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Trade talk, and answering questions

Posted on: July 17, 2008 5:31 pm
Edited on: July 17, 2008 7:27 pm
It's no real surprise to see Tony Clark going from San Diego back to Arizona. Clark is from San Diego, but he has lived for years in the Phoenix area and very much wanted to get back there. The Diamondbacks needed help off the bench, and also the veteran presence that Clark brings, and the Padres have reached the point where they realize they don't have a chance this year.

There were those in baseball who thought Arizona would be a possible destination for Mark Teixeira, should the Braves trade him. Like Clark, Teixeira has a home in Arizona, and could possibly have been interested in staying there long-term. But Arizona didn't want a full-time first baseman who would take at-bats away from Chad Tracy and Connor Jackson. The Diamondbacks were encouraged by the 25 runs they scored in the final four games behind the All-Star break, and convinced themselves that at this point their offense doesn't need the big-time boost from someone like Teixeira.

It's also no surprise to see the Phillies trade for a pitcher, even though Oakland's Joe Blanton was far from their first choice. The Phils were looking for a difference-maker, and it's hard to see Blanton being that kind of pitcher. The one plus is that he normally pitches a lot of innings, and the Phillies might score enough runs to help him succeed.

Other talk circulating in the baseball world today:

-- The Mariners continue to be open for business, and there has been some talk that they would even be open to dealing young shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt. But one official who has spoken to the Mariners said he was told Betancourt was one of four players the M's wouldn't talk about, with the other three being Ichiro Suzuki, Jeff Clement and Brandon Morrow.

-- The Rays' interest in Rockies closer Brian Fuentes has been talked about for days, but a baseball official said Tampa Bay has also talked to Oakland about Huston Street. The Rays are also in on Casey Blake, who could well be traded by the Indians.

-- Even after trading for CC Sabathia, the Brewers are well-positioned if they want to make another deal. Matt LaPorta was the key piece in the Sabathia trade, but one scout said LaPorta was no better than the fourth best prospect on Milwaukee's Double-A Huntsville club. "(Third baseman Mat) Gamel is an impact guy, and so is (shortstop Alcides) Escobar," the scout said. "And (outfielder Michael) Brantley has a chance to be an All-Star. For a lot of people, including us, LaPorta is going to be no better than an average everyday player."

-- One other Milwaukee player to watch is shortstop J.J. Hardy. The Blue Jays are very interested in him, and some people believe that if Dustin McGowan hadn't gotten hurt, a deal could have been made (the Brewers aren't interested in Burnett). There's still a chance, those same people believe, that the Jays could pursue Hardy this coming winter.

-- The Tigers haven't been saying very much about Dontrelle Willis, who was sent to Class A Lakeland more than a month ago (and more recently was in Detroit to have his knee examined). The word is that in Willis' workouts in Lakeland, his control hasn't been any better than it was in Detroit. People familiar situation said Willis has been doing a lot of running, trying to take off some of the weight he has added.

-- While the White Sox are telling people that they're satisfied with their team and unlikely to make any significant moves, there are those who wonder whether they'd deal shortstop Orlando Cabrera, who will be a free agent at the end of the year. Whether he's dealt or not, it's unlikely Cabrera will be with the Sox next year, because rookie Alexei Ramirez is expected to take over at short, his natural position.


Some e-mails, and some quick responses:

From Josh T.: "Did you even watch the (All-Star) game? Did you see any other pitcher pitch? Did you see the defense on each side? All you can talk about is the freakin' Yanks and Boston"

Let's see, the All-Star Game was at Yankee Stadium, the MVP plays for Boston. No, I can't figure out why anyone would have written about the Yankees and Red Sox. You're right. Next time, I'll be sure to feature someone who had a bigger effect on the game. Cristian Guzman, maybe?

From Jason: "You're an idiot to suggest that CC Sabathia isn't an All-Star because he didn't make this year's team. I could make a team out of the players not on this year's (All-Star) roster and beat them in a game."

Sorry, but if you don't make the All-Star team, you're not an All-Star. If you don't believe me, then try to collect that All-Star bonus in your contract without being named to the team.

From Scott: "I don't understand why you included the pitcher from Kansas City (Zack Greinke) in your (On The Block), other than for filler."

We included Greinke because the Royals are willing to talk to other teams about him this month. No, he probably won't be dealt, because it would take a huge package to get KC to actually make a deal, but we thought it was interesting that they're even willing to discuss him.

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Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2008 12:30 pm

Trade talk, and answering questions

im sure they would have to beknocked oof their feet to trade king felix!

Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2008 7:41 pm

Trade talk, and answering questions

Alright nsabino, I would be happy to challenge your label of Adam Dunn as "virtually useless" and your view of my post as a joke:

Player Comparisons Between: Adam Dunn, Ryan Howard, Pat Burrel, Bobby Abreu, and Jermaine Dye (As of 7/18/08)

OPS: 1. Burrel .977 2. Dye .931 3. Dunn .927 4. Howard .840 5. Abreu .780

Walks: 1. Dunn 73 2. Burrel 69 3. Howard 49 4. Abreu 41 Dye 29

Strikeouts: 1. Howard 130 2. Dunn 101 3. Burrel 79 4. Abreu 70 5. Dye 66

Homeruns: 1. Howard 29 2. Dunn 27 3. Burrel 23 4. Dye 21 5. Abreu 10

RBI: 1. Howard 85 2. Dunn/Abreu tied at 60 4. Dye 58 5. Burrel 57

And complain that Dunn has the lowest batting average of the group until you're blue in the face, because Walks are just singles, and Dunn can add 73 singles to his list of hits, making the more meaningful statistic of OBS balloon to .385.

Fielding Percentage (Carlos Quentin replaces Ryan Howard due to the fact that he is a first basemen, although it is notable that Howard is in the middle of the pack in terms of first base fielding percentage): 1. Burrel 1.000% 2. Abreu/Dye .994% 4. Adam Dunn .971% 5. Quentin .961%

Of all of these premier players, Dunn ranks 3rd, 1st, 2nd, 2nd (in Ks), 2nd, and 4th respectively. You are delusional if you think Dunn is a useless player that would not upgrade any team in baseball. Remember also that the Reds don't hit, yet Dunn manages to stay near the top of all the major hitting categories. Am I saying that he is one of the top tier players in all of baseball? Not at all, but he is certainly beyond just a difference-maker and a guy that matches up well with all of the big boppers in baseball. As for Dunn's Fielding %, well look at the top 150 outfielders in the game defensively and you will find that Dunn is just below the middle of the pack. It is comparable to players like Nick Swisher, Magglio Ordonez, Vernon Wells, Jim Edmonds, and Geoff Jenkins. His arm is in the top half of the pack too. He has showcased quite a few times this year (twice in the past two weeks taking away doubles). Dunn is a soft-spoken, blue-collar player that works hard everyday and shows up to the ballpark ready to play. He gives his best effort on every play and has a high baseball IQ. Adam Dunn is worth every penny, and the only joke I see is a guy like you making ignorant statements claiming Dunn's futility in Major League Baseball.

Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: July 18, 2008 5:16 pm

Trade talk, and answering questions

Dunn is decent, don't get me wrong.  I have to believe his .220 Average has something to do with it.  He also strikes out way to much for my taste.  He definately has the power but are the "dave Kingman" type player really a hot commodity?

Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: July 18, 2008 5:09 pm

Trade talk, and answering questions

I couldn't agree more. Dunn would be amongst the leaders on any team in terms of HRs, OBP, walks, RBIs. He's not a defensive gem by any means, but put him at DH in the AL and that gets rid of that. His strikeouts are frustrating buts outs are outs no matter how you look at them. He's no Matt Holliday, but he could be a big help to teams needing some power down then stretch. And last time I checked - there were a few of those teams out there.

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: July 18, 2008 4:49 pm

Trade talk, and answering questions

There has been some talk around here about trading Grienke. But he may get a long term deal also. If he gets dealt I am pretty sure we will be asking for quite a lot in return. We are more than one player away so it will make sense but only if we get multiple top prospects.

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