Odds & Ends: Duncan, Mets, Dodgers, Baylor

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34 Comments on "Odds & Ends: Duncan, Mets, Dodgers, Baylor"


Dave_Gershman
4 years 10 months ago

Pretty cool that the Diamondbacks are stocking up on coaches/management as former players who have a lot to offer to a very young inexpierenced team. Baylor, Young, Gibson, Nagy. These guys have been there and done that at the very least, have all been fantastic players during their respective careers. Hopefully someday Baylor will get to manage a team like he wants to.

Tim question, wasn’t Curt Young supposed to be the Diamondbacks pitching coach? If it’s Nagy, does that mean that Young might be interested in being the pitching coach for the Red Sox or Yankees?

4 years 10 months ago

I’d be happy with Young as the Yanks pitching coach. He did a great job over there in Oakland with the youn pitching staff, and could contribute in NY, hopefully fixing Joba, adjusting Hughes, and hopefully being able to help the young farmheads coming up.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 10 months ago

Exactly, because he did a remarkable job with the A’s young pitchers. How else do you explain that they had one of the top 3 young rotations in Baseball this season with a great young bullpen. Not only Hughes and Joba (because Joba might get traded to the Royals!…joke Henry) but Nova, Robertson, and even that young prospect guy Rivera…Thats his name right? He needs some coaching.

azdsnd
4 years 10 months ago

Phil Hughes needs adjusting? Who knew…

4 years 10 months ago

I can read your sarcasm but, Phil Hughes needs to use his cutter and chnage-up more and develop them more to complement his electric fastball.

azdsnd
4 years 10 months ago

Hughes’ 2010 pitch distribution (woo Fangraphs!):

FB – 63.6%
CT – 16.4%
CB – 16.5%
CH – 3.5%

It’s not like he barely ever uses his cutter, and the change is his third-best off-speed pitch, why emphasize it? That seems like a perfectly acceptable pitch distribution to me. Using your two best off-speed pitches nearly equally is pretty much perfect, and he’s not going out there with a David Price 75% fastball usage.

As a D-backs fan, that idea reminds me of what happened when the D-backs were trying to emphasize Edwin Jackson’s change-up and curveball when his two dominant offerings are his fastball and slider. Really, really bad things happened.

4 years 10 months ago

Well, he needs an out pitch. Seriously.

JerseyJohn32190
4 years 10 months ago

Sometimes, there’s more to baseball than just numbers. Hughes had trouble most of the season putting hitters away when ahead in the count. If he can develop his change to a point where it’s a plus pitch, he could be a top of the rotation starter. Until then, he’ll probably be a very streaky pitcher who gets knocked out of games early because he threw 100 pitches in 5 innings.

4 years 10 months ago

Exactly. An out pitch.

5_tool_MiLB_fool
4 years 10 months ago

wrong it means mark reynolds will bat like .150 with baylor

Dave_Gershman
4 years 10 months ago

But the good news is he’ll only strike out 210 times, 1 less than he did this season.

Or he’ll be traded.

Bigred36
4 years 10 months ago

Don Baylor as a hitting coach is a coupe. I’m sure the Astros knew Bagwell was not coming ba Why didn’t they grab him? That explains why they have been sliding over the years–because they don’t keep up with who is available and act on it swiftly. Ya snooze, ya lose–and the Astros’ record is confirmation of that.

airohpue13
4 years 10 months ago

Tim Brown must not be paying attention. He claims the tigers have a need at 3rd base and lists them as a possible suitor for Beltre.

tigers22
4 years 10 months ago

I noticed the exact same thing. Then doesn’t list them as a suitor for Werth. Not exactly making himself too credible

Dave_Gershman
4 years 10 months ago

he also didn’t list additinonal Matt Kemp suitors as I think it’s fair to say that with a little bit of help from Zack Greinke, Matt Kemp could very well be a Royal.

Hermie13
4 years 10 months ago

Are you suggesting a Greinke for Kemp swap?

Would be bold….not sure that helps the Royals though going forward since Kemp will be a free agent before the Royals can compete IMO.H

Dave_Gershman
4 years 10 months ago

No I am not suggesting a Greinke for Kemp swap.

I’m suggesting a Greinke and Louis Coleman for Matt Kemp, Rubby De La Rosa, and Kenley Jansen.

Or Zach Greinke for Dee Gordon, Trayvon Robinson, Allen Webster, and Kenley Jansen

azdsnd
4 years 10 months ago

The first trade is ridiculous (i.e. even DMGM would laugh at Colletti… hopefully). Second deal is more like it.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 10 months ago

Minus de la Rosa and the first trade would work.

azdsnd
4 years 10 months ago

You’re removing value from the wrong side of that trade… that, or you’re just grossly overvaluing Kemp.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 10 months ago

I didn’t know that you’re saying the Kemp one was “weaker” than the Gordon one. In that case, Kemp, Gordon, Webster, and Jansen.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 10 months ago

And Coleman to the Dodgers.

thegrayrace
4 years 10 months ago

I realize that De La Rosa and Jansen are both relievers, but they are probably the two best arms in the Dodgers farm system right now, with Jansen already putting in a solid contribution at the major league level. Both are closer material. Way too much for the Dodgers to give up plus Kemp.

The 2nd trade proposal is a bit more reasonable.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 10 months ago

De la Rosa is a starter. He put up a 1.41 ERA in 8 AA starts this season.

vtadave
4 years 10 months ago

So the Royals are considering dealing Greinke because they won’t be really competitive until 2012 when he’s a free agent, but they deal him for Kemp who will be a free agent at the same time? Doubtful. Even more doubtful that the Dodgers gut a mid-tier (at best) farm system for a potential head case. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Dodger fan who would love to see Greinke in Dodger Blue, but dealing four top-10 prospects for any guy isn’t Colletti’s M.O.

Hermie13
4 years 10 months ago

Teams need to stop stealing/trying to steal Tribe coaches/personel! lol

Farrell to Boston (then Blue Jays), Skinner gone to Oakland, Alomar nearly gone to Toronto, now Nagy possibly to the D’backs.

Scary to think how raided we’d get if we were actually you know…good.

Really hope Nagy sticks around. Has strong ties to the Cleveland/Ohio community and C-bus isn’t far away. Can’t fault him though for going after a big-league job. Liked what Belcher did this year so don’t think Nagy will be in line for a promotion in the near future.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
4 years 10 months ago

I hate that Nagy’s leaving. I understand though. If you want to move up from the minors, you have to take a ML job if one is offered. Who knows how long it will be before the next job is offered?

4 years 10 months ago

And there’s another name off the list for Braves hitting coach. I wish we’d hear a rumor every now and again.

BlueSkyLA
4 years 10 months ago

Milwaukee’s loss is our gain. It will be great to see Wallace remain in a Dodger uniform.

4 years 10 months ago

I agree, selfishly I’m glad to see him stay with Dodgers for the year. He’ll be a good person to have around in the clubhouse, much better for the young guys (esp guys he’s managed) than, say, Larry Bowa would be.
(Btw, of course you know but it’s Wallach, not Wallace… 😉 )

BlueSkyLA
4 years 10 months ago

Yup, a typo. I figured for sure he’d be another good one who got away.

HerbertAnchovy
4 years 10 months ago

Cashman comes off pretty smug in that interview.

Lanidrac
4 years 10 months ago

Well, Duncan certainly deserves to be the highest paid pitching coach in the game.

4 years 10 months ago

The White Sox were in on Cliff Lee? What were they offering? Triple-A Charlotte?