Also called "two months ago".
I just cannot see arroyo... just can't. Cannot really see Garza here either unless there's a trade lined up for KC... got to be a bat.. Most likely Drew, and if everyone is out on him, he might come cheap enough where Ryan's going to look like a genius... though if he comes cheap, I wouldn't be surprised if Drew wants a short term deal.
But the new normal is a .317 W% in September the last three years. Pro-rating to a 51-111 record which just feeds the negative sentiment, which I am occasionally guilty of.
They've also made a habit of a embarking on a horrendous losing streak every April or May, followed by the trade deadline surge (are we buyers or sellers!?), and then the inevitable collapse.
Terry Ryan promised that wouldn't happen anymore. So I'd rather have him sign Michael Young, who is new blood and has a reputation for playing hard and every day. Young at third and move Plouffe to the RF platoon works for me.
"Circling back" = call Tanaka one more time:
"That 7/$155m still sitting OK with you? Gimme a call if you want another crack at 5/$65m. The midwest is a great place to play."
EDIT: It's Johan and/or Pavano. They won't touch the draft picks and there's not much else out there at this point.
The reason they haven't been winning games isn't because they don't have any "winning attitudes" or whatever on the club, it's because they just haven't been talented at all.
Florimon's Career: .219/.278/.323 (.601 OPS)
Escobar's Career: .228/.280/.307 (.587 OPS)
So, if Drew is a platoon player, then the other two options should never even be playing.
He actually played in 151 games four years ago. The three years before that: 135, 152 and 150. The only reason it's even three years is that his ankle injury happened halfway through the season, causing him to miss half of each season. He also just missed hitting 130 games this past season due to getting hit in the head by a pitch.Quote:
a guy who hasn't played 130 games in four years
J.J. Hardy also had a horrific ankle injury from a play at the plate. He was also tagged with the word injury prone due to that ankle injury along with wrist and oblique issues. Two years later he's the model of consistency at the SS position.
I'd rather look at the 6+ years of good health, than assume someone is injury prone due to a couple of flukey injuries.
If you're going to use a one year sample, at least mention that he hit like Robinson Cano against right handed pitching (.284/.377/.498). You know, the pitchers that throw 70-75% of the time.Quote:
puts up .196/.246/.340 against lefties
And by the way, that slash line against lefties is still significantly better than .180/.229/.230. Which is what he'd be replacing.
No, I think it's pretty safe to say they're pitchers right now.
He does hit righties well (at hitter friendly Fenway Park: road splits .222/.295/.392), but if we're generous and assume he will be able to play 130 games, we're still looking at less than 100 games where he will A) be healthy enough to play, and B) be hitting against right-handed pitchers. Why would Ryan want to be on the hook for multiple years at $10 million for that kind of player?
.681 OPS against LHP isnt fantastic, but it doesn't scream "You need a platoon partner for him"
If this wasn't a well known SS, which the Twins desperately need, I think almost all of us would be yelling to stay away. He's not at the beginning of his decline phase, he's well on his way to the bottom. His vs. RHP production at Fenway Park is masking huge indicators that this guy is almost through in this league. I'd bet good money this will be the last MLB contract offered to Drew, it's over.
Or, they can play even worse players, even if Drew does decline. How does that help the team, other than having a better pick in 2015?