Author: Craig Calcaterra

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Yasmany Tomas is unlikely to sign in the next couple of weeks


The highly-sought-after Yasmany Tomas is going to attend the Winter Meetings in San Diego, which begin December 8, reports Jon Heyman. Which means that he is unlikely to sign before then.

He was predicted to sign with someone last weekend, but that obviously didn’t go down. There is a lot of interest in him so, presumably, he is letting his market develop. Which is a fancy way of saying that he’s letting people fight over him. Which is probably good for him.

I’ll be at the Winter Meetings. I’ll make an offer to him if I see him, but it’s really just gonna be a kicking the tires kind of thing. It certainly won’t be aggressive.

Russell Martin, Nomar Garciaparra, the 2006 Dodgers and tequila shots

Russell Martin dodgers

Jeff Blair of Sportsnet writes about how Russell Martin will fit in as a team leader in Toronto. As part of that, he goes back to Martin’s 2006 debut with the Dodgers and how the veterans on that team dealt with losing streaks:

They had lost five games in a row and called up Martin to make his major-league debut going into a Cinco de Mayo tilt at Petco Park against the San Diego Padres, and a friend of Garciaparra’s had given him a bottle of tequila. So Garciaparra put two and two together and figured the team should do shots in order to break the losing streak. Martin, 23 and on the verge of going 2-for-4 in what would be the first of 121 games in his rookie season, sat there with a bemused expression and looked up as Josh Rawitch — now with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but back then the Dodgers’ public relations director — sidled over and said, “Don’t worry. It’s not like this happens every day.”

I want to believe that’s true, but memories may be weird. Martin’s May 5, 2006 debut was actually in Los Angeles against the Brewers — the Padres had actually been in L.A. just before, bringing that losing streak to five games — so I assume it was a postgame tequila party, not the pregame shots this anecdote implies.

All of that said — and with all of my past skepticism about veteran leadership and it often being oversold — I do think Martin will be a nice addition to a Blue Jays team that has often seemed rudderless. Even if he doesn’t make everyone do tequila shots.

Owners to give Rob Manfred a five-year deal today

Rob Manfred AP

Baseball’s owners will meet in Kansas City today and Jon Heyman reports that they’re expected to vote to give Rob Manfred a five-year contract. Manfred takes over on January 25.

Now word if anyone will ask Manfred if he’s “embarrassed” to make the likely tens of millions a year he will make.

Delmon Young wants a two-year deal

Delmon Young

Delmon Young ended up being a pretty nifty signing for the Orioles. He kept his booty loose and ended up being a key member of the the 2014 A.L. East champs, hitting .302 with seven homers and 30 RBI in 242 at-bats.

But if this report from Roch Kubatko is accurate, he may not be back with the O’s:

The Orioles remain open to re-signing free-agent outfielder Delmon Young, who evolved into baseball’s best pinch-hitter this season. However, Young is looking for a two-year deal, which doesn’t figure to provide a match.

As Matthew wrote a month or so ago, Young is and can still be valuable as “a spare part, his low-maintenance swing always ready at a moment’s notice.” That means any team looking for a decent bench bat would do well to shoot Young a one-year deal. That is not the kind of guy you tend to give multi-year deals to.

Of course, we live in a world where Billy Butler got three years, so who the heck knows.

Red Sox minor leaguer arrested on home invasion charges

Police Blotter

It really doesn’t impress the organization when you walk 71 guys in 78 innings in high-A ball, but that pales compared to this sort of thing:

A Douglas County District Court judge issued warrants for Gabriel Alexander Patterson, 20, and professional baseball player Cody Scott Kukuk, 21, both of Lawrence, in connection with a home-invasion robbery at an apartment in the 900 block of Arkansas Street on Nov. 8, Lawrence Police Department spokesman Trent McKinley said . . . Police alleged that the men entered the Arkansas Street apartment with handguns, battered residents and took their belongings, McKinley said last week.

Kukuk was the Red Sox’ seventh round draft pick in 2011. He played for Salem of the Carolina League last year. He doesn’t appear to be any kind of prospect.

When Pouliot wakes up I’ll ask him to do some projections for Kukuk for the Kansas State Penal League.

(h/t to BTF)