Archive for January, 2010

A Project

January 17, 2010

I like stats, I really do. I enjoy going to FanGraphs every day to not only read the articles that their collection of writers post each day, but also because they have more (useful) statistics and organize them much better than the MLB website with theirs (although the lack of lefty/righty split data is a bit frustrating). Since I look at statistics so often, I see what’s counted and sorted and how this player is better than that player and how Joe Mauer is having the season of his life.

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Backup Catcher Situation Shaken Up

January 15, 2010

La Velle E. Neal III just reported that C Jose Morales will need surgery on his wrist and will be expected to miss 6-8 weeks. It sounds like Morales’ wrist had been bothering him for some time, so it sounds like it’s just minor surgery to repair a strained tendon. This means that he’ll likely be ready to go around the middle of spring training, but that also means he may not be fully ready to play by the time the 2010 season begins.

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Chapman and the Reds

January 14, 2010

As some/many/all of you know, coveted LHP Albertin Aroldis Chapman de la Cruz (better known simply as Aroldis Chapman) recently signed a 6-year, $30.25 million contract with the Cincinnati Reds (leading to jokes of “How long will it take before his agent tells him he signed with the Reds, not the Red Sox?”). Although #1 overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg is more polished and appears to have a brighter future, he was only able to muster a 4-year, $15.1 million contract from the Washington Nationals. Granted, the Nationals weren’t bidding against anyone else, but I still find it curious that a Cuban defector with questions surrounding him was able to get a better contract than a guy that some people think will be major-league ready sometime next season.

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Surprised?

January 11, 2010

Well I didn’t see this coming. After being bored to death by the first three Wild Card games this weekend, the Cardinals and Packers made sure to treat us to a real game before we moved onto the Divisional round. It didn’t seem that way at first, causing me to wonder if I was watching a repeat of the Patriots/Ravens game. However, the Packers came back in the second half and made it very interesting. It’s too bad I missed overtime, but I can’t see them all.

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Why Washburn?

January 9, 2010

Good question. I definitely do not want to see him in a Twins uniform in 2010, and so far, it appears neither does Washburn or Scott Boras. Well, at least not on the terms that Bill Smith suggested. So far, a 1 year, $5 million contract is on the table, but the two of them apparently either don’t want him to pitch for Minnesota, or at the very least, not for that length of time and/or amount of money. I do not want to see him come to Minnesota, but I don’t have a say in this. The following is my ideas of why the Twins want to sign him, with my retort following the ideas.

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Remove Keppel, Insert Condrey

January 7, 2010

Well that didn’t take very long. After releasing RHP Bobby Keppel, the Twins quickly filled that void by signing RHP Clay Condrey, formerly of the Philadelphia Phillies, to a 1 year contract. My first reaction was of surprise, considering the fact that I just discussed the relief options for the Twins following Keppel’s release, coming to the conclusion that the Twins have too many options for too few open spots (in the post, I claimed there was only one). Adding Condrey likely means that Pat Neshek will start the season in the minor leagues, and the final spot in the bullpen will probably go to a second lefthanded reliever.

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Come Again?

January 5, 2010

The Twins have been so secretive about their offseason plans, it appears that they forgot to announce a small but significant transaction. I am pleased to announce that RHP Bobby Keppel has been released. A while back, I mentioned how the bullpen picture for the Twins was rather clouded, and the sale of Juan Morillo to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan shortly after his addition to the 40-man roster* cleared it up a bit. Now, Boof Bonser has been traded to Boston and Keppel’s release simplifies everything even more. In that previous post, I listed the possibilities for the bullpen (although I accidentally forgot to include Keppel), so here is the updated list.

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A Great Way To Kick Off The New Year…For Me, At Least

January 4, 2010

I’ve been a part of this football pool for about 5 years now, and rarely have I come close to winning the entire thing. Normally, my strategy was to look at records, points for/against, home/road records, etc. to decide who I should pick. But this year, I took a whole new approach. It was mindless, yet simple: Pick the winners straight off the Las Vegas lines. Only once did I stray from the prediction (which resulted in a correct pick for me), but otherwise, I technically had someone else making the decisions for me the entire time. Looks like I’ll employ this strategy again next season.

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Preferably Not

January 2, 2010

“Rumor of the day – M’s kicking tires on Francisco Liriano. If there’s one team who Jose Lopez makes sense for, it is Minnesota.” – Dave Cameron (via Twitter).

If you would like some more in-depth information, you can check out Cameron’s blog, U.S.S. Mariner. According to him, trading these two guys would make sense for both teams. The Twins have an excess of starting pitching, are interested in Jarrod Washburn, and want a second baseman, while the Mariners are looking for a starting pitcher (preferably a young pitcher). He adds, “Doesn’t mean it’s going to happen, of course, but it has the chance of being the type of move that works for both Seattle and Minnesota.”

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