Odds & Ends: Beimel, Angels, Mets, Peralta, Dunn

On this date 27 years ago, the Padres signed Sandy Alomar Jr. as an amateur free agent. Now, the former catcher is one of four finalists for the Blue Jays managerial opening. Here are today's links, as the Phillies send the NLCS back to Philadelphia…

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18 Comments on "Odds & Ends: Beimel, Angels, Mets, Peralta, Dunn"

4 years 11 months ago

Dunn and Cabrera would make the middle of that Tigers lineup pretty scary. It will be interesting to see how much they offer, and if Dunn would prefer a different destination so he could play some at 1B.

4 years 11 months ago

Why on Earth are the Pirates getting serious about John Gibbons? I know they’re the Pirates, but John Gibbons is not a good fit for this team!

4 years 11 months ago

Lol luckily he’s pulled himself out which is great for the Pirates because… well, he blows.

4 years 11 months ago

Dunn should get more respect for what he does at the plate. 40 HR’s and 100 RBI’s EVERY YEAR!? Dude is as consistent as they come. I say someone give him 3 years/$45MM already. He deserves it. As for being a Tiger…I dunno. They seem clogged in their line up. He’d probably fit better on a club with more glaring needs- like the Giants (despite their success this year).

4 years 11 months ago

How do the Tigers seem “clogged” in their lineup?

They have Jackson at the top….then Miggy in the middle. The rest is nothing special. There’s a reason Cabrera was intentionally walked so much. No one fears anything else in that lineup.

The #1 off-season priority for the Tigers MUST BE to get Cabrera a legimate bat for protection. Whether it’s Dunn, Martinez (and batting him behind Cabrera), or someone else can be debated, but the Tigers can’t let another year go by without a bat behind Cabrera with all that money they’re paying him.

Dunn is a horrific fit for the Giants unless they let LaRoche go…and even then, he makes little sense. Dunn needs to go to an AL team, period.

4 years 11 months ago

It will be interesting to see what Dunn will do. He has stated many times that he doesn’t want to DH.

In an interview with the Washington Post:
“I could care less about what people say,” Dunn said. “I know what I want to do. I know I don’t want to go DH. I like playing the field. DH-ing is awesome during interleague, because it gives you a little break. But I couldn’t do it full time. I won’t do it full time. You can write that out right now.”

I know sometimes people have to do what they don’t want to do, but it looks like signing with an American League team would be a last resort for him.

4 years 11 months ago

i think you mean Huff, not LaRoche

4 years 11 months ago

Tigers shouldn’t pursue Crawford and I’m betting/hoping they don’t. Crawford’s prime asset is also the one most likely to fade with time, speed. He’ll cost too much over and above the draft pick. The Tigers can use Raburn, Wells, Boesch, maybe others in left field for about $100M less, and plug that cash into other holes.

VMart isn’t without his faults, especially his throwing. But he’s a switch hitter who’s way better than his peer group at the plate. That’s a better use of the money.

4 years 11 months ago

speed actually lasts longer then most other facets of a players game. Look at guys like Kenny Lofton. Not sure why people have been saying speed fades a lot over time. It fades less then power and as a line drive hitting guy Crawford imo should age pretty nicely.

4 years 11 months ago

Agreed jwredsox. Another example is Ichiro. At age 37 and 10 years into his American baseball career, he managed to steal 42 bases, his 4th highest total. He stole more bases and had a much better ratio of steals to being thrown out than he did in 2002 when he was 29 years old.

Top 10 SB leaders for 2010 in all of MLB:
#1) Juan Pierre- 33 years old- 68 SB
#2) Michael Bourn- 27 years old- 52 SB
#3) Rajai Davis- 30 years old- 50 SB
#4) Brett Gardner- 27 years old- 47 SB
#5) Carl Crawford- 29 years old- 47 SB
#6) BJ Upton- 26 years old- 42 SB
#7) Ichiro Suzuki- 37 years old- 42 SB
#8) Chone Figgins- 32 years old- 42 SB
#9) Angel Pagan- 29 years old- 37 SB
#10) Scott Podsednik- 34 years old- 35 SB

Out of the top 10, only one is younger than 27 and half of them are over 30 years old. I know stolen bases isn’t the only indicator of speed, but I think the list is kind of telling.

4 years 11 months ago

Interesting comments on Peralta. I still say the smartest thing the tigers can do is decline Peralta’s option and then offer arbitration. If he accepts, he’ll be cheaper than his $7M option. He only made $4.6M this year, not getting over a 50% raise with an OPS barely over .700.

If he declines, you can still sign him for cheaper than $7M as no one in their right mind (or even not in their right mind) would give him $7M.

And if he does leave…..Tigers get a 1st round sandwich pick for him as he projects as a Type B free agent.

Declining the option is a win-win for the Tigers. Either they get a high draft pick, or they get Peralta for cheaper.

4 years 11 months ago

yeah that is why I said it will be interesting to see if Dunn wants to go elsewhere to play more in the field.

4 years 11 months ago

Boesch is going to be in Toledo next year. Raburn will be starting in RF and I’m sure Carl Crawford ends up playing left in Motown next year.

Raburn will play in right unless the tigers sign both Dunn and maglio. Of they both sign with detroit Mags would play right while Dunn would be the DH

4 years 11 months ago

Not so sure on Crawford. While he makes a ton of sense for the Tigers…..he makes a ton of sense for a lot of clubs, including the Angels who are likely to be big spenders as well.

Going after Dunn and Martinez for probably only a few million more than what Crawford is gonna want is probably a better bet for the Tigers.

Martinez-Cabrera-Dunn hitting 3-4-5 would finally give Cabrera both the protection he needs and the big bat in front of him. Ordonez could probably be brought back as well to play RF and DH at times when Dunn is getting an offday (or risking it it LF).

Martinez, Ordonez, and Dunn could be had for $25M probably. Crawford could be looking at $15M+ a year. If you get Crawford…probably only gonna be able to land one of those other 3. Not worth it IMO.

If I’m the Rays, I’m praying it is the Tigers that sign Crawford though (assuming he is leaving, which seems a near lock). That 19th pick will look mighty fine for them.

4 years 11 months ago

I reckon it will be awhile still before Bigbie gets another shot with an MLB organization (i.e., minor league deal) given his prominence in the Mitchell Report.

Now, Jorge Julio, on the other hand, should have no problems landing a legitimate AAA deal from an MLB organization for 2011.

4 years 11 months ago

It’s interesting that he was on the first team, after only playing in 69 games. Kind of a small sample size for being named to the first team.

Still, a .403 average & a 1.246 OPS is definitely nothing to sneeze at.

4 years 11 months ago

Crawford is DD’s object of desire. He will spend whatever he has to to get him in that outfield next to Action! Jackson!
As for Martinez I doubt they go after him. They have a ton of faith in Avila and have been inquiring about Napoli for a trade so he would make sense because he is a decent first basemen too and could fill in for cabbie when needed. I doubt theGIGO after an every day catcher because they feel try already have one.

4 years 11 months ago

I recall Bigbie as an all or nothing kind of hitter with no speed and an iron glove. Hope that’s changed, he would make nice comeback story.