General manager Mike Rizzo has seemingly made paying premium prices for veteran mediocrity a priority this offseason, which is an odd use of resources and playing time for a team that isn't anywhere close to contending. Ninety-five losses or bust!
Monday, December 21, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
- 07:$4.25M, 08:$6.75M, 09:$11M, 10:$12.5M, 11:$12.75M ($2M buyout)
- 2011 option increases to $13M with 210 IP in 2010
- if traded, 2011 option becomes mutual option at $14M ($2.5M buyout)
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Jim, you cannot be serious.
Reward veterans who's played hard all year? Owe it to contenders?
On one hand, Riggs attitude is the correct one for a manager. A manager's job is to win the next game. Period.
But there has to be someone in the organization who isn't focused on the next game. That's what the VP for baseball operations or whatever title Rizzo got when they made him general manager.
He's the one who tells the manager "Listen, I know its not our best chance to win tomorrow but I have to know some things about our young players if I am to make informed choices this off season. So, play Desmond. Everyday. I'll deal with any hurt feelings."
This has clearly happened on the pitching side where Detwiler will only get in a few mop up innings. Right now, wouldn't Ross be the first choice to take an open rotation spot? Syracuse record would make that case. But that ain't happening. (Notice how they just shut Martis down rather than give Riggs an option)
These September innings are of absolutely no 2009 value. But they do represent an asset for the future. Let's see if Desmond can be an everyday player. Can Maxwell stick as a 4th OF?
And keep this AB/IP as an asset in mind during the off season. A veteran SP could be had with just enough cash and a promise of a rotation spot guaranteed. Someone like Ben Sheets. Hey Ben, instead of killing your 2011 value by getting hammered playing for a contender (Brad Penny for example), why not sign in Washington for one year? We'll accommodate your schedule . . . need an extra day off? No problem. need to skip a turn. Be my guest. And if you regain form by July 1, you will be traded to a contender. You won't know in the spring if the team you pick will be a contender. We can guarantee that if you pitch well, you'll be in a pennant race in August/September. Some agent has to be smart enough to see that's a pretty good deal for his client.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
How'd that turning down $3.5 turn out for ya?
Please call Steven Strasburg and tell him your story. How you lost millions (the difference between what he'll get this year over last year plus the fact that he's one year farther away from his FA contract) by holding out for "What you are worth". HA HA HA HA HA
It probably not right to make such mean generalizations about a kid like that. I'm sure his agents told him to hold out, the offers would get better. You never hear about how that strategy fails (Matt Harrington anyone?).
Monday, August 10, 2009
But obviously that doesn't work for baseball. For the last 25 games, the same breaks that they didn't get in the first half they get. Timely hitting, decent pitching from the starters and the pen and tighter defense. This is the team we thought we had in ST . . . regularly mediocre rather than the bust of historic proportions we suffered through.
It is going to take some getting used to. I shut off the Game Cast of Thursday's game at 6-0. If seen that movie too many times I thought. Oops.
Anyway on to other matters.
First, the Guzman saga. Boston claimed him, then no they didn't no one claimed him. Nats say they aren't looking to deal him.
If so, I wonder why the Yanks didn't claim him. Cashman should know the Nats aren't going to stick him with the $8m next year and it would block the Sox from getting the SS they need.
What to pay the mighty Strasburg. Here's the debate at MLBTR:
Two points. I advocated the Godfather method espoused by one poster here. Make an initial public offer so large that it would make him look like a greedy bastard for saying no. Upsides: he might have signed two months ago and might be in the rotation right now. No one could claim cheapness. Downsides: they really want the $50m and wouldn't budge no matter what public pressure.
A lot of the posters make the point that SS isn't worth even $20m since he hasn't proved himself in MLB. What did not proven in MLB Dice-K get? That's been a mixed blessing for Boston at best. But, and this is Boras' argument, the Dice-K deal sets the market for major league ready pitching talent outside of MLB. And he's right.
Strasburg's problem comes from the fact that he doesn't have good options. Forgo a year of $20m in the pocket and risk injury and getting NOTHING and liking it. Dice-K could have stayed in Japan and made more money than 99% of his countrymen. Also, waiting a year to sign means you are one year farther away from the big payday, the first FA deal.
It's also unlikely that Boras could scare off a San Diego or Kansas City from taking him so he could fall to a big market team (Mets should be in the top 10 thanks to Omar!). Why? He's out of leverage. He CAN'T sit out two years.
Hey, some international spending. Way to go guys! Now, crack open that checkbook just a bit wider and get this guy too.
Finally, I won't give a detailed report on the Saturday night P-Nats game I attended. I will say this: Michael Burgess hit a ball that is still traveling. I mean an absolute BOMB. In the first, he hit a frozen rope that one hopped the 400 foot sign in dead center. 2nd inning . . . wow. It cleared the 400 foot sign in dead center, over the second row of billboards, over the American flagpole and disappeared into the trees. It wouldn't surprise me if one or two of those trees were lying on their sides. My friend said that was the longest home run he's ever seen and I have to agree. Tom Milone started and scattered 6 hits in 6 1/3. Didn't seem dominant just very efficient.
Friday, August 7, 2009
11-11 in the Riggleman era. With the starting rotation in tatters, I can't see this being a .500 team but they are now what we thought they were . . . below average but not historically bad. Good offense, suspect run prevention.
Nyjer Morgan's been playing way over his head and that's helped a lot. The middle of the order has taken turns scalding the ball. Aside from Morgan, the rest of the team has been about the same as when they were losing 7 out of 10 on a regular basis.
You know, I'm just going to enjoy this week of wins. It'll be 10 days from now when I can hang my head in shame as the future of the franchise gets fitted for his Fort Wayne Cats uni. I was confident the Lerner's understood how important this was and they would simply make a deal happen. Boras has to know he isn't getting $50 million. Lerner's know they are going to fork over $20m guaranteed at least. Now, I think it was going to be a pissing match from the start and nothing was supposed to happen.
Look at how many 1st rounders are unsigned. And very few if any over slot. Hmmmmm. Of course, this time the players union will be at the defense table during the collusion hearings.
And one last musing. At least 2/5ths of the starting rotation is completely untrustworthy (Mock and Martin). Stammen is slightly better but not much. There is nothing in the pipeline either. J Zimm needs to be shut down. He's got the #2 starter job sewn up, no need to stress that shoulder. Anyway, this starter problem looks to wear out an already fragile bullpen. THose guy have alimited shelf life as is and they would be better used up in coming years.
Attn: Front Office. Get better fast without losing talent. See here.
Monday, August 3, 2009
I do like the fact that one of the guys they got for Beimel comes pre-injured. That'll save a bundle in medical bills. Ha ha the Rockies had to pay to fix his elbow ligament!!!
Once again a trade deadline passes without a major move. Not that one was possible without any real assets to deal. I just read that the most salary any one team took at at the deadline was a little over $7m. So no one was taking on salary (except for the Peavy deal no long term expenses either).
Give them another gold star for bringing Elijah back and making him a regular. Please don't keep fing with him. Zim Dunn Willingham Dukes makes a pretty formidable middle of the order. At least it could.
Really the only mystery left is the Strasburg countdown. Two weeks exactly. As I've said before, it's a franchise defining moment. Don't screw it up.
Friday, July 31, 2009
This is from MLB trade rumors today:
The Red Sox and Indians discussed a three-way deal Thursday night that would send Victor Martinez to Boston and Clay Buchholz to Cleveland, according to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark. The deal would include a third team and send prospects in all directions.The Red Sox and Indians contacted other teams to find a match. The Red Sox would want to trade recently-acquired Adam LaRoche to the third team, according to one of Stark's sources. LaRoche wouldn't fit on the Red Sox anymore if they add Martinez and there don't appear to be many suitors for him, especially now that the Giants added Ryan Garko. We know a team other than the Giants made the Pirates an offer for LaRoche earlier in the month.The Indians are "heavily scouting" the Rays' system, but it's a "long shot" that Martinez goes to Tampa because the Rays have financial limitations that would likely force them to make a preliminary deal before acquiring Martinez. With just over 14 hours left, they don't have much time.
Now in just these two paragraphs are two ways for the Nats to get better with almost no player downside.
1. Red Sox want VMart. But they have the Adam LaRoche albatross hanging over them. Get on the phone and tell Theo, we'll take LaRoche and his salary if you send us a prospect. Then deal Nick J. for Ryan Tucker and boom. Two prospects for 2 months of NJ and cash.
2. Same deal with the Rays. They need to shed payroll to add Vmart. Take their payroll and get a prospect. Rays are deep in pitching and have a ML-ready SS who's buried now behind Bartlett and Zobrist.
This is a great time to use the massive profits this team has been making. Strasburg is not enough. Do more. Be creative not cheap for once!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Nyjer Morgan's running catch, Zim's , dodging, ducking, dipping, diving and dodging all over the hot corner even Guzzie made a play if I remember correctly. Even Adam Dunn made a nice running catch on the left field line.
Absent those plays, it would have been a 4-3 or 5-3 loss. Just like about 40 of the previous 66 losses.
15 more to go to hit 43 and let the '62 Mets pop open that jug of ripple for another year.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The math: Olsen's going to be non-tendered (ahhhhhh have I just let the cat out of the bag!) So, instead of getting a small raise for a league average 30 starts from say $2.8 in '09 to $3m in '10, he gets a minor league deal if any deal at all.
Fill Olsen's roster spot in '10 with a pre-arb guy at no more than $500,000 and voila the Lerner's make $2.5 million with one torn labrum.
Now guys, I know the market stinks and business is down but you've just pocketed $2.5 m. What are you going to do with it?
Hint: Think San Diego. Or failing that chase a fleeing Cuban (the country not the maverick owner). Or a (really) teenaged Dominician shortstop?
Do something. For God's sake.
Friday, July 17, 2009
But, I love it when someone agrees with me.
What will I do in three to five years when the Omar hobby horse has run its course?
I don't know and I don't care.
If nothing else, Scott O's shoulder trouble should give Uncle Teddy and his band of tightwads ample ammo in the upcoming arb hearings to give him the max slashola to the paycheck (assuming they even offer arb)
BTW guys, there's a 21 year old Cuban on the open market who's a lefty and can touch 100 on the gun. It only takes cash (so I know it'll not happen but its worth pointing out yet another missed opportunity to help the club long term costing only a dent in the Lerner's Swiss cash balance)
Another cash related thought . . . would NJ and taking Lugo off your hands for Bard or Bowden be something you'd be interested in Mr. Henry? Mr. Henry???? Over here . . . yes your wife is hot you rich bastard.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Let me say this as clearly as I can.
There is NO OTHER PRIORITY higher for this organization than to sign Strasburg. None. Zero.
Not getting a permanent GM, manager not deadline deals not roster shuffling, not even proofreading uniforms, it's SIGNING STRASBURG.
Haven't talked to him for a month? WTF???? They should have been camped out on his front lawn the day after the draft and not left until he signed on the dotted line. Do you really think waiting even one second is beneficial? Don't you think the leverage goes over to SS every second the Aug 17th deadline approaches? Answer: Yes it does.
Lerners: I know you didn't get rich by shelling out a dime more than necessary in your negotiations. I can respect that. But this ain't the parking garage business. It's not all about location. This is the entertainment business. Perceptions matter. I am not going to find a different parking garage just because the owner of that garage is a tighwad ass(^*&^*&^. But I will find something else to do with my entertainment dollars rather than support a substandard product run by a tightwad ass*(&*(.
Face facts: if you want this $400 million investment to start to pay off, you are going to have to start spending money. I've droned on and on about ways you could have accelerated the development of this ballclub without tying yourself to big time free agent contracts. Yet, aside from some overslot bonuses in the draft, nothing. You even went cheapskate in this draft!
Stop reading right now and pick up the GD phone and call the man. Talk to Boras. Now. Don't wait. Do it every freaking day. Make yourself a pain in his ass if you have too. Get it done and get it done now. Can't you see what it would mean to the "fans" of this franchise? Don't you realize how embarrassing it is to wear Nats gear in public?
"You a Nats fan? They suck. They are pathetic" and those are the charitable ones.
You have a chance to start writing an entirely new narrative about this team by making the Godfather offer and getting this pick signed. I am telling you, there will be the pre-SS era and a post-SS era. The image of you and the team will change immediately if you show your commitment to winning by getting this deal done easily. Drag it out, squeeze every penny till Lincoln cries and even if you get him, it won't change the perception. It'll be, well they had to do it. they didn't want to and they nearly screwed it up. Same old Nats.
I really hate to have to side with all the superficial jerks out there (I'm looking at you Wilbon you pompous windbag) who cavalierly dismiss this team as worthless. But you are making it impossible to defend you. Give us something please.
BTW: For those of us who think the team isn't quite as bad as it's record . . .
Monday, July 13, 2009
Manny Acta might be a nice guy, a good baseball man and may end up being a successful manager elsewhere but it was not gonna happen here. Eventually, the stink rubs off on the manager.
It credited to Bill Parcells but it sounds more like a truism than a real quote
”You are what your record says you are.”
In the Nats case, they really are a little bit better than 26 wins. But not by much.
By my reckoning, Manny greatest failure was to not recognize what kind of team he had this year. Despite the fact that he had a few more vets in the field, they still needed to be pushed to work hard every night like a young team that is bad would have to do just to remain somewhat competitive. This team didn't do that. The young pitchers sure have but between the meltdowns by the vet bullpen arms and the lackadasical play of vets in the field, the talent gap was too hard to climb.
I'd imagine that the psychology of losing also played a role here. There were the three stomach punches early in the year against Florida. It seemed the team never got a chance to develop and swagger (ignorance and arrogance in the Bull Durham parlance) and that magnified the mistakes. Attitudes changed from winning to performing and not getting hurt. Who among us would put out effort day in and day out for a business that you knew was going down the toilet? Real high character people might but the unwashed masses, they check out mentally but still cash the paychecks.
Interim manager? Got to be the way to go. The next two and a half months won't tell you anything about a new manager. Better to use the time to decide what kind of guy you want and then go out and find him. Oh and Teddy, pay the man too. Stay off the discount rack please.
Finally, the late unlamented JimBo comes in for the lion's share of the blame here. So, the '05, '06,'07 and '08 bullpens that were at the least mediocre to surprisingly effective were who's success? Is the '09 lineup vastly superior to the lineups run out in the past few years? They are what middle of the pack in runs scored? That's a damn sight higher than they've been in the past.
If you want to kill someone for the dearth of talent here, kill the man responsible . . . Omar. He drafted absolutely nothing. Zippo. And tell me an outfield of Jason Bay in left, Grady Sizemore in center and Vlad Guerrero in right wouldn't have more than 26 wins? I know I can't kill him for Vllad but the other two (plus reigning AL CY Young award winner Cliff Lee and talented but troubled Brandon Phillips.)
The point is, as I love to make, is it takes a long time to become an overnight success. It will take longer because the ownership refuses to use their financial resources to jumpstart the process (not Mark Texieria but how about international signings or some creative take salary off your books for a prospect deals?) Even I have to give them credit for their work in the draft (they've spent there until this year.)
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Last night, I sat down to watch the festivities from Denver.
Hey, not bad through three. An opposite field bomb from the hitting Zim and three OK innings from the pitching Zim.
To be honest, I can't even be sure I remember all that happened over the next couple of hours. I can honestly say I've never seen anything like Willie Harris' bouncing balls. Think about this: would that grounder taken a normal hop, those two runs don't score. That probably keeps the pitching Zimm in for a while longer and it makes the Guzman debacle and the 1/4/3 FC a moment of comedy rather than pathos.
What force is it that kept Josh Bard's drive to right center (the same spot Zimmerman's shot went and kept carrying) 4 feet from leaving the park? Another almost moment.
I don't know about any of you but I was really scrutinizing Manny Acta's face every time the director panned to the dugout for a reaction to the latest disaster. To me it seems bemusement was the dominant emotion. Like he couldn't believe what he was seeing and had no idea how to make it stop. A sort of fatalism had set in whereby raging against the injustices perpetrated on the field would be pointless . . . they were going to happen and there was nothing to be done.
I won't go into a whole spiel on Boswell and his 20/20 hindsight. He's old and probably forgot the Brandon Watson and Endy Chavez outfield defense experiments. Sure they could catch but those teams couldn't score at the Jack Daniels High School prom. Guess what? You want players who can catch hit and throw? Takes money or a lot of drafting acumen and luck. Most of the time, you take what you can get.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
If they don't sign Strasburg, they MAY put money into international signings.
Great. When you are 22 and 54 I think you really should cut back on spending for the future. That makes a lot of sense. First they went cheap in the draft then they are total non-players in the international arena. Please give us some hope!
I'll never link to my mistakes mind you so that makes me a hypocrite for linking to this Why didn't the Nats grab Andy Marte when he was available post?
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
But he's 29. Perhaps his recent increase in plate discipline portends a Brett Butler-like 30's career arc but that's not likely. That's as much of a gamble as waiting for Milledge's prime year breakout.
Morgan will make the 2009 Nationals better. It looks like he has the skills to sustain his .350 OBA and that would make him a decent lead off hitter. As long as his wheels hold out, his amazing defense will overshadow his slightly below mediocre offensive "contributions." Morgan will never be a key piece and that's what is disturbing.
Basically, in this Pirate swap the Nationals have 1)sold low on two assets and 2) acquired nothing of long term value.
I love the fact that the Nats press release includes this about our new LOOGY:
Burnett sports a .200 (22-for-110) batting average against in 2009
That's pretty good, No? He must be real good a hit prevention.
Well, not so much his BABIP (the luck factor) is an unsustainable .218.
His 6.4 k/9 doesn't profile as a guy who will always outperform average in BABIP. In other words, the odds are Burnett turns back into the mediocre lefty reliever he's been destined to be for years.
So on the reliever side, the swap was to get the pitcher who's had tremendous luck this year for one who's had horrendous luck. I know it's gambler's fallacy to assume luck changes based on past performance. But averages are averages for a reason. The most likely result is Hanrahan pitches better and Burnett pitches worse. So what have the Nats gained?
I'm just not comfortable with the fact that the Pirates got 1) the guys who has a chance to be very good in MIlledge and 2) the RP who's better than his numbers indicate for 1) a guy who's likely as good as he's ever gonna be and 2) an RP who's been absurdly lucky.
I know Milledge will most likely never materialize as an impact player. In that case, taking the sure thing in Morgan makes sense. But doesn't a team that is 31 games under .500 need to take big risks? Play the upside angle at every turn?
I guess this front office doesn't think so. I'm sure we'll see more of that tomorrow when the international signing day arrives and well nothing happens in Nats Town.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Go on over to MLB.com and watch it again. Love the slo-mo swing cam. And Jim Palmer's reaction . . . "that's the farthest I've ever seen a ball hit here"
It can be so easy . . . get a quality start and not terrible relief pitching, hit a couple of home runs and walk away with win 22. Still on that 48 win pace. When you salvage one game in every three game series and STILL help your winning percentage . . .
Now, the trade rumors intensify around all Nats including Dunn to the Mets.
And as per type, the New York prospects get hyped beyond all persepctive. Bobby Parnall? Really. A set up guy who could never close because he can't throw strikes consistantly (hello Joel Hanrahan???) And, thanks to the drafting acumen of TWGMIBB, the Mets have little else.
(Washington Nationals One-a-day calendar update: June 27/28 Nationals Trivia: "One of the worst trades in Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals history came in 2002 when the team traded Grady Sizemore, Brandon Phillips, Cliff Lee and Lee Stevens for what fat errrrr front line pitcher")
Why not just slip a knife in my back and make it quicker? Never forget, never forget!
Willingham to the Reds. What's on the shelf in Cincinnati? Maybe 1-5 is too much to ask for. How about 6-15? A couple of pitching prospects on that list with flyball tendencies. Not Rizzo's style. A couple of big (but old for their level) middle infielders. Hmmmm.
First impression on the Morgan/Milledge rumor. The Pirates turned it down? That's Nyjer Morgan not a '75 vintage Joe Morgan right? A 28 year old who doesn't walk, has no power but plays top tier defense. This is what is known as replacement level talent. If they really want Morgan, just wait a year and the Pirates will non-tender him instead of clogging up their OF with an expensive defensive sub.
Morgan's age 28 season underway right now: 90 OPS+. 18-28 in SB's. 64% success rate. Isn't that a net negative? Milledge gave us 91+ last year at age 23. IOW, Morgan's NOT gonna get better. He is what he is. Milledge can still improve on the hitting side.
Lastings fielding stats are as ugly as you would expect. Wow. Morgan can really pick it. But aren't we building a ground ball staff? No Sid Fernandez's on the horizon as far as I can see. And if it's defense you want, this guy built almost all his value on defense (prior to this year when he's built nothing.)
Solid citizens are nice but as Leo "the Lip" Durocher said. . . It's OK to say give equal talent, take the good clubhouse guy. Given unequal talent, not so much.
Very disappionted in the Langerhans trade. Very. Mike Morse? Does he bring anything to the table that the Nats don't already have? Langerhans could have been a good 5th OF (certainly could have filled Kearns' roster spot would he be put out of our misery.) C'mon Mike ask for someone deep in the Mariners system. Recently demoted Shiron Martis was buried in the Giants system and all it took was Mike Stanton. Surely you could have gotten at least a lottery ticket rather than basically nothing.
Finally, OK it's tonight that Scott Olsen gets his revenge on the Marlins. Yeah, that's the ticket.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
But I thought I'd just log for future generations this bit of fortunetelling . . . .
Here's what Heyman (SI baseball writer said see #14)
Here's what I said.
HA HA HA
An interesting 40 minutes of talk on the Nats draft here.
My thumbnail review: too easy on the new regime. They aren't focusing on more polished college players, they made signability picks from #10 on down. That is an entirely unacceptable strategic decision.
I can live with not handing out big money major league FA contracts. They almost never work out and can be huge failures.
But to go cheap at the draft!! C'mon. In terms of actual outlay, what are we talking? Even with Strasburg's contract, would they to top $30 million even if they took tough signs? Say $20 million to SS another $4m to Tyler Matzuk who was a top 5 talent and is asking for this. Still have $6 million left for the rest of the draft.
I don't hesitate to point out that this team was over $40 million in the black last year. That's profit. So don't tell me it isn't in the budget. If it isn't, then that's a choice. You've decided to skimp on the best way to build a lasting winner. And you get away with it because everyone feels sorry for you that big bad Scott Boras is going to bend you over and make you pay out the wazoo for the top guy.
So for less than half of A.J. Burnett's $82.5 million over the next 5 years, you could add 3-4 impact prospects to your mostly barren farm system.
Instead they've basically punted. Pin everything on SS being the guy they think he'll be and no one will remember the other picks.
Please, look at why you are where you are. Those disasterous drafts of the early to mid '00s. Now, aside from SS, 2009 is a waste.
And fine, you like groundball pitchers and are focusing on infield defense. Guess what? That's not what other teams are looking at. So, if that's your plan and it seems solid enough, then work it. Get your guys LATER rather than earlier. That 3rd round pick would have been there in the 10th.
I'd be somewhat mollified if they were just honest about it. Yes, we're cheap bastards and we're not going to go above and beyond build a winner. Why should we when Red Sox fans fill our park?
Monday, June 22, 2009
As unbelievable as this sounds, things could be worse.
There was a time earlier this season when there is no chance the Nats win either or both of those games against Toronto.
So Shiron couldn't keep the starting pitching streak alive (five in a row one whole turn through the rotation. How many teams can claim even one streak like that this year. Answer is probably a lot of good ones but . . . )
Now on a 48 win pace. Twenty three to go to clear the '62 Mets futility record. (I'm a big believer in setting your goals short just to make them reachable.)
Concerning note: Villone, Tavarez and MacDougal are the only arms that seem useful in the pen. No long term value there at all. On the other hand, it does show how a decent bullpen can be cobbled together from scraps. Let's take that lesson to the off season rather than one that says pay a lot for a short reliever.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Three of the top five web gems from Nationals (Kearns/Hernandez then Willie's gem). Might have to rethink that whole offense/defense thing.
Really, the old saying in baseball is: you're as good as the next day's starter. And if a guy gives up zero runs in 6 and a 1/3rd, anyone is gonna look good. (until Lannan's shaving cream in the face. Was it just me or did Stammen look pissed? And why did it take a minute to get the guy a towel? Don't they have people for that?)
I see that the Pale Hose might have gotten tired of MacDougals wildness and figured a 30+ year old guy wasn't ever going to learn control. But good gracious, he's dealing. 95-96 consistently. He's benefitted from two double plays behind him and from hitters without a lot of patience like Cano but still a guy who can bring it like that shouldn't be freely available. Caution should still be exercised . . . wait till he gets a closing situation with some more patient hitters -- white knuckle time.
Well, we now know who it ws that was asking for the moon in all those previous trade deadline deals?
If I had the inclination, I'm sure I could find the exact same quote or one pret near it in '07 with Soriano and last year too. The GM is different but someone's the same!
One more thing. This post in Nationals Journal shows me something. Rizzo's thinking ahead. He has dare I say it . . . A PLAN tm. Not only that but a smart and sound plan. Don't start abusing the young pitchers arms until they are on the cusp of free agency.
If they are serious about limiting innings, why not go with the six man rotation? Boston is (at least until they find a sucker errrr trade partner for Brad Penny). 98 games left in the season. That would be a little over 16 starts per pitcher. Average 6IP and that's just under 100 innings. That'd be close to the top limits and it would keep them all in the bigs rather than having them waste time in Syracuse.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
OK. Let's be positive. It is win 17. And it pushes the Nats back to a mere 29 games under .500.
Who drafted John Lannen in the 11th round? Looks like a nice pick. Even got to do a phoner on Baseball Tonight last night. Got to be the first time since the end of Zim's hitting streak that the Nats got positive coverage from any national outlet.
So that's 1-4 on the current 15 game swing through the AL East. I point out that this is right on target for my 3-12 prediction.
Staying positive, here's a question. Would you rather have this and $20 million a year or this? Long term people, long term.
On the trade front, MLB Trade Rumors reports the Rangers have interest in NJ. Please, let that one be true.
The Rangers have far and away the best farm system in the game right now, with impact prospects, lots of depth (particularly in very young pitching) and plenty of prospects close enough to the majors to help the big league club in 2009 and 2010.
And their owner just declared bankruptcy and is laying off staff. Time to circle the carcass and vulture these guys. Imagine what you could get from them with something they need to contend this year and salary relief?