Thursday, November 13, 2008

The hunt for a manager, and other notes

I don't have a lot of to say on a new manager or not. They have a current list of 7 and it is rumored that 3 more will be added. A decision will be made before the end of this month. This week is round 1, and next week will be round 2 with a decision coming shortly after Thanksgiving.

All the candidates so far have their pluses and minuses. I just want a winner to be placed on the field.

In other news, the M's parted ways with 2 players, and assigned 2 others to the minors. Jake Woods declined his minor assignment and is now gone. Yung Chin Chen was picked up by the A's, and Jared Wells and Joe Woerman were sent down. This opens up 4 spots on the 40 man roster. This clearly gives the M's the room they need to go after the young Japanese hurler Junichi Tazawa. He is not in the "majors" in Japan, so the M's don't have to pay out money just to talk to him (i.e Dice-K and Kuroda). The M's are denying that any contact has been made to Tazawa, and he is a bit of a gamble. However, he does have youth on his side. The other diamond the M's have that other ball clubs do not is a Japanesse catcher in Johjima. This could help us land Tazawa without breaking the bank.

A small jab to the M's, Tim Lincecum is your NL Cy Young winner, and new cover boy for "MLB 2K9". The last time I hope to talk about this from a standpoint of comparing Morrow to Lincecum. If you really want to compare notes, Tim has 1 Cy Young and no WS titles, Morrow has zeros in both standings. Overall, not bad to be down 1 award. Morrow will be a full time starter next year, so the true comparison will take place.

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