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Rosenthal's Latest: Dye, Lamb, Jennings

Ken Rosenthal has a new article up.  Let's see what's in there beyond the Teixeira stuff.

  • The Angels have a few alternatives to Mark Teixeira in Jermaine Dye and Mike Piazza.  However, the team isn't exactly bursting with open outfield/DH spots, especially once Juan Rivera returns.  Troy Glaus still makes a ton of sense, but the Blue Jays would want a lot.  Probably 2/3 of the Teixeira package.
  • Aside from Mark Loretta, the Padres would also like to acquire Mike Lamb from the Astros.  Even tossing aside his awful April, Kevin Kouzmanoff has been about average for his position offensively (.271/.328/.476 since May 1).  If the Padres instead used Lamb against southpaws and Kouzmanoff against lefties, they'd have a nifty platoon.
  • The Mets have inquired on Joe Blanton and Jon Garland but have found the price prohibitive.  It's easy to lose sight of the fact that both are just innings eaters.  They're just elevated by a terrible market for starters.
  • The Phillies also asked about Blanton, but are more likely to settle for Kyle Lohse or Jason Jennings.  Phil Garner decided to offer Jennings' ERA up for sacrifice today, leaving him in to allow 11 earned runs in two-thirds of an inning.  That was a several million-dollar decision, as Jennings is a free agent after the season.
  • The Mets seem to have only mild interest in Luis Castillo and Mark Grudzielanek due to salary and injury concerns.    

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Garland is more than an innings eater. He won 36 games in 2005 & 2006 combined.

You need to define the term "innings eater." Too often, people around here are using that term for any pitcher who is not a #1 or #2. And while Garland is a clear #3, there is a big difference between him and a whole host of other pitchers that could give you 190 innings a year.

Why would we trade for Jason Jennings? Impending FA with an ERA at 5 before his nightmare today. We have two guys like that already in Kendrick and Durbin, and Kendrick threw a great game today

Yes. I think that's a fine term for guys who are clearly not #1 or #2s but can accumulate innings with ERAs around 4.

# of wins = lousy gauge of pitcher skill

Jennings was terrible today, and you have to wonder if he is not hurt. I am wondering what the odds are that he'll need Tommy John surgery. He lost a ton of money today.

Here's something:

Mariners prospects Wladimir Balentien and Jeff Clement were not starters for Triple-A Tacoma today.

Trade looming?

might just be days off


I doubt seattle will trade clement, but you never know

Sad to see Jennings perform so lousy today. He hurt his trade value. He hurt his value as a FA. And he hurt the Astros' ability to get good draft picks for him (as I understand the Free Agent rating system, he could do poorly enough to make himself a lower class of free agent).

I'm still shell-shocked over the stupidity of the Wheeler trade. The Astros trade a closer-quality reliever who had 1 bad month in the past 3 years (June 2007) for a below-average hitting, below-average fielding, 30-year-old utility man that they plan to start at 3rd?

"I'm still shell-shocked over the stupidity of the Wheeler trade. The Astros trade a closer-quality reliever who had 1 bad month in the past 3 years (June 2007) for a below-average hitting, below-average fielding, 30-year-old utility man that they plan to start at 3rd?"

... plus it meant they DFAed Morgan instead of dealing him off the 25man where he would bring more return *wink*

I could see Clement going for a starter such as Garland, but not for anything else.

After Jason Jennings outing today, I really doubt anyone would give much for him. The person to watch is Garland; he pitched extremely well in his last outing, is controlled beyond this year, has been to the post-season and won, and he is durable. The Phillies would be wise to give up some good prospects for him, because they (the Phillies) are going to start playing some stiffer competition from now to the end of the season.

Garland is just an innings eater? That's funny...the guy has won 18 games in each of the last two years. I don't know what it is with people underrating guys like Buehrle and Garland, but you people just love to do it. So what if they don't strike guys out, they PITCH...they can work through it when they don't have their best stuff. They're pitchers, not the hard-throwers that rack up the Ks.

"If the Padres instead used Lamb against southpaws and Kouzmanoff against lefties, they'd have a nifty platoon."

pretty sure a lefty is a southpaw

Garner didn't give Jennings up, Jennings gave himself up. Christ he gave up like 7 runs with 2 outs. Phil was just trying to get him to finish off the inning before pulling him to try and lesson the boos he would receive. Yeah Jennings sucks, any Astro fan whose watched him pitch this year has known it all along. The guy can't even hit 90 with his fastball and he's not even 30 years old. Looks like we'll get some draft picks for him, IF our GM doesn't screw it up.

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