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  1. Yeah, they did. They didn't improve their team in any way, shape or form. At least the Angels went out and tried to improve their team. The Mets did nothing to fix a 4th place team. And the Yankees long relief/middle relief is questionable. Should we really trust guys like Joba, David Robertson, Boone Logan, etc... to be consistently good next year? Every single reliever on the Yankees has questions that surround them. Outside of Soriano and Rivera in the 8th/9th, I'd be worried if I were a Yankees fan. The Mets couldn't do anything, so they didn't. They're building their team for next year, and that was made clear. They didn't hurt themselves in any way this offseason. And yeah...why not? Robertson and Joba are good relievers; Logan is a good lefty specialist, and Feliciano has been one of the better lefty specialists in baseball for a very long time. Every bullpen in baseball has question marks because relievers are unpredictable. The point is to have depth, which the Yankees seem to have. They can cut the game to 6-7 innings very easily. In Soriano and Mariano, they have something that's very rare. 1 inning relievers who have been consistently dominant for years. There's really no other team in baseball that has that; that, alone, makes their bullpen one of the best in baseball. I would take a number of bullpens over what the Yankees have, but it should be a good pen. As for the Mets, on the one hand it's hard to really criticize their approach considering the financial situation and guys coming off the payroll after the season. I thought Young and Capuano were decent low-risk gambles to take, as well. Still, sitting on your laurels and basically saying, "Welp, our hands are tied!" a couple years after moving into an expensive new ballpark cannot sit well with that fanbase. If the Mets aren't going to try and improve, why not move some of these guys? K-Rod is in the last year of his deal and could fetch a decent prospect. Beltran is also in his last year and could be moved if the Mets pick up a majority of the tab or take on payroll. And what about David Wright? His strikeouts keep going up and his defense is in decline. He's still a good player but there are warning signs, and I doubt the Mets pick up their option on him after '12 anyway. Of course, maybe they've tried and failed (and there were reports about Beltran to Boston before they signed Crawford). But if I were a Mets fan I'd be pissed that the new front office seems to be content with everyone picking up paychecks and waiting until next year.
  2. Yeah, they did. They didn't improve their team in any way, shape or form. At least the Angels went out and tried to improve their team. The Mets did nothing to fix a 4th place team. And the Yankees long relief/middle relief is questionable. Should we really trust guys like Joba, David Robertson, Boone Logan, etc... to be consistently good next year? Every single reliever on the Yankees has questions that surround them. Outside of Soriano and Rivera in the 8th/9th, I'd be worried if I were a Yankees fan. The Mets couldn't do anything, so they didn't. They're building their team for next year, and that was made clear. They didn't hurt themselves in any way this offseason. And yeah...why not? Robertson and Joba are good relievers; Logan is a good lefty specialist, and Feliciano has been one of the better lefty specialists in baseball for a very long time. Every bullpen in baseball has question marks because relievers are unpredictable. The point is to have depth, which the Yankees seem to have. They can cut the game to 6-7 innings very easily. In Soriano and Mariano, they have something that's very rare. 1 inning relievers who have been consistently dominant for years. There's really no other team in baseball that has that; that, alone, makes their bullpen one of the best in baseball. I would take a number of bullpens over what the Yankees have, but it should be a good pen. As for the Mets, on the one hand it's hard to really criticize their approach considering the financial situation and guys coming off the payroll after the season. I thought Young and Capuano were decent low-risk gambles to take, as well. Still, sitting on your laurels and basically saying, "Welp, our hands are tied!" a couple years after moving into an expensive new ballpark cannot sit well with that fanbase. If the Mets aren't going to try and improve, why not move some of these guys? K-Rod is in the last year of his deal and could fetch a decent prospect. Beltran is also in his last year and could be moved if the Mets pick up a majority of the tab or take on payroll. And what about David Wright? His strikeouts keep going up and his defense is in decline. He's still a good player but there are warning signs, and I doubt the Mets pick up their option on him after '12 anyway. Of course, maybe they've tried and failed (and there were reports about Beltran to Boston before they signed Crawford). But if I were a Mets fan I'd be pissed that the new front office seems to be content with everyone picking up paychecks and waiting until next year.
  3. is it just me or is anyone who's not a fan of an AL East or NL East team not give a sh*t about this? it seems like the Central and the West in both leagues are wide open every year. the East is always tight. ESPECIALLY the next few seasons. yeah Boston's got some hot sh*t, but NY's offense scores 10 runs a game. and yeah the Phillies are hot sh*t, but the Braves + the Fish are going to give them a run for their money. i can't wait for 2012. just thinking out loud while the offseason's dead NL Central teams should be happy, considering they play at a competitive disadvantage every year so that the commissioner's former team can make more revenue.
  4. Can't see us being buyers...maybe it would be different if we had taken 3 or 4 games from the Phillies. I'm not sure the team will sell, either. Really depends on how many teams are looking to acquire players. There are a lot of flawed teams still somewhat in the hunt, and with the bad economy, who knows how many of those teams will be willing to take on salary and give up prospects. Then again, most of the talent we'd be offering doesn't cost a lot of money, so there might be interest. My guess is that we may see one deal, and the rest of our moves will wait for the offseason. We could sell, if we wanted to. Uggla, Cantu, Hermida, Cody Ross...those are players that buyers would want. Specifically, Uggla, Cantu, and Cody Ross. Hermida's value is probably not as high as it once was. At least not right now. We definitely could. However, to me selling at the deadline is worth doing only under one of the following conditions: -The player is walking as a free agent at the end of the season. -The team saves a lot of money without significantly hurting the on-field product. -A team makes a better offer now than you think you would get during the offseason. The first point is out for all of those guys, as none of them have the option of walking after this season. On the second point, Uggla is the only guy making enough money to where two months of his salary would be a significant savings, and Coghlan may be a decent replacement right away. Finally, Ross seems the most likely candidate to garner a lot of interest and get someone to overbid, I think. A guy who mashes lefties and can play all three OF positions should hold interest for a lot of teams, as fourth OF or starter. I don't think Cantu will draw a lot of interest, and would prefer to have him around as a trading piece in the offseason. As for Hermida, much as I hate to admit it, he's the new Ben Grieve. The Marlins should play him everyday and hope he has a good second half so they can get something for him this winter.
  5. Can't see us being buyers...maybe it would be different if we had taken 3 or 4 games from the Phillies. I'm not sure the team will sell, either. Really depends on how many teams are looking to acquire players. There are a lot of flawed teams still somewhat in the hunt, and with the bad economy, who knows how many of those teams will be willing to take on salary and give up prospects. Then again, most of the talent we'd be offering doesn't cost a lot of money, so there might be interest. My guess is that we may see one deal, and the rest of our moves will wait for the offseason.
  6. What kind of injury does Olmos have? Anyone who records his first five outs by strikeout catches my interest, but he hasn't pitched since that one appearance last year so I'm guessing something is seriously wrong.
  7. Yeah I know how horrible Bonifacio has been. Boner will be a decent bench player in the future but Gaby Sanchez can replace him. The position we need the most if we are to contend is catcher. We get run on by every player in the majors and as I suspected Baker is back down to the .240-.250 range which is what scouts project him at. Baker is what he is- one of the best backups in the game. We need a good young catcher like Montero. Montero turns 26 in a couple weeks and has a career batting average of .237. What an improvement.
  8. What starter will ever want to play for the Marlins ? Johnson had a win taken away from him, and now he will want out, because he knows its futile to pitch for the Marlins because ownership will never pay for a decent bullpen. Joke post, right? We've turned scrubs and castoffs into closers since this franchise came into existence, and it's turned out well more often than not. If JJ actually got this upset over bullpens blowing leads, he wouldn't be an ace and wouldn't have the mentality of a guy I'd want to sign long-term anyway.
  9. He is the new Gregg. With a higher ceiling, sure, but Lindstrom is 29 now and potential only gets you so far. Relief pitchers often take a long time to figure things out, so I'm not giving up on him completely, but Matt is going to continue to tease and torture us for a while. Leave him as the closer unless he totally melts down, though...right now it's better having him in there with a three run lead and only three outs to go, as opposed to crucial situations. All that said, we win this game easily if not for the inexcusable fifth inning with Hanley's baserunning and Ibanez's nice grab. One or more runs there and we never see Matt in this game.
  10. I'd rather see Penn take the rotation spot and use Badenhop as a fresh arm these next couple of days. Why is that? Hopper will be in the pen for a bit, seeing as we have an off-day coming up. True. I forgot about the off day, and Badenhop hasn't pitched in a few days. Still, I like Penn. Things went about as wrong as they could with him in Baltimore, being rushed to the Show and then suffering some fluke injuries. He's still only 24, was a major prospect a couple of years ago and has looked good thusfar. It may be a little soon to put him in the rotation, but later in the season, if he's pitching well and a spot is opened by injury or demotion, I'd love to see what he can do.
  11. I'd rather see Penn take the rotation spot and use Badenhop as a fresh arm these next couple of days.
  12. If the Marlins trade Uggla, it basically signifies that the season is over and they aren't contending (especially a week and a half before the deadline as this hypothetical says), so you'd expect Ross to be shipped out also and another OF slot to be given to Raynor/Carroll/Jai/maybe Cousins or Petersen to see if any of them bring anything to the table for 2010. Also, they would ABSOLUTELY NOT be wasting Morrison's arbitration clock in a non contending situation, in the unlikely event he comes up with the team this year for an extended period. Given the current economic climate, I could see a contending Marlins team still shedding salary, but promoting from within and making a couple of minor acquisitions to stay in it, similar to what Billy Beane has done at times in Oakland. With the positional talent in the organization, a contending Marlins team could move one of Uggla/Ross/Cantu/Hermida and still stay in contention. It's also possible that Uggla or Hermida could bring MLB-ready talent in return, so a trade might not be a salary dump. So, even in the unlikely event that everyone in the lineup is healthy and performing well in a few months, I doubt we will see the same lineup.
  13. Wasn't there a meaningless game in 1989 or so between the Indians and Tigers in Cleveland, where the press counted something like 38 people in the stands? That franchise was able to turn things around. It takes support, though. Effort from the local politicians, an ownership that cares and is committed to making baseball work in the area, a front office that knows their stuff, and a fanbase willing to give the organization another chance. A new stadium is nothing but an opportunity to make those things come together.
  14. Raynor keeps making me think of Matt Lawton, though the stats don't line up quite as much as I would've thought. Raynor has better speed and a little bit more pop, but he should be a solid all-around player like Lawton was. Raynor strikes out quite a bit more right now, and he could have a couple of big seasons if he is able to cut down on the strikeouts before he loses much speed.
  15. I like Gaby and think he can be a successful starter. However, you do have to give up something to get something, and unless a 2007 run of injuries were to occur again, Gaby wouldn't get a real shot at a rotation spot. Even before his rough season this year, it was fairly obvious management preferred some of our other prospects.
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