Odds & Ends: D’Backs, Youkilis, Mets, Cubs

Links for Tuesday, 16 years after the Giants signed Yorvit Torrealba as an amateur free agent. Torrealba, a longtime Rockie, is a key part of the Padres team that's barely holding off San Francisco and Colorado.


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  1. FINALLY GOOD NEWS FOR THE METS!

    • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

      Their team is in shambles is good news?

      • j6takish 5 years ago

        It’s okay though, signing one big free agent this off season will make everything better!

      • j6takish 5 years ago

        It’s okay though, signing one big free agent this off season will make everything better!

    • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

      Their team is in shambles is good news?

  2. FINALLY GOOD NEWS FOR THE METS!

  3. Infield Fly 5 years ago

    HAH!! Cerrone is too generous. Mr. “Kick Butt Then Regress To Little League” Pelfrey should hardly be a lock for the team either!

  4. Infield Fly 5 years ago

    HAH!! Cerrone is too generous. Mr. “Kick Butt Then Regress To Little League” Pelfrey should hardly be a lock for the team either!

  5. Guest 5 years ago

    Go Hendry! Hire Melvin!

    Lol

  6. Guest 5 years ago

    Go Hendry! Hire Melvin!

    Lol

  7. All options should be made in regards to the roster for the Mets next season (weather via trade or free agency)especially in regards to the lineup…

  8. All options should be made in regards to the roster for the Mets next season (weather via trade or free agency)especially in regards to the lineup…

  9. slr5607 5 years ago

    I think the Mets are in a horrible place right now and they will not be out of it for a few seasons. Johan is going nowhere because of his injury…that contract would be hard enough to trade if he was healthy. Outside of Sanatana, the Mets should really blow this thing up.

    *David Wright- He would get them a solid return to help them be a better overall franchise.
    *Carlos Beltran- If they could get anything for him, it would be worth the salary relief.
    *Jason Bay- Obviously a horrible signing. Some saw it coming, others didn’t (obviously). Maybe a bad contract swap for someone like Figgins. This would actually better their team with added speed and defense.

    They have some promising young players like Ike Davis, Fernando Martinez, Wilmer Flores, Jenrry Mejia, Reese Havens…They might as well start building for that group to get together. If they could add a RF, C, 3B and SP out of the trades of the players above, it would be worth it. It would also save enough money to go after a Free Agent when they actually need one.

    There would be plenty of suitors for Wright, but I think he would fit nicely into a Giants uniform.

    • Tim Valencia 5 years ago

      i highly doubt any teams seem truly interested in the bloated contracts that most Mets fans touted as great moves. I understand that the mets will always be in the payroll shadow of the yankees, but they need to draft and pay with more self restraint and not worry about what the other teams are doing. At a quick glance they have some rather large contracts doing nothing but hindering them. Castillo, Perez, Bay, Beltran, and some can even argue wright and feliciano. Before i get flamed for stating the young players upside, i retort with the question if they are so promising how come none we are able to take starting playing time away from the bloated contracts?

    • Tim Valencia 5 years ago

      i highly doubt any teams seem truly interested in the bloated contracts that most Mets fans touted as great moves. I understand that the mets will always be in the payroll shadow of the yankees, but they need to draft and pay with more self restraint and not worry about what the other teams are doing. At a quick glance they have some rather large contracts doing nothing but hindering them. Castillo, Perez, Bay, Beltran, and some can even argue wright and feliciano. Before i get flamed for stating the young players upside, i retort with the question if they are so promising how come none we are able to take starting playing time away from the bloated contracts?

    • Oh yeah field a AAA squad that loses 100 games and give the Giants Wright

    • Oh yeah field a AAA squad that loses 100 games and give the Giants Wright

    • FYI Figgins is a younger Castillo look at the numbers and three years of an average defender for 30 mil after this year especially with his attitude is a bad idea

    • FYI Figgins is a younger Castillo look at the numbers and three years of an average defender for 30 mil after this year especially with his attitude is a bad idea

    • comments like these make me really happy that fans don’t have any say in player transactions.

      • slr5607 5 years ago

        So just wondering, with the roster and salary commitments the Mets have, where will they be next year? How about 2012 or 2013? The exact same situation if they don’t do something drastic. They need to switch stuff up and get this team a solid, cheaper base tag will be good for years to come. That would be better than any 1 player, IMO.

        • “it is good baseball thinking to ship off your team’s WAR leader and a bunch of premium guys coming off of a down year for cheaper alternatives” -slr5607

      • Just_MLB 5 years ago

        remember all the fans that were bashing Omar for not signing Sheets…or Piniero…or Marquis…or ( anyone not named Jon Garland ) …yeah those guys disappeared real quick by the ASB.

        this team achilles heel since 08 has been situational hitting ( esp with bases loaded )
        but for political reasons, HOJO still remains the hitting coach.

    • comments like these make me really happy that fans don’t have any say in player transactions.

    • Just_MLB 5 years ago

      Wright looks good in a Giant uniform the way Lincecum looks good in a Met uniform.

  10. slr5607 5 years ago

    I think the Mets are in a horrible place right now and they will not be out of it for a few seasons. Johan is going nowhere because of his injury…that contract would be hard enough to trade if he was healthy. Outside of Sanatana, the Mets should really blow this thing up.

    *David Wright- He would get them a solid return to help them be a better overall franchise.
    *Carlos Beltran- If they could get anything for him, it would be worth the salary relief.
    *Jason Bay- Obviously a horrible signing. Some saw it coming, others didn’t (obviously). Maybe a bad contract swap for someone like Figgins. This would actually better their team with added speed and defense.

    They have some promising young players like Ike Davis, Fernando Martinez, Wilmer Flores, Jenrry Mejia, Reese Havens…They might as well start building for that group to get together. If they could add a RF, C, 3B and SP out of the trades of the players above, it would be worth it. It would also save enough money to go after a Free Agent when they actually need one.

    There would be plenty of suitors for Wright, but I think he would fit nicely into a Giants uniform.

  11. diehardmets 5 years ago

    I think it’s fairly safe to add Pagan, Reyes, and Ike to that list.

    • I wouldn’t pencil in Pagan into anything but the 4th OF spot. Dude’s OPS has dropped off a cliff since the AS break.

      • Pagan is one of our top 3 offensive players

        • Dudes OPS is .663 since the ASB and dropping. .571 in August, .505 in SeptNot saying I don’t want him far from that, but I’m not giving him the everyday spot in the OF next year just yet. He has yet to put together a complete season in his career.

          • Dang I thought it was .770. .770- .663 what’s the difference right?
            .287 .341 .429 .770

          • The difference is that when he is given everyday starts and racks up over 300 ABs he gets injured and his production drops off. Yes, he started off hot and is having a career year, but look at his injury history and then what happens, its a consistent trend in his career.

        • Dudes OPS is .663 since the ASB and dropping. .571 in August, .505 in SeptNot saying I don’t want him far from that, but I’m not giving him the everyday spot in the OF next year just yet. He has yet to put together a complete season in his career.

    • I wouldn’t pencil in Pagan into anything but the 4th OF spot. Dude’s OPS has dropped off a cliff since the AS break.

  12. bleachercreature 5 years ago

    Maybe with Minaya finally gone they can concentrate on finding actual talent, rather than worrying about what nationality they are. I’m not trying to be racist here, but his main goal should never have been cultural equality, it should have been finding the best players and winning, black, white, brown or green. I mean unless he’s just really bad at finding talent (maybe that’s the scouts more so?) because no one has been that spectacular (yet).On a less controversial note I’ve been saying for awhile that the mets need to admit that they need to rebuild and then do so because they’re just rotting away year after year

    • Just_MLB 5 years ago

      right…which is why IKE DAVIS is playing 1B…why JASON BAY is playing LEFT FIELD…why JOSH THOLE is playing CATCHER…why DILLON GEE, MIKE PELFREY, AND JONATHON NIESE ARE IN THE STARTING ROTATION..

      u know when someone is about to say something stupid or racist…?
      when they preface it with..”I’m not trying to be racist here”
      gtfohwtbs
      im sure u thought al harazin was racist when the mets lost and had a squad that looked like a hockey team.

      • bonestock94 5 years ago

        Most of your questions in the first sentence are very legit, but not in the racial context.

      • bleachercreature 5 years ago

        thats only a handful of players from years of his employment. A few years ago (might have been 2006 when everything was going great) I watched an espn special about omar minaya and how he concentrated on recruiting players from central america. It rubbed me the wrong way because that shouldnt really be important, finding the best players should be and if they turned out to be the best players than fine, but clearly they have not. This has nothing to do with race, but the ability of a GM to put together the best team they can. Do you think Brian Cashman or Theo Epstein care what nationality a person is? If they’re good they get them. Many people have commented on this in the past, i’m not the first. The preface was there to try to dispel stupid internet reactions because i’m just trying to have a conversation here not attack anyone. If you can prove that his methods have worked than thats great, otherwise I stand by my word that he is a terrible GM who doesn’t put talent first and foremost

        • Just_MLB 5 years ago

          yeah…there was also a special on minaya on espn…except it wasnt south america…it was SOUTH AFRICA……Minaya also went to the Netherlands to scout…
          i just cant see the validity of your statements when over 50 % of the team was caucasian. its like, no one has a problem with julio franco in 2006…he is a great veteran leader…blah blah blah…the second the team gets into a slump and he isnt performing, here come the rumors about julio being omar’s uncle. same thing with ollie…in 2006, omar was a genius…ollie was young lefty fireballer with potential who delivered in the clutch…endy was a speedy defensive outfielder with great fundamentals…but the second things go wrong…then its favoritism..u never see ANY of that criticism come when the gm is white…

        • Just_MLB 5 years ago

          yeah…there was also a special on minaya on espn…except it wasnt south america…it was SOUTH AFRICA……Minaya also went to the Netherlands to scout…
          i just cant see the validity of your statements when over 50 % of the team was caucasian. its like, no one has a problem with julio franco in 2006…he is a great veteran leader…blah blah blah…the second the team gets into a slump and he isnt performing, here come the rumors about julio being omar’s uncle. same thing with ollie…in 2006, omar was a genius…ollie was young lefty fireballer with potential who delivered in the clutch…endy was a speedy defensive outfielder with great fundamentals…but the second things go wrong…then its favoritism..u never see ANY of that criticism come when the gm is white…

      • bleachercreature 5 years ago

        thats only a handful of players from years of his employment. A few years ago (might have been 2006 when everything was going great) I watched an espn special about omar minaya and how he concentrated on recruiting players from central america. It rubbed me the wrong way because that shouldnt really be important, finding the best players should be and if they turned out to be the best players than fine, but clearly they have not. This has nothing to do with race, but the ability of a GM to put together the best team they can. Do you think Brian Cashman or Theo Epstein care what nationality a person is? If they’re good they get them. Many people have commented on this in the past, i’m not the first. The preface was there to try to dispel stupid internet reactions because i’m just trying to have a conversation here not attack anyone. If you can prove that his methods have worked than thats great, otherwise I stand by my word that he is a terrible GM who doesn’t put talent first and foremost

      • East Coast Bias 5 years ago

        get the **** outta here with that bull ****? Is that right? do I win?

        On topic, you are correct. I don’t know why people keep trying to resurrect a dead topic of Minaya favoring Latin players. People don’t realize that it is actually a positive that the Mets have good scouting in other countries as well as the US.

        Also, kinda on topic, signing Pedro was one of the best moves Minaya made – it opened the gates for top talent to come to the Mets. ie: Johan, Beltran, et al.

        • Just_MLB 5 years ago

          get the **** outta here with that bull ****

          ding ding ding

          we have a winner !

        • Just_MLB 5 years ago

          get the **** outta here with that bull ****

          ding ding ding

          we have a winner !

      • East Coast Bias 5 years ago

        get the **** outta here with that bull ****? Is that right? do I win?

        On topic, you are correct. I don’t know why people keep trying to resurrect a dead topic of Minaya favoring Latin players. People don’t realize that it is actually a positive that the Mets have good scouting in other countries as well as the US.

        Also, kinda on topic, signing Pedro was one of the best moves Minaya made – it opened the gates for top talent to come to the Mets. ie: Johan, Beltran, et al.

    • Just_MLB 5 years ago

      right…which is why IKE DAVIS is playing 1B…why JASON BAY is playing LEFT FIELD…why JOSH THOLE is playing CATCHER…why DILLON GEE, MIKE PELFREY, AND JONATHON NIESE ARE IN THE STARTING ROTATION..

      u know when someone is about to say something stupid or racist…?
      when they preface it with..”I’m not trying to be racist here”
      gtfohwtbs
      im sure u thought al harazin was racist when the mets lost and had a squad that looked like a hockey team.

    • Reign Delay 5 years ago

      You know, if the Mets were mainly made up to look like an “old boys club” but sucked, nobody would have much to say about the cultural makeup, including you. This is a lame comment on your part.

      • bleachercreature 5 years ago

        hmm thats a good point but if a team was only white people it would be awkward for everyone. My main point was about his methods because they didnt work out too well and maybe thats the scouts’ fault? after all you can have scouts everywhere but if they’re not able to find the real talent it doesn’t matter much. who actually hires scouts? is it the GM or does that come from the higher ups? because than maybe it’s not all Minaya’s fault and he can only really be blamed with terrible contracts

        • Reign Delay 5 years ago

          Hey dude, I’m for a team that looks like anybody and everybody, and can PLAY!! That’s all it’s about to me. For sure it’s just a mess in the front office, and other than ownership I don’t think anybody is his own man at this point. The entire organization needs to restructure so whoever ends up being GM and his staff can do their job without big brother standing over them. But I don’t see that happening. Nobody really seems to know what they’re doing or have much of a vision over there. Fred would probably do well to wave the flag and start looking for buyers.

          • Just_MLB 5 years ago

            The wild thing…is that as an OWNER…Fred Wilpon is just fine…he provides enough capitol for the team to be successful. they have invested in Asia and South America and the Carribean. the problem is that his son jeff wants to run a baseball team…and the mets are his pet turtle that he experiments with. If Jeff were to stand down…and the wilpons were to STOP meddling with the day-to-day operations and trying to put their stamp on everything…the mets would have an environment of ACCOUNTABILITY. But that is impossible if they continue to affect everything. For example, look at billy wagners comments last august when he got traded…he said he spoke with JEFF and FRED WILPON and asked to be traded to a contender on the basis that no arbitration be offered. ummm…thats the GENERAL MANAGER’s DECISION. The Mets GM could have picked up Billy’s option for 2010, traded him, kept him and joined him in tandem with K-Rod…but the GM didnt have that option because the player went over his head and went straight to the owner. Omar has not had full autonomy since MID 2007.

        • Reign Delay 5 years ago

          Hey dude, I’m for a team that looks like anybody and everybody, and can PLAY!! That’s all it’s about to me. For sure it’s just a mess in the front office, and other than ownership I don’t think anybody is his own man at this point. The entire organization needs to restructure so whoever ends up being GM and his staff can do their job without big brother standing over them. But I don’t see that happening. Nobody really seems to know what they’re doing or have much of a vision over there. Fred would probably do well to wave the flag and start looking for buyers.

        • Just_MLB 5 years ago

          u mean the same scouts that found David Wright (when Omar was in charge of Mets scouting in 2001 )…the same scouts that found Ike Davis…and Josh Thole…and Bobby Parnell…and Joe Smith…and Mike Pelfrey….and Jon Niese….and Reese Havens…and Kirk Niehauws….and Lucas Duda…and how many more white prospects do i have to name ????

        • Just_MLB 5 years ago

          u mean the same scouts that found David Wright (when Omar was in charge of Mets scouting in 2001 )…the same scouts that found Ike Davis…and Josh Thole…and Bobby Parnell…and Joe Smith…and Mike Pelfrey….and Jon Niese….and Reese Havens…and Kirk Niehauws….and Lucas Duda…and how many more white prospects do i have to name ????

      • bleachercreature 5 years ago

        hmm thats a good point but if a team was only white people it would be awkward for everyone. My main point was about his methods because they didnt work out too well and maybe thats the scouts’ fault? after all you can have scouts everywhere but if they’re not able to find the real talent it doesn’t matter much. who actually hires scouts? is it the GM or does that come from the higher ups? because than maybe it’s not all Minaya’s fault and he can only really be blamed with terrible contracts

    • Slopeboy 5 years ago

      It’s truly sad and pathetic to listen to a disgrunted bigot’s ramblings about the make-up of a team when it’s losing, regardless of how subtle. I’m sure in ’06, and ’07, when the team was winning, the make-up of the team did not matter much, to you and your like; who emerge from the dregs in times like these. This only comes up when the team is losing and a minority has the leadership position. Minaya has made many bad moves, but not any more or worse than a whole slew of white GMs in MLB today. Some have had bad teams for longer periods of time and no one complains about the team make-up because the GM and the team is mostly white. It will be interesting to see if the next GM changes the make-up of the team drastically enough to suit your racist taste or not. And more importantly, for the better.

      Assuming you’re a real BB fan, I’ll pose two questions:

      1. Would you prefer a predominently white team that does not win? or
      2. Would you prefer a predominently minority team that wins?

      • bleachercreature 5 years ago

        for the record i’m not a mets fan and I could care less about anyone’s race because i’m not a bigot. I’m just saying that maybe if minaya concentrated on getting the best players rather than racial equality (whatever their race) maybe they’d have good players. Don’t try to make yourself look awesome by making outlandish accusations when I said perfectly clearly that this wasn’t about race. Minaya could have favored players on the west coast or players over 6 foot or any other random category and I would still question his preference in his players over just finding the best people possible. If they truly were the best players available then maybe it’s the scouts faults for finding bad talent. Yeah I understand my comments weren’t exactly PC but if I was really a racist and a bigot I probably would have said a lot worse. I’m a Yankee fan and there are plenty of great players on that team regardless of race because Brian Cashman just looks for the best talent. I’m done with this argument because I said nothing wrong

        • Slopeboy 5 years ago

          I’ll take you at your word that you’re not racist. Like you, I don’t wish to continue this conversation, as this isn’t why this site was created. But you need to look at what you said, and the double standard you apply to Minaya. You have no proof that his signing of players are racially motivated rather than just bad decisions.He has signed white players that were bust’s also, and that gets no play from those that think as you do. Putz, Bay,Church, Schnieder to name a few were not smart moves that are overlooked. what you said may be without malice, but it just plain wrong. If Sabathia, Granderson, Vasquez, Thames, Nova turned out to be all bad moves, you would not even think about applying the same motives to Cashman as you did to Minaya. Why? Think about it!

          • bleachercreature 5 years ago

            His free agent signings have been a much bigger issue, but I wasn’t focusing on that (even though they have been awful.) Where I’m basing this from is an espn special about how he is focused on getting more hispanic players and they made it seem like that was his #1 concern. Other wise I wouldn’t have even thought of it and simply blamed him for bad signings and maybe even bad scouting but it just seemed his attention was on other things besides finding the best possible people to win, which makes him a failure as a GM.I’m actually excited to see Minaya and Manuel get fired so something can change, despite my fan status. It was funny a few years ago but now it’s just depressing. (also maybe people would stop calling up 660 and crying about the mets and there can be more talk about the yankees haha)

  13. bleachercreature 5 years ago

    Maybe with Minaya finally gone they can concentrate on finding actual talent, rather than worrying about what nationality they are. I’m not trying to be racist here, but his main goal should never have been cultural equality, it should have been finding the best players and winning, black, white, brown or green. I mean unless he’s just really bad at finding talent (maybe that’s the scouts more so?) because no one has been that spectacular (yet).On a less controversial note I’ve been saying for awhile that the mets need to admit that they need to rebuild and then do so because they’re just rotting away year after year

  14. BlueCatuli 5 years ago

    I think the Cubs choice depends on what direction the team wants to go. If they want to keep throwing money at a bad team and just hope the bandages catch lightning in a bottle then go with someone like Melvin, Wedge etc. If they want to go young andfrom within, then Sandberg is the logical choice. Besides that if they hire someone other than Sandberg and he goes elsewhere, it will hit the fan with an already way too wound up fan base. Just hire Sandberg and start the long climb back to being a divisional contender.

  15. BlueCatuli 5 years ago

    I think the Cubs choice depends on what direction the team wants to go. If they want to keep throwing money at a bad team and just hope the bandages catch lightning in a bottle then go with someone like Melvin, Wedge etc. If they want to go young andfrom within, then Sandberg is the logical choice. Besides that if they hire someone other than Sandberg and he goes elsewhere, it will hit the fan with an already way too wound up fan base. Just hire Sandberg and start the long climb back to being a divisional contender.

  16. Just_MLB 5 years ago

    Nothing will change in the long run with the mets until they change the culture from the TOP…the TOP includes the owners’s son JEFF WILPON. As long as he can run the club with no fear of getting fired…and with the collegiate atmosphere he has created, no GM will ever have full autonomy and it will be business as usual.

    • East Coast Bias 5 years ago

      Dude, you can’t fire owners. They’re the boss, you know, the ones signing the checks. Your only hope is if they sell the team (or their majority shares?) to someone new. Besides that, you can’t get rid of the Wilpons.

      • Just_MLB 5 years ago

        fred wilpon ( and technically sterling equities ) owns the mets…jeff works for fred…fred can do it…but not every dad has a set of cojones..and this is what has ruined the mets. ask nelson doubleday, he predicted this YEEEARS AGO

      • Just_MLB 5 years ago

        fred wilpon ( and technically sterling equities ) owns the mets…jeff works for fred…fred can do it…but not every dad has a set of cojones..and this is what has ruined the mets. ask nelson doubleday, he predicted this YEEEARS AGO

      • Reign Delay 5 years ago

        Actually things have got to change from the top. That IS a legit point. So while we can’t fire the Wilpons, we sure as hell can HOPE they “fire” themselves!!

    • East Coast Bias 5 years ago

      Dude, you can’t fire owners. They’re the boss, you know, the ones signing the checks. Your only hope is if they sell the team (or their majority shares?) to someone new. Besides that, you can’t get rid of the Wilpons.

  17. Just_MLB 5 years ago

    Nothing will change in the long run with the mets until they change the culture from the TOP…the TOP includes the owners’s son JEFF WILPON. As long as he can run the club with no fear of getting fired…and with the collegiate atmosphere he has created, no GM will ever have full autonomy and it will be business as usual.

  18. bonestock94 5 years ago

    Matt Cerrone is making too much sense for the Mets. They should have been having a fire sale all along, but they perpetually think they’re “in it.”

    • East Coast Bias 5 years ago

      It’s NY. If the Mets made moves which made the general fanbase think they were not “in it,” that would put a great strain on the ticket sales, cash flow. Especially with the team sharing the city in a tight battle with the Rays.

      From a financial standpoint, I understand how blowing up the team could be a huge detriment.

      • bonestock94 5 years ago

        That’s true, we do have to think of the business side. Eventually losing year after year after year will catch up to them though. The way it is now seems like it will lead to more long term malaise (if it hasn’t already begun) than blowing up the team. Trade the better but older players for young prospects, free up the sizable payroll, and clean house in the front office. Seems like the better path to me, but I’m just an onlooker.

    • East Coast Bias 5 years ago

      It’s NY. If the Mets made moves which made the general fanbase think they were not “in it,” that would put a great strain on the ticket sales, cash flow. Especially with the team sharing the city in a tight battle with the Rays.

      From a financial standpoint, I understand how blowing up the team could be a huge detriment.

  19. Ferrariman 5 years ago

    hey mets, we’ll take reyes off your hands :)

  20. 2011 is a lost transition year. Perez needs to be traded or released. Castillo traded, released, or forced to compete for 2B with Tejada and Turner in spring training. Beltran needs to move to RF and only play 4-5games a week to protect his knees. He cannot be traded due to his 18mil contract, but can still probably hit decently. The Mets need a fourth outfielder who plays solid defense on all 3 outfield spots to rest Beltran and Bay. Bay should be fine when the concussion sypmtoms are gone next year.

  21. 2011 is a lost transition year. Perez needs to be traded or released. Castillo traded, released, or forced to compete for 2B with Tejada and Turner in spring training. Beltran needs to move to RF and only play 4-5games a week to protect his knees. He cannot be traded due to his 18mil contract, but can still probably hit decently. The Mets need a fourth outfielder who plays solid defense on all 3 outfield spots to rest Beltran and Bay. Bay should be fine when the concussion sypmtoms are gone next year.

  22. The rotation is Santana, Niese, Pelfrey, Dickey, and the fifth starter should be either Gee, Mejia, or a free agent starter or someone who can fill in between the pen and rotation (Takahashi). They need some insurance in case Santana is not ready for opening day next year

  23. The rotation is Santana, Niese, Pelfrey, Dickey, and the fifth starter should be either Gee, Mejia, or a free agent starter or someone who can fill in between the pen and rotation (Takahashi). They need some insurance in case Santana is not ready for opening day next year

  24. The bullpen should be built cheap like Towers did in San Diego off of young discarded power arms. K-Rod is too expensive to be traded and did a decent job at closing this year. Parnell can setup and maybe Feliciano can be retained as cheap stable bullpen innings eater

    • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

      It didn’t hurt that Towers was able to build a bullpen in a stadium that known as THE pitchers park in the league.

      Also KRod just violated his restraining order… I don’t think it would be too hard to void his contract.

      • Just_MLB 5 years ago

        he sent his ex an apology 56 times via text message. My money is on him saying his phone was stolen.

      • Slopeboy 5 years ago

        K-Rod’s contract for this year can be voided for his fight because he injured himself in an off the field altercation and the team lost his services.The retraining order does not play into anything for next year, as it does not have anything to do with his ability to play.

    • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

      It didn’t hurt that Towers was able to build a bullpen in a stadium that known as THE pitchers park in the league.

      Also KRod just violated his restraining order… I don’t think it would be too hard to void his contract.

  25. The bullpen should be built cheap like Towers did in San Diego off of young discarded power arms. K-Rod is too expensive to be traded and did a decent job at closing this year. Parnell can setup and maybe Feliciano can be retained as cheap stable bullpen innings eater

  26. BoSoXaddict 5 years ago

    The ONLY reason Youk should be asked to play 3rd next year is if the Sox somehow trade for A.Gonz, M.Cab or Fielder.

    EDIT: Or Pujols 😀

    • what’s your offer for anyone of those, I mean good offer.

      • BoSoXaddict 5 years ago

        First of all, I wasn’t saying it’s likely that the Sox are able to trade for one of those guys – far from it. My point was that Youk should NOT be forced to switch positions just because Belte walks or to let V-Mart play 1st full-time. That said, if I was Theo, I would be prepared to offer a package along the lines of this for one of those guys:

        Kelly/Ellsbury/Anderson/Bowden

        Of course, I’d make Papelbon available as well – but he would most likely have to be accompanied by cash. Other prospects the Sox could include, depending on the receiving team’s needs, include Pimental, Navarro, Weiland, etc.

    • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

      The Pads have implied Gonzalez is not on the market, not sure why Cabrera would be on the market, and if the Sox acquire Fielder my bet is it would be to replace Ortiz at DH.

      Of course I’m also one of the people who’s quietly hoping Pujols negotiations with the Cards crash and burn…

      • BoSoXaddict 5 years ago

        The Sox COULD trade for Fielder and put him at 1st with Youk going to 3rd, resign Papi to a 2 year DH deal and then when Papi’s done Prince becomes the DH, Youk moves back to 1st, and we find a new 3B.

        • Just_MLB 5 years ago

          or u could trade for Prince…move him to 1B for 2011, then sign Pujols and move Prince to DH…

          imagine a lineup of…

          ellsbury
          pedroia
          prince
          pujols
          drew
          youk
          CF
          C

          • Switch Pujols and Fielder, Switch Youk and Drew, add a shortstop to the lineup, and you got yourself a fantasy lineup.

          • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

            If we’re going for fantasy can we also get Tim Lincecum instead of Matsuzaka?

  27. hey i dont get it i understand you dont like a team but come on at least admit the mets have some solid young pieces im sick of people comparing them to the nyy who cares the mets are different i see them getting better obviously bay wasnt very good before he got injured and maine/perez lost there spots but i see alot of positive things with them reyes wright pagan carter beltran thole martinez dickey pelfrey niese misch gee.i dont in anyway like the mets but with a free agent SP and possible a good 2b there playoff worthy to me

    • Just_MLB 5 years ago

      dont bother…the mets take abuse because they play in NY and basically…people cant abuse the Yankees cuz they win…so the mets are the proverbial global whipping boy of baseball right now.

  28. metsman 5 years ago

    I have been saying for a two years now that Dan uggla would give us the offensive jolt we need and with Tejada as a defensive sub we would be set. We should have got him last summer when his stock was down, It will cost a lot to pry him away after a 30+ Hr 100+ RBI year….but as we all know it’s a 24/7 firesale in Miami . I think we should explore the idea of giving Bay back to Boston for John Lackey obviously it would require some financial adjustments but neither has worked out for the other and we have a wealth of outfield talent in our system.

  29. BoSoXaddict 5 years ago

    If you read my posts carefully you would see that I was not suggesting the Red Sox had a good or even small chance of trading for “the face of your franchise” – I was just listing the cirucmstances under which it would be acceptable for Youk to move to 3rd..

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