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Trade deadline dash: If I were Jim Hendry...

Posted on: July 27, 2010 4:00 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2010 5:09 pm
 
...I would be on the phone with Detroit so fast it would make their heads spin.

There are relatively few certainties in baseball, but every once in a while, a few do come along. One is the modest silver lining that attends the dark cloud that Magglio Ordonez's broken ankle has cast on Detroit's playoff hopes. His contract is tied directly to a convoluted formula of plate appearances and starts that will not be met due to this injury. Bottom line: the Tigers have $15 million more in the bank than they thought just a week ago for the rest of this year and next year, depending on how they wish to handle the options. It's a cold look, but as they all love to say at contract and trade time, it's just a business.

Fortuitously for everyone except Ordonez, the injury comes a week before MLB's deadline for trades that do not have to clear waivers. Motown dodged a bullet with Carlos Guillen, but can they hold off both the White Sox and Twinks without Magglio's bat in the lineup for the next 6-8 weeks? Perhaps Detroit will use 3 or 4 days to assess whether the team has any hope of remaining in contention in the AL-C, but Magglio has been more than respectable with the bat this season and it won't be easy.

At the same time, the Cubs do not look good in 2010 even for eternally optimistic Cubs fans like me, they have a serious need to get younger in a hurry (something that should have started in earnest last year, IMO), and they are still on the hook for about $16 million per year for 4 more years with Alfonso Soriano. I don't know if Detroit has the young talent that would be useful in a deal -- or how open Cubs ownership is to eating part of Soriano's contract to make something happen -- but it seems to me that a couple of creative accountants could sit down and find a scenario that's to the advantage of both teams.

And there are still a few creative accountants around. Just because we've had a global financial crisis doesn't mean anyone has been jailed for it.




Comments

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: August 20, 2010 2:29 pm
 

Trade deadline dash: If I were Jim Hendry...

Dang, I missed out on this thread while it was hot.
Any sign of the scantily clad babes?

In any event, me an' the boys was talkin' about Sorry Ano (insert tilde at your whim), or the left fielder, whichever comes first.
Does he get to play third base?
Or first base?
Does anybody want to buy out part of his contract? Not everyone can be a DH.

Anyway, get back to me on the babes report.
I'm over in Reds country, where we INSIST that the Cardinals are a bunch of whiny little beaches.






Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2010 9:14 pm
 

Trade deadline dash: If I were Jim Hendry...

LOL, great comments, y'all. Now I definitely see I've been over-thinking this, at least from a Cub fan's perspective. It's now about 27 hours before the trade deadline, and the Cubs have made exactly one move to improve the team. They ordered new towels for the home team's locker room. Sheesh....

Either the Twins make a run and are going to put some distance between themselves and the Tigers, or the current iteration of the latter will sneak in anyway.
I agree, 14. You almost get the feeling the Twins are reluctant to do anything till they find out if Morneau's eyeballs are gonna stop spinning around in their sockets. I'm sorta waiting for that other show to drop in the Capps deal.

Were it not for a pitcher friendly ballpark and a middling AL Central division, I don't think the Tigers would stand a chance to be contenders.
Sean, you need some lessons in self-delusion. See ya at Wrigley.

If I'm Jim Hendry, I'm looking to make friends with the next Manager, so I can share the blame with someone , er, collaborate on any future player moves; yeah that's it, collaborate.
SmallMarketFan: Me too. I'll never forgive Piniella for Milton Bradley, Fukudome, Big Z, Sori Century ... my, the list does go on and on.

What the Cubs & Tigers GM's should be doing is taking the D-Backs's GM out to dinner. There ya go, Onion. I like the way you think. And if he's on a diet, take him to a cat house.



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2010 6:27 pm
 

Trade deadline dash: If I were Jim Hendry...

What the Cubs & Tigers GM's should be doing is taking the D-Backs's GM out to dinner.



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2010 5:07 pm
 

Trade deadline dash: If I were Jim Hendry...

Not much more to say Frantic.  Sean's words pretty much echo the Tigers' fan site views...any prospects the Cubs would be looking for are already necessary and playing in Detroit.  The one bit of promise they could offer the Cubs is maybe one of those roller coaster arms gets a re-birth in the NL Central.  (Is Scherzer a sell-high guy right now?)  And if you're Leyland, do you really have Lou's same patience for "the hop" on every ball played in left field? 

If I'm Jim Hendry, I'm looking to make friends with the next Manager, so I can share the blame with someone , er, collaborate on any future player moves; yeah that's it, collaborate.




Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2010 11:16 am
 

Trade deadline dash: If I were Jim Hendry...

If only Magglio Ordonez was the issue, then your plan makes a ton of sense.  Unfortunately, the Tiger's woes go well beyond a hurt right fielder.
The Tigers have been horrible up the middle this season.  Scott Sizemore didn't work out at second and has spent the year in Toldeo.  Carlos Guillen, while respectable at the position, has been and is currently hurt.   The Tigers haven't had a solid shortstop since Alan Trammel retired.
At third is a carousel of AAA call ups while Brandon Inge is nursing a broken hand.
Don't get me started on Gerald Laird's battles with the Mendoza line. Leyland consistently trots the also-ran out there every night while a solid back up who needs the time learning the craft wallows on the bench.
Apart from Justin Verlander and the magically reformed Max Scherzer, Tigers pitching has been equally historic (Gallaraga) to horrific (DFA'd Willis).  Porcello, Gallaraga, and Bonderman have not pitched to expectations or the standards of a winning ballclub.
Bobby Seay, Zach Miner, and Joel Zumaya are all gone for the year.  Had Providence not given the team Papa Grande, there would be no bullpen of any consequence.
Were it not for a pitcher friendly ballpark and a middling AL Central division, I don't think the Tigers would stand a chance to be contenders.
GM Dombrowski is likely looking toward next year when some very bad contracts come off the books.  Bonderman, Willis, and Solohomerunez provide them with around $60M in wiggle room.
To quote the eternal Cubs Fan, "Wait until next year!"



Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2010 11:00 am
 

Trade deadline dash: If I were Jim Hendry...

If you're Hendry, you absolutely do this. I don't think it flies for the Tigers, though. Their chances of holding off the Twins weren't very good with Ordonez, and they're worse now, even if they added Soriano (the slight upgrade in current numbers is more than made up for by the fact that Sori was - very literally - worthless last season. Still a lot of risk there). Or, to put in a slightly more hedged way, I don't think the ~2 wins (in an absolute top-end scenario) make the difference. Either the Twins make a run and are going to put some distance between themselves and the Tigers, or the current iteration of the latter will sneak in anyway. 



Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2010 12:07 pm
 

Trade deadline dash: If I were Jim Hendry...

That's another great way to look at this whole thing, panthers. Maybe I've been over-thinking things, and I should get back to raw jungle analysis. Any move that helps anyone beat the White Sox has some inherent holiness attached to it.



Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2010 4:15 am
 

Trade deadline dash: If I were Jim Hendry...

Cubs need to send Soriano or Fukodome to help out the Tigers. I would even give them Zambrano if they would take him off Cubs hands. I will not be able to stand my friends who are White Sox fans if they hold onto AL Central so Cubs need to help out Tigers or Twins so they can catch the White Sox!!!! Surprised


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