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...who needs to redeem himself in the eyes of the baseball community, who was hitting .346 when he was cut loose, who's from Miami, and could, at least in the short term, provide the spark at the top of the lineup this team needs to get back into contention.

 

Of course I'm speaking about Alex Sanchez, he of the failed steroid test, he of the sullied reputation, who could be had for virtually nothing and who in case you're interested will be an unrestricted free agent tomorrow. And since the Devil Rays are on the hook for his contract a look see would cost the Marlins only about $200,000 for the rest of the year.

 

Now no one is a bigger fan of JP than I am but right now, today, I'll take that 100 point differential in BA (.346 vs .249) in front of a red-hot Luis Castillo, Miguel Cabrera and Carlos Delgado and see if that's the spark we need to jumpstart this offense and start scoring runs.

 

Sure his defense isn't on a par with Pierre's and when you look up Alex Sanchez in the dictionary there's a big, big question mark there, but hell someone tell me what other .350 hitter is out there for $200k?

 

I say sign him. Hold your nose. Don't think twice about it. The worst he can do is not do better than JP has been doing and the upside for this team is enormous.

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From what I've read the reasons the Rays dropped him were three-fold, maybe four-fold.

 

First, he wanted to play everyday and not DH, and was vocal about it. Second, the Rays thought when they cut him they had Baldelli coming back and then oops, two days later, they found out Baldelli WASN'T coming back and it was too late, and third they wanted Gomes up who was setting AAA on fire and to his credit has continued to do so since being called up.

 

There was also the question in TB of who would leadoff, which by everyone's admission is Sanchez's best spot in the lineup, but Pinella preferred to lead-off with Crawford, only frustrating Sanchez more.

 

There were questions about his occassional defensive lapses in CF, the Rays preferring to play him right, but we all know who they have in right field and he isn't going to be moved (position-wise).

 

Clearly Sanchez dug his own grave in Tampa Bay with the steroid thing and mouthing-off but heck, the man can hit. In fact in the month of May he set the all-time monthly BA record for TB hitting .372.

 

Gimme some of that I say.

 

As for why he hasn't been signed yet, tomorrow he becomes an unrestricted free agent. The Rays, like the Reds with Danny Graves, couldn't get anyone to bite knowing he was about to be a FA, and my guess is he'll be somewhere soon.

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Haha this guy is a carbon copy of JP except the fact that he cant field and has 0 arm, worse than JP in the field. Take a guess why Lou Pinella had him at DH and why the Tigers had him at DH. Add in the fact that hes a head case and a proven steroid user, Ill pass and i think thats what most teams have said about him

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Haha this guy is a carbon copy of JP except the fact that he cant field and has 0 arm, worse than JP in the field. Take a guess why Lou Pinella had him at DH and why the Tigers had him at DH. Add in the fact that hes a head case and a proven steroid user, Ill pass and i think thats what most teams have said about him

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who cares if he is on roids?

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Haha this guy is a carbon copy of JP except the fact that he cant field and has 0 arm, worse than JP in the field. Take a guess why Lou Pinella had him at DH and why the Tigers had him at DH. Add in the fact that hes a head case and a proven steroid user, Ill pass and i think thats what most teams have said about him

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who cares if he is on roids?

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good point, i dont really care if he is on roids. Obviously its not helping, but i think this is why many teams are passing on him.

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Haha this guy is a carbon copy of JP except the fact that he cant field and has? 0 arm, worse than JP in the field.? Take a guess why Lou Pinella had him at DH and why the Tigers had him at DH. Add in the fact that hes a head case and a proven steroid user, Ill pass and i think thats what most teams have said about him

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who cares if he is on roids?

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MLB? :mischief

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Personally I'm not of a mind to jettison JP for Alex Sanchez.

 

At least not yet.

 

But acquiring Sanchez and seeing what he can do makes alot of sense to me (with my limited knowledge of the guy) for a number of reasons, all of which I've mentioned here and in previous posts.

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I must agree.

 

JP has played like ass and we need a spark.

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Jp sucks.... :lol :lol

 

who put this team together the last two seasons? Who has gotten on base and stoled over 40 bases? Who has gotten on base and produced MOST of the marlins runs?

 

exactly.

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The same person that could not adjust to pitchers' attempting more pickoffs last year and this year.

The same person who has not adjusted to how pitchers are pitching to him.

The same person who has been clueless at the plate for nearly half of a full season.

 

And while I'm laying it on the guy, we all saw the negative side of his intensity when he was asked to sit. He pouted, sulking in the corner, sucking life from the club. In general, being a 'clubhouse cancer' when he was asked to sacrifice for the team. The only thing he didn't do was tell the press "I am a centerfielder. I want my job back."

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JP is an FA until 06.

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ESPN says he is arbi. eligible this year and his pricetag might be too much for the marlins.

 

2005 Outlook

Pierre is due $3.6 million in the final year of his contract, after which he will be a fifth-year eligible for salary arbitration. He could yet grow too pricey for the budget-conscious Marlins

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something has got to be done. JP sucks.

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Jp sucks.... :lol :lol

 

who put this team together the last two seasons? Who has gotten on base and stoled over 40 bases? Who has gotten on base and produced MOST of the marlins runs?

 

exactly.

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who cares about the past?

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Chris Aguila>Alex Sanchez

 

Sanchez had some nice #'s for the D-Rays before he was released, but I just can't see it lasting. He's never been anything more than a below average major leaguer up until this year, and there must be something seriously wrong with him if no one's taken a flyer on him yet.

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Not only did he have good numbers at Tampa Bay in the first few months 2005, in 2004 at Detroit he played in 79 games, had 300+ ABs and batted .322.

 

He's not without his flaws, but nowhere can I find a negative comment with his arm, although I doubt he's a Vlady, his defensive problems seem to be that he gets poor jumps on the ball and takes meandering routes from time to time. But let's face it, we're more interested in his bat than anything else.

 

BTW, to dispel the notion this season is a flash in the pan, he's a career .297 hitter.

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