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Posted on: November 24, 2011 2:15 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2011 1:38 pm
 

Homegrown Team: San Diego Padres



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What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional?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 waivers, 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. 

On one end of this spectrum is the team with baseball's highest payroll, the Yankees, and now we'll look at the other end, the San Diego Padres. The Padres have just $16.9 allocated toward its 2012 payroll at the end of the 2011 season, versus the Yankees' $171.5 million. The Padres weren't just at the opposite end of the payroll spectrum as the Yankees, they're also in the other league, the opposite coast and on the other end of the standings, finsihing last in the NL West with a 71-91 record.

Lineup

1. Chase Headley, LF
2. Jason Bartlett, SS
3. David Freese, 3B
4. Derrek Lee, 1B
5. Kyle Blanks, RF
6. Will Venable, CF
7. Nick Hundley, C
8. Logan Forsyth, 2B

Starting Rotation

1. Jake Peavy
2. Mat Latos
3. Tim Stauffer
4. Wade LeBlanc
5. Cory Luebke

Bullpen

Closer - Shawn Camp
Set up - Brandon Gomes, Cesar Ramos, Ryan Webb, Josh Spence, Ernesto Frieri
Long - David Pauley, Anthony Bass

Notable Bench Players

Xavier Nady, George Kottaras

What's Good?

The bullpen may not have a guy that comes in and records a ton of saves, but there are some decent arms to get between the starters to the closer. The rotation isn't terrible -- it's not great, but it's not terrible, and pitching at Petco just about any rotation is going to be at least OK.

What's Not?

Like the real Padres, that lineup isn't going to put up a whole lot of runs. The Padres haven't had an easy time figuring out how to score runs at Petco, no matter where the players come from. Lee would have helped much more in the past than in 2011, and playing at Petco wouldn't have helped him, either. While Bartlett and Lee are good defenders, the rest of this group could struggle, especially with Headley back in the outfield and Veneble in center.  

Comparison to real 2011

Finishing 71-91, the Padres weren't great, but they were probably better than this product. The rotation would hinge on Peavy's health. Peavy managed 18 starts for the White Sox, going 7-7 with a 4.92 ERA. There's no telling what his record would be with the Padres, considering the team's offensive woes, but his ERA would have been lower. Overall, this team isn't scaring anyone and while the record may be different with this team, its place in the standings would likely be the same.

Up next: Minnesota Twins

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Posted on: October 7, 2011 11:23 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 5:20 pm
 

R.I.P.: 2011 Philadelphia Phillies

PhilliesBy Evan Brunell

Another season gone, another disappointment for 29 teams as one is immortalized forever. Let’s take a look back at 2011 and forward in Eye on Baseball’s R.I.P. series... 

Team name: Philadelphia Phillies
Record: 102-60, First place NL East. Lost NLDS to St. Louis, 3-2.
Manager: Charlie Manuel
Best hitter: Shane Victorino -- .279/.355/.491, 17 HR, 95 R, 19 SB
Best pitcher: Roy Halladay -- 19-6, 233 2/3 IP, 2.35 ERA, 35 BB, 220 K

2011 SEASON RECAP

The Phillies didn't waste time asserting their superiority, running out to an 18-8 record. Cliff Lee needed some time to get going in uniform, racking up a 4.15 ERA in five starts, but better times were on the way. Meanwhile, the other three aces didn't have any problem locking down games, even though the offense was exposed with the loss of Jayson Werth. Ben Francisco got April off to a rollicking start, but tailed off in May as the club went 16-13. Vance Worley, who stepped into the rotation to replace Joe Blanton, made his first start on April 29, posting a 2.14 ERA in his first five starts.

R.I.P. series

The club then registered two consecutive 17-win months and struck for Hunter Pence at the trade deadline. Philly then ran a nine-game winning streak into August, leading to their best month with an 18-7 record. Unfortunately for Philadelphia, their shot at extending their 102 victories higher was derailed by a September that saw an eight-game losing streak. Despite that, they were so dominant, they posted a 30-10 record in blowout games, as defined by Baseball Reference.

The playoffs were another story, though, as the Phillies lost in five games to the wild-card winning Cardinals. The offense was mostly the culprit.

2012 AUDIT

Philadelphia is still the class of the NL, even though everyone is one year older. Fortunately, the team is shedding the contracts of Raul Ibanez and Brad Lidge most notably, so there is payroll flexibility to be had that will allow for a significant signing. It will still be some time before the Phillies drastically drop out of contention, and the club needs to continue its philosophy of putting all its eggs in one basket and contending while it still can. Flags fly forever.

FREE AGENTS

Ross Gload, 1B
Raul Ibanez, LF
Brad Lidge, RP ($12.5 million club option)
Ryan Madson, RP
Roy Oswalt, SP ($16 million mutual option)
Jimmy Rollins, SS
Brian Schneider, C

OFFSEASON FOCUS

  • Sign Jonathan Papelbon. The Phillies will throw gobs of cash at the best closer they can get. Ryan Madson had an incredible season, finally delivering on his potential, but he's no Papelbon. Papelbon has done it all -- won a World Series, pitched in incredibly tight situations, pitched against elite competition and has experience playing in a hitter's park. (Health Bell, for example, would likely succeed no matter where he plays, but it's inarguable that he also is lucky to pitch in Petco Park.) Who knows if the Red Sox will let Papelbon get away, but the Phils need to try. Madson or Bell would be Plan B. Obviously, the team shouldn't pick up Lidge's option, but should absolutely explore bringing him back as setup man.
  • With Ryan Howard's injury knocking him out until at least May -- if not longer -- the Phillies need to get aggressive on offense. They simply had too much trouble in 2011 with the bat, so need to go after one of the better bats on the market and sign Josh Willingham. Willingham can fill in at first base with Howard's absence. That allows John Mayberry and top prospect Dominic Brown to share time in left. When Howard returns, Willingham simply shifts to left field. Yes, that puts Mayberry and Brown on the bench, but word is Philadelphia has soured on Brown as a long-term player. As for Mayberry, he had quite the coming-out party, but a team like Philadelphia can't make any assumptions about his long-term viability.
  • Bring back Jimmy Rollins. Rollins may not give the club a hometown discount, but he's a very popular player in town and will cost much, much less than Jose Reyes. Even the Phillies can't throw cash around at any player they want. They could potentially sign Jose Reyes, but that would likely mean giving up on Papelbon (or any high-salaried closer), and that would be the wrong move.
  • Let Roy Oswalt walk. While Oswalt is still a good pitcher, $14 million is a lot to pay for someone that may not be capable of making 32 starts anymore. (He has a $16 million mutual option with a $2 million buyout, so the true cost is $14 million.) There doesn't need to be any replacement starter, as Vance Worley can move up to No. 4 and Joe Blanton can slide in at No. 5. The club would need to sign some solid pitchers for Triple-A as depth, though.
  • Bring in a solid utility infielder. One of Philly's biggest issues this past season was offense. Hunter Pence helped address that, but the team needs to upgrade where they can regardless. Wilson Valdez is fine as backup shortstop, but Adam Kennedy should be brought in to man second and third, as well as become pinch-hitter du jour after revitalizing his career in Seattle. Kennedy would have to settle for less playing time, but here's figuring that's not an issue for Philadelphia.
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Posted on: October 7, 2011 10:05 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 5:22 pm
 

R.I.P.: 2011 Arizona Diamondbacks

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Another season gone, another disappointment for 29 teams as one is immortalized forever. Let’s take a look back at 2011 and forward in Eye on Baseball’s R.I.P. series...

Team name: Arizona Diamondbacks
Record: 94-68, 1st place NL West. Lost to Brewers 3 games to 2 in NLDS
Manager: Kirk Gibson
Best hitter: Justin Upton -- ..289/.369/.529 with 31 HR, 88 RBI, 21 SB
Best pitcher: Ian Kennedy -- 21-4, 222 IP, 33 GS, 2.88 ERA, 1.086 WHIP, 198 SO, 55 BB

2011 SEASON RECAP

Nobody expected much from the Diamondbacks and even when they did surprise by leading the National League West, nobody thought they could hold off the Giants. Not only did they hold off the defending champs, they left them in the dust. The Diamondbacks were ruthless in making decisions early in the season, demoting or just flat-out getting rid of players that didn't produce, like Armando Galarraga, Barry Enright, Wade Miley and Russell Branyan. The Diamondbacks won 16 of 18 in late August and early September, while Ian Kennedy became a legitimate Cy Young candidate. The team also discovered it has the makings of a stout rotation with Kennedy, Daniel Hudson, Joe Saunders and Josh Collmenter. They even survived the season-ending injury to Stephen Drew, winning despite his absence.

2012 AUDIT

The Diamondbacks are in a pretty good situation. So it seems they have some good, young talent that's not going to cost too much -- something that's very important to the Diamondbacks' front office. The team that they have should only get better and develop. There are small spots to fill, but nothing huge. And with Stephen Drew coming back, the team should be even better than they were in the playoffs.

FREE AGENTS

RHP Jason Marquis
1B Lyle Overbay
2B Aaron Hill ($8 team option)
LHP Zach Duke ($5.5 team option)
OF Xavier Nady
SS John McDonald
C Henry Blanco ($1.5 mutual option)UTIL Willie Boomquist ($1.1 mutual option)

OFFSEASON FOCUS

  • Remember last offseason when the Diamondbacks were listening to offers for Justin Upton? Don't do that.
  • Hill was acquired in a change-of-scenry trade with the Blue Jays in August and it seemed to work for both teams. Hill played well for the Diamondbacks -- but not $8 million well. The team should decline his option, but see if he'd entertain an offer for less. The other side of that trade, Kelly Johnson, talked about returning at a discounted price. If Hill's not interested in coming back on the cheap, Johnson may be.
  • The team could upgrade in left field, but that's not a pressing need. And even if it were, there's not a lot of money to spend on the likes of Josh Willingham. There should be enough on the non-tender scrap pile to bring in competition for the spring and push Gerardo Parra.
  • There's a lot of talk about the White Sox trying to trade Carlos Quentin -- at least listen and see how desperate they are to get rid of him. If they take the bulk of his contract, he wouldn't be a bad fit to put in left.
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Posted on: August 13, 2011 6:25 pm
 

Diamondbacks sign Overbay

Lyle OverbayBy C. Trent Rosecrans

In your non-Carlos Zambrano news of the day, Lyle Overbay is back where his career started, in Arizona.

The Diamondbacks signed the veteran first baseman and placed Xavier Nady on the 15-day disabled list, the team announced on Saturday. Nady suffered a fractured left hand after being hit by a pitch on Friday.

Overbay, 34, was released by the Pirates last week after a disappointing season in Pittsburgh. Overbay hit .227/.300/.349 with eight home runs in 103 games for Pittsburgh and was expendable when the team acquired Derrek Lee from the Orioles at the trade deadline. Of course, Lee was put on the disabled list on Saturday.

Overbay made his big-league debut in 2001 with Arizona and played 86 games there in 2003 before being traded to Milwaukee as part of a deal for Richie Sexson after the 2003 season. Overbay is a career .270/.354/.439 with 130 home runs in parts of 11 seasons with the Diamondbacks, Brewers, Blue Jays and Pirates.

Also on Saturday, former Diamondback Wily Mo Pena was called up by the Mariners. Pena hit five homers in 17 games for Arizona this season before being released by the team last month. He has four homers in 13 games for the Mariners' Triple-A team in Tacoma.

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Posted on: July 9, 2011 11:34 am
Edited on: July 10, 2011 1:07 pm
 

On Deck: Marcum/Cueto battle, Gonzalez hurt

On Deck

By Evan Brunell

RedsBrewersBEST MATCHUP: There's a real nice game brewing in Milwaukee, with Johnny Cueto's breakout season going up against the stingy Shaun Marcum. While Cueto had an extended stint on the disabled list earlier this season, he's been nothing but incredible when on the mound, as his pristine 1.77 ERA in 11 starts indicates, with two complete games. The 25-year-old could finally be putting it all together. Meanwhile, Marcum has done all he can to keep the Brewers in contention despite an offense missing depth -- in addition to a brutal defense. Marcum has a solid 3.32 ERA and needs to win to avoid the potential eye-popping occurrence of the Pirates being tied for first place this late into the year. The Cardinals are also just a game behind while Cincy is trying to scrape itself out of a 44-46 hole that has them in fourth. Reds vs. Brewers, 7:10 p.m. ET (Watch live)

GonzalezGONZALEZ DINGED: The Rockies will not have Carlos Gonzalez as he will sit out Saturday's game -- and possibly Sunday's -- with a sore right wrist, as the Denver Post reports. His wrist was originally injured this past Sunday and Friday was his first day back. The wrist started hurting when he turned on an inside fastball in Friday's game, and the pain hasn't dissipated. On Saturday, the Rockies will toss Ubaldo Jimenez against Jason Marquis. Despite similar ERAs and team records, Jimenez's record sits at 3-8 while the Nationals' hurler is 7-3. With a win and a Mets loss, Washington could move to within a half-game of third place while Colorado is in the midst of a losing streak that has them in danger of slipping to fourth place. Rockies vs. Nationals, 7:05 p.m. ET (Watch live)

CarpenterHOT CARPENTER: Chris Carpenter stepped up during the absence of Albert Pujols and has pitched like the Carpenter we've become used to, allowing just two runs over his last three starts which comprise 24 innings. On Saturday, he'll go after Arizona, a team he last faced on April 12, surrendering eight runs in just four innings in what was easily his worst start of the year. For Arizona's part, it could possibly be one of the final games for either Juan Miranda or Xavier Nady, as GM Kevin Towers appears to be leaning toward making a move at first base, as the Arizona Republic reports. Unhappy with their production at first base, Brandon Allen or Paul Goldschmidt could get the call from the farm after the All-Star break. Daniel Hudson will oppose Carpenter. Diamondbacks vs. Cardinals, 7:15 p.m. ET (Watch live)

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Posted on: December 15, 2010 3:31 pm
 

Diamondbacks to ink Blanco, Nady

Nady The Diamondbacks are on the verge of adding Henry Blanco as backup catcher as well as Xavier Nady as a platoon player, as John Gambadoro of 620 KTAR reports.

The Blanco signing is not a surprise, as there has been interest between the two parties. Blanco hit .215/.271/.300 in 144 plate appearances for the Mets in 2010. He can't hit much anymore but is still a strong defender and leader at age 39.

Meanwhile, Nady (pictured) will be platooning with Juan Miranda at first base and Gerardo Parra in left. Nady hit just .256/.306/.353 in 347 plate appearances after missing a year thanks to Tommy John surgery. However, in 2008, Nady bashed 25 home runs and hit .305/.357/.510 between the Pirates and Yankees.

While the Diamondbacks hope to contend, it seems abundantly clear that GM Kevin Towers is just plugging the gap with average veterans as he attempts to rebuild the team in his image and wait for minor-league prospects to hit the show.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 13, 2010 12:56 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2010 2:36 pm
 

Many teams interested in Derrek Lee

Derrek Lee Derrek Lee may not return to Chicago or Atlanta, but he does seem to be in demeaned.

In addition to the Nationals having interest in Lee, so too do the Diamondbacks, Blue Jays, Padres, Orioles and Athletics, Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman writes .

Lee, 35, hit .260/.347/.428 with 19 home runs and 80 RBI for the Cubs and Braves last season. His output in everything but homers, increased when he went to Atlanta.

Lee lives in California now and is native of the state, so he would seem to be a fit for the West Coast teams.

In the same article, Heyman says the Diamondbacks are interested in signing outfielder Xavier Nady, who played for new D-Backs GM Kevin Towers in San Diego.

Nady appeared in 119 games with the Cubs last season, hittingg .256/.306/.353 with six home runs and 33 RBI.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 29, 2010 4:32 pm
Edited on: September 29, 2010 4:51 pm
 

Shocker: Cal dropping baseball


In what we can only hope is not a sign of things to come, the University of California made the stunning announcement Wednesday that it will drop its successful baseball program as a result of the state's massive budget problems.

Baseball is a money-loser almost everywhere, with high equipment and travel costs and very little revenue generated. Non-revenue men's sports such as wrestling and swimming have been on the decline for years due to money problems and Title IX compliance issues, but for a big school in a major conference in a warm-weather climate to drop baseball is amazing.

"They've had a very rich college baseball tradition, been to the College World Series a couple of times and won a national title," Stanford coach Mark Marquess said in a statement. "It's a sad day for college baseball. It has an effect on all of the Pac-10. You are talking about a program that started playing baseball in the late 1890s. That's over 100 years of tradition."

Cal will also cut gymnastics and women's lacrosse and demote men's rugby to club status, all to reduce the amount of money the school devotes to its athletic department.

"This is not sustainable for our campus," chancellor Robert Birgenau said. "The situation has raised heated debate about the size and cost of our Intercollegiate Athletics program among many of our campus constituencies."

Cal has been to the College World Series five times and won twice, most recently in 1957. It's major-league alumni (full list here ) include Jeff Kent, Geoff Blum, Brandon Morrow, Xavier Nady and Conor Jackson.

Need another reason to support a college football playoff system? How about spreading around the money it would create in order to save non-revenue sports like baseball?

-- David Andriesen

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