There’s rumblings in LA-LA town less than one day after the Dodgers handed the St. Louis Cardinals their fourth straight conference championship in a row. Both manager Don Mattingly and his young Cuban outfield, Yasiel Puig could be on the block for completely different reasons… Mattingly for general overall lack of success at the high end, and Puig, for a manageable contract that could be moved for decent time tested starting pitcher (s). And lastly, RHSP Josh Beckett, who threw a no-hitter earlier this year, announced after Sunday’s game that he will be retiring. This is a team that has both excess shortstops and outfielders and need young pitching. Hmm.
Rick Piecoro of azcentral sports is already speculating that Dave Stewart will trade one of his three shortstops, Chris Owings, Didi Gregorius and Nick Ahmed, while keeping Cliff Pennyton as a utility infielder. They will do this to secure their biggest need, starting pitchers. One scout said when asked what they could get for either Gregorius or Ahmed, "You're not getting back Matt Harvey or Jacob deGrom, but maybe you get back Rafael Montero." The point is you are not going to see Stewart stand in the way of a deal here. Only Sandy Alderson has the power to fuck this one up.
The Orioles Nelson Cruz changed agents this week and had them meet with Orioles General Manager Dan Duquette to discuss the possibility of an extension to his one-year, 2014 contract. I’m sure he’ll give the team a ‘home team discount’ but he would be crazy to not let this matter linger into the Hot Stove season for, at least, a couple of weeks.