What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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Scottgk, I have no problem letting him have his chance this coming season if Josh isn't coming back unless we trade for a CF. He obviously wasn't ready this past season regardless of what he did at RR.
For whatever it's worth... I am the Marco who has been a long-time poster and you might recognize me by my Jimi Hendrix icon in the comments sections. But I was just reading through this thread and noticed someone else posting as Marco. That's not me.
Not a big deal, but I do wish we had unique user names to prevent confusion and/or trolling. That's my one and only complaint about this website. Other than that... it's my favorite sports website on the whole world-wide-web.
We now return to our regularly scheduled baseball discussion...
I, for one, say let's burn the other Marco.
Sorry didn't know there was another Marco. My apologies.
I'd be happy with a Martin/Gentry CF duo, but only if we compensate for the decline in production from CF with upgraded production from LF and other spots. With Hamilton gone, maybe we could make up for the loss in run production to an adequate degree by going with a Kinsler/Murphy duo in LF, sticking Profar at 2B, and going with a Moreland/full-season of Olt platoon at 1B. Hopefully Nap doesn't leave because it'd be impossible to replace his power at C.
I agree with the Martin/Gentry platoon in center, and I think that's the way to go. I'd also be fine with a Moreland/Olt platoon at first. (Obviously this means Moreland/Martin would play against righties and Olt/Gentry would go against southpaws.) As for the Kinsler/Murphy platoon in left, I wouldn't go there. Ian isn't dead enough to only be relegated to face LH pitching. I'd say the better bet would be to move Murphy, perhaps for a late-inning bullpen guy, and use Elvis Andrus in a trade to get a full-time, power-hitting left-fielder.
For what it's worth, I asked Keith Law something today on his chat:
Eric Reining (San Bernardino, CA)
If you were Jon Daniels, would you look to trade Elvis Andrus and a couple tier-2 prospects for Josh Hamilton's replacement (keeping Justin Upton in mind here)?
Klaw (2:06 PM)
I'd consider trading Andrus for the best return I can find, but not necessarily to fill that specific hole.
Nobody has ever questioned whether the players liked Wash or not... clearly, they like him - they like him a LOT. Especially the veterans who he lets dictate their playing time.
As for Wash playing Elvis... Wash was HIRED with the understanding Elvis was Going To Be His Shortstop. He didn't have a choice. But, since then, he has stubbornly stood by the fact it's his lineup and he will fill it out his way and, if someone has a suggestion, not only will it be discarded as a suggestion, but as an idea HE might have come up with, himself.
But, Elvis is not a good example. He's the exception and he's the exception for very specific reasons.
But, since then, he has stubbornly stood by the fact it's his lineup and he will fill it out his way and, if someone has a suggestion, not only will it be discarded as a suggestion, but as an idea HE might have come up with, himself.
Thats an interesting take on the situation. So, you are saying that, if we want Michael Young batting 9th in the order, we should all complain and ask Wash why he isn't batting leadoff?
I hate it when people steal my name.
@ Ed Looney...
Wash was hired in November 2006. Elvis was acquired from Atlanta in July 2007. So I'm pretty sure you're wrong when you say "Wash was HIRED with the understanding Elvis was Going To Be His Shortstop."
It was JD's decision to promote Elvis in 2009 and move MY to 3B. It was JD's decision to sign Beltre in 2011 and move MY to DH/1B. Both times it was JD who went to MY and broke the news. If MY is going to be on the team next year, it's going to have to be JD who delivers the message both to Young and Wash that MY is a part-time player. If either of them balks at that, JD's mission is clear: get rid of MY. Trade him, cut him, whatever.
I don't think Wash is openly defying JD when he plays MY. He's just being loyal to his vets, to a fault. It is his strength and his weakness. He doesn't want to upset the positive team culture he has been a big part of building.
I think it's simple, really. Wash just needs JD to be the bad cop to balance Wash's good cop. Too much of either is a bad thing, but together they can deliver the properly-balanced doses of coddling & tough love.
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