Some assorted reaction and befuddlement to Edwin Jackson’s no-hitter against the Rays on Friday night.
- Jon Paul Morosi: “I’ll admit that the final tally — 149 pitches, eight walks — looks a
little absurd. But 2010 is the “Year of the 0.” We witnessed three perfect games
(unofficially) in less than one month. A no-hitter? Routine.”
- A.J. Hinch: “You do want to make smart decisions, but you do have a chance at
history and you don’t want to take it away from him. And that’s for everybody involved, from the team, to the fans, to
anybody that was included in this game. It was the most bizarre
no-hitters you’ll ever be around.”
- Joe Maddon: “He throws 68 pitches after just three innings and settles in and
pitches like he did? You’ve got to give him a lot of
credit. He’s a horse and a great athlete. He’s a great kid and he
deserved to do that tonight. Hats off to him; he’s a wonderful man.”
- Edwin Jackson: “After the fifth, I looked up there, and I was like,
‘Wow, after all
this, there’s still no hits?”
- Mel Stottlemeyer: “I was kind of kidding that he was an error and eight walks away from
having a perfect game.”
- Eric Stangel: “Edwin Jackson throws no-no. There are now more
pitchers who have thrown a no hitter this season than those who haven’t.”
- Joe Lemire: “Thus, the smart move for the Diamondbacks, who are already 14.5 games
out of first place and would need a miracle to contend for the playoffs
this season, would be to give Jackson a few extra days before his next
outing or skip that next start altogether.”
- Edwin Jackson: “If he wants to skip me (in the rotation), that’s fine. If he just wants to give
me a day off, that’s fine, too.”
- Rob Neyer: “For baseball, it means another chance to trumpet the effectiveness of
its drug policy. Hitting isn’t down nearly as much this season as you
might think (or as you’ve been told) … but it’s down some, and last
year it was down from the year before. We’ve seen four no-hitters
already this season and while we might not see another, this does seem
to be a new era, an era in which pitchers will somewhat regularly do
incredible things. Even pitchers like Dallas Braden and Jackson.”
Ben Cafardo of the Boston Globe speculated on Sunday that there might be a connection between the Giants and veteran free agent right-hander John Lackey, and now FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that San Francisco is indeed in pursuit.
Rosenthal says the Giants, “like most clubs seeking pitching, [are] examining [a] wide range of options” in this starter-heavy free agent market. Lackey would make a ton of sense for any contender on something like a two-year deal. His free agency is tied to draft pick compensation, but that shouldn’t be much of a deterrent.
The 37-year-old right-hander registered a career-best 2.77 ERA across 218 innings (33 starts) this past season for the National League Central-champion Cardinals and he was St. Louis’ most reliable starter during the playoffs.
It’s well known that he wants to remain in the National League.
As first reported by beat writer Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, the Angels have signed free agent catcher Geovany Soto to a one-year major league contract. MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says the deal is worth $2.8 million guaranteed.
Soto will offer some veteran presence at catcher for the Halos alongside 25-year-old Carlos Perez, who hit .250/.299/.346 as a rookie in 2015.
Soto slashed .219/.301/.406 with nine homers in 78 games this summer for the White Sox.
The 32-year-old backstop is a .246/.331/.434 career hitter at the major league level.
According to the official Twitter account of the Chicago White Sox, the club acquired right-hander Tommy Kahnle from the Rockies on Tuesday evening in exchange for minor league pitcher Yency Almonte.
Kahnle was designated for assignment by the Rockies last week in a flurry of moves made in preparation of next month’s Rule 5 Draft. The 26-year-old former fifth-round pick posted an ugly 4.86 ERA, 1.77 WHIP, and 39/28 K/BB ratio in 33 1/3 innings this past season for Colorado and he wasn’t much better at Triple-A Albuquerque.
Almonte, 21, had a 3.41 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 110/38 K/BB ratio in 137 1/3 innings this past season between Low-A Kannapolis and High-A Winston-Salem.
It’s a straight one-for-one deal of two non-prospects, and the timing of it — in the evening, with Thanksgiving approaching — has our Craig Calcaterra wondering whether an executive was just trying to get out of some family responsibilities …
The other day Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the Padres were in discussions with former Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire about their bench coach job. Today Jon Heyman reports that the deal is done and will soon be announced.
McGwire has been the hitting coach for Los Angeles for the past three seasons. When his contract was not renewed following the end of 2015 he was rumored to be up for the Diamondbacks’ hitting coach job. He likely view staying in Southern California to be a plus, as he makes his home in Irvine, which is around 90 miles from Petco Park. That’s a long commute, but Mac can afford the gas, I guess.