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Moreland, next season, will mash. I guarantee it.
This is why I think so.....
Moreland played the entire second half last year with a sore wrist. A baseball swing is all about your wrists, your hands.
Moreland worked laboriously with Scott Coolbaugh to compensate for his sore wrist/slow bat and shorten his swing so that he would be able to get some hits.
Basically, Mitch Moreland saw hundreds of MLB at bats with one arm tied behind his back.
After his arthroscopic writs surgery on his tendon I fully expect him to return to full strength. Once that happens, once he is swinging with both arms instead of one, he is bound to mash. This is because the effect of swinging with one arm strengthened him. Think about how the other 4 senses of a blind or deaf person grow exponentially stronger because of their condition. In the same way Moreland's mechanics, pitch ID, and quickness to the ball will be greatley improved because he has been swinging with one arm behind his back at the MLB level. What before was a swinging strike will now be a spoiled pitch. What was before a swinging strike will now be a ball because he can wait longer to swing with normal strength. What was before a pop up could be a line drive because if he can wait longer to swing he can drive the ball with greater effectiveness.
Bottom line, Moreland's struggles are going to yield a monster mashing first basemen for us to the tune of 400,000 per year for a while.
I say let Prince go because if Mitch heals up strong he will be a force to contend with once he gets comfortable again. I predict an above average but no elite performance from Moreland next season.
He is also valuable because he can be rested against tough lefties to give Napoli a rest at 1st or at DH with MY playing first.
We shall see but I know one thing...if we are going to spend this offseason I would much rather it be on Yu than on Prince.
I am definitely okay with keeping Moreland, but we dang well better use the money we will save on Fielder to get a top notch SP in next year's free agency market.
Joe - I believe you said it best. I fully agree.
A rumor emerged to the effect that the Rangers had checked on the availablity of Ike Davis of the Mets.SOLID DEFENSE at first would go a long way to upgrading, which is what a AL CHAMP needs every year. Where does that leave Moreland, playing a little first, dhing alot, aka the Bronc, some of backup.Moreland was around .300 last year, when the wrist flaired up so the Rangers know what he can do.The entertaining thought in a trade for Davis, who has .300 30-100 with Gold Glove attainable future, is that the METS are looking for a seasoned SS, and thought is that New York would be a good place for a past ALL-STAR SS with Gold Glove who can hit above .300== MICHAEL YOUNG, throw in JOHAN, to rid salary, with a Ranger infield prospect possibly even Tracy. and a deal is made leaving the RANGERS with a more balanced lineup as related to LEFT-RIGHT combos, especially if Josh plays center and David finally suits up, as he does in the playoffs, as the starting Leftfielder. STARTING LINEUP will then be from perspective of side the plate R-R-L/R-L-R/L-R-L. With all but Elvis and probably Murphy, 30+ homer players, yes that includes Moreland.
Though Rangers people have suggested they're focused on pitching and trades, Heyman says the team talked about deals involving Mitch Moreland. Barring an addition at first base, the Rangers will be relying on Moreland in 2012. Now, it's a rumor, only that, and Heyman is not the most reliable, but if there's any truth to it (not the first mention of Moreland in a trade, see Wade Davis) if they plan on having him around, why bring him up in trade discussions?
Heyman is a tool. And I don't know where he gets some of the crap he passes on. I'm skeptical of almost everything I read from him, unless it's corroborated by a more reputable source.
Also, I don't see the Rangers trading Young. He has only 2 years left on this contract, they would likely have to eat a good chunk of his salary to move him, and he's a decent (but not great, obviously) backup infielder at multiple positions, which can't be said of most DHs. He's not cheap, but we probably wouldn't get nearly enough from trading him to even consider it.
That was the point of the Mets Rumor, they would trade a pre-2011 ACE who probably be ready in 2012 but currently not by Opening Day and obtain a quality All Star SS to replace Jose Reyes and be able to focus the team in a new direction. Because Johan is due 24 mil for 2011, the Mets would save 8 mil even picking up all of MY's salary. However, the key to the deal would be Ike Davis, so some additional savings for the Mets may seal the deal. Over the next decade, Ike Davis will prove a better choice then Pujols or Fielder as a total package at First Base. If the Rangers take back half of MY's salary, this will enable the Mets to sign Pena to take over first so the Rangers would not have to include Moreland. A must to make this happen is that Rollins resigns with the Phillies before the Mets signs him as Reyes' replacement.
Add all of his stats up, and Davis basically has a full season of work behind him. His numbers are .271/26/96. I don't think it's a stretch at all to say that Moreland can put those numbers up as he develops. That being said, Davis is going to develop too. But is it worth trading Moreland right now for someone who is somewhat comparable to him at the plate? I agree the field is a different story. I'm just not sold on trading Moreland unless it involves another SP.
Trying to think of a senerio where the Rangers trade Young is a waste of time. No team will offer what the front office would want for him and that team will want the Rangers to eat most o that salary. Also think about all of the ppl who see Young as the"leader" and the "captain" imagine all the bad press (Especially from Evan Grant). It will make ppl not want to come out to the Ballpark. The "best" thing to do now is just wait it out two more years see how close he gets to 3K hits and see if he'll re-sign on a cheap deal to get to 3K with the Rangers.
The qualities mentioned about Michael Young are the main reason the Mets are focused on him as their SS, to change the chemistry of the team and bring in a Winner. The Rangers will only eat the amount to get Davis and not have to give up Moreland, because both will eventually be solid hitters in .290-.310 range- only time will tell. Salary cutting would be the Mets main focus basically because there is a 8Mil difference in 2012 between Johan ( 24 mil ) to MY (16 mil ). The prime reason for Ike Davis would be to add another left handed bat in the line up and a major step up in defense. Moreland is adequate but Davis is Gold Glove level. Young coming off an excellent 2011 is at top value and a major salary savings for the Mets even for 2yr/36 mil because Johan still has on the board 3yr/74 mil with a 2014 5+ mil buyout. The Rangers would not even consider this deal without Davis. All this is mote if the Rangers win the bid on Yu, but it does appear he is headed for Toronto unless Washington pulled another Werth. The main focus is still that TORP. Oswalt, however, is still out there and could be signed along with this trade for what it will take in total to get Darvish. Oswalt and Santana at their best match up well against Halladay and Lee at their best, with combined life ERA 3.1 to 3.5 and surprising combined age are actually younger, though close to a wash. And what WS match ups.
For $16m, I think I'd rather have MY than Santana. He appears to not be what he once was. MY, on the other hand, is hitting as well as he ever has, albeit with power a little less frequently.
Martin has it right. In 2 years he'll be done with his contract, and hopefully we can re-sign him for a lot less. I'd love to see him spend his whole career here; not a ton of guys do that anymore.
What do you think Ike Davis would cost us to obtain? Would a package centered around Mike Olt work? Who else might be attractive to them that we would be willing to give up?
Olt is quickly becoming an untouchable. I don't even consider that deal, Scott.
could probably obtain Davis for a package starting with Sardinas at short , and Kirkman, Moreland..really dont think he would be that big of an upgrade over Mitch though..
Davis is intriguing, but to give up good prospects for a marginal increase in value (which could turn out to not even be the case if Moreland steps it up this year) is probably a bad idea. If you want to replace Mitch at 1B, go big or go home. Sign Prince, trade for Votto, or something of that magnitude. Don't waste prospects on someone whose WAR difference with Mitch is like 1 or 2.
One option, if and only if you're not resigning Josh long term and thus have no long term concern for his health, would be to get an Ike Davis, put him at 1B, Moreland in RF, Cruz in LF, Hamilton in CF.
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