Baseball whispers: Watch for D'backs to sign Konerko

Rangers could pursue Greinke if they can't re-sign Lee

November 08, 2010|By Phil Rogers

The Diamondbacks' decision to part ways with Adam LaRoche after a 25-homer, 100-RBI season indicates they believe they can sign Paul Konerko, who lives in Scottsdale. … If the Rangers fail to re-sign Cliff Lee, one option is to sign Rafael Soriano or another free-agent closer and give Neftali Feliz a crack at the rotation. Another is to use Derek Holland, 17-year-old shortstop prodigy Jurickson Profar and their stable of power pitching prospects to get Zack Greinke from the Royals. … The Pirates' managing job appears to be down to Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle, the former Rockies' manager, or Jeff Banister, who was John Russell's bench coach. Banister, in his 25th year in the Pittsburgh organization, hit 1.000 in the big leagues, collecting a pinch-hit single off the Braves' Dan Petry in his lone at-bat on July 23, 1991. … There's a 95 percent chance Derek Jeter stays with the Yankees, but Hal Steinbrenner's recent posturing about a deal that "both sides are happy with" suggests Jeter's not going to get the six-year contract it appeared he would when the Yankees signed Alex Rodriguez through age 42. It will be fascinating to see if the Tigers or any other team explores his willingness to leave. … Former Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu and White Sox farm director Buddy Bell are under consideration for spots on John Farrell's Blue Jays coaching staff. … Dan Wheeler became the sixth Rays reliever to reach free agency when the team turned down his contract option. They will try to re-sign him at a lower number. … A .220 average in 59 postseason at-bats played into the Rangers' decision not to exercise a contract option to keep Vladimir Guerrero.

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