MLB Notes & Rumors 5/27/11

Giants Search For Posey’s Replacement
With Giants C Buster Posey out until August, if not the rest of the season, San Francisco suddenly has a gaping hole at one of the most important positions. Two names that immediately came out as possibilities to replace Posey were Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez and free agent catcher, and former Giant, Bengie Molina.

San Francisco has already asked Washington about Rodriguez, according to Ken Rosenthal, and it probably wouldn’t take much to deal for him. With youngster Wilson Ramos on the rise for the Nationals, they may ultimately elect to play Ramos full time and deal Pudge. Molina, who the Giants ironically dealt to Texas last year when they deemed Posey ready for the big leagues, would be willing to return to San Francisco but does not think the team will come calling, as he told Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News.

“If I get it in my mind to do this, I would go. If they need me and want me and they ask me to spend two weeks in the minors, I’d do it. Do I expect them to ask? I’d love to say yes, they will, but I don’t think so because of the way things happened at the end.”

Changes In Denver
With Colorado playing poorly over the last few weeks, the team is making changes to its bullpen and bench. After the Rockies dealt Franklin Morales to Boston last week they traded Felipe Paulino to Kansas City on Thursday night for a minor leaguer. The team then designated 2B Jose Lopez for assignment despite having to pay him $3.6 million, according to Thomas Harding. The team now has 10 days to trade him to another team and chances are the former Mariner could soon find a new home. Ken Rosenthal said the team wanted more athleticism on the bench and Lopez’s departure will likely lead to the call-up of Eric Young Jr. from AAA. Another bench player who could go is infielder Alfredo Amezaga. Aaron Cook will likely come up to replace Paulino within the next few days. Someone else the Rockies could get? Bengie Molina.

Assorted Notes & Rumors
-With Felix Hernandez facing the Yankees this weekend, there’s going to be talk that New York could end up acquiring the Mariners superstar. But the Yankees already know Seattle won’t be dealing him any time soon, according to Jack Curry.
-Despite doing a lot better with a six-man rotation than they ever did with a five-man rotation, the White Sox are likely going to abandon the unique pitching alignment. Despite having a 2.85 ERA, the lowest among the six Chicago starters, it looks like Phil Humber will be sent to the bullpen.
-For all you fantasy people, Toronto’s bullpen situation got a whole lot more murky this week. After Frank Francisco’s blown save on Tuesday night against the Yankees, Jon Rauch and Octavio Dotel will be getting save opportunities as manager John Farrell goes totally by-committee on everyone.
-With greater revenue than they expected, Cleveland could become buyers this trading season. That is, if they want to dip into their deep farm system of prospects.
-Brandon Inge will gain his 10 and 5 rights next Wednesday, meaning he would be able to veto any trade. If Detroit falls out of the race, it would be difficult to trade the veteran.
-Another Nationals player who could eventually be on the move is setup man Todd Coffey, who has garnered interest from Texas according to Bill Ladson. Talks are not serious yet but the Rangers are looking for setup relief.
-UCLA pitcher Gerritt Cole, a former Yankees first-round pick, has a good shot to be taken first overall by the Pirates in June’s draft, according to Buster Olney. He’s sliding down some boards but not Pittsburgh’s.

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