Posted on: December 18, 2011 2:24 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no minor or major league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization. This series shows how all 30 teams would look. We give you: Homegrown teams. To view the schedule/past entries of this feature, click here.
The new-look Miami Marlins went out and spent some cash on big free agents this offseason, but had that cash been around (or, you know, owner Jeffrey Loria willing to spend it before getting his new ballpark), the team could have kept some of the notable talent in South Florida. While the Marlins sent Josh Beckett and Miguel Cabrera out after winning a World Series, it's intriguing to think of what could have been had the Marlins stayed homegrown.
1. Logan Morrison, CF
2. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
4. Mike Stanton, RF
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Alex Gonzalez, SS
7. Brett Hayes, C
8. Robert Andino, 2B
1. Josh Johnson
2. Josh Beckett
3. Chris Volstad
4. Jason Vargas
5. Livan Hernandez
Closer - Steve Cishek
Set up - Chris Resop, Chris Leroux, Sandy Rosario, Alex Sanabia, Rick VandenHurk
Long - Brad Hand
Notable Bench Players
The bench is deep and versatile, including young and old alike, infielders and outfielders. Some of those guys include Gaby Sanchez, Edgar Renteria, Ross Gload, Matt Dominguez, Mark Kotsay, Chris Coghlan and Jeremy Hermida. Of those, Sanchez and Dominguez are good, young players that are just blocked by superstars, while the rest are clearly bench players.
Gonzalez, Cabrera, Stanton? Does any pitcher want to face that heart of the order? That's two MVP-worthy players plus the best young power hitter in the game. The bottom of the lineup offers a respite, but it's not like it's a wasteland. The top of the rotation can stand in just about any postseason series, throwing Johnson and Beckett back-to-back.
Of course, once you get past the two Joshes, things get a little easier. And once you get past them to the bullpen, the road gets a little easier, as well. Cishek may one day be a closer, and had three saves last year, but there's a reason the team went out and signed Heath Bell. Morrison probably isn't the first choice to play center field, but he's athletic enough to do it, and having Stanton in right helps out, as well. Cabrera hasn't played third base since 2008, but it was a way to fudge the lineup a bit.
Comparison to real 2011
The Marlins were 72-90 in 2011, the same as their Pythagorean record. Of course, they didn't have Johnson for most of the season, so it's hard to really predict where he'd be with this squad. This team is probably better than the 2011 team, scoring more runs, but also struggling in the rotation, just as the regular Marlins did. Better than the 2011 team, this team is not as good as the 2012 team is shaping up to be.
Next: San Francisco Giants
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Posted on: June 15, 2010 11:54 am
Chris Resop has traveled an unusual path. He was drafted as an outfielder, then became a mediocre relief pitcher in the major leagues, then became a modestly successful relief pitcher in Japan, then this season came back to America and became a starting pitcher.
Today he again becomes a major leaguer, called up by the Braves thanks to his impressive work this year in the minors and an unusual clause in his contract. When he signed this spring, his agent included a clause that by June 15, the Braves had to call Resop up, trade him or give him 72 hours to sign with another team.
The Braves decided their best option was to promote the 27-year-old right-hander, even though they're not sure what his role will be. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution , Resop was notified this morning and will be in uniform tonight.
In 13 starts for Triple-A Gwinnett, Resop went 5-2 with an ERA of 1.84 (best in the International League). In his last start, he faced the minimum 27 batters in a one-hit shutout.
There was no doubt that if the Braves exposed him to being signed by another team, they would have lost him. His agent said there were trade offers, but the Braves decided to make a place for him.
Resop still might end up being traded. Braves starter Jair Jurrjens (hamstring) made a rehab start in Gwinnett on Monday night and will be ready soon. Reliever Takashi Saito is recovered from a hamstring problem and eligible to come off the disabled list on Saturday. When they are ready to be activated, the Braves can't send down Resop, who is out of minor league options, without exposing him to waivers, where they would surely lose him. Their best option might be to showcase him for a start and take offers.
No official word yet on who will be sent out today to get Resop onto the roster, but the Journal-Constitution says it will likely be Craig Kimbrel or Jesse Chavez.
-- David Andriesen
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