longoria and hit him Monday too.

“I just kind of got tired of people brushing him back,” Garza
said. “It’s about time someone made a statement. They did it on Monday
night and we didn’t do anything, they didn’t do it too much (Tuesday)
and (Chamberlain) did it again tonight.

“I hate to be that guy, but someone had to take a stand and say,
“You know, we’re tired of it.” You can go after our best guy, well,
we’ll make some noise too, and that’s what happened.”

You know, part of being “that guy” in a beanball war entails giving a
totally deadpan statement to the media after the game that goes “I
guess that pitch to Teixeira got away from me.” Doing that and letting
your subsequent silence speak for itself is way more badass than
talking about just how much you stand up for your teammates. And it’s
way less likely to get Bob Watson on your butt and suspending you when
you’re trying to pitch your team back into a pennant race.

Jesus, can’t Sutcliffe hold a seminar on this stuff on an off day?

J.D. Martinez tells teams he prefers an outfield role

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Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.

That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.

Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.