Amen to that! Always remember Pearl Harbor.So you want people in Texas to remember Pearl Harbor AND The Alamo? I think you're asking too much from them.
People, me included, often say it, but doesn't everyone pretty much "hit well at OPACY" LOL. I see little value in Francouer, but he is a DD type signing if he thinks that he could be one of the 73 players that Buck shuffles in and out next season. There were about 20 guys last year I said the same thing about and proved why I am not a MLB GM. Problem is he would have to be tagged as someone that will be on the ML roster as he is just good enuogh that he is not going to split time in Norfolk and be a part time player like some of these other guys may have to do, including our own guys in Reimold, Robinson, Hoes, Avery, etc. We have to rememeber that even though some of these guys may be good fits, or good insurance for us, they have a choice in it to, and playing part time for a team that had it's first winning season in 15 years is not on their wish list.
The big question mark to me is whether or not Hoes or Avery can be ready to make this team. If so the whole dynamic changes becaue they would both bring serious speed to the lineup which is something sorely needed. I kind of doubt either one is ready, but Hoes played ata high level in Norfolk and Avery did it here for a few weeks until the word got out on him. If he has worked on it in the off season, stranger things have happened.
I am not sure why you continue for two years to tout Wada as a starter. He is not going to be ready to start the season. When and if he does ever get healthy he will not have the stamina to start. His contract is nothing so there is no pressure to force him into the rotation.Skins, you don't have your facts right. Tsuyoshi Wada was the main international signing, not Wei-Yin Chen. In matter of fact, Wada was brought in as a starter and earned the 2nd most money ($4.07m) of any pitcher on the staff last season behind Jason Hammel ($4.75m). I wouldn't call that a "nothing contract." From what I'm reading, he'll be near ready at the beginning of the season and will contribute most of the year. My analysis is simply that he will make this team better by getting healthy and playing.
I like Bourne.I agree. However, he's an expensive bonafide defensive player who would have no position unless Nick Markakis was moved to 1B (unlikely). Or he or Nate McLouth would become the DH. Then both Nolan Reimold and Wilson Betemit would not have a job.
I really like Freddie Sanchez but he is not coming here as long as Roberts has the naked pictures of somebodies wife that keeps him around here.He sucks...not an upgrade over Alexi Casilla! At least Casilla brings defense and legitimate speed which has equated to a very high steal percentage.
I just still wonder about Jeff FrancouerStop wondering, he sucks too. Reimold and Robinson are better alternatives.
The big question mark to me is whether or not Hoes or Avery can be ready to make this team.They will never be big league players. Certainly not starters. Avery can't hit and Hoes can't field and may not be able to hit at this level either. Both are fast but can't steal. With Robinson, McLouth, Roberts and Casilla, the O's have plenty of speed on the roster without those two. They are AAA fodder at best. The only legitimate OF coming up may be Glynn Davis. Avery and Hoes are not worth roster spots on any MLB roster.
Whether its news or not that the Orioles talked to the Royals about Billy Butler again this year, that ship has probably sailed yet again this year.Butler is a good player and I'd love to have him. But he's not worth the haul KC wants in return. I think that ship has sailed and sunk! And, as I've mentioned before, Butler sits during inter-league play. Buck was versatility.
Funny how you mention Francouer sucks but yet when you compare him to Reynolds, he has actually WON a gold glove and his numbers arent that far off from Reynolds in a bigger ball park playing in 81 games out of the year.
Last year Frenchy hit .235 with a .287 obp and .378 slg. He had 26 2b, 16 hrs, 49 rbis, struck out 119 times and gidp 14 times
Reynolds hit .221 with an obp .335 and .429 slg pct. He had 26 2b, 23 hrs, 69 rbis, struck out 159 times and gidp 19 times.
Yet you think playing Reynolds 11 million to retain him makes more sense than paying 7.5 M for the last year of Frenchys contract.
In 2011 Frenchy hit .285 with a .329 obp and .476 slg. He had 47 2b, 20 hrs, 87 rbis, struck out 123 times and gidp 17 times
Compared to Reynolds who
hit .221 with an obp of .323 and a .483 slg. He had 27 2b, 37 hrs, 86 rbis, struck out 196 times and gidp 11 times.
A I said I don't know what you think you know or why you think you know it, but this is just the way it is. You don't believe it and so there is no use to keep disussing it I guess, so you will just have to wait it out and see for yourself.I'm much more informed than you think Skins because I read and research everything. Getting alot of other opinions and takes on situations eliminates the tunnel vision of being on one site with the same opinions and views. I will be right 10 times more than wrong, count on it! And, I can see talent and the lack of talent (for this level) better than most. I haven't missed on many. I love this game and am very passionate about it. I'm also very in tune with it because I'm still part of the game albeit in a different capacity (FHSAA umpire).
If Wei-Yin Chen, Jason Hammel, Miguel Gonzalez and Chris Tillman are set as starters and Jim Johnson, Luis Ayala, Pedro Strop, Darren O’Day, Troy Patton and Brian Matusz are in the bullpen, perhaps two spots are up for grabs. Showalter raved about Wada’s progress, and if he’s ready, he’ll get a spot. Jake Arrieta, Zach Britton, Tommy Hunter, Steve Johnson and McFarland will contend for the other.He's referring to the SP and last bullpen opening. That's what I referred to. Wada is absolutely in the O's plans in April and from my sources, there is a good feeling he'll be ready or near ready for the start of the season.
As for Sanchez, I guess if you just say everybody sucks then you will be right enough to think you know what you are talkign about. Sanchez does not suck.I don't say everybody sucks. Freddy Sanchez, at this stage in his career, certainly does. Sanchez has no power, no speed and is 35 years old this month. He is no more than average defensively now too. Who would he replace? Alexi Casilla is faster, younger and a better defender who can also play SS and 3B. Sanchez has no versatility. He hasn't played anywhere except DH and 2B since 2007. Freddie is not an upgrade over anyone! And if you look at his inflated years that give him some lifetime hitting credibility, you have to think "juiced up" too.
Funny how you mention Francouer sucks but yet when you compare him to Reynolds, he has actually WON a gold glove and his numbers arent that far off from Reynolds in a bigger ball park playing in 81 games out of the year.I don't dislike Jeff Francoeur. And he really doesn't suck. But he's played for 4 teams in 8 years because he can't put back to back seasons together. He's not a 1B/3B and his numbers aren't good enought to be a DH. He won't supplant Nick Markakis in right field either. Comparing him to Mark Reynolds makes no sense. Its not apples to apples. Reynolds is what the the Orioles need (1B/3B/DH), Francouer (OF) is not. That is why Mark has a market and Jeff isn't worth half of what Reynolds is worth.
Given the choice and the chance though LaRoche is the guy. I never really liked Youk but I now really believe that Boston clubhouse ruined a lot of guys and he may be one of them. He would be fine for 2 years as well. It took me a while to warm up to maybe going after Swisher but there was a lot of talk early so I tried to warm up to it and now I think he may be the best guy for the job.You see, we can agree even when the two of us are in the minority. I would have taken Kevin Youkilis (1B) and Nick Swisher (LF) over Nate McLouth and Mark Reynolds. And I really like Mark and Nate. But Swish and Youk are really good hitters with great OBP numbers. Chris Davis, Adam Jones, Matt Wieters and J.J. Hardy would benefit greatly with the two of them in the lineup.
Why does Baltimore not believe in Acquiring a true leadoff hitter?I now what you mean but I'm not sure a prototypical leadoff hitter is accurate anymore. Its more team specific. If Nick Markakis or Nate McLouth energize and jump start the team, then they fit the description. If you want a speedy guy with a high OBP, then the younger version of Brian Roberts was your guy. Leadoff guys today are more Rickey Henderson types. Speed, power and OBP. Small ball has taken a back seat to long ball. In addition, the O's are not built to advance runners and sacrifice (although they seem to have addressed that issue this winter). They are built more for slugfests. I will agree that a little more small ball and a little less long ball would bring a better balance and give the team another way to win. Especially in the playoffs when you see the opposing team's best pitchers or anytime when the team collectively goes into a power slump.
I stated that the only way Reynolds is worth nine million is if its over two years. Frankly, I don't think there's any question that the Orioles would be happy to take him at that price. I stated later in the post that I think he'd get two and ten. Here's the thing, guys like Reynolds are normally signed to short term contracts. If he wants two years, he'll need to give a small discount. That's why I think he can get a deal for one and six (perhaps a bit more with a club option) or two and ten. It's true that the one year deal has a larger annual value but it doesn't have the security of the two year deal. If he wants the two year deal, he'll have to give a discount.
The Indians have reached an agreement with Mark Reynolds on a one-year contract worth $6MM, says Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com (via Twitter) after Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com first reported that a deal was imminent (on Twitter). With Reynolds manning first base, the Indians will turn to Lonnie Chisenhall as their starter at the hot corner, which may eliminate any possibility of Kevin Youkilis heading to Cleveland, writes Heyman (Twitter link).
From what I've seen and read on him, he seems to be the real deal and will be one of the better hitters in baseball in the next couple years.From what I have heard, he might be another Billy Butler...all hit, no field. Not that this is a bad thing, especially for an offensive deficient team like the Rays were last year, but if Myers ends up being a DH, they will still need to find a replacement for Upton in the OF.