Padres trade Gonzalez; Loot Red Sox Farm System

by on December 6, 2010   No Comments

The San Diego Padres have made it official – Adrian Gonzalez will move East to play for the Red Sox next season.  Most in baseball point to this deal as another glaring reason why salary reform needs to done, and I’m not in opposition, however, don’t be too fast to cry for San Diego.  They might have given up a premier Major League first-basemen, but they got three of the top minor league prospects in all of Minor League Baseball in return in 1B Anthony Rizzo (pictured), RHP Casey Kelly, and CF Reymond Fuentes.

2010 Tigers Rookies: Outfielders

by on December 5, 2010   No Comments

Going into the off season there were plenty of questions about who would play what position come 2011. There were really only two known answers, Cabrera at first and Austin Jackson in centre field. Every other position had uncertainties, including the other 2 outfield positions. At some point this season the answer will be Casper Wells or Brennan Boesch.

Cardinals Off-Season Complete

by on December 5, 2010   No Comments

John Mozeliak said Saturday that the Cardinals lineup is “set for 2011” after signing Lance Berkman to play left field. The 34 year old switch hitter signed a 1 year deal worth 8 million to presumably start in left field. A knee injury has halted Berkmans recent production, but 2008 saw him finish 5th in the MVP voting and he’s a .296 career hitter who’s 1 short of 1,100 RBI. Assuming he stays healthy Berkamn should provide a much needed boost to a Cardinal offense that was anemic at times and just seemed to lack cohesion. Berkman can hit just about anywhere, including second, comfortably while providing power and getting on base at a good clip. The Cardinals have lacked such a two hitter for some time now and Berkman would be a perfect fit. Defensively may be a bit more of an adventure. Matt Holliday is going to move to right field to allow Berkman to play left. Berkman is adequate in the outfield and it’s a bit scary considering he’s coming off a knee injury but having him play right really isn’t an option. If the Cardinals have one glaring defensive weakness it maybe very well be corner outfield.

The Free Agency of Jayson Werth

by on December 2, 2010   2 Comments

As a Phillies fan, I’d like to talk about Jayson Werth’s free agency, how Philadephia should and could replace him, and where he’s likely to end up.

Werth, who didn’t become a full-time starter until midway through the 2008 season, has experienced a great deal of success since coming to Philadelphia from the Los Angeles Dodgers.  In four seasons with the Phillies, Werth batted .282 with a .380 slugging percentage, an .863 OPS, hit 95 home runs and averaged 15 steals per season.  On top of his offensive skills, Werth is a solid defender who can cover a lot of ground and has a cannon of a right arm.

Throughout the last few seasons, Werth has been called a “five tool player” numerous times, and after watching him play, it’s not hard to see why.  There’s no doubt that the 31-year old right fielder is a star caliber player, so where will he end up?