From the sames column on the NY Daily News site that I posted on the Peavy thread, I saw this and thought it was interesting.
"Meanwhile, the Marlins, coming off their surprising third-place 84-77 season despite an industry-low $22 million payroll, are expected to put out the "For Sale" sign on many of their young players who are heading into their first winter of being eligible for salary arbitration. There are 15 of them in all, including starting pitchers Josh JohnsonRicky Nolasco (who they will not trade). The others, such as lefty Scott Olsen, All-Star second baseman Dan Uggla, 32-homer first baseman Mike Jacobs, 22-homer outfielder Cody Ross, closer Kevin Gregg, handyman Alfredo Amezaga and the perennial tease, lefty-swinging outfielder Jeremy Hermida, all can be had."
So what do you all think? Any current Marlins players you'd like the Cards to go after?
"According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, Nationals reliever Chad Cordero was outrighted to Triple A today. He refused the assignment and is now a free agent. This comes as no surprise, as GM Jim Bowden admitted in July that he would non-tender Cordero.
Cordero, 26, had surgery in July to repair tears in his labrum and biceps tendon. He hopes to be ready for spring training."
Cordero would be an interesting pickup for us. Give him an incentive based deal and the ability to compete for the closers role in spring training. This is a former all-star and finished 5th in a Cy Young race, holding a career ERA under 3. Labrums are pretty serious injuries I think, but his history backs up that kind of a pickup.
Plus we have a thing with Nationals players this year and this is another that plays a position we are looking for.
I could see trading for Kevin Gregg or something, getting Cordero, and then letting those two compete with Perez and Motte for the closers role. Might seem a bit extreme to get both Cordero and Gregg, but if you sign Cordero and he gets hurt/doesn't show progress and then perez/motte show they couldn't handle the job, then you are stuck in the same situation as 2008.
If you pickup both and still have Perez/Motte and you still don't have a closer, then well you must be the unluckiest team ever.
SkinnyPimp wrote: But seriously, how about Uggla? 128 OPS from a 28-year old second baseman? I could live with that.
He's a terrible fielder, and we'd have to give up a king's ransom for him. He'd imporove our team, for sure, but those are the negatives on him.
I gotta agree. He totally destroys our team defense in a critical spot on the field.
Plus, even though he had a 128 OPS+ over the course of the season, he had a TERRIBLE second half:
.226/.343/.396/.739, 9 HR, 33 RBI in 65 games.
He had a 122 OPS+ in the first half and a 72 OPS+ in the second half.
I think this guy has some glossy stats, and granted if we got him I wouldn't do a ton of complaining, but we'd have to whip him into defensive shape really quick so as to not hurt our pitching staff and teach him to not such after the All-Star break.
EDIT: And, as for Cordero, let's stay away from any other pitchers with shoulder problems. Clement and Mulder were enough.
How is it possible to have a 122 OPS+ in one half of the season, a 72 OPS+ in the other half, and have them average out to a 128 OPS+ over the full season?
Actually I messed up. I should've put 161 for the first half and 95 for the second half. I was looking at tOPS+ when I should've looked at sOPS+
You can find it at www.baseball-reference.com. Click the pull down menu and select his splits for 2008, and look at his sOPS+ for the 1st and 2nd halves. sOPS+ is "OPS+ of this split relative to the major league OPS for this split." In this case, his first half performance and his second half performance.
It still states that he was a below average hitter in the 2nd half, just not quite as bad as I made him out to be
He hasn't had an ERA+ higher than 101 since 2003 and his lowest ERA since 2004 was this year when he posted a 4.42. He is also the definition of whiptastic. He had a good year in 2003 with a 2.45 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and a 164 ERA+ - but it was as a reliever in only 22 IP. Since then it's been:
Terrible idea IMO. That's trading one of the most valuable outfield bats in the game and our only major protection for Pujols for a borderline mediocre starter. I know he's got great stuff, but he has serious control issues and hasn't shown that he can been better than a #5 starter.
Unless they add Wade Davis or Reid Brignac, I wouldn't think twice about a resounding NO to that offer. And even with Davis or Brignac, I would still have to take time to consider whether to do that or not.
I read that there might be discussions between the White Sox and Angels regarding a swap of Paul Konerko and Chone Figgins...Konerko has a no trade clause and Chone signed a 3yr 10mil total deal...we have dealt with the Angels before
If we could snag Chone....for Mather to play 1st (or Duncan, but seems unlikely) plus another prospect like Craig or Freese to play 3rd for them (since they will be letting Chone go)...maybe we could get our upgrade at 2b and good bargain on one of the best leadoff guys in the league at a reasonable price...if we coudl somehow snag Brandon Wood or Sean Rodriguz in a slightly bigger deal (probably having to move Todd or possibly one of our young closer types (perez or Motte to help replace the loss of KRod).....
maybe: Freese/Craig and Mather for Chone
then: Skip for K. Greene
then: sign Affeldt or Fuentes sign a veteran OF bat that hits lefties well (on the cheap)