What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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@AndyRangers plan for who? Young was in All-Star infielder but he hardly had the glove to be one(Trying to make a point that being an All-Star doesn't mean much).
Matt Kemp is a terrible defensive CF. He'd probably end up as a corner OF. As of right now, OF isn't a position of need unless Martin and Borbon doesn't pan out, but they'll only improve if they get the time on the field.
While Mitch hasn't been a stud hitting 1st baseman, I just want to point out that the average distance of his home runs are the 2nd longest, just being Justin Upton, at 416 ft. I think.
@ Andy: Profar will be better than Andrus, and like Andrus, he will be ML ready at a young age. You use up Elvis' cheapest years, then deal him.
@ Ricky: what about Prince for $20m a year, for 6 years? I'm not even considering 8 either. I think IF the Cubs don't get involved on Prince, he gets 6/$120ish. Also, yes, the Brew Crew are prioritizing their Ace over a slugger. If we had an Ace, I would too. But we don't. We have CJ, who is not Greinke now, and is older, and will be overpaid. I don't need more depth in the middle of this rotation. We have more of that than we know what to do with already. Add an Ace, or leave the pitching alone/fill from within. Perez is coming, so is Ramirez, and Ross just behind them, and more coming behind that, and Feldman is a solid MORP as well.
@scooby: Easy with the Caps and such, my comment was not directed at you. I capitalized "HAVE" to emphasize that we can still win with a league average 1B, not to attack some position you may or may not have taken. I don't see Andrus going anywhere. I just can't see the Rangers trading a known mlb quantity for a TORP. It makes more sense to package a deal of good prospects in my mind, which Profar is, which we have a decent amount of and which can still not pan out.
I agree with all you said Scooby. However, I just feel that signing a marquee, big money / contract player @ a position that is not a necessity, is a mistake that will come back to haunt you. When we do have necessity spots in the years to come, we'll be saying, "Damn I wish we hadn't done that deal!".
There is no possible way to know if Profar will be better than andrus...none. We can talk about projections all day long but until they play in the show they are an unproven quantity.
Profar is a guy that seemingly ever scout in baseball agree on. That doesn't happen often.
What pickle said. Don't count your chickens...
Assuming Profar doesn't pull an Engel Beltre, he will be our new starting SS in 2-4 seasons. And Elvis Andrus will be trade bait. Replinish that farm baby! Ka-ching!!!
One point Scooby made earlier that was very true and no one commented on, is that Murphy is about to get even more expensive as a 4th OF. If he makes $2.4M now, he will likely move up to $3M plus in arbitration. Hell, Cocoa Crisp will likely only get $5M to $6M and he is an everyday CF. I think if Martin is truly ready, and after seeing Gentry prove himself, I'd be willing to consider moving Murphy somewhere. I wonder if he can play 1st? LOL
I have no problems with a Gentry/Martin platoon in center. The question is, if Murphy leaves, who would be our #3 corner outfield guy? Granted, there is absolutely no reason that Gentry or Martin could play the corners defensively, but that would leave some pop out of the bats in the lineup. Maybe Moreland could do it. I don't really guess it would that big of a deal, but it would leave an open spot, and its interesting to think about.
"The question is, if Murphy leaves, who would be our #3 corner outfield guy?"
Well, if you sign Prince, it's Mitch Moreland. 5 man OF of Hamilton, Cruz, Martin, Gentry, Moreland. IF of Fielder, Kinsler, Andrus, Beltre with Young as the DH/utility and Blanco as the MIF backup, Napoli/Torrealba receiving. That's your 13-man roster.
Scooby - If that doesn't occur, would you be willing to attempt to trade Murphy and make a 2 year run at Crisp? Say... 2 years / $10M with incentives? Can play any spot in the OF, especially CF. Switch hitter. Not advocating, just asking.
To play where? I see no need to pay that kind of money for role players. If you want to pay role players, just pay Murphy. Murph will likely get $4m in his final arb year. I would just as soon non-tender him and let KC or some such pay him 2/$10m to play everyday and spend the cash on a big boy like Prince. If not Prince/Pujols, I would just as soon replace Chavez with Martin and bring back everyone else.
If I'm not getting a big 1B, and I want to dump Murphy for another 2/$10m guy, I'd rather make a run at a 1B like Kotchman or somebody, and give Moreland Murph's old job.
Another (cheap) alternative would be to dump Murph and get a RH hitter who can play both 1B and COF. Marcus Thames for example. Then platoon that player at 1B with Moreland.
I just can't really see $4m for a backup OF when you have a $450k guy in Moreland who hits from the same side, with the same huge platoon split, plays similarly passable-but-below-average defense at the position, has a better arm for RF as well, and offers you 1B flexibility.
On top of all of that, I like Murph and he deserves a chance to start, which he's nevver gonna get here.
A smart team uses all avenues to improve the team. Free Agents, Draft, foreign free agents, trades, minor league free agents ...
Personally, I hope we pick up a 1B next year. I don't think there is reason to believe Mitch is anything but cheap filler, and it is the weakest link in our roster, with no obvious minor leaguers on the horizon.
Prince Fielder doesn't make those 2 errors last night.
"Prince Fielder doesn't make those 2 errors last night."
I get it. You want Young in the lineup. And because you don't want to be without Kinsler, Andrus, or Beltre, you have to play him at 1st. But that was just pathetic!
lets start a fundraiser for Prince Fielder. We'll pay for him ourselves.
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