Posted on: December 16, 2009 9:22 pm

Baseball Does Not Need A Salary Cap

To Hell with a salary cap. I think we should realign divisions based on team payrolls.

AL Division 1:
N.Y. Yankees
Boston Red Sox
Detroit Tigers
Los Angeles Angels

AL Division 2:
Seattle Mariners
Chicago White Sox
Cleveland Indians
Toronto Blue Jays
Kansas City Royals

AL Division 3:
Texas Rangers
Baltimore Orioles
Minnesota Twins
Tampa Bay Rays
Oakland Athletics

NL Division 1:
N.Y. Mets
Chicago Cubs
Philadelphia Phillies
Houston Astros
LosAngeles Dodgers

NL Division 2:
Atlanta Braves
St. Louis Cardinals
Sa Francisco Giants
Milwakee Brewers
Colorado Rockies
Arizona Diamondbacks

NL Division 3:
Cincinatti Reds
Washington Nationals
Pittsburg Pirates
San Diego Padres
Florida Marlins

The divisions could then be realigned every season. It gives every team a shot at making the playoffs and drawing fans com October. And we all know when October comes around if a couple pitchers or hitters get real hot anybody could win this thing.
Posted on: September 29, 2008 10:09 am

Marlins Rumor Mill

So this offseason the Marlins will be looking to tool up and improve where they have been weak at. It's a shame that Dan Uggla was included in the trade discussions because he is arbitration eligible and may see a pay increase to about 5-6 million. Uggla is the true MVP of this Marlins lineup and without him, we can expect a major change in win-loss record going into next season.

The Marlins will be seeking to improve defense and address issues with the pitching. Here's a list of changes that possibly could come.

Kevin Gregg. Lost his closer role to Matt Lindstrom after leading the National League in blown saves with 9, with 6 of them coming in the months of August-September when the Marlins needed him to step up most. Gregg realistically is a middle reliver, and at best a setup man. If the Mets can not land Francisco Rodriguez in free agency this offseason, more then likely Gregg will be a Met next year. Other teams that could be interested include the Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals. With the Tigers Gregg will take over the closer role, but with the Cards he will have to settle for a MR or SU role. For now expect Gregg to be on his way to the Mets. The likely pick up in the offseason is former Marlin Luis Castillo with the Mets paying off most of his remaining contract just to get him out of N.Y. Gone? Definitely.

Mark Hendrickson. He's a free agent and most likely will not be brought back after his worse career in the majors so far. Don't expect to see Mark in the majors too long after getting ripped apart in one of the best pitchers parks in the majors. Gone? Definitely.

Luis Gonzalez. He said the Marlins will have first crack at him, but hinted that he will not just come back for a 19th season for the sake of it. Basically Luis Gonzalez will be looking to play for a serious contender, otherwise he will retire. Chances are he will retire if he is not happy with the Marlins offseason moves or go elsewhere to a contender to fill an outfield void. Gone? Most Likely.

Jorge Cantu. Can the Marlins outbid the White Sox? Joe Crede most likely is done in Chicago and the White Sox could throw a price tag of 7-8 Mill at Cantu. Gone? Definitely.

Dan Uggla. Uggla getting dealt will have a lot to do with if the Marlins can acquire Luis Castillo from the Mets and if the Mets are going to pay a load of his salary. The likely trade to happen will be  a package of Dan Uggla and Scott Olsen heading to the Indians for Victor Martinez and a few minor league prospects. V-Mart makes a lot though, so unless the Tribe is willing to pay half his salary then it remains a small chance the Marlins will take on a weak hitting catcher who has become a defensive liability in the past year. There is also a possibility that the Dodgers could be interested. Also if the Marlins fail to resign Cantu and opts to not go after Crede, Uggla could end up staying and see time at 3B. Gone? Too hard to say.

Mike Jacobs. Face it, he's a DH and more then likely he will be in the American League next year. Jacobs can not play defense and that is what kills him and the Marlins. The Indians choice of him and Uggla could decide where he will end up. The Mariners are another strong possibility if the Indians take Uggla instead of Jake. Gone? Most Likely.

Renyel Pinto. It doesn't seem like the Marlins want to trade him after he's been so successsful through 40 games last year and the year before. It's going beyond that he has a problem doing. He's clearly been overworked and that will be a main factor teams look at before pulling a deal for a trade. Does Pinto's arm have anything left in the tank? Probably not, but he should be a cheap risk for anyone desperately in need of strengthening their bullpen with a left handed relief pitcher that can give you tons of innings. That is if his arm is functional. Gone? Probably not.

Jeremy Hermida. Could be the first positional player dealt this offseason. Rumors from Marlins personel suggest Cody Ross will be given the permanent right field job while Maybin takes over center field. The Giants are in need of outfield depth and right now Hermida will easily emerge as their best and youngest outfielder at 23 years old. Gone? Most likely.

Arthur Rhodes. He was dominant and happy here in Florida. He hasn't made any indications to his plans, but with Pinto being dangled out there, Rhodes probably has found his retirement home in South Florida. Gone? Probably not.

Josh Willingham. He won't win arbitration with all his injuries and lack of production this season. Marlins won't have to worry about the price tag on Josh until next season. Gone? He's a keeper, unless traded.

Dallas McPherson. Tigers will be making a nice offer to him in the offseason. Dallas had success before in Anaheim, but couldn't keep himself together there long enough to beat out Chone Figgins. He is a free agent after setting a minor league record of 38 homers. He's out of the Marlins price range. Gone? Definitely.

Mike Rabelo. He ran himself to the minor leagues, and John Baker ran him out of a job. Rabelo will be elsewhere after this year. Gone? Definitely.

Scott Olsen. He is the likely man out of the Marlins rotation. Andrew Miller or Ryan Tucker will battle out for the 5th spot. Expect Olsen to be with the Indians next season. Another Candidate is also the Mariners. Gone? Most likely.

Posted on: May 28, 2008 7:30 pm
Edited on: June 19, 2008 10:28 am

Omar Minaya, A Regular General Manager

Every team makes mistakes in trades, signings, releases, or sleeping on guys during the waiver-wires and drafts. You don't always place blame on one guy - the General Manager. It takes an entire organization to blow scouting reports on future major leaguers.

New York Mets General Manager Omar Minaya is no different then the rest. He made big signings, traded for big names, cut ties with veterans, and traded prospects. Those are the big risks every GM in baseball makes.

Let's take a trip down the history of Minaya's 'bad' transactions from 2004 to present day.

Players The Mets Could Use


When General Managers deal off minor leaguers, they have a little bit of an idea of what they are giving off, but then they are not always clued in to the level of talent that they are getting rid of. Most teams talk about a long-term plan, aliased as the 5-year plan, and then there is the short-term plan, the 1-year plan. With each passing season Minaya has focused primarily on the 1-year plan while depleting the Mets farm system trading for big name players.

Since 2004 Minaya has pulled in Pedro Martinez, Carlos Beltran, Guillermo Mota, Tom Glavine, Victor Zambrano, John Maine, Carlos Delgado, Moises Alou, Paul Lo Duca, Oliver Perez, Kris Benson, and Jeff Keppinger (although they later traded him).

There are a ton of top prospects, and potential major leaguers sitting out there that Minaya didn't keep an eye on that other organizations jumped on. Because of their youth or inexperience a lot of these guys will seem unfamiliar to the average fan, but ery familiar to the homers that root for these teams. Look for these names below over the course of the next 5 seasons.

Elite Top Prospects to keep an eye on:

  • Arizona Diamondbacks SP Yusmeiro Petit (traded 11-24-05 to Marlins for Carlos Delgado)
  • Florida Marlins SP Gaby Hernandez (traded 12-05-05 to Marlins for Paul Lo Duca)
  • Minnesota Twins SP Kevin Mulvey (traded 02-01-08 to Twins for Johan Santana)
  • Minnesota Twins SP Delios Guerra (traded 02-01-08 to Twins for Johan Santana)

Other Notable Prospects still in Minors:


Category: MLB
Tags: Mets, Minaya, MLB
Posted on: May 21, 2008 1:40 am
Edited on: May 21, 2008 4:58 pm

In 2008, You could have had ....

There is quite a few teams known for outstanding trades and for not so outstanding trades. The Mets stand out as a team to have made many trades that later came back to haunt them while big time players are paid to help them lose. On the other hand, the Mets aren't as bad as the Pittsburg Pirates.

 3B Melvin Mora - 2003,2005 All-Star Appearances. Still with Orioles. Traded along with Pat Gorman, Mike Kinkade, and Leslie Brea to the Baltimore Orioles for SS Mike Bordick. At the end of the 2000 season, Bordick signed back with the Orioles.

OF Jason Bay - 2004 Rookie of the Year and 2005,2006 All-Star Appearances . In 2002, Bay was traded along with Josh Reynolds, and P Bobby M. Jones to the Padres for P Steve Reed and Jason Middlebrook.

In 2002, Mets dealt controversial HGH purchaser OF Gary Mathews  to the Orioles for P John Bale.

 P Dan Wheeler spent a couple seasons as the Astros part time closer. Wheeler was traded to the Astros for Adam Seuss. Wheeler is now pitching in the bullpen for the 1st place Tampa Bay Rays.

P Scott Kazmir - 2006 All-Star appearance, and 2007 AL Strikeout leader. Traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in 2004 with P Joselo Diaz for P Bartolome Fortunato and P Victor Zambrano.

1B Mike Jacobs, P Yusmeiro Petit, and Grant Psomas traded to the Marlins for 1B Carlos Delgado. Delgado is struggling while Jacobs is among the tops in home runs and runs batted in by first basemen for the 1st place Florida Marlins.

P Brian Bannister was traded to the Royals in 2006 for P Ambiorix Burgos. Bannister started the 2008 season pitching well, leading the Royals to hold on to 1st place, most of the first month of the season.

P Matt Lindstrom and P Henry Owens traded to the Marlins in 2006 for P Jason Vargas and P Adam Bostick. Owens is currently injured, while Lindstrom is part of a 1st place, 7-man Marlins bullpen that is considered the strongest in MLB.

SS Jeff Keppinger in 2006 was traded to the Royals for 2B Ruben Gotay. Keppinger, if not for Hanley Ramirez, Jimy Rollins, Rafael Furcal, and Jose Reyes, could have landed a spot on the All-Star team this year, but for now that is not likely.

OF Carlos Gomez - the current AL stolen base leader was traded to the Twins along with Pitchers Philip Humber, Deolis Guerra, and Kevin Mulvey for P Johan Santana.

Trades still in waiting to haunt the Mets

In 2005, P Gaby Hernandez and OF Dante Brinkley traded to the Marlins for C Paul Lo Duca. Gaby could be pitching for the Marlins by the end of 2008 and likely could make the club in 2009. Lo Duca went on to be named in the Mitchell Report and outcasted to the Nationals.



When going through the tedious list of bad Pirates trades I come to recognize one thing. The Pirates enjoyed the company of certain players so much, that when these players were released by other ballclubs the Pirates went back and resigned them only to later release them and sign them again. What are the Pirates thinking? Not much I would suppose, because they have dealt guys that should have made them into a winning ballclub too!

SS Jack Wilson - One of the few good deals for the Pirates. In 2000, Pirates acquired Jack from the Cardinals for P Jason Christiansen. Wilson had tied for the NL lead for triples in 2004, made a 2004 All-Star apearance,

P Damaso Marte - acquired by the Pirates in 2001 from the Yankees for 3B Enrique Wilson. Marte went on to be a long-time setupman for the Chicago White Sox before being dealt back to the Pirates after he began to struggle. The Pirates later traded Marte in 2002 along with Edwin Yan for Matt Guerier.

P Henry Owens signed as an undrafted player in 2001, was later claimed by the Mets in the Rule 5 Draft.

P Jason Schmidt traded along with 1B John Vanderwal to the Giants in 2001 for OF Armando Rios and P Ryan Vogelson. Schmidt went on to be a big part of the Giants playoff run in 2003 and went 1-1 in his matchups to Josh Beckett during the first round of the 2003 playoffs.

P Mike Williams traded to the Astros in 2001 for Tony McKnight. Williams was a solid reliever and closer for many years on multiple teams, including his return to the Pirates.

In a ripoff deal, the Pirates traded Todd Ritchie and Lee Evans to the White Sox for Pitchers Josh Fogg, Sean Lowe, and Kip Wells.

P Chris Young and Jon Searler was dealt to the Expos in 2002 for P Matt Herges. Herges was later released in 2003. Herges spent a couple seasons as the Giants closer. Chris Young went to the Padres and led them behind Ace Jake Peavy to nearly making the playoffs in 2007.

P Bronson Arroyo was claimed off waivers from the Pirates by the Red Sox in 2002. Arroyo went on to pitch two good seasons with the Red Sox from 2004-2005. Arroyo currently pitches for the Reds.

3B Aramis Ramirez and OF Kenny Lofton was traded to the Cubs in 2003 for Jose Hernandez, Matt Bruback, and Bobby Hill. Ramirez went to be a premier All-Star third basemen and helped lead the Cubs to game 7 of the 2003 NL Championship, and to the playoffs in 2007.

P Brandon Lyon, P Jeff Suppan, and Anastacio Martinez was traded in 2003 to the Boston Red Sox for Mike Gonzalez and Freddy Sanchez. Lyon went on to become the closer for the Diamondbacks and played a major role in the D'Backs 2007 playoff run.

OF Brian Giles was traded to the Padres for OF Jason Bay, P Oliver Perez, and Corey Stewart. This trade was one of the best the Pirates made this decade, but Oliver Perez was later traded to the Mets in 2006.

SS Jeff Keppinger and P Kris Benson was traded to the Mets in 2004 for Jose Bautista, Ty Wigginton, and Matt Peterson. Keppinger is currently the starting short stop for the Cincinatti Reds.

U Alfredo Amezaga was claimed off waivers from the Colorado Rockies by the Pirates in 2005. Amezaga was released later in the season. Amezaga is now playing most of the starting CF job with the first place Marlins.

C David Ross was traded to the Padres by the Pirates for J.J. Furmaniak. Ross went on to the Reds to hit 21 homers in 2006 and 17 in 2007. Ross is currently splitting time at C for the Reds who may deal him later on this season.

Category: MLB
Tags: Mets, MLB, Pirates, Trades
Posted on: May 12, 2008 11:32 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2008 11:39 pm

Potential Stories The Media Will Hate

So I decided to compile what would be the top 5 potential stories every lazy self proclaimed 'genius' baseball commentator, writer, and sports talk show host will dread upon. Ahem, I am talking specifically North Easterner sports news media.

5. Clemens Goes Ape Mad

In a shocking turn of events, Clemens decides to snitch. Yes, that is right. The one thing the media won't enjoy is this tired old man deciding he is going to snitch on every player he knows of that used steroids. Clemens decides that if he's not going to the Hall of Fame, then it is time to take some guys out, innocent or not. Clemens goes on to name names of former team mates that juiced ... Wade Boggs, Jorge Posada, Ruben Sierra, Carl Pavano, Bernie Williams, Carlos Delgado, Vernon Wells, John Wetteland, Craig Biggio, Mariano Rivera. etc etc etc. Not saying these guys juiced, but it would certainly be a very sickening day for every former team mate that played with Roger in Boston, New York, Houston, and Toronto. And then even more sickening for the fans and media to have to cover the story. While it likely may not happen, anything is possible nowadays.

4. Boston Red Sox Goes out in the first round

What kind of nightmare would it be, should the Yankees not only fail to make the playoffs, but if the Red Sox get swept in round one by a team like the Cleveland Indians. With Josh Beckett it isn't likely the BoSox would get swept, but in October anything can happen.

3. Alex Rodriguez or The Florida Marlins

The most popular article at the beginning of the season was how much Alex Rodriguez was making, and that he was making more than a major league ball club, the Florida Marlins. What kind of bitterness could Yankee fans hold on to should the Rays or Marlins make it to the playoffs while the Yankees end up at home. Should either of these teams finish with a better season then the Yankees you have to sit there and ask yourself, would you rather pay Alex Rodriguez 24 million dollars a year while your team barely stays out of last place, or pay 17 million dollars for the entire Marlins team?

2. New York Mets and New York Yankees Don't Make the Playoffs

Yep pack your gear you lazy corporate New Yorkers, this means you won't be able to sit on your lazy behind from a lap top at home to cover teams that are playing outside your window. Pack the bags and get ready to take a flight to Chicago, Oakland, maybe Seattle, Tampa, Miami, Arizona, Anaheim, or whatever other dark horse team that clinches a playoff spot. This could be one of the most dreaded winters ever

1. All Florida World Series

The Tampa Bay Rays versus the Florida Marlins. While the Rays and Marlins have not really had much rivalry during interleague play, a huge rivalry in the making could potentially happen tihs year in October should both teams make it that far. What does that mean? Yes you guessed it, an all Florida World Series. It is only May right now, but it could happen. The Rays currently are in second place, while the Marlins are in first place with the best record in baseball coming in tonight.

But of course, we're only in May and this is way too premature. Still it could happen.

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