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Still hoping for another shot at being a productive pitcher in the big leagues, Dontrelle Willis — one of the best young lefties in the game for a four-year stretch with the Marlins — signed a Minor League contract with the Reds on Monday.
Willis’ deal includes an invitation to Spring Training. And because of the depth in Cincinnati’s starting rotation, the long-time starter is going to try to pitch out of the bullpen, even though he’s only made three relief appearances in his big league career.
From 2003-06, Willis went a combined 58-39 with a 3.44 ERA and averaged 32 starts per year. But from 2007-10, he went 13-24 with a 5.81 ERA while averaging just 16 starts a year and striking out only 22 more batters than he walked.
In December 2007, Willis was given a three-year, $29 million contract, but the final year of that deal proved to be the tipping point. That season, the 28-year-old was designated for assignment by the Tigers on May 30, dealt to the Diamondbacks for Billy Buckner two days later, released by Arizona on July 6 and signed by the Giants to a Minor League contract on July 14.
With the Tigers and D-backs, Willis posted a 5.62 ERA while walking 56 and striking out 47 in 15 games (13 starts).
– Alden Gonzalez
Now that he has put off plans to retire after being named World Series MVP, veteran shortstop Edgar Renteria is looking for new employment. Recently, he told reporters at his native Colombia in Spanish: “I’d like to end my career in St. Louis or Florida [with the Marlins].”
Renteria came up with the Marlins and was a World Series hero for them with the game-winning hit in 1997. After three years in South Florida, he spent the next six seasons as a member of the Cardinals (ironically, he made the last out with them in the 2004 World Series against the Red Sox).
This past season, the 34-year-old Renteria went on the disabled list three separate times, temporarily lost his starting job and was limited to a career-low 72 games, before famously catching fire in the World Series to salvage his season in a big way.
The Giants, as expected, declined their $9.5 million option on him shortly thereafter.
Take away one appearance at first base, and Renteria has spent his entire Major League career at shortstop. But some believe he may be able to play third and/or second base, and perhaps come off the bench in the way Omar Vizquel did with the White Sox, until he became the starting third baseman. If the Marlins trade Dan Uggla, they could look in Renteria’s direction.
– Alden Gonzalez
The Hot Stove didn’t take the day off just because it’s Saturday. Much of the day’s conversation centered around the Marlins, who are among the teams who are heating things up heading into next week’s GM meetings in Orlando. MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro learned that the Marlins may be in serious talks with the Padres regarding outfielder Cameron Maybin. The club has also discussed the former top prospect with the Royals, Frisaro noted on Twitter. Beyond the Marlins, there were plenty of whispers around the league on Saturday. Here’s a rundown:
More than two months after acquiring Pat Burrell, the Giants added another power-hitting right-handed bat to help bolster their corner outfield on Friday, when they picked up veteran Jose Guillen from the Royals in exchange for a player to be named later and cash considerations.
He isn’t Adam Dunn or Prince Fielder — don’t give up hope on those guys, either, though — but Carlos Delgado is still out there, without a team, and wants to play. Contending teams are reportedly interested.
SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants continued to focus on relief pitching as Saturday’s Trade Deadline passed, acquiring right-hander Ramon Ramirez from the Boston Red Sox to go with Pittsburgh lefty Javier Lopez.
Ramirez, 28, was 0-3 with a 4.46 ERA in 44 games for Boston this year. He preceded that with a pair of solid seasons. In 2008, Ramirez went 3-2 with a 2.64 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings in 71 games for Kansas City. Opponents hit .222 off him. Last year, Ramirez joined the Red Sox in a trade and finished 7-4 with a 2.84 ERA in 70 appearances.
Ramirez recently endured tightness in his right triceps but reportedly has recovered. He owns a 16-14 record with a 3.55 ERA in 268 career relief apppearances since 2006 with Colorado, Kansas City and Boston.
The Giants parted with right-hander Daniel Turpen, 23, to get Ramirez. Turpen, a non-roster invitee to Spring Training this year, was 5-5 with a 4.09 ERA in 37 relief appearances for Double-A Richmond. He had 42 strikeouts in 50 2/3 innings while yielding 55 hits.
– Chris Haft
SAN FRANCISCO — Beating Saturday’s Trade Deadline, the Giants fortified their bullpen by obtaining left-hander Javier Lopez from Pittsburgh for right-hander Joe Martinez, according to a Comcast Sports Net report.
With left-handers Jeremy Affeldt and Dan Runzler sidelined by injuries until possibly late August, the Giants sought a lefty who could neutralize opposing left-handed batters.
Lopez, 33, would seem to fit that description. The 33-year-old Puerto Rican compiled a 2-2 record with a 2.79 ERA in 50 games with Pittsburgh this year. Moreover, he limited left-handed hitters to a .204 average, though right-handers batted .315 against him.
Lopez isn’t particularly overpowering, having struck out 22 batters in 38 2/3 innings this season. Lifetime, he’s 13-9 with a 4.37 ERA in 393 appearances, all in relief.
The Giants will be Lopez’s fifth Major League team. He reached the Majors with Colorado in 2003 and also has pitched for Arizona and Boston before joining Pittsburgh this year.
Martinez, 27, has been primarily a starter in his six-year professional career, though he has bounced between the rotation and bullpen in his stints with the Giants this season and last. Martinez was 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in four appearances this year for San Francisco after finishing 3-2, 7.50 in nine games (five starts) with the Giants last season.
– Chris Haft
That’s it. The non-waiver Trade Deadline has now passed, and the dust Here’s a look at what did * The Dodgers acquired the best remaining starting pitcher on the * The Cardinals officially acquired Indians pitcher Jake * The Yankees made some big moves (surprised?). They solidified the designated-hitter role by * A few other relievers were dealt just before the 4 p.m. ET Deadline. * Just before the Deadline, the Red Sox got catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia from the * The Braves bolstered their bullpen and got some needed help in * The Diamondbacks acquired outfielder Ryan Church, * Looking to strengthen their bullpen, the * In what would have been a true Deadline blockbuster, FoxSports.com is reporting on Saturday that
has settled. Several big-name players — like Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt,
Dan Haren and Lance Berkman — wound up switching teams, while
several notable trade candidates — such as Adam Dunn, Jayson Werth,
Scott Downs, Brett Myers and Prince Fielder –
happen Saturday …
market, post-Oswalt, by swinging a deal for Lilly of the Cubs in
the afternoon. In the deal, the southpaw — a free agent after this season and
making $12 million in 2010 — infielder Ryan Theriot and $2.5 million go to Los Angeles, while infielder Blake
DeWitt and Minor League right-handed-pitching prospects Kyle Smit
and Brett Wallach head
Westbrook in a three-team deal with the Indians and Padres. Westbrook
was scratched from his Saturday start as the deal was set into motion. The
Padres acquired Ryan Ludwick from the Cards, while Padres prospect
Cory Kluber was sent to
Cleveland and pitcher Nick Greenwood went to St. Louis.
getting Berkman from the Astros, bolstered their outfield with the
acquisition of Austin Kearns from the Indians, and on Saturday, added an arm to the bullpen by getting
another Cleveland piece, closer Kerry Wood (acquired for a player to be
named later or cash).
Coveted left-hander Will Ohman went to the Marlins in exchange for Minor
League right-hander Rick VandenHurk; Pirates closer Octavio Dotel
was dealt to the Dodgers for right-hander James
McDonald and Minor League outfielder Andrew Lambo; Dotel’s
teammate, lefty Javier Lopez, was sent to the Giants for a couple of Minor
Leaguers; and the Giants got Ramon Ramirez from the Red Sox.
Rangers in exchange for two prospects — right-hander Ramon Mendez and
first baseman Chris McGuiness — and a player to be named later or cash.
the outfield by swinging a last-minute deal with the Royals, one
that brought right-hander Kyle
Farnsworth and outfielder Rick Ankiel (along with cash
considerations) to Atlanta in exchange for outfielder Gregor Blanco,
right-hander Jesse Chavez and Minor League lefty Tim Collins.
infielder Bobby Crosby and reliever D.J. Carrasco from the
Pirates in exchange for catcher Chris Snyder and Minor League shortstop Pedro
Rays nabbed veteran right-handed reliever Chad Qualls from the D-backs.
the White Sox had been trying to acquire Manny Ramirez from the Dodgers,
but the Dodgers didn’t bite on the first attempt.
That’s it. The non-waiver Trade Deadline has now passed, and the dust
Here’s a look at what did
* The Dodgers acquired the best remaining starting pitcher on the
* The Cardinals officially acquired Indians pitcher Jake
* The Yankees made some big moves (surprised?). They solidified the designated-hitter role by
* A few other relievers were dealt just before the 4 p.m. ET Deadline.
* Just before the Deadline, the Red Sox got catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia from the
* The Braves bolstered their bullpen and got some needed help in
* The Diamondbacks acquired outfielder Ryan Church,
* Looking to strengthen their bullpen, the
* In what would have been a true Deadline blockbuster, FoxSports.com is reporting on Saturday that
Thursday, July 29
SAN FRANCISCO — As Saturday’s 1 p.m. non-waiver Trade Deadline crept closer, indications grew that the Giants were almost exclusively concentrating on acquiring bullpen help and had abandoned their pursuit of a hitter.
Sources familiar with the Giants’ trade talks said team officials constantly found that the “prices” for competent hitters, in terms of players San Francisco would have to part with, were far too costly. Giants general manager Brian Sabean has stated his unwillingness to trade left-handers Jonathan Sanchez or Madison Bumgarner, who routinely appear on other teams’ most-wanted lists.
San Francisco’s most immediate division rivals have fortified themselves. The Los Angeles Dodgers traded for outfielder Scott Podsednik while the San Diego Padres got slugging infielder Miguel Tejada.
But the Giants believe they aren’t so desperate offensively that they must overpay for a proven hitter. Despite Thursday’s 5-0 loss to Florida, they lead the National League with 141 runs scored in July. They’re 18-8 this month. As a result, they’re willing to stand pat.
“I like this club, I do,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “If it’s the right fit, I’m sure something would happen, but this is a good team with a lot of moveable parts. …”
This enables the Giants to throw even more energy into obtaining a reliever — preferably a left-hander, since injuries have sidelined southpaws Jeremy Affeldt and Dan Runzler.
“You know the obvious. We lost two left-handers,” Bochy said. “There’s been a lot of talks. I’ll leave it at that.”
San Francisco reportedly has expressed interest in Toronto lefty Scott Downs, who has limited left-handed hitters to a .182 batting average. Downs also has been effective against righties, who have batted .232 off him.
By contrast, another lefty who captures the Giants’ fancy, Baltimore’s Will Ohman, is the quintessential situational reliever. Left-handers own a .207 batting average against him, compared to .340 for righties.
A handful of right-handers also intrigue the Giants, including Florida’s Leo Nunez, who has a .210 opponents’ batting average against lefties. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the Giants are eyeing Seattle’s Brandon League, against whom lefties are batting .235.
– Chris Haft, Cash Kruth
* Cody Ross really wanted to stay with the Marlins. Now, after Chris Coghlan tore his MCL while celebrating on Sunday, Ross may seemingly get his wish, which would deprive the trade market of a valuable outfielder.