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The Phils sweep the Marlins thanks to Utley’s solo home run in the eighth inning, as they defeat the fish, 4-3.

Chase Utley rounding basesA solo home run in the eighth inning by a red-hot Chase Utley leads the Phils to a sweep of the Marlins, defeating the fish, 4-3.

The Marlins took the lead in the top of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Casey McGehee hits an RBI single, knocking in Christian Yelich, who had started the game by reaching base on Ryan Howard’s fielding error, before stopping at second base on the error, then moving up to third base on Adeiny Hechavarria’s ground out, 3-unassisted, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Marlins increased their lead in the top of the second as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Yelich hits an RBI single, scoring Jeff Mathis, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Henderson Alvarez’s sacrifice bunt, making it a 2-0 Marlins’ lead. The Phils would get a run back in the bottom of the third as, with one man out, Howard hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Marlins’ lead. The Marlins would get that run back in the top of the fifth as, with one man out, Garrett Jones hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Marlins a 3-1 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at three-all in their half of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Wil Nieves hits a two-run double, knocking in Utley, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Dom Brown’s single, and Brown, who had just singled. The Phils would take the lead in the bottom of the eighth as, with two men out, Utley hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would record his third save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Yelich to ground out, 6-3, for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits and three walks, while striking out seven. B. J. Rosenberg pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Antonio Bastardo (1-1, 2.45) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his third save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth. Henderson Alvarez also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up three runs on twelve hits and three walks, while striking out five. A.J. Ramos pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks, while striking out two. Mike Dunn (0-1, 6.35) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils belted out thirteen hits in the game, with Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Singles), Chase Utley (Single, Double, Home Run, RBI) and Wil Nieves (2 Singles, Double, 2 RBIs) all leading the team with three hits each. Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI), Marlon Byrd (Single), Dom Brown (Single) and Kyle Kendrick (Single) had the other four Phils’ hit. The Phils also had six walks (Utley, Howard, Byrd, Brown, Cody Asche (2)), a stolen base (Brown (2)) and a sacrifice bunt (Kendrick)) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Howard).

The Phils (6-6, 3rd) start a four-game series with the Braves (8-4, 1st) with a game that’s already in progress.

The Phils win in extra-innings in walk-off fashion as Jimmy Rollins hits a two-out home run as they defeat the Marlins, 5-4.

Jimmy Rollins hittingThe Phils defeat the Marlins in walk-off fashion on Jimmy Rollins’ two-out solo home run in the bottom of the tenth, winning, 5-4.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with a man on second, and with no one out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Tony Gwynn, Jr., who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as the still red-hot Chase Utley followed with an RBI double, knocking in Rollins. The Marlins got a run back in the top of the second as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk by Jarrod Saltalmacchia, a single by Adeiny Hechavarria, with Saltalmacchia stopping at second base, and an infield single by Christian Yelich, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Saltalmacchia would score on a missed catch fielding error by first baseman Ryan Howard on Marcell Ozuna’s grounder to shortstop Rollins, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead, while Hechavarria would stop at third base, and Yelich would move up to second base, as Ozuna would be safe at first. The Phils would increase their lead in the bottom of the third as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Utley hits an RBI double, his second double of the ballgame, knocking in Gwynn, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Rollins’ ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead as Howard followed with an RBI single, knocking in Utley. The Marlins would get a run back in the top of the fifth as, with one man out, Giancarlo Stanton hits a solo home run, his third home run of the year, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. The Marlins then tied the game up at four-all in the top of the seventh as, with one man on, and with no one out, Stanton hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season and his second home run of the game, knocking in Ozuna, who had started the inning off with a single. The Phils would win the game in the bottom of the tenth as, with two men out, Rollins hits a walk-off solo home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 5-4 walk-off win.

Jonathan Pettibone received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five. Justin De Fratus blew his first save of the season as he pitched an inning, plus two batters, as he gave up two runs on three hits, as he struck out a batter. Mario Hollands pitched an inning, as he gave up a hit. Antonio Bastardo and Jonathan Papelbon combined for two scoreless innings as they gave up a hit (Papelbon) and two walks (one walk each), between them, while striking out one (Papelbon). B.J. Rosenberg (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Nathan Eovaldi also received a no-decision as he went six and a third innings as he gave up four runs on seven hits, while striking out five. A.J. Ramos pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk. Mike Dunn and Carlos Marmol combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Dunn) and a walk (Marmol), between them, while striking out three (Marmol). Dan Jennings (0-1, 1.80) took the lost as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, a walk-off home run.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Rollins leading the ballclub with three hits, two singles and a solo home run, knocking in two runs, followed by Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Single, Double), Utley (Doubles, 2 RBIs) with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single) had the other two Phils’ hit. The Phils also had two walks (Ruiz, Freddy Galvis) and a stolen base (Ruiz (1)) in the game, as well as a man caught stealing (Ruiz), while the defense committed an error (Howard) and an outfield assist (Gwynn) and performed a doubleplay.

The Phils end their four-game losing streak as they defeat the Marlins, 6-3.

Domonic BrownThe Phils win their first game at home as they defeat the Marlins, 6-3.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Marlin Byrd hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier reached base on a force out, 6-4, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, then moved up to second base on Ryan Howard’s walk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had just walked, over to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, before Byrd is thrown out at home plate by right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, 9-2, for the inning’s final out. The Marlins would tie the game up at two-all in the top of the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Derek Dietrich hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Jarrod Saltalamacchia, as he earlier reached base on a force out. The Phils retook the lead in the bottom of the third as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk to Tony Gwynn, Jr., a walk to Jimmy Rollins, moving Gwynn up to second base and a single by Utley, moving up both runners, and with nobody out, Howard had an RBI walk, forcing in Gwynn, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while moving both Rollins and Utley up a base. Marlins’ starter Jose Fernandez then got himself out of trouble by striking out Byrd, Brown and Carlos Ruiz, all swinging, leaving the bases loaded. The Marlins then made a threat of their own in the top of the fifth as they loaded up the bases via a lead-off single by Marcell Ozuna, who then moved up to second base on pitcher A.J. Burnett’s wild pitch, then walks to first Garrett Jones and then to Casey McGehee, moving up both runners, and with one man out, after Burnett was taken out of the game for an injury, Jake Diekman got the Phils out of trouble by striking out both Saltalmacchia and Dietrich, swinging. The Phils then added to their lead in their half of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had started the inning off with a triple, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. After Howard followed with a single, moving Utley up to second base, the Phils took a 5-2 lead as Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, while sending Howard up to second base. Two batters later, after Brown hits a single which loaded up the bases as both Howard and Byrd moved up a base, the Phils took a 6-2 lead as Ruiz hits into a 4-6-3 doubleplay. wiping out Brown at second base for the inning’s first out, while Howard scored, and Byrd moved up to third base. The Marlins would get a run back in the top of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jeff Baker hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Saltalmacchia, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base as pinch-hitter Reed Johnson was hit by the pitch, then moved up to third on Adeiny Hechavarria’s fly out to right, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead. But that would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his second save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, getting Jones to fly out to center for the game’s final out.

A.J. Burnett threw a no-decision as he pitched four and a third innings, giving up two runs on five hits, six walks and a wild pitch, while striking out four. Jake Diekman (1-0, 4.26) got the win as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out both men whom he would face. Mario Hollands pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits , while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, giving up a run on a walk and a hit batter, while striking out one. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his second save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jose Fernandez (2-1, 3.78) pitched four innings, plus four batters, as he gave up six runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out six. Kevin Slowey pitched three innings, giving up two hits and two walks. Steve Cishek pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Triple), Chase Utley (Singles, RBI), Marlon Byrd (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Singles, RBI) all leading the team with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Double) had the other two Phils’ hits, while the other Phil run came in on a bases loaded doubleplay. The Phils also had seven walks (Tony Gwynn, Jr., Rollins (2), Utley, Howard (2), Freddy Galvis), a stolen base (Rollins (2)) and a sacrifce bunt (Gwynn, Jr.) in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay.

The Phils (4-6, T-4th) continued their series with the Marlins (5-6, 3rd) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will be sending to the mound Jonathan Pettibone (0-0, -.-), who will be making his first start of 2014. The Marlins will counter with Nathan Eovaldi (1-1, 3.46), who is coming off a lost against the Padres on April 6, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, while striking out eight, in the Marlins’ 4-2 lost. He will be trying to end the Marlins’ present slide. The Phils will be going for the series win.

12/24/2013 Wayne Rosenthal interview (Passed Ball Show)

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12/24/2013 Brian Sanches interview (Passed Ball Show)

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2013′s MLB Bonehead of the Year, the 1st annual “NMA”

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There have been few MLB players who I have been more critical of than former Pirates, Nationals and Brewers OF Nyjer Morgan. And perhaps it is something I should back off soon. As it has been announced that Morgan will not return to the Japanese Yokohama team next season, there is a good chance he will land a job back in major league baseball as a 4th OF or even a platoon starting situation in the right spot. In that regard, I wish him the best. He is still a very serviceable player who put up decent to good numbers at Yokohama. I am presented my own award, which goes to the biggest bonehead of the MLB season, and I am calling it the “Nyjer Morgan Award”, presented by www.johnpielli.com.
I guess my disdain for @theRealTPlush comes from a series of incidents that happened within a little more than a year from each other. There was his barreling over of a defenseless catcher who was nowhere near the plate against the Marlins. While playing for the Nationals, his hit on Brett Hayes was uncalled for. What was worse was his reaction after being hit in retaliation for it, which escalated the situation. I am not saying he should have taken it, but to show up the team by stealing bases in a meaningless time of the game added to the fact that he was already wrong by hitting the catcher for no reason. If that was the one time he brought the negative vibes to himself, I could deal with it. Then there was him sticking his head into the Brewers/ Cardinals rivalry of 2011. His unprovoked shouting match with Cardinals RHP Chris Carpenter seemed like a cry for attention, and maybe an attempt to prove himself as a “Brewer”. With the fact that Carpenter has a reputation for antagonizing opposing players, that was another situation where if it was isolated, it would have been forgotten. Then there was the bold statements regarding the Cardinals playoff chances, which in itself simply made him look foolish. The Cardinals defeated the Brewers to win the NL Pennant and eventually the 2011 World Series. Add in the fact that he intentionally yelled “fuck yeah” knowing it was going to be heard on air on TBS, I have found it very difficult to endear myself to this man. Perhaps if he signed with my favorite baseball team, the New York Mets, I would give it one last chance.
But Nyjer Morgan is not the only associated with MLB that stands out as being a bonehead. 2013 was full of moments like that, from Mets SS Ruben Tejada’s overall cocky attitude almost costing him a job to some of the umpires either doing a terrible job at what they get paid to do or going on a world tour with the hopes that the general public knows their name. I came up with the five biggest boneheads in MLB for the 2013 season. But, before I get into them, here are some honorable mentions:
Brewers OF Carlos Gomez was clearly in the wrong when he took his grudge with Braves LHP Paul Maholm too far in a game in Milwaukee. Starting a fight with the entire Atlanta Braves team did not make Gomez look good, but to this point, this is the only time I have seen Carlos Gomez act that way.
Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig burst onto the scene and pretty much saved the Los Angeles Dodgers 2013 season. He did not do it without some questionable hick-ups though. The fact that he became enraged during an altercation with the Arizona Diamondbacks is justified as he was hit in the face. His lack of hustle and overstated bravado have made him as many enemies as fans.
Mets infielder Jordany Valdespin has hopefully learned his lesson after running himself off the New York Mets. He has not proven himself to be an MLB player, let alone one who can spout off at veteran teammates and then his manager after being sent down to AAA. Getting popped for a 50 game PED suspension did not help.
However, the Mets players and perhaps management decided to isolate Valdespin, which put them in the fire. They deserved some criticism for allowing Jordany to get hit by Pirates RHP Bryan Morris in a game after Valdespin admired a HR in a game that had been decided already. Valdespin should not have done what he did, but to let the Pirates discipline him made the Mets look small.
Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez showed up the Braves a little bit in a game this past season. I did not look at this as a serious bonehead move, but one that should be stated. Braves 3B Chris Johnson looked just as silly when he involved himself, then intentionally took a scared route around all the players. (It was clear he wanted to speak but wanted to nothing to do with backing up what he had to say.)
I am sure many others can be mentioned in regards to incidents that happened this season, so feel free to let me know. Before I get into my top five, I need to mention the consistent bad performance of umpire CB Bucknor, a man who I am sure tries very hard, but he is among the worst at what he does. Without further due, here are my top five boneheads of 2013 in MLB.
5. Carlos Quentin, OF, San Diego Padres: I would have ranked him a little higher as my initial reaction to his actions in the LA game had me more upset than I currently am. But, Carlos Quentin had no reason to rush the mound after he was hit by the Zack Greinke. While stating he was hit by Greinke twice before, he failed to acknowledge the fact that he stands closer to the plate than any other MLB hitter and is frequently among the most hit batters in all of MLB. If he has such a problem getting hit, maybe it is time to back off the plate.
4. Umpire Tom Hallion: Hallion has had enough of a reputation for being a hothead. Maybe he simply needs some anger management. However, his actions during a Rays game in Chicago simply make Hallion look silly. After what arguably seemed like a small strike zone by Rays LHP David Price, it seemed like Price composed himself professionally walking off the field after the 7th and final inning of his outing. Was he happy? No, but he did nothing to show up Hallion. Hallion took his mask and said, “Throw the fucking ball over the plate!”, enraging the Rays bench and leading to his subsequent ejection of Rays RHP Jeremy Hellickson. Hallion then called Price and the Rays bench a “liar” when asked about it after the game. My two cents: The Rays bench would not have reacted the way it did had Hallion not made that statement. Fans come out to see the players play baseball, not Tom Hallion.
3. Umpire Angel Hernandez: This will be my final time I cite a MLB umpire in this piece (#HoldUmpiresAccountable). Similar to Bucknor, there is no doubt that Angel Hernandez is one of the worst at doing his job. This was something known prior to his actions in a game between the Oakland Athletics and Cleveland Indians when he was named temporary crew chief when Gerry Davis was unable to participate in Oakland. A ball hit by Athletics infielder Adam Rosales was ruled a double on the field when there was uncertainty over whether it went over the HR line or not. The umpires went to watch the video replay of it, which should have shown inconclusively that the ball hit the railing above the yellow line over the fence in right center field. As the crew chief, Hernandez refused to overturn the improper call. After ejecting Athletics manager Bob Melvin, MLB determined that Hernandez made the incorrect call, even though instant replay was used.
2. Brian McCann, catcher, Atlanta Braves: I, personally, like the fact that Brian McCann defends his teammates and has the reputation for being a very good leader. That should translate well to his new team, the New York Yankees. And the two particular incidents were provoked by Jose Fernandez and Carlos Gomez, respectively. But, McCann does look like a bonehead after taking it upon himself to be the police on the diamond. Many players show up the opposition by admiring home runs, and in my opinion, Fernandez did nothing more than what guys like Yasiel Puig and David Ortiz do on a nightly basis. If the first instance does not happen, the second is not blown up as much as it was. I thought McCann overreacted with the Fernandez situation, though he was correct with the way he handled the Gomez one. And while I admire McCann for defending his teammates, there is no one MLB player in charge of morality.
1. Luis Cruz, 3B, team Mexico in WBC, Dodgers, Yankees: I find it amazing that the biggest bonehead in 2013 happened to be over an incident during MLB’s spring training. I figured somebody would have topped it during the long MLB season, and subsequent postseason. But Cruz, who currently is not playing for a MLB team and was let go twice during the season, still owns the prize. Not only did Cruz provoke a nasty brawl between team Mexico and team Canada, but the fact that he did not understand the rules of the tournament made him look even more foolish. After Canada OF Shane Robinson laid down a bunt to reach via a hit while Canada held a decisive lead, Cruz openly signaled to his pitcher to hit the next batter. The rules of the tournament stated that if teams finished with the same records, one of the ways of determining which team moved on was total runs scored. Cruz’ voice was heard, which led to three pitches being thrown inside to the next batter, the last which incited the aggressive brawl between the two teams. Cruz recently signed a contract with the Chiba Lotte Marines of the Japanese Professional League.
Perhaps I missed some other boneheads in MLB in 2013. Feel free to comment if there are any that strike your ire. Just remember, bitter feelings towards a manager for a team not doing well really dont count. Neither do underachieving players. Congratulations to Luis Cruz on winning the first annual “Nyjer Morgan Award”, presented by www.johnpielli.com.

12/17/2013 Gregg Zaun interview (Passed Ball Show)

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Post midterm updates on MLB team payrolls

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Baseball fans should be excited as there have now been more days in the offseason than there are left until the pitchers and catchers report for spring training. Of course, teams and players have yet to submit their bids for potential arbitration cases. Within that, many of the cases will settle for somewhere in the middle of the bids of the team and the player. Plus, the amount of free agents that are out there will impact which teams are projected to have higher payrolls than they currently have. The following is a list of which teams, at this very moment, have the highest payroll. This does not include contracts that have been agreed to that have not become official. In parenthesis are the amount of the players on the 25 man roster have already been signed (not counting arbitration eligibles and players on progressive contracts).
1. LAD(16) $188.3M
2. BOS (15) $155.0M
3. SFG (14) $138.2M
4. PHI (11) $137.3M
5. NYY (11) $134.4M
6. LAA (10) $129.9M
7. TOR (15) $121.2M
8. DET (11) $119.3M
9. TEX (14) $101.9M
10. STL (8) $91.5M
11. WSN (12) $87.1M
12. CIN (12) $78.6M
13. ARI (11) $74.8M
14. MIL (8) $71.2M
15. MIN (8) $66.0M
16. COL (8) $65.5M
17. CHW (9) $62.5M
18. KCR (9) $62.1M
19. CLE (10) $55.6M
20. CHC (8) $48.4M
21. NYM (4) $48.2M
22. PIT (9) $47.5M
23. BAL (9) $46.0M
24. ATL (6) $45.5M
25. SDP (9) $43.1M
26. SEA (4) $36.1M
27. TBR (9) $33.8M
28. OAK (5) $33.5M
29. MIA (6) $20.4M
30. HOU (3) $16.8M
It should be understood that recently agreed to contracts for the Mets Bartolo Colon ($10 mil), Dodgers Juan Uribe (7.5), Twins Mike Pelfrey ($5.5) and the Braves expected signing of Gavin Floyd are not counted against the listed payrolls. The Mets would be at $58.2 mil (19th), Dodgers at $195.8 (still at 1st) and the Twins at 71.5 (14th).
Assuming the Floyd deal in Atlanta is $8 million, which is the median of the starting pitchers salaries this offseason, I have included the four mentioned deals in what can be projected as the payrolls for the 2014 season. One thing needs to be understood, however. All the free agents on the board will eventually come off the board and there is still a possibility that more trades will be made. Plus, salary arbitration cases are very unpredictable. So, as we head into the season, here is where payrolls could be, with the remaining 25 man spots estimated with salary arbitration estimates and the balance of players paid the league minimum.
1. LAD $224.8M
2. BOS $165.5M
3. DET $157.3M
4. PHI $155.3M
5. NYY $154.9M
6. SFG $148.2M
7. LAA $144.4M
8. WSN $133.1M
9. TOR $132.7M
10. TEX $115.4M
11. STL $103.5M
12. CIN $102.6M
13. ARI $96.3M
14. ATL $91.5M
15. KCR $88.1M
16. NYM $86.2M
17. MIL $83.7M
18. MIN $83.5M
19. BAL $81.5M
20. CLE $81.1M
21. CHW $80.0M
22. COL $78.0M
23. CHC $74.8M
24. SDP $73.6M
25. OAK $71.0M
26. PIT $69.0M
27. TBR $62.2M
28. SEA $52.1M
29. MIA $37.5M
30. HOU $29.3M
As will be expected, teams like Seattle, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Baltimore and even the Cubs, Rockies and Brewers could spend considerably more. Especially with either the Orioles or Mariners likely to sign Nelson Cruz. The payroll totals at the moment as well as the projected ones from here are in no way a guarantee of what will be in a month or two. But it does set a good barometer of where teams may be by spring training. Stay tuned.

Curtis Granderson will get his contract, whether you like it or not

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Sandy Alderson wants to be a visionary. He feels like he can single handedly change the pace of the free agent process. Maybe he is using the advice of some of the 1980s baseball owners when they were colluding together to drive the prices of free agency down. The only problem is he is by himself and has gotten no support from any other GM in major league baseball. In fact, GMs in MLB are probably laughing as he continues to nickel and dime every free agent he has the opportunity to meet with. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see where it has gotten him so far.
Sandy Alderson is a hero to John Q twitter follower because John Q twitter follower feels any money spent in free agency is coming from HIS pocket. John Q twitter follower is also extremely jealous because of their own situation, maybe he has to work to minimum wage jobs and still cannot get by. He looks at the average salary of a MLB player and cries at night as he holds his pillow.
Lets be honest, John Q twitter follower and Sandy Alderson have one thing in common: neither have any interest in the Mets ever becoming a competitive baseball team. And the issue is not Curtis Granderson. There are better all around baseball players that have the ability to do a lot more to change the fortune of the Mets than Curtis Granderson. The problem is the Mets have chosen to go the mode of not spending money, the mantra of the organization since Sandy Alderson took over as General Manager after the 2010 season.
The sad thing about it is a lot of fans love it. They love the fact that only one player on the team is getting paid in the top five in MLB at his position. They love the thought that ten or more players on the team in 2014 could make the league minimum. It makes them happy because ten or more Mets players could be making exactly what their boss’s boss’s boss’s boss’ boss’ boss’ boss is making a year in salary.
Curtis Granderson would not win the Mets the World Series in 2014, but it would be a start. Even with him, you’d still have to add at least one more power bat to be considered a contending team. Obviously there are a lot of other holes to fill. But stop making like giving the guy a 4 year deal is equal to a 10 year, $225 million contact! He will sign a 4 year contact, whether the Mets want to give him one or not. If they do not, shame on them.
Some fans will be excited to see Sandy hold his ground. Until the day he gets the 4 year deal. And some will still appreciate the fact that he did not back down. So, my message to you is this: Enjoy your OF of Chris Young, Eric Young Jr and Juan Lagares. Carlos Torres will not make a lot of money as your 5th starter. And maybe it is time to start buying your Ruben Tejada jerseys and put the big Lucas Duda in the cleanup spot of the order. I’m sure you jealous crybabies, who happen to be down on life, will enjoy another season of losing baseball. That is what you want, right? God forbid you pay a player market value and what another team will pay. Keep trying to be the hero, Sandy!
Many teams in Major League Baseball have a spot for Granderson. And though John Q twitter follower thinks a 4 year deal is too much, it is market value for a player of his age and his ability. Maybe not market value for you- the cubicle guy who works 9-5 and has his weekends off; but it is market value for a MLB player who can hit for some power, play some OF defense and provide a little depth in the middle of the order. If you do not agree, here are teams that could absolutely take Granderson and give him a guaranteed fourth year:
Texas Rangers: The Rangers may be interested in Shin-Soo Choo and can probably afford a little bit more for another player. Granderson at 4 years, $60 million would be a steal for them and still leave some money in the tank to add a significant starting pitcher.
Detroit Tigers: The Tigers have set their sights on Choo as well. Yes, Choo is the better player, but to get Granderson at a much lower price will provide some flexibility to get a 3B, reliever and maybe even another starting pitcher. He has had success in Detroit and will be welcomed back with open arms.
San Francisco Giants: The Giants have hung a lot of dollars up in the re-signing of their own players. This would keep them from wanting to commit a ton of money in a free agent from another team. The Giants may not want to pony up a lot of dollars on the AAV, but they would at least offer something in the 4 year, $52-55 million range.
Baltimore Orioles: For the same reasons people say Granderson benefitted from the short RF porch at Yankee Stadium, Granderson could the same in Camden Yards. The Orioles have been a little gun shy about the huge contract. The can afford Granderson and still be able to address their needs in starting pitching and get themselves a closer (Joaquin Benoit).
Seattle Mariners: If the negotiations between the team and Robinson Cano go down the tubes, it will be likely the Mariners could afford who outfielders. If they sign Cano, they can add Granderson for a fraction of what they have to pay Choo. Obviously, they save money if they sign Choo instead of Cano. The Mariners want to bring in impact offensive players; to them Granderson would not be overpaid.
Boston Red Sox: The Red Sox would likely climb into the race for Granderson, but not be interested in giving a four year deal. But, if they offer three, is he going to take three years from the defending World Series Champions, or the lovable losers that will have little additional help in the lineup?
Chicago White Sox: The White Sox added Jose Abreu to play 1B. They have a young team and some good pitching. Paying Granderson for four years will not break the bank for them.
Other teams to think about are Toronto, San Diego and even Miami or Houston. A four year contact will not prohibit any team from continuing their development. Would it shock you if Tampa Bay got in the mix? And even if they went three years, he’d be a fool to take the Mets 3 year deal over Tampa’s. The only teams that would not be in the mix for Curtis Granderson at his asking price are teams that simply do not want him and have other outfielders. I do not look at him as a star, but his asking price is not excessive. It doesn’t matter if your job is in an outlet store, or not.
And lets be honest, signing Granderson to a 4 year deal is not breaking the bank for ANYBODY. Unless you are a cheap, throwback to the 1980s and think other GMs should collude with you to drive down the price of free agency. Which, let’s be honest, is not a terrible thought to have. It just looks stupid when you are the only one.

12/4/2013 Dave Van Horne interview (Passed Ball Show)

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