What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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If the Rangers fall short in th Darvish bid and do not consider Oswalt a viable option, why not look at a Met? There is already talk of a trade involving Moreland + for Ike Davis +, why not check on Johan's physical status and if a go ahead, why not include Santana and his 49 mil over the next two years and 2014 5 mil buyout? Offer Torrealba and Feldman, also with for there level an over price but not so heavy that the Mets would reject. Ike Davis is a solid defensive 1b man with Gold Glove potential, 25 opening day lefty who could be better for the whole picture than Fielder. Why would the Mets do this? #1 big reduction on team payroll, but to sweeten the deal change Feldman for Kirkman and Scheppers. Good trade or Bad?
Interesting. What is the injury story on Santana?
Latest report he is ready to go. But his injury was a shoulder, and that is always a worry, ask Brandon Webb. Plus, Johan has to have his 4-seam fastball above 91 to have one of the best change ups in the MLB to be successful and for him to be back to Ace status.
I was really hoping this was an R.A. Dickey post. Johan might be good too but I'm not sure I'd give up that much, and take on so much salary for a guy who may not be an improvement over our 6th starter.
Save the question of health, TSU if Johan, who has won twice what he loses over the last twelve years with an era of 3.1, 9k and 7.5 hits per 9 innings (numbers Lee, Halladay or King Felix can not match) and still under 32 is your 6th starter then what has the Rangers need to bother acquiring an Ace, they all ready have five. But there is a health risk, just like there would have been with CJ. Knowing that CJ finishes his pitches with the Inverted W motion, it would not be a surprise why Nolan and the Rangers did not go five years. With CJ an arm injury in the making with his last in 2004. Darvish on the other hand has a pure repeatable arm motion and should be Plan A all along. But that hinges on out bidding everyone else, then signing Yu to 5 or 6 years. But to define Johan Santana as a #6 starter is outright insulting, dismiss it for too expensive or too much health risk. The very definition of ACE from 2004 thru 2010 was JOHAN SANTANA. Also this Forum Topic began If all else fails. A second poser is thoughts and views on Ike Davis as the Ranger first base man?
If you're looking for an ace going into the future, Santana is probably not the guy. I think his best years (and they were awesome) are behind him.
He's about as much a risk as harden and webb, but prob more on the harden side (as harden did actually play) i'd be willing to make a move for him if they packaged say R.A. Dickey with him. (dunno why i've just always been partial to him going way back when he was a ranger. He'd be a solid innings eater similar to Colby and back up assurance in case Feliz is more of a head case than we thought, or Ogando can't bring it as a starter like he did last year. interesting scenaro....
You do realize Santana is scheduled to make $24 million this year and $25.5 million next year, guaranteed? THe Mets would kiss you on both cheeks if you could get the Rangers to do that deal. It's questionable if a healthy Santana is worth even close to that.
This is all make-believe, but it's December, April is nearly four months away, and nobody pays any attention to what we say anyway, so here goes. Given his injury history and guaranteed money, the question is not what the Rangers would have to give up to get Santana, but what the Mets would have to give us to take him. Now, that kind of trade would be interesting.
Ugh...I would rather have Feldman in our starting rotation than Santana. Santana and Oswalt are at about the same place - the twilight of their careers. And I would rather have Moreland at 1B then Davis. Unless the Mets have a Kershaw-esque pitching prospect I'm unaware of, they have absolutely nothing in their organization that interests me.
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