Yay! It's the 2010 All-Star Selection Show…


Major League Baseball is announcing its All-Star teams this afternoon on TBS.  The squads, as they are revealed:

American League Starters

C Joe Mauer
1B Justin Morneau
2B Robinson Cano
3B Evan Longoria
SS Derek Jeter
OF Ichiro Suzuki
OF Josh Hamilton
OF Carl Crawford
DH Vladimir Guerrero

National League Starters

C Yadier Molina
1B Albert Pujols
2B Chase Utley   injured, will not play
3B David Wright
SS Hanley Ramirez
OF Ryan Braun
OF Jason Heyward   injured, might not play
OF Andre Ethier


Utley was voted in by the fans, but will not be available due to right thumb surgery.  The Braves’ Martin Prado will start in his place.  Heyward is questionable with a deep bone bruise in his left thumb.

AL Pitching Staff

SP CC Sabathia
SP Clay Buchholz
SP Fausto Carmona
SP David Price
SP Phil Hughes
SP Jon Lester
SP Cliff Lee
SP Trevor Cahill
RP Neftali Feliz
RP Mariano Rivera
RP Matt Thornton
RP Jose Valverde
RP Joakim Soria

NL Picthing Staff

SP Roy Halladay
SP Ubaldo Jimenez
SP Josh Johnson
SP Tim Lincecum
SP Tim Hudson
SP Adam Wainwright
SP Chris Carpenter
SP Yovani Gallardo
RP Jonathan Broxton
RP Arthur Rhodes
RP Brian Wilson
RP Evan Meek
RP Matt Capps


That’s a first-time selection for Rhodes, 40, and very much deserved.  He has a 1.09 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP in 37 appearances out of the Reds’ bullpen this season.

You’ll notice that Stephen Strasburg did not make the cut.  He will not be part of the “Final Vote” either.

American League Reserves

IF Ty Wigginton
3B Adrian Beltre
DH David Ortiz
1B Miguel Cabrera
OF Torii Hunter
3B Alex Rodriguez
SS Elvis Andrus
2B Ian Kinsler
3B Jose Bautista
C John Buck
OF Vernon Wells

National League Reserves

OF Chris Young
IF Omar Infante
C Brian McCann
2B Martin Prado
OF Marlon Byrd
2B Brandon Phillips
3B Scott Rolen
OF Michael Bourn
OF Corey Hart
SS Jose Reyes
1B Ryan Howard
OF Matt Holliday
1B Adrian Gonzalez


It’s fairly disappointing that Reds first baseman Joey Votto did not make the cut, but he will almost certainly be a part of the NL’s “Final Vote.”  With a .988 OPS, 19 home runs and 57 RBI, he deserves to be on this squad.

Infante is a questionable pick, but National League manager Charlie Manuel told the TBS crew that he wanted a few guys who can get on base and lay down bunts.  He’s thinking about bringing a little small ball to Anaheim.

Trevor Cahill considering the Pirates as a potential destination

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ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that free agent pitcher Trevor Cahill is looking for a one-year, bounce-back deal. The Pirates are one of the potential teams he is considering.

It’s no surprise that the Pirates are on Cahill’s list. Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage has garnered a reputation as a miracle worker after turning around the careers of a handful of pitchers, including Edinson Volquez, Francisco Liriano, and J.A. Happ. Volquez parlayed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Pirates into a two-year, $20 million deal with the Royals last December. Liriano signed with the Pirates on a one-year, $1 million contract and turned that into a three-year, $39 million deal. Happ, dealt to the Pirates from the Mariners at the most recent trade deadline, just signed a three-year, $39 million contract with the Blue Jays.

Cahill, once a highly-regarded pitching prospect, has scuffled over parts of seven seasons in the majors. The 27-year-old owns a career 4.13 ERA with a 754/427 K/BB ratio in 1,083 2/3 innings. Cahill had some brief success after signing with the Cubs as a free agent in mid-August, compiling a 2.12 ERA in 11 appearances out of the bullpen.

Blue Jays narrow GM search to two candidates: Tony LaCava and Ross Atkins

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Blue Jays have narrowed their search for a new general manager down to two candidates: current interim GM Tony LaCava, and Indians vice president of player personnel Ross Atkins. Former Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos resigned last month.

LaCava was promoted to interim GM on November 2 and has already made a handful of moves along with new president Mark Shapiro. The club acquired Jesse Chavez in a trade and signed pitchers Marco Estrada and J.A. Happ to multi-year deals.

Atkins worked under Shapiro in the Indians organization for 15 seasons, so it is no surprise that he is a finalist for the open GM position.

The Diamondbacks met with Johnny Cueto’s agent

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Update (7:58 PM EST): Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart met with Cueto earlier this month in the Dominican Republic and made a contract offer that the right-hander turned down. The Diamondbacks maintain interest in the free agent.


Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Diamondbacks spoke with Bryce Dixon, the agent of free agent starter Johnny Cueto. However, Rosenthal notes that Cueto’s price tag is expected to exceed the Diamondbacks’ comfort level.

Cueto, 29, is one of a handful of highly touted starting pitchers in this offseason’s free agent class. He is joined by David Price and Zack Greinke, among others. Jordan Zimmermann inked a deal in the neighborhood of $110 million over five years with the Tigers on Sunday morning, which will serve as a barometer for Cueto.

Cueto finished the 2015 regular season, between the Reds and the Royals, with a 3.44 ERA and a 176/46 K/BB ratio over 212 innings. He made 13 shaky starts with the Royals, but outside of a shellacking in Game 3 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays, pitched well in the post-season. Cueto pitched a complete game in Game 2 of the World Series against the Mets, helping put the Royals up two games to none at the time.

As a result of switching teams during the season, Cueto was not eligible to receive a $15.8 million qualifying offer. This means that Cueto, unlike Zimmermann for example, does not come attached with draft pick compensation.

Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski is reportedly trying to trade Hanley Ramirez

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Nick Cafardo provides this interesting nugget in his Sunday notes column at the Boston Globe

Hanley Ramirez, 1B-DH, Red Sox — There’s now talk in the front office that Dave Dombrowski is trying to move Ramirez in a deal. The Mariners, Orioles, and Angels seem to be the targets, and all three make sense.

Cafardo notes that “there are huge hurdles to cross” before a trade could happen — like how much of Hanley’s remaining salary the Red Sox would have to eat and what positions the soon-to-be 32-year-old is able to play defensively at this point in his career.

Boston’s higher-ups have asked Ramirez to learn first base and drop 20 pounds this winter. Whatever team is looking to acquire him would probably have to be comfortable with him serving primarily as a designated hitter.

Hanley is owed $68.2 million over the next three seasons and he carries a $22 million vesting option for 2019. He batted just .249/.291/.426 in 105 games this past year.