West Coast Links: Dodgers, A’s, Frandsen, Padres

The Dodgers are off to an unlucky start this spring, with Casey Blake, Jon Garland, and Vicente Padilla expected to open the season on the disabled list. The bad news continued today; Dioner Navarro will head to the DL with a torn oblique, according to Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles, while Tim Redding left today's game with back pain, writes MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. More from the NL and AL West:

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  1. Completely off-topic, but doesn’t the Agency Database make the Boras Clients page completely pointless?

  2. James DeMott 4 years ago

    Completely off topic also, but who the hell is Tim Stauffer?

    • Dave_Gershman 4 years ago

      One of the games most underrated starters.

      And starting him Opening Day is a really, really good move.

    • A guy with one of the worst single-season ERAs of all-time: 21.13, albeit only in 7.2 innings. That’s still 18 runs given up.

    • Tim Stauffer, from the good ol’ state of Maine, was drafted by the Padres in the First Round in 2003. He was a highly touted pitching prospect that put up great numbers in the famous Cape Cod Baseball League while pitching for the Chatham A’s. He struggled early in his career with injuries and mechanics issues, but made his breakout season last year going 6-5 with a 1.85 ERA in 32 appearances over 87 innings. He transitioned from long relief to pitching some very important games down the stretch in September. He’s a kid with all kinds of talent and I’m really hoping he pulls it together. I saw him come up in the Cape League.

  3. Pete 4 years ago

    Prediction: Eric Chavez is the A’s manager and Carter his DH in 2012.

    Speaking of Carter, he had the most hilarious response to journalists asking him how he felt about not making the team “Just put a sad face.” LOL

  4. James DeMott 4 years ago

    Is he really underrated?

    • Just look at the link in the post to his stats. Make the opinion for yourself.

      • James DeMott 4 years ago

        I was being facetious…but I mean a sub-2 ERA is nice, but he started 7 games. I didn’t delve deeper than that because I’m a Braves fan and I just don’t care.

        • I didn’t mean for my post to come off as so condescending, sorry.

          In any case, considering his sub-2 ERA, but the fact that he only started 7 games, I’d say he’s an unknown.

          • James DeMott 4 years ago

            Hey, I hope he does well. I didn’t take it as condescending either, just messing around. He looks good. I love the Latos though, dude has tremendous upside.

          • Well Latos is 22 and had a sub-3 ERA in a full season last year. He might be the best kept secret in baseball.

          • Dave_Gershman 4 years ago

            Funny how you say that because he started 7 games thats too small of a sample size but you’re willing to declare his lousiness by stating he had an ERA over 18 in 7.2 IP.

          • Never once did I say Stauffer was lousy. Where did I say that?

          • Dave_Gershman 4 years ago

            “A guy with one of the worst single-season ERAs of all-time: 21.13, albeit only in 7.2 innings. That’s still 18 runs given up.”

            If you looked deeper in to his peripherals, you’d realize he was one of the NL’s best last year. Not saying you did anything wrong or anything, just a bit premature to make such a statement.

          • I never said he was bad. I was just pointing out that he had a really bad ERA one year.

            Quote me ever saying anything along the lines of “Tim Stauffer is a bad pitcher.”


    • He’s a complete beast in MLB 2K11.

      • 5_tool_MiLB_fool 4 years ago

        im sure he is a beast if you have it set on rookie difficulty and don’t have any edited sliders

        • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

          They have sliders in 2K too?

          • They have as long as I’ve played the game.

          • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

            I play The Show. I’ve only played the 2K games a couple of times and didn’t like them

          • I’d play the Show, but it’s not on PC.

          • RepOak 4 years ago

            I love The Show, but dont agree on Joe Maur making the cover two years in a row, not that it matters.

          • Miguel Cabrera or King Felix should’ve gotten The Show’s cover, not Joe “I’m going to be an overpaid DH/1B any year now” Mauer.

          • vtadave 4 years ago

            Yeah those 27 year-old catchers a year removed from a 1.000+ OPS…garbage.

          • Never said he was garbage, just that the only reason he’s worth the money he’s got is because he produces all the offense from Catcher, which he can’t stay at forever. Or very long, in any case.

          • ellisburks 4 years ago

            Fisk caught into his 40’s and was productive.

          • Joe Mauer is not Carlton Fisk.

          • ellisburks 4 years ago

            In all fairness, have you seen the two of them in the same place at the same time?

          • I could say the same thing about Robert Downey, Jr. and Johnny Depp.

        • Ah, I should’ve elaborated. Within two years of starting a franchise, he becomes an MVP caliber player and I’ve had him have 2-3 50 HR seasons consecutively on four or five different franchises.

          • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

            Sounds like Wily Mo Pena from MVP ’05

          • Ian_Smell 4 years ago

            YES. I was just playing that game today. It’s so good.

          • NickinIthaca 4 years ago

            Didn’t MLB2k11 come out within the last month or so? Please tell me you’re simming these seasons…

          • Partially simming, partially it’s the only game I’ve played.

      • Hes much more beastly in person.

  6. CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

    Stauffer’s come a long way from barely making the team last year.

  7. Hearing Kevin Towers has already signed Kevin Frandsen.

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