Interesting move. Setup man for Jenks?
Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
Woohoo! Sox bring back the Michigan connection. Definitely a setup man for the Sox. He doesn't have the closer domination since his surgery. Still a very quality late inning reliever.
The White Sox improving is always bad in my book.
Go Tigers and Cubs!
The Tigers were in the running, right? After getting rid of Lyon this would have been huge.
I interviewed him when he was with the Tacoma Rainiers a few years back. He was ready to get the call up, and during my interview, I met Putz. He said, "I'm from Michigan, too," and I kind of blew him off. He said to me, "You'll want to interview me in a few years. I'll be better than Ryan." I smiled, and did my interview.
Obviously, he was right.
Ryan Anderson was a mess back in the day. So much talent and not much brains. He went to my high school and he was a total headcase. He even got caught stealing sweatbands or something from Sports Authority.
Sounds like he got his life back on track after baseball though. Now he's just a super tall chef.
I think it is a good signing to at least stem the loss of Dotel. Who, IME, wasn't that good. Putz has been down, just had surgery, doesn't seem quite worth 3 million. However, the potential is there, as he showed in 2006 and 2007. Hopefully he can find his old self. Doesn't exactly strike fear though...
IF (and that is a big IF)he is healthy.
Brian's going to get you for making this OT.
He can pronounce it "puts" all he wants, but I always pronounce it the "wrong" way, and laugh every time I see his name.
As a Mets fan, I'm almost guaranteeing a rebound year for him.
Mets signed Michigan alum Mike Cervanek to a minor league deal today. He's a quality hand who's got some major league experience with the Phillies. He wasn't ever going to crack their starting lineup and has languished in AAA for a while. He's tearing it up in the Mexican League this fall. He'll have a shot to make the 40 man roster as a utility infielder for the Mets, if not better.
for the Sox.He always seems to take a guy thought to be done or getting close to done and they turn it on. Dye? The White Sox I read somewhere are thought to be trading Jenks for a leadoff type guy and using Thorton as the closer.