Jim Bowden left his last baseball job under a cloud of incompetence and corruption, and the last time we heard from him he was wearing bright-seamed designer jeans and taking the Nationals to task for signings he himself made. But hey, a rumor is a rumor, right! Take it away Jim:
denials…Yanks are in on Holliday….Bradley for Silva likely, Bay and
Mets will do 5 yr deal, Molina will settle for 2 yrs w Mets
Sorry for being dubious about any of this, but at least Ken Rosenthal and those other guys whose anonymous rumors I pass along have a track record for being right about something once or twice in the last decade or so.
I’ll give him the Bradley-Silva thing, though. I have a hunch he’s right about that . . .
Look out Shohei Ohtani, someone is stealing your bit.
White Sox corner guy/DH Matt Davidson pitched three innings in three appearances in 2018. He was pretty good too, blanking the opposition, facing 11 batters, allowing one hit and striking out two. That’s not too bad for a 27-year-old guy who hasn’t pitched since high school. In fact, it’s good enough that, according to 670 The Score, the White Sox have given him the OK to do some serious pitching work this offseason in an attempt to become a two-way player next year.
There’s nothing certain about it — the Sox will see where he’s at after he puts some work in and decide whether or not to let him continue — but it’s notable that they’re entertaining the idea. And says a lot about just how much teams have come to value bullpen arms.
On offense Davidson hit .228/.319/.419 with 20 homers and 62 RBI on the year. That’s not exactly setting the world on fire for a guy with little defensive value, but marry it up with the skills to pitch an inning or two of relief here and there and maybe you got something.