Street Has New Address

Well the Padres pulled the trigger on their biggest chip to trade in Huston Street. It’s clear what the Angels got in Street. Street is 30 years old, was an All-Star this year, has been dominant for the Padres as their closer this season. In 33 games in 33 innings Street has 24 saves in 25 opportunities with a 1.09 ERA & 0.76 Ratio. He becomes the closer with the Angels and Joe Smith moves to the 8th inning. Angels just got much stronger and deeper in the bullpen. The Angels can exercise under Street’s contract a team option for next season at 7 Million dollars. If they do so Street would not be a free agent until after the 2015 season.

What did the Padres Get?
Well San Diego did get a lot of quantity for Huston Street by getting 4 minor leaguers. The question is how much quality did they get? According to Baseball America 2014 Top 100 Prospects list issued in Spring Training only one of the 4 players the Padres got was on that list in 2B Taylor Lindsey at #93. In Jonathan Mayo new Top 100 for MLB.com issued this month none of the 4 players the Padres got back were on Mayo’s Top 100.

Taylor Lindsey – 2B – The 22 year old can hit, does not have one excellent tool but is considered steady all around player. Lindsey is close to making the majors and is currently in AAA. Continue reading

Day 1 Winter Meetings – Crickets

Garrett JonesWell, I am sure there was a lot of talking between General Managers regarding trades, as well as with agents for a variety of players to add to their ball clubs. But other than Garrett Jones inking a two year deal with the Marlins nothing really happened on Day One at the Winter Meetings. The Garrett Jones signing means the Marlins will trade Logan Morrison this week and my guess is it will be either to the Pirates or the Rays.

The big talk is around Shin-Soo Choo whose negotiations is hitting a critical point.

Texas wants him bad but the Arizona Diamondbacks are very much in the mix on this. There is a good chance that Choo will come to terms with a team before the Winter Meetings is over. Once Choo signs then I expect Nelson Cruz to sign with a team very quickly. In terms of Arizona their plan is to land a big bat and a front line pitcher to lead their young staff. If they fail on Choo look for them to trade for the Angels Mark Trumbo (rumor is Cahill & Skaggs). By the way word is the Angels are talking with as many 12 teams regarding Trumbo. Remember the D-Backs offered slightly more dollars than Yankees for Beltran (48 Million over 3 Years) so they will be very aggressive. Continue reading

Grading Dayton Moore

report cardKansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore received a three year extension last week taking his contract through the 2016 season.  According to club president Dan Glass, Moore earned the extension through eight years dedicated work in rebuilding a team in steady decline when Moore took over on 31 May 2006. Moore’s efforts finally reaped benefits in 2013 when KC finished over .500 for the first time in 10 years and won more games than any Royals team since 1989.

Since Dan Glass only summarized Moore’s performance in giving the extension, I decided someone should offer a full report card and provide more detail behind Moore’s record the last eight years.

Minor League Development – Grade B+

Moore based his rebuilding program on restocking the minor leagues through sound drafts and prospect acquisitions via trades to produce a solid core of players at the major league level.

This created a minor league system that went from a 2005 veritable laughing stock to best in the game just seven years later. All-stars Alex Gordon, Salvy Perez and Greg Holland and gold glove winner Eric Hosmer are all products of this rebuilding program. Continue reading

Hall of Fall Ballot 2014: In or Out?

Baseball hall of fameIn 2013, for the first time since 1996, nobody was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame. With stars like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens,  and such blotting out the legitimate candidates like Craig Biggio and Mike Piazza, its no surprise that the Baseball Writers Association would have such a hard time finding enough votes for a generation of players that is solely known for their heroic feats and the drugs that got them there. Even the contenders that fit the hourglass shape of the BBWA’s wet dream of counting stats (Biggio’s 3000+ hits), stellar defense (Biggios 3 Gold Gloves, his ability to play 3 positions), and neglect of Sabermetrics (Biggio’s very average 64.9 career WAR(only 92nd all time)) got rejected on the basis of association to cheaters.

The Locks:

The 2014 Ballot should be a different story. Greg Maddux. Tom Glavine. Biggio after his “On Principle” exclusion after his first try.

Craig Biggio shouldn’t have to make his case yet again, as he should’ve been voted in last season in his first appearance on the ballot, but I’ll make it anyway. 3060 career hits. Next. Continue reading

I Want a Job with the Phillies

WikipediaWith the way the Phillies are throwing money around and way overpaying players I am sending them my resume this morning. Maybe I can get a job as the assistant GM? They can have me for a million bucks a year plus good benefits of course, as well all know the price of healthcare is outrageous. I mean heck they gave Marlon Byrd who was on life support in his MLB career last Spring Training a 2 year deal for 16 Million at age 36. Now yesterday they gave Carlos Ruiz who turns 35 in January a 3 year deal for 26 Million dollars. That’s nearly 9 Million a year for Carlos Ruiz for ages 35 through 37 at a physically demanding position. Now Ruiz is a very good catcher, strong behind the plate and for a catcher slightly above average with the bat (his stats from 2012 was his career year don’t expect that again).

Now am I a fan of Carlos Ruiz, of course I am he is a very good player.

But paying good players at age 35 at catcher on a 3 year deal for nearly 9 Million a year is a huge overpay. I am sure the other GM’s in baseball are thrilled with the Phillies contracts with Byrd and Ruiz. While all the outfielders on the free agent market and Brian McCann are very happy with the Phillies. Continue reading