Thursday, June 11, 2009

TX signs El Duque; Stark on Street and Cruz

In an odd turn, TX has signed Orlando Hernandez to a minor league deal and he will report to OKC when ready.

He may be joining the bullpen, as he was said to be interested in a bullpen job for anyone willing to give him the (39-44yo?)a shot. His fastball sat at 86.6 in 207 (88 for career) paired with a slider as his second pitch:

"Meanwhile, Genske said that another client of his, Orlando Hernandez, wants to keep pitching, after missing the entire season with the Mets. El Duque underwent surgery on his right foot in September and is rehabilitating.
Said Genske: "He wants to be a closer. He's ready to go." Closing might be a stretch, but certainly there are teams out there that would try him as a reliever. Shoot, the Mets should consider it. They should just pay him $600,000 (with incentives) instead of $6 million."

And in this article by Jayson Stark, he says that TX has been heavily scouting 25.7yo Huston Street during his current hot streak. He sits at 91 with a mid-80s slider but his is throwing his change about twice as much as last year for some reason (20%). He has converted 11 or 12 saves this year. Can't be a good indicator of the health of FranFran's shoulder that TX is pursuing a closer and not just a quality setup guy. It will cost them a couple of nice prospects.

OT - Stark quoted a scout who had some goog things to say about Nelson Cruz:

• On Nelson Cruz: "I never was a Nelson Cruz fan, but I've got to give the guy credit. He's made himself a better hitter. He's always had power. I never denied the power. He's hit some of the longest home runs, off mistakes, that I've ever seen. But they were mostly off mistakes. But he's made adjustments, and he looks like a different hitter. I look forward to seeing more of him."


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