Could Griffey be deal to Rays? (cont.)
Around the Majors
Cleveland's All-Star catcher Victor Martinez (elbow surgery) joined starting pitchers Fausto Carmona and Jake Westbrook on the disabled list, and if any team has a reason to cry about injuries it's the Indians.
But others may celebrate their misfortune, as the chances for C.C. Sabathia to hit the trade market appear to be increasing with every Indians injury. "He's going to be traded,'' one hopeful competing GM said.
Dontrelle Willis doesn't quite look as bad on the mound as Rick Ankiel did at his wild worst. But there have to be concerns about his inability to throw strikes, which began back in spring training, shortly after he signed a $29-million, three-year contract following his trade from the Marlins.
Reports of Miguel Cabrera's heft, though, have been exaggerated in some circles. He may not be the hardest worker in baseball, but he is by no means anywhere near as tubby as he was last year with the Marlins. He is also starting to get hot.
Things are not working for Erik Bedard in Seattle. It's no surprise he isn't close to the media, but Tacoma News Tribune columnist John McGrath pointed out recently that Bedard hardly talks to teammates, either. It doesn't seem farfetched they'd consider trading him.
Jair Jurrjens is missing a start in the latest Brave disappointment. One thing about them, they appear to be putting on a brave face (no pun intended).
Meanwhile, new Cub Jim Edmonds' ninth-inning home run on Thursday prevented the Braves from stopping their 20-game road losing streak in one-run games. Later, it was extended to 21 in a 3-2 defeat. If this goes on much longer, I may not be alone in my contention that Bobby Cox isn't the genius he's cracked up to be.
Mets officials must stop volunteering that injuries aren't an excuse. They're right. They are not an excuse, especially when they're counting on Orlando Hernandez, Moises Alou and others from the Mesozoic Age.
The Mets, though, are getting a quick start on the future. They already agreed to terms with No. 1 choice Reese Havens, a shortstop from the University of South Carolina who may be turned into a catcher. Havens, the 22nd-overall pick, got about $1.4 million. The other first rounder to agree was Cal first baseman David Cooper, who has a deal with Toronto.
One interesting pick was the Yankees' selection of talented Salisbury (Conn.) School left-hander Chris Dwyer in the 36th round. He has a scholarship offer to Clemson, and in the words of one scouting director, "he may be the first player ever to be draft eligible following his freshman year.'' The quirk occurs because of Dwyer's age; he's 20.
Dwyer's high-school teammate Anthony Hewitt, a shortstop from Brooklyn, N.Y., was considered perhaps the best athlete in the draft and went No. 24 overall to the Phillies. GM Pat Gillick has always loved tools.
A scout who watched Jake Peavy beat the Dodgers (as he usually does; he's 12-1 vs. L.A.), said, "His velocity is back. He looks good.'' Peavy hit 94 mph on the gun.
Another scout on Adrian Gonzalez: "I'd never pitch to him. I'd treat him like Albert Pujols. Never let him beat you.'' Yet, somehow Gonzalez is leading the NL in RBIs with 60 and threatening to become the second player to lead the league in RBIs for the lowest-scoring team in the league. Wally Berger was the first. He had 130 RBIs for the Boston Braves in 1935.