What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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What if MY played 20-30 games at 1st and 30 games at 2nd, 3rd, and SS? That's 50-60 games where Cruz and Hamilton could play DH to rest. 30 games each seam significant to me and I don't think Moreland would suffer at all by playing 132 as opposed to 162 games. Actually that would probably work to his benefit with MY taking starts against tough lefties.
Yeah, I'd like to see him walk to the plate in the 4 or 5 spot. But, condense it down a little... just about all you will likely get is his 20-30 hrs. A lot of lesser base hits will likely turn into outs, LOB's or double plays on the bases. He is barely faster than Benjie and remember how painful it was watching Benjie run bases last season. There'll be no glove value...we couldn't stand the liability. I can't believe I'm saying this. That's one impressive swing..... All in all, I really like the DH, but not one-half of a DH.
.404 career OBP, .412 2010 OBP. Thome is a walk machine with a ton of power.
Well, Soriano is signing with Yankees. Looks like we go to spring training with what we have for pitchers.
Trading Murph for Thome cuts our OF depth. I don't think we should we should go thru all the gyrations that are being talked about for limited service of a left handed bat. What if Thome's back makes him miss a lot of games. I could almost guarantee you that Murph will be needed. Moving Moreland to the outfield and forcing MY to play first supposes that assumtions go as predicted. Hoiw many tinmes does that happen? I don't think Wash scratching his head to juggle players around in positions is a positive. But it looks like we make get him so get ready Wash.
To add to Scooby's point about adding Thome is hedging your bets on the injury front if Hamilton/Cruz/Kins/Beltre gets hurt... It is also protecting you from a Chris Davis like slump from Mitch Moreland. He hasn't proven himself over a long enough time to be guaranteed a starting job all year. If he sucks for the first two months what do you do then?? Bring up Davis? Young at first and Murph at full time DH with Gentry suddenly your 4th OF? If Mitch fails (not saying he will but it's certainly a possibility) then we would be 1 injury away from having to roll with either Davis or Gentry as a regular starter in a season we're hoping to contend. I'd much rather have Thome and the added depth he brings with him.
Scooby,My thought was that the very good OBP could be somewhat negated by the relative inability to advance on the bases because of speed concerns. I love envisioning the big swing and the slow trot around the base...but I'm troubled by just seeing good batters getting good hits behind him and never getting home.
Maybe understanding Joe's new 'runs created/ caused' metric will make me feel all better, when my weak l'il mind figgers it out.
Scooby,Couldn't agree more with your last 2 comments!
If Thome hits 5th, how many times will he walk with Hamilton or Beltre on 1B and push them into scoring position? How many times will he walk and give Nellie's Boomstick or Kinsler in the 7 hole a chance to drive him in with a Homer? How many times will he single home a run from second with his .300 BA? How many time will he walk putting men on 1st and 2nd and force the pitcher to give Cruz a pitch to hit? You keep rallies moving by getting on base and putting additional pressure on the pitcher. Thome does that. Even his Ks don't bother me so much. The fact that he is a flyball/K/BB hitter keeps him from hitting into as many rally-killing double plays. Finally, on days he doesn't start, having his bat on the bench prevents the opposing manager from pulling his LH starter and using a filthy RH RP as a matchup guy against a Kinsler or Cruz or Young or Beltre in a key late-innings situation with the go ahead run on base.
Thome signs for $3,000,000 for one year in Minn! What the heck. The Rangers didn't offer more than that?
The runs created number I talk about in the other forum thread puts Thome at about .245/PA and Young is at about .235. Hamilton is up at .265. So, considering Hamilton and Thome do have very similar OPS numbers it may well be that Thome's lack of speed hinders him from scoring a significant number of runs, up to .02 per plate appearance, .08 per game (at 4 PA a game), and about 10 runs over 100 games (and remember this is in spite of how many walks he gets). Thome would score about 18 (this is significant) more runs over 100 games than a Borbon/Gentry platoon and Hamilton would score about 26 more (8-10 more than Thome) runs over 100 games than a Borbon/Gentry platoon.
Do those 18 runs make you think more soberly about Thome's RC numbers, at least considering he has been compared to Hamilton's offensive output?
Yay, no more Thome talk - he signed with the Twins.
For what he signed for, I think the rangers walked away.
Maybe, but sure seems like for what he signed for he just wanted to go to the Twins.
Sorry I didn't cite you as the source of the Borbon/Gentry idea here in this forum post (assuming the idea came from you of course), just forgot. I do try to give credit where credit is due, my bad.
In all seriousness, if Guerrero's best options right now are TB and BAL, then give him a ring and tell him that with less money, and platooning DH, that he can be a Ranger. I bet he would consider it. I personally think he is a better clubhouse fit than all the other discussed possible additions.
Anyone upset that we offered more and he turned us down (Cliff Lee all over again. . . sort of). I hope we stay away from Manny. That guy is a head case. Rather have Vlad. He won't ruin our young guys work ethic.
Sure hope this means we throw some money Chris Young's way, make a trade for pitcher, or something in the pitching department.
Manny--forget it! HE WILL NOT BE A RANGER
Marcus Thames or Craig Gentry for 25th man, at this point. NO NO NO to Manny or Vlad or Chris Davis on the roster.
I completely agree Scooby especially for Manny and Vlad because they both require playing time that we don't have and would provide production that we could largely replace with our offensive depth. The only reason for signing someone like that to me would be to have insurance in the event of injury to one of our big bats. Now that the Thome ship has sailed I really want to go to Spring Training with what we have and see who makes the team.
Further, I think not signing someone like that will give us more versatility and better defense if Gentry makes the 25 man as you have suggested for a CF platoon with Gentry and Borbon and if Moreland plays first instead of MY.
This is will also give us the ability to rest Hamilton and Cruz at DH when MY plays the field. If MY logs 20-30 games at 3B, 2B, and SS (although maybe only 1 or 2 games here) and 20-30 against tough lefties at 1st that makes almost 60 games, and you could split them between Josh and Cruz our most injury prone and most productive bats. There is also the possibility of resting Kinsler at DH, another injury prone bat.
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