Boston is making some very solid pickups in my opinion. First Napoli, Now Victorino.Solid, but not spectacular. 3 yrs for Victorino is a lot. Napoli is a dead pull hitter. Great for Fenway, but most pitchers know to keep the ball away from him. Still, Napoli > Loney (although devil might not agree) and Victorino > ???
Shane Victorino's contract with the Red Sox (3 years $39m) is, IMO, excessive. Ditto for the Nationals and Dan Haren (1 year $13m).Victorino - agreed. Haren might be a bit excessive, but for a 1 yr it's not a bad deal. Much like they did with EJax.
With Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen, Chris Tillman and Miguel Gonzalez still in Baltimore and penciled into four rotation slots, and with Steve Johnson, Zach Britton, Brian Matusz, Tommy Hunter and Jake Arrieta still available, it makes no sense to add arms if there is no place to put them.There's only one thing missing from that group. That's an innings eater. Hammel can't seem to stay healthy (even in CO), Chen tired towards the end of last year. Tillman & Gonzalez are still unproven. This is where someone like Saunders, Myers, Karstens or Correia might be a bargain. I also would not "pencil" in Gonzalez just yet. He had a great year last year, but he's still very unproven AND can he make the necessary adjustments?
There's only one thing missing from that group. That's an innings eater. Hammel can't seem to stay healthy (even in CO), Chen tired towards the end of last year. Tillman & Gonzalez are still unproven.No argument here, however, I think Miguel Gonzalez had the look of an innings eater. He certainly is going to be part of the rotation going into 2013, and hopefully, unlike Jake Arrieta, he continues to develop and make those adjustments necessary to stay there all season long.
There is one more pitcher I would look at for a starting spot and that is Troy Patton.I thought that too until about the all-star break last season. I think he is too important to the bullpen for the Orioles brass to make a change. Many people have probably forgotten that he was the centerpiece of the Miguel Tejada to the Astros trade. Not Luke Scott. In matter of fact Matt Albers was the secondary player.
Choo would be a geat addition (if he can stay sober), but where would you put him?Well, I did write that last response before the Nate McLouth re-signing announcement. However, I'd still find a place for him. Maybe a rotation of DH, 1B and RF with Nick Markakis and Chris Davis. I guess Choo may not be a realistic option now.
This came from DD via MASN's School of Roch. If Danny Valencia makes this team as a 3B/DH, and shares the DH role with Wilson Betemit, there is no place on the roster for Nolan Reimold unless the team releases Trayvon Robinson. Robinson is faster and a better defender, and I doubt that the O's will waive a guy that cost them Robert Andino in return. My thought is that Reimold is still questionable for the season due to his neck injury, or he is part of a trade package.
Asked whether the Orioles are now focused on acquiring a first baseman, Duquette replied, "Did you see where Buck (Showalter) said he was going to engage Chris Davis at first base in the spring? If we have McLouth in left, (Adam) Jones in center, (Nick) Markakis in right and Davis at first, that's pretty solid. They're all quality major league players."
What about designated hitter?"Wilson Betemit can DH against right-handed pitching," Duquette said. "Danny Valencia is a .316 hitter against left-handed pitching.
My thinking is that Arrieta, Johnson, Britton and possibly Tillman are the only real movable pieces and besides Tillman, I don't believe other teams value them at all.I agree. I think Jim Johnson has alot of value, not so much for Steve Johnson. Brian Matusz has value because he is left handed, proved he could be a lefty bullpen specialist, and still may get a good look as a starter.. Jake Arrieta has some nasty stuff. He, like Tommy Hunter, would be more valuable to a team's bullpen. Zach Britton could be very successful or no more than a left handed journeyman. He is tough to read and his time is running out. But collectively, Steve (not Jim Johnson), Britton, Matusz and Arrieta wouldn't net an impact player like Billy Butler.
The Os selected T.J McFarland in the Rule V Draft today. He's a left-handed pitcher in Cleveland's AAA affiliate. The interesting thing about him is his splits:
2012 vs righties: K%: 11.8; BB%: 7.4, HR/9: .61, BABIP: .291
2012 vs lefties: K%: 20.9; BB%: 5.1, HR/9: .45, BABIP: .398
He definitely isn't a starter. The question is whether his bad BABIP against lefties in 2012 was bad luck or if it's a sign that lefties struggle to hit his stuff but when they do it's hit hard. I suspect that it was probably bad luck and that McFarland is a legitimate LOOGY candidate. Depending on how he does perhaps middle reliever is also possible. I like the pickup.
Flaherty didn't really have a role because there wasn't one thing he could do well. He wasn't a particularly good hitter, runner or fielder. He was selected because the Os think he has potential. Depending on how you look at the numbers, McFarland does one thing well and that's getting out left handed batters. You can make an MLB roster if you're good at just that one thing. He's not like Flaherty who was useless. He has an actual chance to help and we didn't really have a LOOGY on our AAA roster except for perhaps Matusz.
I don't know about all of this starting business but he definitely has a chance to add value to this club.
If you can send guys to AAA it would mean a lot more talent gets moved each year. I think that this is better. It's just a way to make sure that players aren't left in the minors longer then they should be due to a grudge or something. If they're not ready for the bigs, then they can't complain about being in the minors.
The O's never really have big offseasons anymore and it's now just expected. It would be nice to see them take a run at Zack Greinke and get a frontline starter, but once again, it's the O's.As was mentioned in an earlier post (by OTM I believe) the salaries being offered so far are really rediculous, especially because the Yankees aren't making a run at anyone. Even the 1 yr/$13 mil deal for Haren and offer for Youkilis are way beyond their worth at this point. I wanted the O's to take a run at Jeff Keppinger, but even his deal was a little overboard for a career bench/utility player. I believe this will also be the reason the O's don't re-sign Mark Reynolds. DD is too smart to overpay for mediocre/over-the-hill talent and with a projected budget of $90-$100 mil for next year, it would not be prudent to have 1 player (Greinke or Hamilton) take up 1/3 - 1/4 of your payroll.