-- Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors believes that Lastings Milledge is a borderline non-tender candidate this year. He expects that the Pirates will dangle him as trade bait up to the December 2nd deadline, when the FO has to decide whether or not to offer him arbitration.
-- We're not much on fall-ball reports, at least this early on. The Bucs have 11 pitchers and 11 position players participating in extra-curricular hardball, and no hurler has gotten 10 innings under his belt yet, nor any hitter more than 41 at-bats. Not much of a sample size so far.
For the record, the early fall heroes are: Brian Bass, who has a 0.93 ERA and 14 K's against just 1 walk in 9-2/3 innings of pitching for the Tigre de Aragua in the VWL, and Andrew Lambo of the Mesa Solar Sox, who is hitting .293/.356/.512 with 2 HR and 9 RBI in 41 at-bats.
-- The Toronto Blue Jays officially announced the hiring of John Farrell as their new manager today. He had been the pitching coach for the Red Sox and director of player development for the Indians.
It was a mild shocker that the Pirates didn't bring him in for an interview; it looks now like he had his target already in sight after the season, and Pittsburgh wasn't it.
-- Bengie Molina and Chris Ray, traded for one another in July by San Fran and Texas, will cash in twice for participating in the World Series. The San Jose Mercury News reported that the Giants voted full playoff shares to Molina and Ray, and the Rangers did the same.
Both may also be in line to get rings, no matter who takes the title. Sounds like a win-win to us.