Quick Hits: Johnson, Dodgers, Aardsma, Padres

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Backup_Slider
4 years 6 months ago

I don’t feel that Center’s article says that the Padres bullpen is “severely weakened”. Instead it says that the depth at the back end of the bullpen (specifically, the #6 and #7 relief spots) has been thinned. As a non-Padres fan, I’d say they still have a top 5 MLB bullpen at the worst.

coup
4 years 6 months ago

One thing that wasn’t mentioned is that the Padres will have a full season from reliever Ernesto Frieri. After he was called up to San Diego he went 31.2 innings and allowed 18 hits with 41 K’s. Earlier in the season he was just as effective in triple AAA…37.2 IP with 14 hits allowed and 49 K’s.

4 years 6 months ago

The Padres losing Webb and Mujica, (to the Marlins) then, (Ramos, Russell and Gomes) to the Rays. None of which were the Padres top relief pitchers. The signing of Qualls, Moseley and Flores on a minor league deal. With emerging pitching prospects such as, Simon Castro and Corey Luebke, and even Wade LeBlanc to some degree possibly altering his role due to Tim Stuaffer’s vastly improved season, possibly being moved to the pen. The Padres can replace the players dealt this off season with some of the aforementioned pitchers easily. Ramos, Russell or Gomes, are hardly “proven” pitchers. Webb could have set-up or closer stuff, but is also still quite a bit away from being a “sure thing”.

I would say Moseley could easily take over for Mujica. Qualls (looking for a bounce back year) can replace Webb. And.. lets not forget about the emergence of Ernesto Frieri, that looked to have as good, if not better “stuff” than any of the pitchers traded, who also had success along with a closer like mentality. None of Ramos, Russell or Gomes were significant factors in last years spectacular relief run, and some of the new additions or current pitchers could have different roles to play in this year, such as Wade LeBlanc. With the additions and some of the players coming back from last year, if anything I believe the pen is as strong if not stronger than last year.

The Padres dealt from a position of depth (relief pitching that is easily found to pitch in spacious Petco), to bolster their middle-infield and to acquire a potential future all star center-fielder. You know trying to improve on Jed Hoyer and Co’s philosophy of, “playing Petco park into an advantage”. The new additions, while on the surface may look minor, but the pen is not weekend much at all!

iheartyourfart
4 years 6 months ago

I’ll miss Webb in the padres bullpen, but he was a luxury. The 7-8-9 guys are still arguably the best in the business and between Frieri, Qualls, and Thatcher you’ve got 3 more guys that could be 8th-inning guys for most of the other teams in the MLB. Qualls was shakey last year, but he’s almost a safe bet to bounce back (he far underperformed his peripherals, even miscast as a closer).
I don’t think anyone is going to miss Mujica. He was largely a throw-away innings kind of guy and he had a serious problem with the long ball, which is not going to go away.

gringo20
4 years 6 months ago

I understand Qualls peripherals were off, but those weren’t bloop singles raising his numbers, they were rockets off and over the wall.

coup
4 years 6 months ago

What does everyone think about Padres minor league reliever, Evan Scribner? I see a slightly lesser effective version of Frieri. Maybe that’s wishful thinking. But his seasonal numbers have been consistent as they are solid.

4 years 6 months ago

“Dodgers owner Frank McCourt needs to be more open and direct about his financial troubles” McCourt is broke and his wife is taking him to the cleaners anyway, just like any other divorce. Who doesn’t know this?

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
4 years 6 months ago

The team is probably worth in the neighborhood of $700m. We should all be so broke.

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

Dodger stadium is worth a lot, but not $430MM. the dodgers are not worth over 1 billion dollars. he won the bid. you didnt do much research on this did you?

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
4 years 6 months ago

In the current real estate market, Dodger Stadium is almost impossible to value. It’s certainly worth a lot less than it was just a couple of years ago. But keep talking about the value of the real estate, so maybe you can be thrilled when some developer buys the it for the money in the ground, moves the team somewhere else, and tears the stadium down to build condos. Personally, I’m grateful that McCourt hasn’t tried to extract the real estate value from the property, but that’s just me. What I’d like to see someday is the acres of asphalt around the stadium developed and a light rail connection to Union Station.