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Sherrill Must Go

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      The
Orioles need to trade George Sherrill now! 
I respect Andy MacPhail and what he has done so far as GM, but the
Orioles have a reliever who is as the top of his career, and ultimate peak of
trade value. 

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Sherrill was impressive in
the AS game and has proven he is capable of closing.  But Sherrill(pictured) is 31 years old, and by the time the Orioles are at
a championship level will be way past his prime.   I think 2013 is the absolute earliest the Orioles could plan for
winning the World Series.   If that prediction
is right, then Sherrill will be 36 years old. 
The Orioles need to trade him at this year’s deadline.  Why not wait until next year?  Because the Orioles will not be good next
year either, and every year Sherrill gets older his value will go down.  I know the Orioles have a currently unstable
bullpen, but they have some nice future pieces like Randor Bierd, Lance
Cormier, Jim Hoey, Cory Doyne, Jim Johnson, Dennis Sarfate, Matt Albers, Chris
Ray, and Bob McCrory. 

 

     Chris
Ray, of course is the future closer, while Doyne was named Closer of the Year in
the International League (AAA).  Sarfate
will be a good set-up man for years to come and Bierd has been a nice Rule 5
surprise. 

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Lance Cormier has broken out
in Baltimore as reliever, and the same thing can be said about Matt
Albers.   Hoey just needs consistency
and he will be dominant.  Jim Johnson
has been the best reliever this year for the O’s, while McCrory is mowing them down
in Norfolk.   Fernando Cabrera(pictured) is a big
question mark.  He was the
Indians future closer at one time, but has struggled for the past two
years.  He’s doing a fine job in
Baltimore so far and has the chance to post a huge comeback season.  It’s weird to say that a 26 year old could have a comeback season, but it certainly would apply to Cabrera.

 

    

Sherrill should go to any team that could use bullpen
help like the Brewers, Cardinals, Angels, Twins, and even Yankees or Mets.  The Orioles could, and should ask for some
prospects in return.  I don’t care what
position the minor leaguers play because the Orioles need help everywhere.  They could trade Brian Roberts in the
future, so second base depth will be important if that occurs.  The only areas I would shy away from, is the
outfield (Adam Jones, Nolan Reimold, Luke Scott, Nick Markakis), and catcher
(Wieters).  Any infield players, or
starting pitchers should be the main targets for the O’s.

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In
other news….

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    • Outman is starting games again
      in Midland!  The A’s are seeing clearly
      now.  Maybe some Oakland official read
      this blog.   Or maybe they just don’t care
      about what the Phillies think.

     

    • Adam Loewen and Brian Bogusevic
      are both abandoning pitching and becoming a first baseman and outfielder,
      respectively.  Boy, the Orioles just
      can’t catch a break.  Bogusevic, on the
      other hand, has the opportunity to contribute something to the Astros.  He was a bust as a pitcher, being drafted in
      the first round in 2005. 
      They could
      have drafted guys like Matt Garza, Clay Buchholz, Colby Rasmus, or Michael
      Bowden.  The chance of Bogusevic ever
      being as good as any of those players is still extremely slim.  They are trying the exact opposite of what
      Matt Bush(pictured) is attempting. 
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      know about Bush already, he was the first overall pick in 2004.  He never did squat in the minors, and at the
      end of last season he switched to pitching. 
      He only pitched in 7.2 innings with a 1.17 ERA, before getting
      injured.  He had TJS, and will be out
      all of this season likely.  Of the 7
      games he appeared in, six of them were in rookie ball.  His last outing was in A-ball.   By the way, isn’t it weird that Bush had a
      brother named Jeremy, while so does Tim Beckham.  Both were high school shortstops drafted first overall.  Jeremy (17th round), Tim’s
      brother has already been promoted to A- before his bro.  Tim has .247 OBP with no homers in 23 games
      for Princeton (R).   In Tim’s defense,
      Jeremy was drafted out of college.

     

    • By
      the way, the Randy Wolf for Chad Reineke deal makes no sense at all for the
      Astros.   Does Ed Wade actually believe
      the Astros could make the playoffs?  Not
      that Reineke is anything special, but I’m starting to think that Wade makes
      trades just for the heck of it.

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Notes, Trades, and Thoughts

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With the treading deadline coming, and rumors swirling, I’ve
just put together some trades that could make sense for both teams, or maybe
what a team should ask for a specific player on the block.  Take Brian
Fuentes for example.  I think the Rockies need to trade him.  
The Rox need pitching too much to beat out the D-Backs or Dodgers for the NL
West.  The Rays have so many young pitchers in their system, that’s a
great match for the Rockies and Rays to trade with each other.  

      The
Rays, seriously, are absolutely stocked with young pitching.  I know the
saying “you can never have enough pitching” but if the
Rays want another player, they can afford to give up a pitcher.  Brian
Fuentes can make any bullpen a lot better, and for the Rays, the boost would be
huge.  The Rays have SO many young starting pitchers: Scott Kazmir, Andy
Sonnanstine, Edwin Jackson, James Shields, Jeff Niemann, David Price,
Chris Mason, Wade Davis, Jeremy Hellickson, and Jacob McGee.   If the
Rays would never trade any of these pitchers, there would be some talented pitchers
not in the Rays rotation. 

     That where the Rockies come in.   If
Chris Mason wasn’t having such a bad year in Durham, I’d propose a Mason for
Fuentes trade, straight up.  But Mason’s value is greatly diminished, so I
think the Rockies should focus on Jeff Niemann(pictured).

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In no way am I saying
that Niemann is a better prospect than Wade Davis, David Price, Jeremy
Hellickson, or Jacob McGee, but all of the names I just mentioned are not worth
giving up for just Brian Fuentes.  Niemann seems right.  He’s a big
guy, 6’10, who has been hampered by injuries early in his career, but over the
past two seasons at AAA he’s been healthy.  He’s expendable for the Rays,
but would be considered a large part of the future of the Rockies
rotation.  I had Niemann down to make the Rays rotation this spring over
Edwin Jackson and Jason Hammel.  Jackson has done a fairly good job this year, so
I’ve been proven wrong, but Niemann is probably ready for the Majors now.

 

OK, so here is the list of trades I would make if I were the
GM of the Rockies, Rays or Nationals.

 

Brian Fuentes for Jeff Niemann

Tim Redding     for        Nick Stavinhoa and Mitchell Boggs

            Or                                            Or

Odalis Perez                 Tyler Herron, Jaret Hoffpauier, and
James Rapoport

                                                            Or

                                                    Jess Todd

                                                            Or

                                    Skip Schumaker and Daryl Jones

(Many different combinations involving these Cardinal prospects could be used, but these combos seem evenly balanced.)                 

 

Christian Guzman for            James
McDonald

                                                Or

                        Victor Garate, and Ivan De Jesus

                                                Or

                        Adolfo Gonzalez, Chin-lung Hu, and
Eric Stults

 

 

It may be a stretch to say the Nationals could get McDonald
for letting the Dodgers rent Guzman for half a year. 

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McDonald(pictured) is the best Dodgers pitching prospect behind Clayton Kershaw,
and most likely will hold that title after this year.  But because the N.L. West is so open for any team to break out,
the Dodgers may feel they need Guzman (which they do), so if the Nationals
could capitalize on the N.L. West situation and get a pitcher like James
McDonald that would be huge for the Nats future.

   The Nationals also need some middle
infield prospects, so Hu, Gonzalez and De Jesus could be huge assets.  The only legitimate
middle infield prospect in the Nats system is Esmailyn “Smilin” Gonzalez and he
is 18 years old playing in rookie ball.  Who will play shortstop if Guzman goes?  Either Pete Orr(I’m fine with that), or Yurendell De Caster.  De Caster has been good in Columbus and deserves a first shot at the bigs.

 

Speaking of the Nationals, why do they have four catchers?
They just placed Wily Mo Pena on the DL, and reinstated Johnny Estrada to the
active roster.  That means they have
Jesus Flores, Wil Nieves, Paul Lo Duca, and Johnny Estrada: all catchers.  I’m fine with a team having three catchers
as long as one of them is can play other positions.  But four!?  I mean, Lo
Duca can play left, and first base, I suppose, but he plays below average in
all of those positions, including catcher. 
Estrada has no upside whatsoever in my mind.  He has no power, no speed and is a very below average
defender.  I have no idea why the
Nationals didn’t do the sensible thing and call up an outfielder, since they
just put one on the DL.  Just call up
Mike Daniel!  I already talked about the
whole situation in this post.  https://mlblogsdistrictboy.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/nelsoncruz-thumb-274×4111.jpgarchives/2008/07/the_nationals_report_part_2.html

 

On the Blanton deal, I like how Outman(awesome name!) and Cardenas look for
the future, but the Phillies really needed someone like Blanton in their
rotation and they finally realized that if you are going to be a
championship team, Adam Eaton isn’t in your rotation.   One question I have is about Josh Outman.  The Phillies were grooming him as a reliever
when the trade occurred. 

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I really don’t know why Outman(pictured above) stopped starting.  His career was progressing very smoothly and
he ended the season with a successful call-up to AA.  But after five starts in AA this year, the Phillies moved Outman to the
bullpen.  His five starts were good and
he didn’t have trouble giving Reading innings but I guess the Phillies thought
in the long run Outman would be better as a reliever.  I’ll just let you see the numbers for yourself.  I just don’t get it.  Here are Outman’s stats. 

 

How bout some more random thoughts?   How about the job Eric Stults
has done since being moved to the rotation? 
It shows that not everyone is better suited as a reliever. 

 

And lastly, a little chatter from the farm.  I have attended some minor league games
recently and David Hernandez of the Baysox looked dominant.  I’ll be keeping an eye on his career, but
the last minor leaguer who I followed after being impressed at a game hasn’t been
doing so well, Rodolfo Encarnacion.

 

Collin Cowgill has cooled down since being promoted to Class
A South Bend(ARI) and Mike Loree(SF) has, for one start, not been pitching like
Superman.  Loree truly was incredible
and now matter what he does in his career, he already is guaranteed as the
topic for a “Cracked Bats” article in seventy years.   Whenever I talk about the minors in general I have to give a
shout-out to my favorite MILB team.   GO
SPIKES!

I know this was a really messy blog topic-wise but hey, that what the title said – “Notes, Thoughts, and Trades”

 

P.S.      Doesn’t seem
like a crime that Terry Tiffee, Brian Myrow(now a back-up in SD), John Lindsey, and Nelson Cruz are
still in AAA?  Especially Nelson
Cruz. 
Those are SICK, SICK, SICK
numbers.  Oh please Jon Daniels, trade
him to a team that isn’t stocked with outfielders.  Anywhere.  San Diego.  Perfect. 
Cruz to San Diego for some pitcher. 
Jeez I don’t know maybe Enrique Gonzalez?   It probably won’t happen. 
Silly me.  I’m just a dumb kid
who thought Texas could use some pitching….

Stuck in Oklahoma”

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