I don't know anything about Joe McDonnell but I have trouble believing this. I think he could end up in Arizona but not before he explores all of the east coast options. If what I've read is accurate, his wife is an equestrian and spends most of the summer on the east coast so that's where he prefers to play. The arbitration deadline isn't until tommorow so it would be a couple of weeks at least before he signed with Arizona.
Maine has a good swing for a pitcher but on anything that moves, he has no chance. And if it's a fastball, it has to be up in the zone. Basically, the pitcher has to hit his bat. - Mike Pelfrey
Not being reported on espn.com, usatoday.com, or sportsline.com.
That said, he was reportedly offered a multi-year contract by the DBacks in late November. Don't know what type FA he is (A, B or C), but, if the rumor is true, it may not be announced until after arbitration has been offered/not offered tomorrow.
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Really? He is a career .252 hitter who has not been healthy in two years. The last time he hit more than 30 HRs was 2001 and he has had only one really good season, 2000. And there is a strong reason that a lot of AL teams are envisioning him as a DH type--brittle and not a great fielder. Giving someone like that a fat contract sounds like a classic Mets move actually.
Would you say that Dunn is a great guy to give a huge contract to and build a team around? Yet they are pretty much the same player at the plate, only Dunn has been healthy and Glaus is not and Dunn is still young enough that is a reasonable hope he can evolve into something more.