Archive for December, 2010

Red Sox Interested in Brian Fuentes?

December 28, 2010
Jon Heyman just Tweeted that the Red Sox are interested in signing Brian Fuentes.

Fuentes would be a nice addition to the Sox bullpen.

Monday December 27, 2010 Day in Review

December 27, 2010

Monday December 27, 2010

Orioles Interested in Kevin Gregg?

http://twitter.com/#!/SI_JonHeyman/status/19522091749474304

J.C. Romero Signs with Phillies

http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7020917520?Phillies,%20Pitcher%20J.C.%20Romero%20come%20to%20terms%20on%20one-year%20pact

Takashi Saito to Sign with Brewers

http://www.jsonline.com/sports/brewers/112530524.html

Brewers Break off Negotiations with Chris Capuano

http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/112528034.html

Carl Pavano Holding Out for 3 year Deal

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/rumors/post/Pavano-wants-three-year-deal?urn=mlb-300766

Is 3 Year Contract Demand Hurting Rafeal Soriano?

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/dailypitch/post/2010/12/rafael-soriano-free-agent-closer-contract/1

Octavio Dotel Set to Sign With Blue Jays

December 26, 2010

Multiple sources are reporting that Octavio Dotel is set to sign with the Blue Jays.

No terms were announced.

Brandon Webb to Sign with Rangers.

December 26, 2010

Ed Price of Fan House is reporting Brandon Webb has agreed to sign with the Texas Rangers pending a physical.

Terms of the deal were not yet known.

This ends speculation of a mystery N.L. Central team having interest in Webb.

Cubs and Nationals Out on Brandon Webb.

December 26, 2010

Jayson Stark of ESPN.com is reporting the Cubs and Nationals are out on the Brandon Webb sweepstakes. Both had been rumored along with the Rangers in the past couple of weeks.

That leaves the Rangers and a N.L. Central Mystery team. With the Cubs out and the Brewers almost certainly out after the acquisition of Zack Greinke the list of N.L. Central remaining is the Cardinals, Reds, Pirates and Astros. It would be hard to imagine the Pirates or Astros going after Webb as they are in rebuilding mode.

That would leave the Reds or Cardinals. The Reds would seem more likely as the Cardinals are have avery good rotation with Carpenter, Wainright, Garcia, Westbrook and Lohse.

 

Yankees Monitoring Brandon Webb.

December 26, 2010

George A. King III of the New York Post is reporting the Yankees are motoring Brandon Webb but are in no hurry to make a move to sign him.

Webb has been linked to several teams this off season with the Rangers rumored to be the front runner.

It goes to show the value of good pitching. Webb has pitched one game in the past two years and is one of the hottest commodities left on the free agent market.

Yankees Not Interested in Manny Ramirez?

December 26, 2010

Buster Olney of ESPN.com is reporting the Yankees are not interested in signing Manny Ramirez. They are committed to Jorge Posada as their DH for 2011.

Carl Pavano to Decide on Team Soon?

December 25, 2010

Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals are still in the running to sign Carl Pavano.

He anticipates Pavano signing with a team shortly after the holiday season.

Pavano has been linked to the Nationals and Twins. He had been linked with the Brewers before they acquired Zack Greinke.

Pavano is coming off a successful season in 2010 with 17 wins and a 3.75 ERA for the American League Central winning Twins.

Pavano is rumored to looking for a deal in the 3 year $30 million range.

Friday December 24, 2010 Day in Review

December 25, 2010

Brad Hawpe to Sign with Padres

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/dec/23/padres-hawpe-have-one-year-agreement-pending-physi/

Mets will Give D.J Carrasco Change to Earn 5th Spot in Rotation

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/mets/2010/12/23/2010-12-23_mets_start_to_mull_carrasco_in_rotation.html

Johnny Damon Reportedly has Three Suitors

http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/view/256975?eref=twitter_feed

Washington Nationals Paying Jayson Werth $126 Million Is Insanity

December 24, 2010

The Jayson Werth signing has been bothering me since it was announced.

I understand the Nationals are looking forward, and with the loss of Stephen Strasburg for 2011, they feel they need a big name to energize the fan base. They realize a great ballpark alone will not draw forever. When Nationals Park opened in 2008, the attendance was 29,000 per game. Since then, it has dropped to about 22,500 per game.

The Nationals’ front office and ownership realize that realistically, Bryce Harper has to be at least a couple of years and probably more away from contributing at the big league level. And although Stephen Strasburg seems to progressing with his rehab on schedule, the organization has to be holding its collective breath awaiting his anticipated return in 2012.

But committing a seven year, $126 million deal to a player who has played over 135 games only twice in his career? Really? And Werth is soon to be 32, folks. Not 22, but 32. Think about that. Werth has only had more than 420 at bats in a season twice in his career.

Werth was a very productive player the past two years in a loaded Phillies lineup. He spent the greater part of 2010 hitting fifth behind Ryan Howard. Everybody agrees Ryan Zimmerman is a very good player on the upside of his career, but Zimmerman and Werth cannot do it alone for the Nationals. Having Nyjer Morgan and Ian Desmond in the lineup is just not as intimidating to opposing pitchers as seeing a lineup with Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.

There should definitely be more opportunities to pitch around Werth and make him prove he can be patient in a less potent lineup. His average of 153 strikeouts the last two seasons is definitely reason for concern.

He will definitely have much more pressure to provide protection for teammates rather then receiving protection from guys like Howard and Ibanez. In short, he, along with Zimmerman, will be “the guys”. It will not be like it was on the Phillies where he was one good hitter among many. Guys like Utley, Howard, Rollins and Ibanez will no longer be there to pick up the slack.

With 75 extra base hits in 2010, Werth certainly played at the level of an $18 million player. But looking three or four years down the road, it’s hard to imagine a 36 year old Jayson Werth producing anywhere near the $18 million level.

Time will tell, as it always does. If Werth produces to his contract, Harper lives up to the hype, Strasburg recovers to his early 2010 form and Zimmerman signs an extension, the Nationals could be a force to be reckoned with in three or four years.

If the Nationals are not a team to be reckoned four years from now, Jayson Werth is sure to receive a great deal of the blame from fans.