A few small items worth making note of that came about today, which for the sake of completeness of coverage, I probably shouldn’t just sit on until Monday. To wit:
Rizzo No You Didn’t!
“The Toronto Blue Jays have expressed interest in Mike Rizzo, the Washington Nationals president of baseball operations and general manager, as a candidate to replace Paul Beeston as team president and CEO,” wrote Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com on Saturday, citing “two industry sources.”
For what it it’s worth — because what else would he say? — Rizzo responded to the report, telling James Wagner of the Washington Post, “I have not been contacted by the Blue Jays. My sole focus is on the Nationals and bringing a World Series to the District.”
Gonna be real cool when the guy that eventually gets hired is plainly your sixth choice, Rogers. Gonna be real, real cool.
Hey, but if it’s not the guy behind the Stephen Strasburg innings limit business of a couple years ago, maybe that actually will end up being alright.
A Cabrera By Any Other Name?
Here’s the Google translation of part ofa report today from Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes about Asdrubal Cabrera:
The New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets are the clubs that have shown more interest in Cabrera, who last season played 92 games at shortstop with Cleveland and 48 at second base with Washington.
First things first, Google sure does a way better job with Spanish to English than Japanese, eh?
As for Cabrera, earlier in the piece Rojas tells us that “the versatile free agent Asdrubal Cabrera would not mind moving to third base, provided it is a contract of at least four years.”
If the same stipulation is in place for second base, I think we can very confidently say that the Jays aren’t going to touch him. But the fact that it’s unlikely any club would go to four years on him perhaps puts them back into play.