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  1. What do you mean? I'm not sure I'm following you.
  2. Vernon Wells, CF 27 years old stat line for this season: .303 BA, 32 HR, 106 RBI, 17 SB, .988 Fielding Percentage with 4 errors all season has two gold gloves on his resume, 2004, 2005 Oh, and did I mention that he's only owed 5.6 million next season? or ...that the Blue Jays are looking for starting pitching? The only catch would be that next season is the final year of his current contract. So, if we didn't sign him to an extension, it would be a waste of whatever talent we traded away to get him. If we would in fact trade for him AND sign him to an extension, he would be in line for a hefty raise in salary. The Blue Jays are in the process of trying to sign him to an extension, but if they don't get it done, they may be even more willing to part ways with him, to get some type of value out of him before he walks at the end of next season. Seemed to me a little bit more of a logical trade than A-Rod. Any thoughts?
  3. My buddy from Kansas said that he grew up a Royals fan during his childhood, but began to wonder why they always got beat, and didn't have the success of the Yankees. In the early '90's, upon learning that baseball did not have a salary cap, he decided to take sides with the Yankees's biggest rival, the Red Sox, in opposition to the Yankees's method of acquiring their success. $$$$ This evening, when asked who his favorite team in baseball was, he replied, "My favorite teams are the Royals and the Red Sox." I've been arguing with him for the past hour about how it is impossible to have TWO favorite teams. I personally think that he's breaking an unwritten rule of baseball. However, he thinks there's nothing wrong with having two favorite teams. We are looking for a third opinion on this to solve the dispute. PLEASE HELP!!!
  4. Wow, that sounds like something straight out of Major League II. This could mean good things to come! Didn't those Indians end up turning their season around and making it to the World Series?
  5. Is anyone an ESPN Insider? I saw a headline today that said the D-backs had talked to the Marlins about Willis. I was wondering if it was just a tease, or if the article actually mentioned an offer with players named.
  6. While the bullpen may have been at the wheel when the ship went down. It's been the starting pitchers and the late-inning offense that haven't been helping. You can't win games when you only play at 50% effort for half the game. I agree that the starters haven't been stellar, and the offense has been anything but explosive. HOWEVER, they've still been good enough to win more games than we have. It's the starter's job to pitch well enough for our offense to get a lead, whether it be for 3 innings or 8 innings. It's the offense's job to score enough runs to get a lead. If the startes and offense can do those two things, then I think they've done their jobs. It's the bullpen's job, on the other hand, to protect ANY lead they are given when they enter the game. That's what they get paid for. Any way that you look at it, the bullpen's to blame for quite a few of the team's recent losses, especially when you take into account the fact that our starters have been pitching well enough and our hitters have been producing enough offense to get us a lead in the late innings of the game.
  7. Swift, I appreciate you putting some thought into your response and raising a good point. However, if we trade Willis for prospects, what's to say that they never pan out, and we end up "overpaying" for THEM? It seems like there are a couple other people on this site that are content with A) trying to find bullpen help on the current roster, which has really panned out so far....ahem....messenger, borowski, kensing, petit, vargas, wellemeyer, OR B) they're content with sitting on here and complaining about blown saves the rest of the season.
  8. Wow, take it easy on me, haha! I'm not at all suggesting that we just GIVE our star players away for free. Just with all the Willis trade rumors circulating, I'm wondering if maybe we shouldn't try to focus on snagging a quality bullpen guy or two plus prospects depending on the quality, rather than taking a gamble on trading him for prospects that may never pan out.
  9. Until now, all the talk I've heard about trading Dontrelle has been for more prospects. But, what do you guys think about trading him for some quality bullpen help with proven track records? It seems that the majority of Marlins fans are opposed to trading Dontrelle, but at the same time, I think the majority of fans are getting desperate for some bullpen help. I just thought this was an interesting scenario, and wanted to see if it made the thought of trading Willis a bit more justifiable.
  10. DATE OPP AB R H HR RBI BB SO SB AVG MAY 06 STL 3 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 .197 MAY 07 STL 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 .200 MAY 09 ATL 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 .214 MAY 10 ATL 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 .218 MAY 12 @PIT 4 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 .220 MAY 13 @PIT 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 .232 MAY 14 @PIT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .232 MAY 15 @ATL 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 .232 MAY 16 @ATL 4 1 3 0 0 1 1 2 .252 MAY 17 @ATL 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 .250 As far as I'm concerned, I think that we can call off our search for a centerfielder. Check out Reggie's numbers over the last ten games. More specifically check out his batting average. It should continue to climb after his first inning dinger today. He's hitting .371 over his last ten games, .333 in the month of May, and .301 over the last 30 days. I think he's getting some of the kinks worked out in CF, too. He had a great throw home last night to nail Brian Jordan. He's got the speed to cover CF and steal a few bases, he can hit for power, and now he's showing he can hit for average. I think we should instead focus on finding some bullpen help. Our hitters have put up 180 runs over 38 games, which averages out to 4.74 runs per game. I think it would be interesting to see what our record would be if we had a bullpen that DIDN'T blow a lead every time we handed them the ball.
  11. Was anyone else sick of listening to the Astros announcers? I was looking around for a mute button after the first half-inning. I didn't think they were very professional at all. They were constantly belittling the Fish, talking about how half of them won't be in the majors halfway through the season, acting like it was a freakin' miracle that any of them were able to field a ground ball or get a base hit, and just being obviously biased over the course of the game. I halfway enjoyed the second game once we got a good lead built up. The announcers kind of had to stick their foot in their mouth once they ran out of excuses for the 'Stros bein' down.
  12. I was pondering this question earlier this Spring, and haven't really had the chance to get anyone else's take on it. What is happening to the money that is being saved by slashing the payroll? Was that money figured into the budget when the stadium deal was proposed down in Florida? At the end of the season, the funding gap was estimated at around $70 million. Surely, if the organization saved up the money that is being saved by the reduction in team payroll, it would be approximately twice the amount needed to bridge the gap by the time 2010 rolls around. Can anyone shed some light onto this subject?
  13. Man, to tell everyone the truth, I've been pretty impressed with the offensive production. I'm trying to get a grasp on what the lineup's gonna look like, but there are about four positions that I feel are still up in the air due to some fierce competition. First of all, I think the following positions are locked down: Jacobs at 1st (I think Stokes could use a bit more plate discipline); Uggla at 2nd (due to the departure of Pokey); Cabs at 3rd (he was smoking the ball in the Venezuela/Dominican game today); Hermida in RF. Obviously, being from Nebraska, I have no way of watching these guys defensively, so this post is coming strictly off of what I can see from box scores, mostly offensive statistics. Alright, that being said, here's my take on the remaining four positions: C, SS, LF, and CF. C: Offensively, Willingham has a definite advantage over Olivo thus far in Spring Training. I realize that's still only about 3 games' worth of at-bats, but I think Olivo needs to hit better than that for us to name him as our starting catcher. This combined with some surprise outfielders having a good ST (see below), I think, makes Willingham the #1 option at catcher right now. Willingham (5-9, .615 OBP, 1.222 SLG, .556 AVG) Olivo (1-9, .200 OBP, .444 SLG, .111 AVG) SS: Man, both Hanley and Andino are playing fairly well. I think this one is too close to call at this point, and will be nip/tuck all the way till the end of ST. Ramirez (4-14, .333 OBP, .286 SLG, .286 AVG) Andino (4-13, .357 OBP, .385 SLG, .308 AVG) LF/CF: I believe that there are three candidates in camp that have a realistic shot at winning either of these positions. I think Reed is out and needs some more time in the minors to work on his hitting. Cepicky is absolutely smoking the ball in left field, which I believe is going to make him our opening day LF, making it less of a necessity to put Willingham in LF, and giving him more of an opportunity to play behind the plate. This leaves Aguila and Abercrombie as our CF. I personally am loving the Spring that Abercrombie is having. However, Aguila has the experience. Don't overlook Abercrombie as our starting CF though, if he continues to perform how he has been with Aguila remaining as our 4th OF. Reed (1-10, .250 OBP, .100 SLG, .100 AVG) Cepicky (4-9, .500 OBP, .778 SLG, .444 AVG) Abercrombie (7-12, .615 OBP, .917 SLG, .583 AVG) Aguila (1-9, .200 OBP, .222 SLG, .111 AVG) By the way, I got all of these stats from http://florida.marlins.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/...ts.jsp?c_id=fla
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