Odds & Ends: Rays, Posey, Smoak, Hillman

Some links as we wonder what to make of the red-hot Padres…


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25 Comments on "Odds & Ends: Rays, Posey, Smoak, Hillman"


DomYankees
5 years 3 months ago

Smoak + for Fielder maybe?

5 years 3 months ago

I don’t think the Rangers will make any moves untill the ownership mess gets resolved, its getting ugly and I feel bad for the players and Ranger fans as they have a chance to have a very good year.

melonis_rex
5 years 3 months ago

I mean, I would really cheer for that deal as an A’s fan.

aap212
5 years 3 months ago

Why would the Rangers do that?

gigantes2425
5 years 3 months ago

it took the giants this long to come up with that idea? could of saved a few million by not signing derosa and doing this from the beginning.

55saveslives
5 years 3 months ago

Posey should be behind the plate only. IMO trade Bengie NOW while his stock is up. There are a few teams out there that could use a catcher.

gigantes2425
5 years 3 months ago

but what if posey isn’t ready to catch? a catcher is more important than just hitting and if he catch like molina can, bringing him up and trading molina could hurt the giants way more than it would help.

melonis_rex
5 years 3 months ago

Letting Aubrey Huff roam in LF probably hurts much more than letting Posey catch.

gigantes2425
5 years 3 months ago

i don’t disagree with you. i’d like to see a trial by fire just putting posey behind the plate. but not send molina packing.

rainyperez
5 years 3 months ago

I totally agree with 2425, it doesn’t make sense for the Giants to trade Molina if Posey isn’t ready to catch this staff yet. Remember a lot of our pitchers have extreme movement on their pitches. Posey will need to learn pitch placement as well as hitter tendencies, which Molina or the Majors can definitely teach him. The Posey countdown is coming to an end, and I don’t see why the Giants won’t have him up in the near future. Especially since we are carrying a dead weight on the bench…Travis Ishikawa anyone? Not a knock against him, but like FLew, he can benefit by playing somewhere else.

BentoBox
5 years 3 months ago

Why would you trade Smoak ? He’s gonna be a beast.

PhishTank
5 years 3 months ago

What would the Rangers gain by trading away Justin Smoak? His numbers have the potential to put him among the top 10 first baseman in baseball. They also have Chris Davis in the minors, who’s still only like 25, and he’s a terrific defensive first baseman. If his hitting comes around (and I suspect it will after a season at AAA), the Rangers will have no need for offensive upgrades. They probably won’t resign Vlad after this year, so they could put Smoak at DH and Davis at first. That is an awesome potential lineup for next year, or even later this year if Vlad or Hamilton goes on the DL.

East Coast Bias
5 years 3 months ago

If Hamilton wasn’t so fragile, he would be tops at his position.

ChrisCa$h
5 years 3 months ago

Yankee fans already do.

fitz
5 years 3 months ago

Yankees spend too much money to miss anybody for all that long.

zonis
5 years 3 months ago

Can you clarify the Wolters line? Its kind of confusing. Is he ineligible for the draft?

grant77
5 years 3 months ago

No, just his college team.

Yankees420
5 years 3 months ago

He’s in high school.

Yankees420
5 years 3 months ago

He’s in high school.

PDR297
5 years 3 months ago

Berkman and Oswalt for Smoak and Holland. A win now move for the Rangers and a building move for the Astros.

bobfromwork
5 years 3 months ago

Not only would the Rangers not give up those two for the shell of Berkman and Oswalt, how exactly would the Rangers add $29MM to their payroll?

TheBunk
5 years 3 months ago

Yeah that Wolters line is really misleading.

bobfromwork
5 years 3 months ago

Why? He has shown no development of power, k’s at a 30% clip, doesn’t walk and is living off his unsubstantial .500 babip. Gardner actually profiles better as he also has no power, but much better plate discipline and contact guy.

East Coast Bias
5 years 3 months ago

His Ks should go down with time. Good defense, and knows how to put the ball in play. Who knows, maybe his power will come later on. I’m not arguing with you, just saying, it’s still early to have a definite idea of what kind of player A-Jax will be.

bobfromwork
5 years 3 months ago

I’m just going off his numbers. Even in the minors he gave little hope to developing the power some thought he would, hitting just 4 HRs in over 500 PA last year in AAA. In every level he has had high k% and mediocre OBP skills. Honestly he seems to fit the same mold as Gardner, just not as good. Anything could happen though, I don’t doubt that.