The Suns don’t tip-off for 20 minutes so there is plenty of time for you to read about the Arizona Diamondbacks mini week in review!
On Monday, the Blue Jays were granted permission to speak with Matt Williams about the managerial opening north of the border. Should we be worried? No. I don’t see Matty taking a job in Toronto. That being said, the fact that the Colorado Rockies have spoken to Matt concerns me a bit. Williams is currently managing many young players for the Rockies in the AFL. Maybe this is just the selfish side of me speaking but I don’t want to see Matt Williams leave, and I certainly don’t want to see him in another NL West teams uniform. Matty was there from the start in 1998 when the “BOB” was the hot spot in Phoenix. He was there in 2001, and we all know what happened that year! I’m interested to see this situation play out but I think I speak for most D’Backs fans when I say i don’t want to see Williams gone.
In news that isn’t causing me to lose sleep, the team has declined options on catcher, Henry Blanco and relief pitcher, Matt Lindstrom. Hmmm, maybe we could have another Chris Snyder sighting in the desert? I don’t think so. However, the Astros declined the option on Snyder on Tuesday, making him a free agent. The decision to decline Blanco’s option shouldn’t really come as a surprise as the 41 year-old hit .188 in very limited action last year and chose not to sign my D’Backs poster at spring training (I know, i know, that’s beside the point!) As far as Lindstrom goes, the violent throwing right-hander can play a role in any bullpen in the league, except for ours I guess. The D’Backs bought out the 32 year old for $200,000. I see Lindstrom getting signed by somebody for a short-term fix and based on the fact that Matt has pitched for 4 teams in 2 years, my thoughts aren’t too far fetched. Ever since Ryan Roberts left, it seems like the team is just trying to free up tattoo space in the clubhouse.
Is it too early to start the countdown until pitchers and catchers report? No? Okay! 110 days.