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- Seattle and Pittsburgh make a deal: Read a bunch of
different takes on this. And a few have the Mariners winning, because
they ridded of a prospect (Jeff Clement) that really couldn’t catch,
and was on the outs with the organization it seems. The Mariners also
surrendered some arms in the low Minors. Arms that none of the
analysts seem to know much about. The Pirates already have a catcher,
so what they are doing with Clement I’m a little curious. Someone
suggested that maybe they will move Clement for another piece. So
basically the Mariners win now, the Pirates could win later. One
aspect of the deal that everyone agrees on is that Jack Wilson is
expensive. $8 million for a great fielding shortstop, who cannot hit,
is still kind of expensive. I tend to let these deals play out before
passing judgement. But it definitely doesn’t seem bad for
either side. Although I admit, I know nothing about the young arms the
Pirates acquired (other than that they were probably expendable based
on quality). And Ian Snell of course could use a change of scenery.
- ARod since his rest: .300/.418/.600. I love bringing this up for some reason…Even though I obviously root for this guy to fail.
- Cliff Lee a Phillie: This makes the Phillies better now,
obviously. But that is the thing about prospects, they may or may not
swing this deal in the Indians favor. But for now, the Phillies are
even better, and the team to beat in the NL, it seems. Although those
Dodgers are still pretty good…
- Victor Martinez a solution?: I wrote a post about this at Fire Brand.
And my basic premise was that Martinez may not be much different than
Laroche down the stretch, if Laroche is in fact a second half player.
And if of course Martinez mostly plays 1B. V-Mart has really calmed
down with the stick, and if he plays first, the numbers don’t exactly
jump at you. If he catches–mainly–then the numbers do jump at you.
But how will that effect the pitching staff adjusting to a new
catcher? It may matter, but it may not. It is a touchy subject, those
catchers. I do like the guy though, but surrendering quality for him,
well, it may just be better to try out Laroche…
- As for Halladay: I could definitely talk myself into Roy.
Definitely. Especially for a year + the last few months of the
season. But the cost will be hefty. Is it worth it? Would it be
worth Buchholz, Bowden and Westmoreland? Maybe. Buchholz doesn’t seem
to be very confident on the mound, in my opinion. But maybe that
confidence will be gained. Bowden is the one player I really don’t
mind trading right now to make this team better. But Bowden alone will
not be enough for anything of significance. And Westmoreland is far
away, but has a lot of talent.