Odds & Ends: Paxton, Darvish, D’Backs

Links for Thursday…


Leave a Reply

23 Comments on "Odds & Ends: Paxton, Darvish, D’Backs"


jdub220
5 years 5 months ago

Come on Byrnes, no more 5th starter/long-relief types…

04Forever
5 years 5 months ago

I think If Beckett signed today, we would have the best long term pitching success on paper yes, but i disagree on the entire team. The Sox need to solidify their power to say that they will be contenders for years to come and Im sure some fans are going to be very bored with some of these games this season with the lack of fire power. If a Beckett extension leads to a Buchholz trade, then Im sure that would get us the missing power piece they are missing

TwinsVet
5 years 5 months ago

Ever get the sense that Theo is overstepping his perceived “defense is undervalued” angle?

Yes, we all recognize defense has much more impact on wins/losses than the market has valued it for years. But it seems like Theo is going all-in on that front, and more aggressively than perhaps he should. After all, this isn’t football; you still need to score SOME points with your offense (and reliably so) to win.

Seattle may be the fashionable example of “Defense Wins!”, but they also fell far short of being a real contender last year, because their offense lacked a power bat.

BoSoxSam
5 years 5 months ago

Once again; Red Sox are projected to score 846 runs this year. Is that down from last year? Yes, by 26 RUNS. That’s about 1 run per week of baseball. Guess what guys; 840+ runs is pretty damn good, by any standard. For comparison, you mention Seattle as an example of “Defense wins”. Guess what; they scored 640 runs last year, and while I don’t know their projections, I’m sure they’re not any better. That’s good enough for LAST in the AL, and 28th in MLB. Even when they’ve got the best defense by FAR, that’s not going to get you places. So lets review: The Red Sox are going to have, again, a top three offense. Maybe top five, if some national league teams step it up. They will also have one of the best rotations. In nearly every discussion I hear of best rotations, Boston comes in at least top five, usually top three. I might even go so far to say that no rotation in baseball as as few weaknesses as Boston. Maybe the Giants; my only concern for them would be the number five slot (if Wellemeyer is the likely starter there). Their defense has gone from one of the worst last year to the 6th best (last I checked projections at least). How does that make it look like he’s going all-in on defense, I ask you?

TwinsVet
5 years 5 months ago

You should read Rosenthal’s latest piece; he’s cynical of projections.

Does Ortiz project to slump for 6 weeks again? Does Scutaro project to repeat on a career season?

I’d say you come into 2010 looking less potent than 2009 on offense, and one bad break (injury, Ortiz slump, etc) away from being substantially less potent than 2009. Was the defense really upgraded enough to compensate for this? I think it’s a fair question; Theo sure seems to be going all-in that it does.

No worries though, it’ll be fun watching it play out!

BoSoxSam
5 years 5 months ago

No, I read his piece. I’m not too hot on projections either. But did anyone last year project Ortiz failing for 6 weeks? Or the fact the we had not a single shortstop that deserved mlb time? Again, those things ACTUALLY happened last year. And they STILL had the third best offense in terms of runs scored. I think it’ll take more than one major injury to throw the offense off. Plus, as he said, if the offense slumps, Boston is one of those teams you can depend on to make the mid-season offensive upgrade.

TwinsVet
5 years 5 months ago

That’s a great point. If (when?) Boston’s reduced offense results in too many 3-2 losses for Theo’s liking, he’s going to make an impact move. No question.

coolstorybro222
5 years 5 months ago

I wonder what would’ve happened if you actually KEPT Hanley Ramirez.

BoSoxSam
5 years 5 months ago

Hah. Yeah. My guess is we would either still not have won the World Series, or maybe only one, and we’d have a better offense but much weaker pitching.

BentoBox
5 years 5 months ago

No Beckett & Lowell = No 2007 ring.

BoSoxSam
5 years 5 months ago

Yes, thanks, for some reason I was thinking the trade happened before 04. Man this cold is really getting to me…

EdinsonPickle
5 years 4 months ago

The Sox still have a very potent lineup from top to bottom. Sure Ortiz isn’t what he was before, but I have faith that he can put up some decent numbers this year. The Sox gave up some offense when they let Bay walk, but they are still an offensive force to be reckoned with, and with that they improved their defense and rotation. Frankly, I’m not worried at all about the offense, and as others have said if they do start to falter Epstein will not hesitate to find someone who will help with the bat.

foxtown
5 years 5 months ago

WHITE SOX!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOO YEAH!

Sd_brain
5 years 5 months ago

man i’d take revere for bell….BUT i’d rather keep bell.

Yankees10
5 years 5 months ago

Ben Revere is one of the most underrated prospects in the game. How did the guy go from the 2nd best Twins prospect in 2009 to the 5th best this season. Is it because he batted .311 instead of an insane .379, which is almost impossible to repeat. Hes much better than Aaron Hicks in my opinion, who is considered the Twins best prospect and one of the best in the game.

mnrunleft
5 years 5 months ago

Revere doesn’t have as high of a ceiling as Hicks and Morales which is why he’d probably be considered expendable given the Twins OF depth in the minor leagues. The main knocks on Revere is the fact that he’ll likely never hit for much power and he doesn’t have a strong arm, he can be a solid player for a team but will likely never be a star.

Yankees10
5 years 5 months ago

Well if the Twins do trade him whoever gets him could get a steal. I agree he likely wont be a star but possibly a damn good hitter. I think Hicks will be good but also dont think he will ever be a star. Revere reminds me a lot of Juan Pierre.

mnrunleft
5 years 5 months ago

I think Pierre is a solid comparison, the fact that the Twins already have a young leadoff hitter in Spann also makes Revere a little more expendable. I like Hick, his numbers wont wow you from last year but his approach at the plate is far beyond his years, he’s a patient hitter who should develop plenty of pop.

Yankees10
5 years 5 months ago

Overall I am not saying the Twins shouldnt trade Revere, because there isnt any real sense in having two really good CF in the minors and one really good one in the majors. I just think Revere is very underrated.

coolstorybro222
5 years 5 months ago

Psst, diamondbacks, talk to Jarrod Washburn.

alxn
5 years 4 months ago

I’m sure Washburn would find some reason to not want to pitch for Arizona

Sd_brain
5 years 4 months ago

i wonder what it would take to get revere and ramos??? highly unlikely but just a thought…

formerdraftpick
5 years 4 months ago

Would Elliot Johnson be a better fit on the Pirates as opposed to Vasquez? Just throwing that out there.