official yet, but (1) word out of Seattle is that the Mariners will name former
Rangers bench coach Don Wakamatsu as their new manager, and (2) word out of
Kansas City is that the Royals have obtained outfielder Coco Crisp from Boston for
reliever Ramon Ramirez, a set-up type (and former Rangers farmhand) that I was
hoping we could land.
Back in August,
I’d proposed this deal with the Royals: (a) Jarrod Saltalamacchia, (b) Matt Harrison
or Eric Hurley, (c) John Mayberry Jr. or Nelson Cruz, (d) Joaquin Arias, and (e)
Zach Phillips (or Carlos Pimentel or Miguel De Los Santos or Geuris Grullon or
Julio Santana or Matt Nevarez, whichever lower-level minor league pitcher our bunkmates
in Surprise preferred) for Zack Greinke and Ramirez, who probably figures in now
as a seventh-inning man in Boston.
It will be
interesting to see what the Sox do with Justin Masterson.
Wakamatsu, a really good dude.
bid on the Guitar Hero guitar controller signed by C.J. Wilson is now $425. Email me if you wish to bid. Go here to check on the bid status: http://forum.newbergreport.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=6830
And I forgot
to mention that, as always, we will collect new, unwrapped toys at the December
10 Book Release Party in conjunction with the Rangers’ Toys for Tots Drive.
to add internal non-roster players to the 40-man roster is tomorrow. We’ll catch up then, if not sooner.