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All Eyes On ContrerasBuster Olney says that Jose Contreras may be the best available starting pitcher at the moment, which speaks to how weak the market is. Olney lists the Cubs, Braves, Marlins, Indians, and Phillies as teams on hand to watch his six inning, five run performance Sunday night in Baltimore.

 

To call Contreras the best available indicates that Javier Vazquez is off the market. Contreras's challengers still include Matt Morris, Dontrelle Willis, and Jason Jennings. If the Pirates were to inexplicably consider trading Ian Snell, he'd easily jump to the forefront. That he's even available is a dubious rumor at this point.

 

As for Contreras, his junk might work over in the NL. Maybe that's why four of the five teams watching his start reside in that league. Olney's scout said he was working at 87-91, though he did touch 94 last night.

 

Contreras makes another $4MM this year, $10MM in '08, and another $10MM in '09. That shouldn't scare off too many clubs. Maybe the Marlins. With a 2-4% chance at making the playoffs this year the Marlins would be acquiring Contreras more for 2008-09.

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Why would the Marlins acquire him if he makes $20 million over the next two seasons and isn't that good?

 

It would help in bringing out the Cuban fan base...kind of like Ichiro and the Japanese fans in Seattle.

 

:lol

 

Cubans won't come watch bad players.....do you think the asians actually claimed Hideki Irabu?? By the end of his career they were trying to pass him off as anything but Asian. :lol

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Why would the Marlins acquire him if he makes $20 million over the next two seasons and isn't that good?

 

It would help in bringing out the Cuban fan base...kind of like Ichiro and the Japanese fans in Seattle.

 

:lol

 

 

if the sox were up to taking most of the salary, i'd do it. give em vanden hurk and tankersly and go for it...

it would influence more cubans to head to the stadium atleast on his starts... but then again assigning fredi gonzalez as manager was suppose to the same with the cuban fanbase.

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Why would the Marlins acquire him if he makes $20 million over the next two seasons and isn't that good?

 

It would help in bringing out the Cuban fan base...kind of like Ichiro and the Japanese fans in Seattle.

 

:lol

 

 

if the sox were up to taking most of the salary, i'd do it. give em vanden hurk and tankersly and go for it...

it would influence more cubans to head to the stadium atleast on his starts... but then again assigning fredi gonzalez as manager was suppose to the same with the cuban fanbase.

So you'd give away an MLB ready prospect for a guy that is way past his prime and struggling?

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Why would the Marlins acquire him if he makes $20 million over the next two seasons and isn't that good?

 

It would help in bringing out the Cuban fan base...kind of like Ichiro and the Japanese fans in Seattle.

 

:lol

glad u used the smiley...I almost thought u were serious....

yep just like when they got Alex Fernandez...he drew and extra 3 people into the park (his wife and kids)

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The Cuban community hasn't rally stepped up when it comes to supporting the Marlins at least attendence-wise the presence has been marginal

 

And yet the Cuban-American community is probably the biggest supporter of the Florida Marlins.

 

If you're Cuban and over 50 and you don't have either A) a novela or B) the Marlins game on TV during the week you're not Cuban.

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The Cuban community hasn't rally stepped up when it comes to supporting the Marlins at least attendence-wise the presence has been marginal

 

And yet the Cuban-American community is probably the biggest supporter of the Florida Marlins.

 

If you're Cuban and over 50 and you don't have either A) a novela or B) the Marlins game on TV during the week you're not Cuban.

 

You hit it right on. However, I think its ridiculous that people would think that fans would attendgames because people of your own ethnicity are playing. I wouldn't go, as a cuban, just because Contreras is pitching. I go to watch the team win.

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