Saturday, March 17, 2012

Notable Recent MLBTR's

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Don't mix grain and grape.

While reading the indispensable Mlbtraderumors.com, I jotted down notes from tidbits that for one reason or another jumped off the page. As they say on Tosh.O, enjoy:


Reading the Tampa Bay Rays Offseason Review, got me thinking about which catcher the Rays will acquire via trade. This mlbtr post delves into it even deeper. It's clear the Rays need someone more than Jose Molina and some combination of Robinson Chirinos, Jose Lobaton, and Stephen Vogt.

Free agents aren't much more appealing. Ivan Rodriguez could have been an option, but now it sounds like he may be headed to camp with the Royals, who need help since Salvador Perez will be out for about three or four month.

The Rays should be more competitive than the upstart Kansas City Royals. Tampa has one of the best teams in baseball, and there's little excuse to be ill equipped at a vital position.

Jose Molina and Desmond Jennings don't have much in common.



Looking into the trade market, could the Rays pry away J.P Arencibia or Travis d'Arnaud from Toronto? Even if they were able to get past the hurdle of trading within their own division, how much pitching would they have to give up?

Also, who are the other catchers that may be available via trade? How about Ryan Hanigan in Cincinnati? Their prized prospect, Devin Mesoraco, is ready to play a lot. If they have another good backup, it could make sense to transfer Hanigan's value into other areas of need.

Maybe Epstein and Hoyer could be wined, dined, and sixty-nined into a conversation about Geovany Soto.

If Ryan Lavarnway looks ready for prime time, the Red Sox could move Salty, but I don't think the Rays would send pitching to Boston. Who else is out there?

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Yesterday, we learned the Brewers are seeking depth behind starting middle infielders Rickie Weeks and Alex Gonzalez. The list of middle infielders in Major League camps who may be available because they are out of options is weak. MLBTR's Ben Nicholson-Smith lists eight players, and in my opinion, only Robert Andino, Eric Young Jr., or Emmanuel Burriss would be worth a look.

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Last night, Mike Axisa compiled reactions to the Andy Pettitte signing, and Bobby Valentine was in midseason chode form, as documented by Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald: “Is he going to be a starter or just pick people off?”

Isn't is a bit early for this much snark from Bobby V. First, Let's see how your pitching staff holds up, and your lineup for that matter. That division is tough, and a 4th place finish for the 2012 Red Sox is not out of the question.

"I don't wanna be rude; is it my turn to talk again?"

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In today's Yankees Links, Marc Carig noted:
"You play for the Yankees, nothing surprises you." - Freddy Garcia, who threw his hands up, when discussing the signing of Andy Pettitte.
Is Freddy Garcia upset? It's a tough position for Garcia because Andy Pettitte could take his spot in the rotation, or on the team altogether. Still, team players are glad when their team gets better, especially if they didn't have to trade a beloved teammates. If you don't want to get cut, Freddy, get better.

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