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Posted on: July 3, 2010 9:59 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:16 pm
 

Scioscia against All-Stars for every team


Jose Rosado Because I grew up a Royals fan everywhere but Missouri, I've always been a fan of the rule requiring each team to have at least one representative for the All-Star Game.

Whether I lived in Cuba, Virginia, Texas, Japan or Georgia -- I was always guaranteed to see someone in a Royals uniform (usually George Brett) on TV every year. Not that the Royals of my youth needed the courtesy All-Star, they'd usually earned more than one berth in the game, but still, I knew there'd always be at least one. Sometimes that was the only time all year I'd be able to see a Royal on TV.

Now, though, I could -- if I wanted to punish myself -- watch just about every pitch of the Royals' awful season. With my MLB.tv subscription, my PS3, iPad and iPhone, I can watch those beautiful powder blue tops no matter where I go. That technology -- not to mention the advent of MLB Network, cable and satellite -- may have made the reason for the rule to have every team represented obsolete.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he thinks the rule should no longer apply.

"I'm all in favor of having guidelines where you try and represent every team," Scioscia told reporters, including the Orange County Register . "To have a hard-line rule, I think there are exceptions where a team doesn't have anyone All-Star worthy."

Scioscia was the manager of the All-Star team in 2003, when Lance Carter of the Ryas made the team with a 4.05 ERA and six blown saves.

"It's really a misnomer to say the manager picks the All-Star team. It doesn't happen," Scioscia said. "That team, with the guidelines in place, is virtually picked before it ever gets to the [manager]."

The rule helps explain why Jose Rosado's obituary will list him as a two-time All-Star and Mark Redman has an appearance on his resume.

There are currently 13 teams with losing records, some have obvious choices (like, say, the Cubs' Marlon Byrd or the Indians' Shin-Soo Choo), while it's a little tougher to choose a worthy All-Star from a team like the 24-55 Orioles (Ty Wigginton, Luke Scott?) or the 32-49 Astros (Dan Haren and his 4.56 ERA?)

Not all bad teams are created equally. The 33-46 Mariners have three worthy All-Stars in Ichiro Suzuki (who will no doubt be voted into the starting lineup by fans), Cliff Lee (if he's still a Mariner in a week) and Felix Hernandez. Even the Royals, at 35-45, wouldn't be embarrassed by David DeJesus, Joakim Soria or even Zack Greinke, who is having a down year.

If the game is truly for the fans, why not let it represent all the fans, and not just the Yankees and Red Sox? Baseball's All-Star Game is a celebration of the game with its best players and some of its nearly-best player or best players on one team. In the end, after injuries and the new rule against pitchers who pitch on Sunday throwing again in the All-Star Game on Tuesday, is it really that terrible to have the 75th best player in the game "snubbed" for the 131st?

In the end, I think of the 11-year old me waiting for Kevin Seitzer to get in the game, even if that visual is as anachronistic as my father listening to the Kansas City A's on the radio. Maybe out there somewhere, there's a kid excited about watch Andrew McCutchen get in the game, even if it's not "fair".

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 1, 2010 7:42 pm
 

Could Jose Lopez end up with Phillies?

Jose Lopez With the Philadelphia Phillies losing second baseman Chase Utley and third baseman Placido Polanco, it's only natural that the Fightins would be attached to any second or third baseman on the market.

Today's name du jour is Seattle's Jose Lopez.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal notes that the Mariners are hopeful to move Lopez, and the Phillies may be a good fit especially as Phillies executive Benny Looper previously worked for Seattle. Such ties can oftentimes lead to deals.

Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times also jumps in on the speculation amid reports that a Phillies scout was at the Mariners-Yankees game on Tuesday to watch Cliff Lee defeat New York in a complete game. However, as Baker points out, why exactly would Philadelphia need to scout Lee, who they dealt in the offseason?

More likely, he was there to see Lopez.

The 26-year-old is in the midst of his worst season since becoming a full-time starter. At .244/.271/.336, he's been one of the league's worst regulars as well, although he does seem to be climbing out of his funk with a mediocre .683 OPS in June.

Lopez' calling card is power as he has never been known to take a walk. His fielding is adequate, and that combined with power would represent a significant upgrade over retreads Juan Castro and Wilson Valdez for Philly. Lopez is also an impending free agent although there is a $4.5 million team option for 2011.

Second baseman Chase Utley is expected to be out at least six weeks, perhaps eight, after surgery to repair his right thumb as USA Today reports . Third baseman Placido Polanco will not require surgery on his sore elbow, but will still be out roughly a month as Todd Zolecki of MLB.com says . That's a lot of time for Philly to go without two of its better hitters and fielders. Lopez couldn't hope to replace either of them, but he could absolutely hold down the fort until both players return, and it would be tough to find someone else who could hold down the fort more adequately.

There is one such other person, however. Baltimore's Ty Wigginton is having one of his better seasons and as a utility player can play near every position on the diamond. The Phillies might even prefer Wigginton to Lopez because the club will have more chances to get Wigginton into the lineup thanks to him having played every position in the majors at least once save catcher and center field.

Whichever player -- if at all -- the Phillies chose to pursue, it's apparent they have to bring someone in the fold. Castro and Valdez simply won't cut it for a month.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 6:54 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2010 10:34 pm
 

Reagins: Angels will be active

Tony Reagins Sirius/XM host and former major-league general manager Jim Bowden had Angels GM Tony Reagins on his show Friday, and reported via Twitter that Reagins said the Angels are considering multiple options and are unrestricted financially in improving the team to compete this year.

The Rangers, winners of 11 straight, are threatening to run away with the American League West, but the Angels are hanging in there at 4 1/2 back.

The Angels have a shortstop problem with injuries to Maicer Izturis and Erick Aybar, though Aybar is progressing faster than expected and could be back this weekend. Previously in this space we looked at some options if the Angels go after a shortstop.

The team also lost first baseman Kendry Morales for the year thanks to a broken leg, and could certainly upgrade there with Lance Berkman, Derrek Lee or Ty Wigginton. The Angels haven't gotten much production at third and could look for help there, as well as looking to improve the bullpen.
Sounds like Reagins is going to busy for the next month, but it's not a bad problem to have if he's been given some money to spend.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 24, 2010 11:01 am
 

Orioles seeking young shortstop for Wigginton

Ty Wigginton The Baltimore Orioles want a young shortstop and are trying to use Ty Wigginton to get one.

The problem, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, is that no team will deal a young shortstop for Wigginton, even though the utilityman is having a strong season for the Orioles.

The Rangers (seeking a right-handed bat ) and Rockies (looking for a second baseman ) have been linked to Wigginton, but neither has young shortstops they would be willing to deal.

Texas has Elvis Andrus anchoring the position and will do so for years to come with a blend of offense and fantastic defense. The Rangers do have Jurickson Profar, but he's 16 years old and light-years away. Not only would Texas likely be unwilling to move someone with such a high ceiling, the Orioles may not be interested, as they'd be seeking someone who could join the major-league club fairly quickly.

The Rockies have toolsy shortstop Hector Gomez, but his star has plummeted and now looks like he'll never reach the promised land. At 22, he's played sparingly at Double-A. It's likely Baltimore would be the one to say no. The Rockies do have Eric Young, Jr. who can play second base but he is not a strong defender there and the Orioles are set with Brian Roberts at the keystone position.

It wasn't all too long ago that baseball was in a golden age for shortstops, when everyone seemed to have high-tool shortstops on the roster. Those days are long gone, however, and Baltimore will have to adjust its expectations if they hope to use Wigginton to fortify future clubs.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 1:17 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2010 1:39 pm
 

Rockies keeping eye on 2B market

Dan Uggla The Rockies are keeping an eye on the second base market with shortstop Troy Tulowitzki out for about two months with a wrist injury.

You might be puzzled as to why Colorado is looking for second basemen and not shortstops if short has the vacancy, but the answer is really quite simple.

Even when Tulowitzki was healthy, the Rockies were reportedly looking for a second baseman to replace incumbent Clint Barmes. Now that Tulo's out, Barmes has shifted to short, opening up a gaping hole at second. If and when second is filed (whether internally by someone such as Eric Young, Jr. currently working his way back from injury or externally), Barmes can remain at short. Then, upon Tulo's return, the Rockies have the infield alignment they were targeting all along.

Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Colorado is "keeping an eye on Dan Uggla and Ty Wigginton." He notes that the Rockies have the prospects to swing a deal, which is important when considering Uggla is a Marlin and Wigginton is part of the rebuilding Orioles.

Uggla would give the Rockies some thump in the middle of the order. Wigginton would too, although his current offensive success is somewhat of a fluke. What he loses in offense compared to Uggla, however, he gains in defensive versatality, being able to play all over the diamond.

Colorado is currently 36-33, four games out of first place.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 21, 2010 7:22 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2010 8:02 pm
 

Rockies looking at Uggla, Wigginton

Troy Renck of the Denver Post says (via Twitter) that the Rockies, reeling from the loss of top hitter Troy Tulowitzki, are looking at acquiring an infielder. He said they are keeping an eye on the Marlins' Dan Uggla and the Orioles' Ty Wigginton, both of whom are pending free agents for teams going nowhere and could presumably be had for a decent prospect.

Tulowitzki suffered a broken wrist last week and is out for six weeks. The Rockies moved Clint Barmes from second base to shortstop and brought up rookie Chris Nelson to play second.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 14, 2010 9:00 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:23 am
 

Rangers seeking right-handed bat

Ty Wigginton The Texas Rangers have long been searching for a reliable right-handed bat who can come off the bench.

In the offseason, GM Jon Daniels thought he found his man in Mike Lowell when the Red Sox agreed to swap Lowell to Texas for catcher Max Ramirez and a hefty sum of cash to help offset Lowell's $12 million salary.

Even though that trade fell apart once it was revealed Lowell needed surgery on his right thumb, the Rangers haven't stopped their search.

Ryan Garko was claimed off waivers from the Seattle Mariners and was so unimpressive, he was sent to Triple-A on May 14. Even calling up top prospect Justin Smoak to man first (with Chris Davis joining Garko in Oklahoma City) hasn't lessened the need for a backup right-handed bat.

Now, the Rangers have turned their sights onto Baltimore Oriole Ty Wigginton and Florida Marlin Wes Helms, reports Jeff Wilson of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram .

Both Wigginton and Helms (as well as Lowell) would predominantly play against left-handers, if acquired, filling a glaring weakness on the club. While Smoak's numbers against righties are more than fine (.283/.408/.485), he has just five hits against lefties, "good" for a .098 batting average.

Wigginton, 32, has bounced around several clubs and is currently with the Baltimore Orioles. Despite getting off to a fast start and being a strong full-time player for the O's, Wigginton has proved in his career thus far that his game is best suited to starting against lefties and being a top option off the bench against righties. Baltimore may want more than Texas is willing to give up, however, given Wigginton's strong start to the season plus his ability to play multiple positions.

That's where Helms, 34, comes in.

Helms has carved out a nice career for himself as a bench player, and has amassed at least 231 at-bats in each of his nine full-time seasons save for 2005 with Milwaukee. While he finds himself challenged by righties over his career (.712 OPS), he has no such qualms against lefties, cranking them to the tune of a .803 OPS. Helms would come at a lower price than Wigginton by virtue of age and production.

The cash-strapped Rangers may also prefer Helms' $950,000 salary on the year over Wigginton's $3.5 million. While the team works through the debts of owner Tom Hicks and the morass that is the sale of the team, Texas can't afford to take on much salary without the consent of the powers that be in the MLB offices. A report earlier today linking Roy Oswalt to the Rangers was debunked, largely due to the Rangers' inability to take on salary.

-- Evan Brunell

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