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@jcHc3in1 He most certainly is! I think the Angels are wanting to bring him back for a ST invite though.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Angels Winter Ball prospects worth looking at
@TheUltimateGMI think you have a wonderful sense of imagination. The issue here is, the GM's of other teams wouldn't accept these trades. For example, the Cards are desperate for a shortstop, but why sacrifice 6 years of a top of the rotation starter for a 30 year old SS making 9 million a year across the next 4? That brings negative value. On top of which, the Rangers are dangling Elvis Andrus and the O's are dangling J.J. Hardy. I have a hard time believing the Cards would pass on both of those players and offer up Shelby Miller for Aybar.
The same goes for the Pirates. Taillon is elite and the Pirates just witnessed the Cards make it to the WS on the strength of young SP like Miller, Wacha, Lynn, Kelly, Martinez and Rosenthal. The Bucs have something similar going on and Jepsen and Trumbo wouldn't be nearly enough to dissuade them from that course. Now if the Angels added in another hitter like Cron to the package then maybe, but that just wouldn't be worth it for the Angels at that point.
Bourjos for Owings...yeah I could actually see that happening. Iannetta for Santos? The Jays need a catcher, but they don't need to replace Arencibia so terribly that that they'd sacrifice an elite late inning specialist for cheap in return for a C that has his own defensive issues.
As for the package for Price, no. The Rays already have a second baseman and if they're unwilling to pay Price 12 million to pitch for them, why on earth would they be willing to pay Kendrick 9 million to play 2B for them, a position they already have covered?
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Angels off-season trade porn and predictions
@RyanAguirre IT wreaks of Angels disappointment doesn't it? So does the Michael Young signing.
4 months ago on Angels off-season trade porn and predictions
Keep in mind Job, This is more about what I see the Angels doing, not necessarily the path I would take. The Angels tend to give a lot of bad players a lot of money to be bad on their team. It happens.
The versatility and build certainly make Zobrist an ideal comparison, though it's hard to say any player will develop as Ben has. But Green certainly has the makings. Ultimately, I can see him being a lot more of a Martin Prado type of player. Not especially good defensively at any one position, but should make enough contact and hit for average that he'll be an everyday player.
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Conger & Iannetta time share by the end of the year.
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@ryanoneil Williams was a great hitter, no doubt about that, but even if he hadn't had 3 years taken away as a result of the war, he still wouldn't have matched Hank Aaron's HR totals. Now I realize this is like arguing about Fiji Apples vs Granny Smith, being that we are talking about two of the greatest power hitters of all time, but it's also worth mentioning that Teddy also had the added benefit of playing a large majority of his games at Fenway and Yankee Stadium, two parks I could've hit a HR in at age 13.
Now if you were to ask who I thought the better hitter was, no hesitation on my part, Ted Williams because I think he was the greatest hitter of all time (so far). But if you were to ask me who the better power hitter was, without hesitation I'd say Hank Aaron.
11 months ago on Will there ever be a "greatest"? | April | 2013 Articles
@ChaseKimura Agreed, I think he will.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Five bold predictions for the Angels in 2013
@rgrounds They are absolutely right, a restructuring, or more like a rethinking of one's philosophy concerning a bullpen would be needed. But honestly, do you picture Ned Yost or even Dayton Moore for example ever doing something so "against the grain"? I don't, for a number of reasons, the most certain of which are Moore's offseason moves. Had he not intended to change the way he structures a pitching staff, he would not have gone out of his way to bring in Shields, Santana and Davis. I mean everything about those moves screams "traditional pitching staff". More than anything, it seems the Royals are banking on their newly built rotation being average and their bullpen and young but dynamic offense making up for what they lack.
It's hard to criticize it though, because that's what the best teams are doing. The Tigers are hoping their backend bullpen flaws will be covered by their high powered offense and solid rotation. The Giants hope their relatively toothless offense (I use this term lightly, I actually like the way they're built) will be saved by a great rotation and deep bullpen. The Angels are hoping Blanton/Vargas can hold it together just enough for their offense to score runs and a newer, deeper bullpen to protect leads.
I can't say for sure which teams will be successful, but if you're going to built a pitching staff in a traditional manner, KC did the best they could.
1 year ago on Searching for the new "Moneyball" | December | 2012 Articles
@rgrounds For a team that was getting such terrible performance from their pitching staff, if I were the manager I would've given your idea a try. It's simple, when something isn't working and you can't figure out the problem, you go back to step 1 and start all over. So year, the Royals of the last couple seasons, this would've been an experiment. Especially when you consider the ridiculous amount of talent they have in their bullpen, both at the Major League and minor league levels. However, this season I think I'd be more willing to allow the pitchers to work deeper into games because you have Shields, Wade Davis and Ervin Santana.
1 year, 1 month ago on Searching for the new "Moneyball" | December | 2012 Articles
@rgrounds I agree with you in that case that we are talking about undefined relief roles. However, when it comes to starting pitchers, a more traditional approach may be better if combined with the assumption that 1 inning specialists will be used efficiently. By that I mean, keep the starter in as long as he's effective, whether that be 3 innings or 8 innings, but also get someone warming in the pen beginning in the 4th or 5th inning if the pitcher has shown a consistent history of lasting only 2 times through the order.
@rgrounds I appreciate the comment! You're right, the new Moneyball is about keeping runners off base for cheap, or putting up lots of run for cheap in certain situations. In today's game, one inning specialists are a large part of the equation. If a pitcher is so predictable that you now he's toast after the 4th or 5th inning, then of course you make that move. The only question I have is which pitchers are truly that predictable every 5th day? Can we really predict the game to that extent?
I think it probably doesn't work as a clause because you can't force free agents to sign somewhere. Seattle tried for Justin Upton via trade, they pursued Josh Hamilton and a couple of other sluggers this offseason and came up empty handed. They ended up signing Jason Bay for cheap and trading for Kendrys Morales and Michael Morse in order to boost their offense. But in truth, would either Morse or Morales sign in Seattle if they were free agents? I don't know the answer for sure, but probably not.
1 year, 1 month ago on A unique contract clause idea for Felix Hernandex | January | 2013 Articles
How is Scott Downs not on this list? I'd say he's better than Burnett.
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Before the rosters were announced I was excited about the WBC. Now seeing Dickey, Medlen, Vogy and Holland, I get the feeling this team is going to get bounced in short order after pool play. I wouldn't regard Dickey as a staff as and think that those 4 starters are really a bunch of middle of the rotations guys.
1 year, 1 month ago on Ranking the World Baseball Classic rosters | January | 2013 Articles
It seems to me that pitchign can not possibly be predictable, and if it were as you say it is, wouldn't teams catch on to the whole idea of relievers in set roles? The new moneyball has to be a concept slightly more complex than pitching, a main element of the game which every team is trying to acquire.
@wayneoh33 Kemp is great but who would he start over? Certainly not Trout. You could argue Braun but Braun's stayed healthy and done it longer. You could argue McCutchen but Cutch is a more complete player given his defensive prowess and the fact that Kemps is still coming off an injury plagued year.
1 year, 1 month ago on The dream Team USA World Baseball Classic roster | January | 2013 Articles
@rwsubers Price is younger and coming off a better season than any of the Phillies pitchers. With the exception of Hamels, I'd still rank the rest of the Phillies staff behind Matt Cain and Jered Weaver. But a lot of fans have no idea about those guys because they play out West, most of the country is in bed by the time they start.
1 year, 2 months ago on The dream Team USA World Baseball Classic roster | January | 2013 Articles
@burningriverbaseball That would be nice to see for sure!