Identifying this season's superb starts ... and the poor ones, too
Folks always talk about how important it is to get off to a good start. These players, managers and executives can say they're off to spectacular starts ...
And some great baseball people not off to such great starts ...
The Nationals are off to a slow start in negotiations with No. 1 choice
The Nats have only until Aug. 17, in reality. But it is believed Strasburg's people don't want him taxing his arm by pitching in the major leagues this year, so they are taking the position in talks that there's no rush to sign this year. The Nationals are in a tough spot, since they failed to sign last year's No. 1 pick (though they did sign this year's No. 10 overall, Stanford pitcher
Boras is believed to have mentioned
Most folks believe the likelihood is still that Strasburg winds up signing with the Nats right on the Aug. 17 deadline. Guesses have ranged from $15 million to $30 million.
• There have been hints the Nationals may be considering outside general manager possibilities in addition to interim GM
• It wasn't a good sign when
• Diamondbacks starter
• Carlos Beltran might seek out a second opinion after Mets doctors diagnosed a larger bone bruise. In any case, he is not expected back when eligible in two weeks. "He'll be out a while," said someone close to Beltran.
• The Rays would like to acquire a closer, but would have to do it without adding payroll. Tough task.
• Rays GM
• The Indians are said to be getting lots of calls on versatile
• Daisuke Matsuzaka's on the DL with a shoulder issue. But he isn't helping his cause by also being out of shape.
• The Royals may have some interest in struggling Brave
• Reds Slugger
• Funny to see Boras and Leyland, who are actually pretty friendly, mix it up over the benching of
While Leyland said Ordonez's benching would be "indefinite," Boras wanted to make sure that didn't mean forever. Ordonez was back in the lineup after five games out, going 0 for 2. That was probably Leyland's plan all along; people close to him note he says "indefinite" when he means a few days. But this case isn't completely resolved. The big issue in the background, of course, is the $18 million vesting option Ordonez gets with 540 plate appearances. Teams are not allowed to cut players based on salary.
• It's almost unseemly that the Yankees would protest a Marlins victory based on a technicality. Good to see reason prevail, as the claim based on a lineup snafu was rejected.
• The irreverent tweeting continues at