Heyman On Wainwright, McLouth, Marlins, Mets

The Orioles don’t look like contenders to Jon Heyman of SI.com, who suggests yesterday's 10-0 loss to the Yankees could be a sign of things to come. Here are Heyman's latest rumors…

  • Three rival GMs tell Heyman that they expect the Cardinals to exercise Adam Wainwright’s $21MM option for 2012-13 after the season. Wainwright is recovering from Tommy John surgery and won't pitch in 2011, but has pitched at a Cy Young level for the past two seasons.
  • However, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak says he “hasn’t thought about” Wainwright's option yet.
  • Matt Holliday and Heyman agree that it’s a no-brainer for St. Louis to pick it up. To see what $21MM buys on the free agent market, click here.
  • Some people in the Braves organization are referring to Nate McLouth as "Pittsburgh Nate,'' since they’ve been impressed with his performance this spring. McLouth posted an .801 OPS in Pittsburgh and has just a .709 mark with the Braves.
  • Braves GM Frank Wren says Craig Kimbrel’s slow start doesn’t worry him.
  • One NL scout expects the Marlins to “surprise some people” despite their current spring losing streak.
  • Luis Castillo remains a “slight favorite” to win the Mets’ second base job.

22 Responses to Heyman On Wainwright, McLouth, Marlins, Mets Leave a Reply

  1. Jeffy25 4 years ago

    If I was Moz, wouldn’t you want to at least kick the tires on a longer termed extension with Wainwright?

    • wnymetsfan 4 years ago

      If I was the Cards I would see what about restructuring the deal making the hit in 2012-2013 less while adding on years. It would give Wainwright more security in case his arm does not respond quickly while giving them relief from having to take a 21 million dollar gamble on his rehab. However, I do not think it is a no brainer like Holiday that they will pick it up. If he is not progressing well they can not pick up the option and always bring him back for less once he is healthy.

      • nictonjr 4 years ago

        You don’t think any other team would take a chance on a re-habbing Wainwright. Oakland gave Sheets $10 mil last year. The Nationals wouldn’t take a stab at him coming back to being a top 5 SP??? AW knows the market for him will be there. I doubt he takes any ‘discount’ contract…

  2. Smrtbusnisman04 4 years ago

    Nate will be just fine, but I still think the Pirates won that trade.

    As much as we hate him, Castillo will be the Met’s starting 2B this season.

    • Hernandez has yet to get past AA, posting a .667 OPS last year. Morton is awful. Locke has been good, but he’s still in AA as well. I’d say the trade is a wash so far, just because of Locke’s potential.

      • Smrtbusnisman04 4 years ago

        his XFIP was 4.20 for last season and I want to see how he does with a full season with new pitching coach Ray Searage. He’s not a bust YET!!

    • Will 4 years ago

      I don’t see how you’re so convinced Pitt won that trade. Charlie Morton got absolutely shelled last year (2-12, ERA 7.5+ in 79 IP, and 1.7 HR/9).

      Locke has been relatively ineffective in the minors so far, but his ERA has lingered around 3.5 since the trade. He was recently moved up to AA ball but he’s still years away from the majors. I think he has the most potential of the three traded, but I don’t see it working out. Probably a career minor leaguer.

      And unless Gorkys Hernandez can get going again, I don’t see him getting out of the minor leagues anytime soon either.

      Now, if the Braves can get ONE solid year out of McLouth…..just one…..he’ll have been more valuable to the Braves than the 3 guys traded have been to the Pirates. Thus far, I think the trade was a bust for both sides, especially considering what the Braves are paying McLouth.

      • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

        lol win-loss record cited for a pirates pitcher

        18.1 HR/FB% + .353 BABIP + 53.2 LOB% = no survivors

        • Will 4 years ago

          Ok….take away his record and just check out that 7.5 ERA. I’m sure that’s because he’s on the pirates too, right? Who did Greinke and Felix Hernandez pitch for last year again???

      • Smrtbusnisman04 4 years ago

        Last year he was bad, but consider this; his era was largely inflated by homeruns and he showed better control in september. His XFIP was 4.20 for last season and I want to see how he does with a full season with new pitching coach Ray Searage. He’s not a bust YET!!

  3. Slopeboy 4 years ago

    Again, Heyman breaks stunning news! Besides a few delusional Orioles fans, did anyone really think the O’s were going to contend in the AL east? To their credit, the O’s have improved, but at best they may overtake the Blue Jays for 4th place if all goes right.

  4. TheHotCorner 4 years ago

    Serious? The O’s aren’t contenders. Really? Next thing you know Heyman is going to tell us the Pirates aren’t contenders. That Heyman is one crazy dude.

  5. Cause clearly starting Vanderhurk or w/e is name in a spring training game means we will play that bad in the season. spring training always correlates so well

  6. CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

    Please refrain from calling anyone, or anything, other than yourself, delusional.

  7. T Morgan 4 years ago

    Not a Marlin fan, but since they got a team they have 2 WS titles and the phillies have how many? Hype doesn’t equal championships, my beloved Braves have taught me that much. So, a marlins fan has a right to be optimistic every year.. Just not the year after a WS win.. Lol

  8. CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

    Have you ever looked at his blog? Its the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen.

  9. NL_East_Rivalry 4 years ago

    Click on his name, but be warned, it will probably make you a little bit dumber for every sentence you read.

  10. jwredsox 4 years ago

    idk the Marlins promoted some players like Miguel Cabrera, Hanley Ramirez and a lot more.

  11. T Morgan 4 years ago

    I’m not 100% sure, but I’d probably say the order on farm systems over the last 10 would go Marlins, phillies, and the Braves a lot closer than you think. Don’t forget the Braves last division title was won with quite a few rookies. The phillies, if they win the division this year, will win as a result of trades and FA signings, not their farm.

  12. RedCaps 4 years ago

    Hanley was signed and developed by the Red Sox; he never played in the Marlins farm system.

  13. T Morgan 4 years ago

    Payrolls don’t equal championships is my point. Since the Marlins formed as a team, they have 2 WS titles while the Phils have one and the Mets (who on average over that time spam have the highest payroll of our division) have zero. So back to my original statement, Marlins fans have earned the right to be “delusional” about their chances every year since they have more titles than either of us and both of them came out of nowhere on the backs of mere prospects ar the time.

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