Calvin was tight to but he knew baseball SP wins in baseball and he wasn't afriaid to go out and get one. That's what is all about!
The problem with DeVries is twofold. First and foremost is that he appears to be a 5 inning starter. Had he shown an ability to get into the seventh inning with consistency the angst of Correia might not have been had. The second problem is there were about four putrid start of the 16 he had. If he would have been a 23 year old rookie they could have been blown off as part of the learning curve.
Pluses was the low babip, low walks, k/9 of 6 which made his numbers great for Thyrlos's formula
Dan Connolly at the Baltimore Sun reported that Saunders now has a two year offer from an unknown team.
The continuing curious case of Joe Saunders - baltimoresun.comQuote:
A couple different industry sources -- and, admittedly, none directly involved with the negotiations -- have told me that Saunders has a two-year offer on the table. The speculation is that it is worth roughly $15 million or so, and isn’t from the Orioles.
Sounds suspiciously like an agent plant.
Swarzak. Nothing about him says "Major League".
The angst that so many carry about the difficulty in contemplating acquisition upgrades at this point in the preseason because of the dangers involved in potentially exposing the bottom 8-10 players on the 40-man is mind-blowingly misplaced.
I can't think of one in-game-scenario this upcoming season, where one might say, "If only we hadn't exposed to waivers......Swarzak.......Butera.....Burnett..... etc.....
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Can the team package him and Brunett for a shorstop that has fallen out of favor with his manager?
I am mystified by the Swarzak hate. He might be the most underrated player on the team.
The guy fills a valuable, albeit less than glamorous, role and he does it pretty well. Obviously he was miscast as an MLB starter, and the Twins seem to realize that, but teams need to have a durable guy at the end of their bullpen who can come in, throw strikes and toss multiple innings after a short start while keeping the game in hand (especially with this rotation). Swarzak does those things -- 4.05 ERA as a reliever last year, 3.99 the prior year. Also, he costs nothing.
Rip on Corriea and Butera all you want, but these misguided attacks on the mop-up long reliever? Not exactly dispelling the notion that things are getting a bit too negative around here.