Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:30 am
Edited on: December 4, 2011 7:25 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What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional?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.
Building a team in Colorado has been a bit of a conundrum throughout the Rockies' brief history -- the offensive numbers will come in the elevation, while pitchers have to be homegrown because free agent pitchers aren't exactly lining up to play in the high altitude.
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Seth Smith, RF
3. Troy Tulowitzki, SS
4. Matt Holliday, LF
5. Todd Helton, 1B
6. Juan Uribe, 3B
7. Chris Iannetta, C
8. Clint Barmes, 2B
1. Ubaldo Jimenez
2. Jhoulys Chacin
3. Jake Westbrook
4. Aaron Cook
5. Jeff Francis
Closer - Franklin Morales
Set up - Luis Ayala, Jamey Wright, Pedro Strop, Edgmer Escalona, Rex Brothers, Matt Reynolds
Long - Juan Nicasio
Notable Bench Players
Wilin Rosario and Josh Bard give this team a good stable of catchers, while Everth Cabrera, Chone Figgins, Ian Stewart, Juan Pierre and Ryan Spilborghs give the team some veratile players in the field, with Brad Hawpe perhaps the best bat off the bench.
The lineup's going to score some runs, that's for sure. Especially in Colorado, having a 3-4 of Tulowitzki and Holliday is going to be impressive. Of course, there's not Carlos Gonzalez, so it's pretty much even compared to the regular team. The team is strong up the middle defensively, which it will need...
The pitching staff is similar to what we saw in real life in 2011, with Chacin leading the way and Jimenez struggling before being traded. Westbrook helps, but you have to remember he wasn't even on the Cardinals' playoff roster for the first two rounds and pitched two innings in the World Series. The bullpen is deep, but not overpowering.
Comparison to real 2011
The wheels fell off the Rockies in 2011, with the team going a disappointing 73-89. The offense on this team is similar, while the pitching (especially the bullpen) is not as good -- that formula adds up to another losing season and probably a 90-loss season.
Next: Arizona Diamondbacks
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Posted on: December 17, 2010 12:45 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2010 1:23 pm
Orlando Hudson said on MLB Network Radio that he will "end up going to San Diego."
"Great place, great atmosphere, unbelievable ballpark," Hudson said.
All this is from the MLB Network Radio twitter feed .
Hudson said five teams had been calling him, with two-year and three-year deals.
Still, he said he expects the deal with the Padres to be announced later on Friday.
The Padres will be Hudson's fifth team overall, and fourth in the last four seasons. Hudson hit .268/.338/.372 with six home runs, 37 RBI and 10 stolen bases for the Twins last season. He turned 33 this week and was expendable with the Twins' impending signing of Tsuyoshi Nishioka.
How does Hudson fit in with the Padres? Well, a quick look at their official site tells you about all you need to know -- the team's depth chart has Everth Cabrera as the starter at both second base and shortstop (even though everyone assumes Jason Bartlett is coming to San Diego, that's still not done, so there's no telling what's going to happen with that). There's no backup listed at shortstop, and at second, it's recently-acquired Eric Patterson. Patterson was acquired Thursday as the player to be named to complete the Adrian Gonzalez deal, so there's a story about him on the front page. The picture accompanying the story is of Patterson dropping a ball. Not quite something that gets the fanbase too excited about buying tickets.
UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com tweets Hudson's deal is for two years, worth $11.5 million.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
Posted on: August 28, 2010 2:43 pm
San Diego's list of walking wounded continues to grow, and Saturday the Padres placed Jerry Hairston Jr. on the disabled list with an elbow ligament strain. He's been feeling pain in his right elbow for six weeks, but only in recent days has it gotten to the point where he doesn't think he can play at all. An MRI exam showed no structural damage.
"It's progressively gotten worse ... I've tried to fight through it," Hairston told MLB.com Friday. "We'll just rest it and it will get better."
Hairston isn't at the top of the depth chart at any position for the first-place Padres, but he's started 102 games at five different positions, giving the team valuable versatility. He's been key covering for shortstop Everth Cabrera during two trips to the DL, and when second baseman David Eckstein missed a month.
The 34-year-old is batting just .249 but has kicked in 50 RBIs and hit a career-high 10 homers. The Padres have not yet announced a corresponding roster move, but one possibility is that Cabrera, who lost his job to Miguel Tejada, will be coming back from Triple-A.
The Padres lost center fielder Tony Gwynn to season-ending hand surgery a week ago, and his replacement, Chris Denorfia, sat out Friday with a leg cramp. On the bright side, Oscar Salazar, who has missed 27 games with an Achilles strain, could be back this weekend.
-- David Andriesen
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