Quote of the Day: Jimmie Lee Solomon

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Jimmie Lee Solomon is MLB’s Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations. Based on this passage from today’s MLB.com feature about him, I like the cut of his jib:

Solomon enrolled at Harvard Law School, and after 10 years at a
Washington law firm, where he worked his way up to partner, he left to
become director of Minor League operations for Major League Baseball.
Commissioner Bud Selig later promoted Solomon to senior vice president
of baseball operations and then promoted him again in 2005 to his
present role as executive vice president of baseball operations.

“I hated every second,” Solomon said of his career in law. “I decided to get back into sports.”

It’s this sort of thing that reminds me of what people sometimes say about sex and pizza and stuff:  Even when it’s bad, it’s still kind of good.  Writing about baseball is the same way, which makes me wonder how newspaper columnists can get crotchety and bitter about the game as so many of them do.

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.