Odds & Ends: Molina, Maya, Damon, Marlins

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mrsjohnmiltonrocks
5 years 6 months ago

Maybe the Marlins could have gone after Holliday or Bay. Maybe they could have signed a real closer, like Soriano or Gonzalez. They could still offer a contract to Lopez for the infield. I don’t see much else that could help them. They could deal prospects in season to fill holes.

I wouldn’t count them completely out. The Mets are still a mess, the Braves still don’t have enough hitting, and if the Phillies suffer an injury or three, they have enough to be competitive. That, and they happen to have the best manager in baseball at getting the most out of the least in Fredi Gonzalez.

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5 years 6 months ago

The real problem with the Marlins for the last 2 years is they’ve been at least one good piece away. This year I don’t see as much of a difference. Phils will take the division, Atlanta and Florida will challenge for second place, and those 2 with at least 3 other teams (maybe 4 or 5 depending on darkhorses) will fight for the wild card. They’re going to be good enough to be in the thick of it until the last week.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

I disagree. I think that when the season starts, they will be much better than they were a year ago. They have Chris Coghlan and Logan Morrison opposed to Jeremy Hermida and Emilio Bonifacio. They also have Maybin batting second which is better than him batting leadoff.

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5 years 6 months ago

You have to remember, Coghlan did get in over 500 ABs last year. Adding 100 more ABs won’t have a huge effect. As for Morrison, well he doesn’t have 300 ABs yet at the AA level and his power has not matured to the level where I’d call him a quality major league first baseman, I’m not sure why the Marlins would give him an opening day position.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

because he hit 332 the year before he was injured. I think they see him as a James Loney/Keith Hernandez/Steve Garvey type. Not going to hit you 30 home runs but will get those clutch extra base hits and hit in to the gap. Thats what the Marlins want.

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5 years 6 months ago

He hit .332 in advanced A ball… not AA. Projections below AA ball are murkier.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

alright but regardless of what he hit in the minors, he’s Major League Ready and he is going to get his shot.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

“I wouldn’t count them completely out”

I agree with that.

I actually think that the Marlins really did not have many holes to fill nor do I think that their off-season was quiet.

They have everything in place for this season. Their starting pitching isn’t spectacular but it is led by an ace and their number two starter can strike out 16 batters on given nights. With Logan Morrison at first, Hanley, Uggla, Cantu, Ross, Maybin, Coghlan, and a good bullpen I really think that the Marlins have a shot at the post-season. I really think that there is a good chance they will win the wild card.

The thing about the Marlins is they always have somebody in place if a free agent leaves or if a trade is made. Thats why Larry Beinfest is one of the best GM’s in Baseball. The Marlins are a very well run organization and somehow they always have a way to compete. They may not have the biggest fan base but they still win ball games day in and day out. Just a really impressive team and organization.

FishFan03
5 years 6 months ago

completely agree.. only thing i wish we could have gotten was at least 1 proven big-name pitcher to help hold down the rotation/bullpen, but I still think the fish will be alright

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

What about our good friend Pedro Martinez? Jarrod Washburn? They’re still out there. Hank Blalock would be a good fit as well.

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5 years 6 months ago

Why does any team “need” any youngish pitcher?

thedude33
5 years 6 months ago

He’s not big league material…

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

If they win the division, they won’t win the world series.

If they win the Wild Card, They will win the World Series!!!!!!!!

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5 years 6 months ago

Ah, I thought you were more asking why would the Red Sox want him rather than the other way around. Well several reasons: chance to win, offering the most money or security, already has a fellow country man he’ll be able to play with, pitching staffs are often in flux, etc.

Though I do agree with the “believe when I see it statement.” In Gomez’s article it says Lucchino is in Havana… why would he be in Cuba if Maya defected?

FishFan03
5 years 6 months ago

I would take any of them to honest.. especially Pedro or Smoltz, not so sure about Looper

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5 years 6 months ago

Remember this is a team that not so quietly wishes to acquire Adrian Gonzalez. If Maya turns out to be at least a solid #3 or #4 arm then the loss of someone like Buchholz would seem acceptable. Though I’m stating that more as a hypothetical.

Ferrariman
5 years 6 months ago

huh?

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

They have one two world series’s. They have never won a division. So if they win the wild card (which they’ve also won twice), they are destined to win it all.

It’s pure superstition.

Ferrariman
5 years 6 months ago

hey what the hell, if smoltz can be one hell of a closer after being a strikeout beast pitcher, why can’t pedro :]

of course if pedro said he was willing to pitch in the bullpen, i can think of about 10 teams lined up to give him a shot hoping he becomes the next john smoltz.

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5 years 6 months ago

The only way the Rays trade Crawford is if they’re completely out of it by July. Even then I’m willing to bet they’re going to sign him to an extension, the Kazmir trade made resources free. I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Rays make the largest deal of their history for Crawford.

As for Gonzalez, yeah that was more of a hypothetical and wishful thinking. But still, assuming the Red Sox are on the cusp of signing Maya then we can assume a few possible reasons: 1) They expect Maya to contribute as a future starter, future closer, or future set up man. 2) Depth. The adage you can never have enough pitching is true. 3) Freeing up resources.