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MLB offseason ramblings

Posted on: November 9, 2008 9:00 pm
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Mike Jacobs to the Royals for Leo Nunez:

Jacobs doesn't exactly fill a need for the Royals, (they already have OBP issues) but he gives them some pop and came cheaply. Plus he makes a relatively meager $3 million dollars next year, so in my book, it's a good trade by Dayton Moore and co.

Where will Manny land?

Gotta be LA. They appear to be bidding essentially against themselves, but, somehow, it still looks like they'll overpay. Crazy. I say 24 million per year over 4 years.

The Peavy chronicles:

We all know about the saga of Peavy, but I think Kevin Towers severely backed himself into a corner by picking up Brian Giles 9 million dollar option. And even beyond the way it slimmed down his options, it's not like Brian has been playing very well in recent years. A .456 SLG is not worth 9 million dollars. I see it as a symbolic move to appease fans, but the team is still going to suck next year and tying up payroll and reducing the haul for Jake Peavy will only slow the rebuilding process.

But that's about Giles. This is about Peavy: specificly, where he'll land and how much it'll take to get him. I see ATL bending a little further and adding Jeff Locke to the deal. Final deal:

Jake Peavy for Yunel Escobar, Charlie Morton, Gorkys Hernandez, Jeff Locke.

And I'm completely fine with that.

CC Sabathia:

The common thought is that he'll land with the Yanks, and while I do think that'll happen, I recently read an interesting piece about how the Giants could make a serious run at him.

I say he lands with the Yankees for $155 million over 7 years.

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Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2008 5:27 pm
 

MLB offseason ramblings

It's Carlos Gonzalez, Huston Street, and Greg Smith, I think. I've read that from several different sources. I sure didn't see that one coming. Supposedly the A's payroll is going up and they will have enough dough to sign him long term. I'm not sure if this is a good deal. Huston Street isn't all that great, but Gonzalez is supposed to be a mega-prospect and Greg Smith is a very solid left hander. I think Billy Beane may have erred here. This is Mark Teixeira all over again, and I think Holliday is going to end up somewhere else in 2010 and the A's are going to be left holding the bag.



Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2008 5:20 pm
 

MLB offseason ramblings

Now the rumblings have Holliday going to the A's for undisclosed somebody's. Billy Bean strike again. I was close in my speculation about S.F...all that separates them is a bay and a few thousand sharks. But we'll leave your poker buddies out of this, 14.



Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2008 12:10 pm
 

MLB offseason ramblings

14: Hey, we agree on a couple of things. Imagine that.

No freakin' way! And I've been feeling smart lately. Damn.

On the speculation that CC could end up with the Gants, I'd say Buster Olney, Towers and Sabean could use some group therapy. Sabean's been off his rocker for years, but Olney just pulled that story out of his butt, in my estimation.

He probably did, but it's an interesting thought. Imagine how good a top 4 of Sabathia, Lincecum, Cain, and Zito would be. Crazy. Of course, I can imagine the Braves signing CC and Ryan Dempster and trading for Peavy and Matt Cain, but it ain't gonna happen.

I don't know about Holliday. His splits aren't real good away from Coors and AT&T isn't real hitter friendly. I think whoever gets him long term is taking a bit of a risk(I mean on top of the obvious risk inherent in signing anybody to a long-term deal).

The Giles thing is unbelievble. I was shocked when I read they'd picked that option up. Jake Peavy will make less than him in '09, for Christ's sake.




Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2008 11:23 am
 

MLB offseason ramblings

14: Hey, we agree on a couple of things. Imagine that.

The Giles deal should give the Braves great hope of landing Peavy on the cheap. Kevin Towers is out of his mind. Blow nearly $10M on an outfielder who just got his AARP card, whose legs are held together with tape and glue, who's expected to chase down balls in that canyon called PETCO, and put the fear of God in pitchers who idolized him as children. Right. I love Brian Giles, but he's in the wrong park at the wrong moment in history.

But when the Pads picked up his option, it pushed Peavy a little closer to Atlanta, seems to me. Towers is so nuts he might actually bite on the 4 Braves you mention. And yeah, L.A. will overpay wildly (and forego the extended warranty) for Manny based on the mood he was in when he came over in 2008, which was to make the hitters around him better instead make them want to join the Pirates.

On the speculation that CC could end up with the Gants, I'd say Buster Olney, Towers and Sabean could use some group therapy. Sabean's been off his rocker for years, but Olney just pulled that story out of his butt, in my estimation. San Francisco has so many other urgent needs than starting pitching that I just don't see them boxing themselves in with a promissory note to CC and whatever they can salvage of Zito. The most glaring need, of course, shows up in Lincecum's low-scoring games, because he lets so few hitters test his defense or go yard. San Fran needs to get younger and get some lumber going. They also have been stockpiling arms at all levels. I'm thinking it's time to fill the vacuum left behind by Barry with a Matt Holiday in exchange for some of those arms, and then put the best offer they can out there when he goes to free agency in 2010. Cripe, he's still getting better. 



Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2008 10:38 pm
 

MLB offseason ramblings

Peavy would(will?) make a huge difference. He's very cheap for how good he is and having that lock-down ace is a big deal.

This offseason will be fun, that is for sure

For sure. It's nice for the Braves to finally have some money to spend.



Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2008 10:35 pm
 

MLB offseason ramblings

Peavy would be huge, I like your Ibanez deal thinking, makes sense to have a short term big help hitter, and from what I have read, this Heyward kid could be a stud.  The NL East is going to be a stacked division these next 3 or so years.  The Nationals are the only team that wont be in contention.  But landing Peavy, and another bat could make the Braves see October next year.  This offseason will be fun, that is for sure


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