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Sellers Must Be Smart About Selling

I keep reading in the various baseball websites on about various reports on trade talks with various sellers in MLB. Keep in mind a lot gets posted on the world wide web but teams should take a page about selling players from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Rays Smart Sellers:
The Rays in the last few years due to how they have to run their organization being a very small market team sold Matt Garza and James Shields. But the Rays were smart and patient and let it be known to teams that a certain price had to be paid in order to trade Garza and Shields. The Rays held steadfast with this belief and strategy. They were not going to let other teams bully them into taking the best deal they could get which would be loaded with secondary prospects. The Rays were rewarded with how they sold Garza and Shields. In the Garza trade the Rays got back Chris Archer (now a keep member of their rotation for years to come) and at the time a top shortstop prospect in Hak-Ju Lee. Lee has not made it yet but still in their system and still young. In the Shields trade the Rays got back Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi. Pretty good haul because the Rays were patient and smart. The Rays will take the same approach with David Price who they have under team control through next season.

The Padres as an Example:
Let’s take the Padres as an example of being patient and smart seller. There is a lot of trade talk regarding their players. Based on an article I wrote last month the Padres should be in a massive sell mode. In my opinion the Padres have very few core players going forward on the major league level. Having said that they need to sell wisely. Continue reading

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For the Rays June is Make or Break

Heading into Monday nights action June 2nd the Tampa Bay Rays find themselves in a spot where they haven’t been in quite sometime. The Rays are last in the AL East with a 23-34 record and are on a 6 game losing streak. They are 10.5 games out of 1st place in the AL East to the Blue Jays and are 8 games back in the wild card. While the Rays have dealt with a lot of injuries this season it’s come to a point now that unless the Rays get it together this month, they will be too far back for a post season run. While Alex Cobb is now back the Rays are still waiting on Jeremy Hellickson (out until at least late June) and Wil Myers just went on the DL with a sprained wrist.

The month of June from here on out the Rays play 28 games of which 18 are home. This is good news because so far this season the Rays are a putrid 11-20 on the road. The Rays have at home in June, two versus the Marlins, four versus the Mariners, two versus the Cardinals, three versus the Orioles, four versus the Astros and three versus the Pirates. The Rays road games are two versus the Marlins, three versus the Astros, four versus the Orioles and one versus the Yankees. That’s a favorable schedule and quite frankly by months end the Rays have to be closing in on .500.

If by the end of June the Rays are still 10 games or so under .500 then I think this organization has to see what they can get for David Price and Ben Zobrist. Price is under team control only through next season 2015 and then he becomes a free agent. Continue reading

NL East

Breaking Down the NL East

Today starts a series of articles where we break down each division in baseball. Let’s see who the pretenders and who are the contenders are in each division. Today we look at the NL East.
Pretenders:
The Marlins do have a lot of young talent and are going in the right direction as long as they are committed to keeping this talent as their salaries rise. However in terms of this season it will be about development of their young players. Jose Fernandez is already an ace but this is a big season for Henderson Alvarez, Jacob Turner, Nate Eovaldi in terms of what kind of starting pitchers they will become. Expect top starting pitching prospect Andrew Heaney to reach the show sometime in June – July. The Marlins core bat is Giancarlo Stanton but he will need help from Yelich, Ozuna, Saltalamacchia and the other filler bats the Marlins have. Keep an eye on Jake Marisnick who has a lot of potential and could be patrolling the Marlins outfield for years to come. Expect the fish to get better and their young players to develop but not in the conversation for 2014.
With the loss of Matt Harvey in 2014 due to Tommy John surgery the Mets like the Marlins are building for the future. The Mets just are asking way too much from players looking to bounce back from poor seasons as well as, asking way too much out of young players albeit very talented to take a big step forward this year in terms of being even a serious wild card contender. Continue reading