Its the offseason, everyone! Not as interminable as the NFL's offseason, but still kind of slow and boring because of the way arbitration and free agency work.
MLB Trade Rumors has the latest information on what's going on this offseason. You can also check Pro Hardball talk but I kind of don't like that place for its snarkiness (sort of like its football counterpart).
These are the individual awards we've seen thus far:
AL Gold Glovers
C Joe Mauer
1B Mark Teixeira
2B Robinson Cano
SS Derek Jeter
3B Evan Longoria
OF Ichiro Suzuki
OF Franklin Guttierez
OF Carl Crawford
P Mark Buehrle
NL Gold Glovers
C Yadier Molina
1B Albert Pujols
2B Brandon Phillips
SS Troy Tulowitzki
3B Scott Rolen
OF Carlos Gonzalez
OF Michael Bourn
OF Shane Victorino
P Bronson Arroyo
They might as well just given it to him right then and there.
Turns out the Pittsburgh voter guy voted Posey first, but put Neil Walker and Jose Tabata 2nd and 3rd respectively in order for them to at least be in there somewhere. That of course means he left off Heyward and anybody else entirely, and a ton of people are bitching at him for it.
The "we will actually keep Soriano" needle just moved from 0.000001% to 0.000002%
Without one of the two we have no closer
we are going to be absolutely fucked next season fyi
I disagree. Our offense may actually get better, even without Crawford.
This is predicated on Pena getting lost, Jaso/Jennings getting inked in as 1/2 alternating and maybe, hopefully, BJ Upton getting traded.
If you take B.J. Upton and Pena out of our lineup and replace them with .230 hitters who don't strike out then the pressure comes off of Longo who will get better as a result
Then the problem comes down to cleanup, and I think they'll try to get a bargain basement deal on a power righty to alternate with Brignac.
I would not roll my eyes at Jaso, Jennings, Longo, Brignac, Zobrist as a 1-5. They are all fast and they all can hit the baseball.
Also, burn Shoppac at the stake.
In summary, Pena/Upton/Bartlett were hurting us way more than Crawford was helping us. (Thought Bartlett had his moments).
Although I have to admit our fate lies in the Blue Jays not completely raping us oh god. They worry me.
Goodbye jazz hands
(sure glad the Giants didn't sign him for 3 years)
I guess he's supposed to be good infielder?
Probably better than Casilla so if they get him signed it'll be a plus
Ugh the Dodgers, that's terrible, but hell yes I'm glad he didn't sign that deal with the Giants.. love him, too expensive.
The official deal has not been announced, but there are reports that the package is Casey Kelly (Boston's best pitching prospect), Anthony Rizzo 1B, Jose Iglesias SS, and Ryan Kalish OF. Only Kelly has been confirmed to be part of the package.
Also, Mo signed a 2 year/$30 million dollar deal, and Jeter is nearing a deal with the Yankees that will be 3 years/$51 million with a 4th year option at $10 million.
The Yankees have also shown interest in Carl Crawford, but the Daily News is reporting that's just to stick it to the Sox who offered Mo a 3 year deal.
And maybe now that the Red Sox are trading for Adrian Gonzalez the Pirates can sign Adrian Beltre!
Also consider this:
Pat Burell signed a 1 year deal with the Giants for $1 Mil. He hit .252 with 20 HR and 64 RBI last season. He's 34 yrs old.
Derek Jeter is likely to get $17M per year for 3 years, he hit .270 with 10 HR and 67 RBIs last year.. He will be 37 in June... lol
And yet with those numbers he was still one of the top offensive short stops in the AL.
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If the Padres can't unload Gonzalez before the season they might accidentally compete again next season. This will force them to either pay him another season or sell him at the deadline making it blatantly obvious that they want to go the route of the Pirates and make bank from the Yankees revenue sharing.
This one is pretty close
lineup could be 2003 level good if they can either add an outfielder or cameron stays healthy
starting pitching should be dominant again
only weak spot will be the bullpen
Apparently Boston is interested in Fuentes
He wasn't horrible down the stretch for the Twins, but there you go
yeah i saw that
he's dominant against leftys so i'm not against signing him but only if it's for no more than a year and/or not much money. otherwise i'd rather they just sign a left handed specialist for less
Also, Mark "Mr. Strike out" Reynolds was dealt to the Orioles.
Don't know why I typed Marlins the first time.
Getting picks before they get absolutely nothing and can't resign him
And they would have gotten a couple draft picks out of him
He's not overpowering on the mound in the minors but he has a lot of potential.