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Showalter called Johnson a “key piece” because he allows the club the flexibility to have in either spot. A decision will be made for
On Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish: Although it's not certain whether the 25-year-old right-hander will be posted, Showalter said he has watched tape on the pitcher and thinks he could succeed on the big-league level.
“Repertoire, stuff, good clean delivery, above-average stuff,” Showalter said. “You look at things that will play. I think he has a pitch to put people away with, and the pure stuff and the command. He has a good presentation, something you don’t see all the time.”
If Darvish is posted, it likely will take a package of roughly $100 million (posting fee and contract) to land him. Showalter was asked whether he'd want Darvish.
"I'd take him," Showalter said smiling. "Is he coming for free? I don't think so."
"It's going to be like pitching a little bit with a different arm. There's going to be some adjustments made there."
On getting an outfielder to backup
On Demarlo Hale as a third base coach: Hale is the favorite to be the
On managing against Bobby Valentine, his former