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Wakeup Call: Tip cap to Pirates’ pitching

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DALLAS — Brief and to the Point …

>> There’s been an awful lot of focus on the Pirates’ awful offense lately, and it should be awfully obvious why.

But let’s step back for the day to tip the cap to a pitching staff whose 3.12 ERA is second-best in all of Major League Baseball after Brad Lincoln and company got the job done again last night in Miami. Only the Nationals, who are the buzz of baseball for their pitching, have a lower figure. They have 248 strikeouts to 104 walks, a fine ratio. They’ve allowed opponents to bat just .239. That’s like facing the Pirates every night. (Sorry, I can’t stop.)

It’s outstanding, especially in light of having missed A.J. Burnett, the expected No. 1, and Jeff Karstens, last year’s No. 1, for extended stretches. And it’s not just the starters. The bullpen ranks No. 4 in the majors.

Now, if only Neal Huntington could employ scouts capable of evaluating hitting …

>> In the first moments after news broke of Dale Hunter’s abrupt resignation as the Capitals’ coach, all kinds of thoughts swirled:

Was he having any fun? Those nervous, dull press conferences sure didn’t suggest he was.

Was he sabotaged by Alexander Ovechkin after limiting his ice time?

Was he simply not cut out for the job?

Turns out the man just wants to be a good dad. Good for him.

>> Henrik Lundqvist hasn’t been as singlehandedly responsible for the Rangers’ success as some in New York would have you believe. But he sure was last night.

>> From the blind squirrel department, Duquesne did the right thing yesterday and extended Suzie McConnell Serio’s contract through 2018, giving her plenty of time to achieve what I believe will be the best women’s basketball program the city has seen. The 20-win seasons are just the start.

I know the bar isn’t exactly at the UConn/Tennessee/Baylor level around here, but there’s no excuse for the programs to have all been also-rans for such a long time. Recruiting is recruiting. Coaching is coaching.

>> Bill O’Brien will choose his starting quarterback at Penn State sometime soon. Even if he chooses “D. None of the above,” it will be a step forward from the split-series silliness of last year.

>> I’ll be flying back tonight after the end of the Olympic summit here.

90 Comments

  1. DK,

    Any idea what’s going on with Meek? Is he on a timetable or a progress chart? Imagine the bullpen if he comes back to form. And if Hanrahan has set aside his early wildness.

    DK: Looks like he’ll have to pitch his way back on. It’s a really good bullpen right now.

  2. Dale Hunter…now that’s good news. I was wondering why he decided to resign. That explains a lot.
    Rangers/Devils was pretty wild at times last night. King Henry played lights out.

    Parise sure would look nice in a Pens sweater…just sayin….one can dream, right?

  3. JAL’s Sweet Dreams Morning Links

    GENERAL DAILY UPDATED BASEBALL SITES

    1- MLB Transactions

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/transactions

    2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/pittsburgh_pirates/

    3 Go Buccos- Pirate News (from external sources)

    http://gobuccos.com/pittsburgh-pirate-news/

    PIRATE BLOGS

    4—Pirates Prospects

    Pirates Notebook: Lincoln Steps Up in Spot Start, McLouth Needs to Produce

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/05/pirates-notebook-lincoln-steps-up-in-spot-start-mclouth-needs-to-produce.html

  4. Prospect Watch: Three Hit Night For Hanson, Good Start For Kingham

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/05/prospect-watch-three-hit-night-for-hanson-good-start-for-kingham.html

    Marte Returns, Wilson Injured in Indians’ 1-0 Win

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/05/marte-returns-wilson-injured-in-indians-1-0-win.html

    5 Bucs Dugout

    Rod Barajas, Pirates Pitchers Lead Bucs To 3-2 Win Despite Bad Baserunning Decisions

    http://www.bucsdugout.com/2012/5/14/3020987/rod-barajas-pirates-pitchers-lead-bucs-to-3-2-win-despite-bad

    Minor League Roundup: Good Game for Nick Kingham; Alen Hanson Back to Normal

    http://www.bucsdugout.com/2012/5/14/3020936/minor-league-roundup-good-game-for-nick-kingham-alen-hanson-back-to

    6 Rumbunter

    Hot Rod Barajas and Hot Rod Lincoln Lead Pirates to Third Straight Win

    http://rumbunter.com/2012/05/15/hot-rod-barajas-and-hot-rod-lincoln-lead-pirates-to-third-straight-win/

    Pittsburgh Pirates Offensive Woes: The Neal Huntington Defense

    http://rumbunter.com/2012/05/14/pittsburgh-pirates-offensive-woes-the-neal-huntington-defense/

    7 McEffect

    5/14 Recap | Pirates 3 Marlins 2

    http://www.mceffect.com/2012/05/514-recap-pirates-3-marlins-2.html

    Getting Anxious for Starling Marte

    http://www.mceffect.com/2012/05/getting-anxious-for-starling-marte.html

  5. 8 WHY GAVS

    I have an idea to help the Pirates’ moribund offense: STOP GIVING AWAY OUTS

    http://whygavs.com/pittsburgh-pirates/may-2012/i-have-an-idea-to-help-the-pirates-moribund-offense-stop-giving-away-outs.html

    9 Green Weenie

    Bucs Go Fishing, Land 3-2 Win

    http://oldbucs.blogspot.com/2012/05/bucs-go-fishing-come-up-with-3-2-win.html

    10 Raise the Jolly Roger

    Three in a Row

    http://raisethejollyroger.com/2012/05/three-in-a-row/

    NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES

    11 CBS Sports

    Miami vs Pittsburgh Game Preview

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/gametracker/preview/MLB_20120515_PIT@MIA/piratesmarlins-preview

    12 Miami Herald

    Miami Marlins’ bats stifled once again in loss to Pittsburgh Pirates

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/05/15/2799681/miami-marlins-bats-stifled-once.html

    Lack of run support leaves Miami Marlins starting pitchers starved for wins

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/05/15/2799574/lack-of-run-support-leaves-miami.html

    Chicago Tribune

    Pittsburgh Pirates – TeamReport

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/sns-rt-bbo-pirates-teamreportmtze85ezh80dn-20120514,0,2988192.story

    14 ESPN

    McCutchen does plenty with little help

    http://sports.espn.go.com/fantasy/baseball/flb/story?page=vantagepoint120514

  6. Steelers Blogs

    20 Behind the Steel Curtain

    Pittsburgh Steelers News Bulletin: On Haley’s Offensive Changes, Mike Wallace, and a Heinz Field Hall of Fame

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2012/5/14/3019679/Pittsburgh-steelers-news-update-todd-haley-offense-mike-wallace-ben-roethlisberger

    The Steelers 2012 Draft Class: A Bunch of Characters

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2012/5/14/3018496/the-steelers-2012-draft-class-redux-mike-adams-sean-spence-chris-rainey

    Talkin’ Safeties: Much Remains the Same Among Steelers’ Deep Secondary

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2012/5/14/3019140/talkin-safeties-much-remains-the-same-among-steelers-deep-secondary

    21 Steelers Depot

    - Post Draft Status of Steelers Wide Receivers

    http://www.steelersdepot.com/2012/05/post-draft-state-of-the-steelers-wide-receivers/

    22 Nice Pick Cowher

    Player Safety: Junior Seau Is NFL’s Dale Earnhardt

    http://nicepickcowher.com/2012/05/13/player-safety-junior-seau-is-nfls-dale-earnhardt/

  7. Soccer(football)

    27 Sky Sports

    McLeish sacked by Villa

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11677/7756348/McLeish-sacked-by-Villa

    28 Daily Telegraph

    Manchester City stars ride euphoric wave during EPL victory parade

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/soccer/manchester-city-stars-ride-euphoric-wave-during-epl-victory-parade/story-e6frey4r-1226355895707

    29 World Soccer Daily

    World Soccer Daily: Stories you need to read, May 14 th 2012

    http://www.worldsoccer.com/247/world-soccer-daily-10-stories-you-need-to-read-14th-may-2012

  8. Sweet Dreams, Eurythmics, 1982 Their music fell into several genres but they were one of the more successful groups to use synthpop. Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox had several hits. The still get together to perform from time to time but Lennox is mostly solo today while Stewart is a producer.

  9. “Now, if only Neal Huntington could employ scouts capable of evaluating hitting …”

    You can’t just tip your cap to the pitching and keep moving…..
    :-)

  10. Capitals musings….

    You mean people are actually buying the “wants to spend more time with his family” line? Maybe in this case it’s genuine, but the fact that he bolted so quickly smacks of someone wanting out of a bad situation. I know Hunter has a good thing going with that London hockey team, but…it smells fishy to me. And I see Ovie was hinting at some locker room issues when he was interviewed yesterday. The dysfunction continues. Wonder if Teddie will pull the trigger and can GMGM. Will Michel Therrien end up behind the Caps bench?

    Guess I care more about these issues because I live in the area.

  11. You lost. David Jones of my local paper, the Harrisburg Patriot-News, which occasionally runs your columns, beat you to the punch with a soccer column.

    I guess if you didn’t write one after Sunday’s Barclays finish – there’s not much hope :)

    DK: I lose. Funny, but I’m actually typing this during the U.S. women’s team’s press conference. Alex Morgan and three other players are here.

  12. As long as the hitting can come up with a run more than the pitchers give up, it’ll do.

    One of these days, though, the cork is going to come out of the bottle and everybody will hit at once — and that will be something to see.

    Meanwhile where do we get those scouts?

  13. JHadar, I can’t wait to see that day, it will be awesome to behold!

  14. I was thinking about the Pirates pitching the other day–how good must it be to have this team anywhere near .500? And I think it speaks to the character of the other players as well. They can’t hit, but they can scrap. I’m always a critic of the Pirates. So disgusted that I can rarely find anything to like, but you do have to like what appears to be a great amount of character on this team. Guys who care. Interested on other’s thoughts on this? Who is the leader? Has A.J. had an impact as a leader?

    Dejan, have you noticed anything interesting about how these Pirates go about the daily business of baseball? The clubhouse atmosphere? What’s allowing them to win games with a bunch of AA hitters taking the field most nights?

    DK: A.J. has had an impact, as I was writing as far back as early spring training. There are zero issues in the clubhouse. Teams can find unity in pitching and defense, odd as that might sound. They’re all out on the field together.

  15. CW,

    Seems like good pitching causes a team to scrap because they’re rarely ever out of a game, even with some AA hitters, as you stated. Lots of guys with winning backgrounds on this team–A.J., McGehee, Correia, even Barajas and Barmes to some extent. Seems like they do have some character and that makes me want to keep pullin’ for them, even when they frustrate you to no end with bad AB’s and base running. Maybe that scrappiness explains all the K’s–just trying to win it every AB.

  16. @CW

    Interesting thoughts, my friend. I certainly have no first-hand knowledge of the team, but I’ve often noticed that Walker, Andrew, and Pedro are next to each other in the dugout. It looks like these guys truly get along and help each other through their struggles. I don’t get the feeling that ego comes into play at all.

    Either that or Pedro hides a bucket of fried chicken and a six pack in his bat bag.

  17. Good for Dale Hunter, as a little one I picked the Quebec Nordiques to be a fan of and always remember how he played the game and left everything on the ice. I applaud him for wanting to be a better Dad especially with how difficult it must be to motivate millionaire athletes to want to play the game it is supposed to be played.

    DK, great point on the Pirates pitching, I too feel as it has been overlooked and overshadowed by the focus of the anemic offense, but let’s try for a second to imagine where this team would be if it were not 2nd in ERA and near the bottom.

    Brad Lincoln is showing not only his versatility but I believe that he is finally ready for a rotation spot. He is one guy that we have drafted that looks to have developed into a contributor for time to come.

    Even with Corriea on the dish tonight we may have a favorable pitching match-up so let’s get this mini two game sweep!

  18. NMR,

    The odd thing about that chicken and beer fiasco in Boston is those millionaires probably didn’t even pay for it. They probably sent out to the concession for it and got it for nothing. You and I would probably pay $60 for that in beantown, maybe more. Or did they order out?

  19. NMR ~ lol

    CWalton, I know it’s two distinct sports, but the Buccos are kinda like the Pens, in that when they are down, they pull together. A player out of the line-up? No problem, someone will step up and do better. The arms are giving it all, and the bats are hitting here and there and pulling it out.

    I’m getting sucked further and further into the Bucco whirlpool! lol

  20. I think I read somewhere that NH’s theory is stock pitching and then trade pitching for hitting.

    So far, hasn’t worked.

  21. “I think I read somewhere that NH’s theory is stock pitching and then trade pitching for hitting.”

    You forgot part of the theory. NH’s plan is to flip pitching for hitting when the time is right.

    It hasn’t work so far because it hasn’t been attempted.

    And before the comments about how thats a crock and no other major league team would do something like that, take a look at Mike Rizzo, Ted Lerner, and the Washington Nats.

    Rizzo admitted to tanking the ML payroll in order to land Harper/Strasburg and Lerner underfunded the team until they arrived(and he found out his TV contract would be tripling.

    Now, I personally don’t believe NH has the scouts to identify the required hitting talent, but at least be fair and withold judgement until he actually attempts.

  22. Dejan,

    Have you noticed how many teams are a so having a power outage? The Marlins spent big in the of season, but they started a 3B batting .221, a 1B batting .198 with a .550 OPS, and a C batting .202

    Its not an isolated incident. Hitting is down, and the big money contracts are migrated all the hitting to the coasts. Its no wonder that players like Braun and others are willing to risk positive tests to hit with more power.

    Personally, I enjoy 3-2 wins more than 10-8 wins (or loses).

    Lets sweep those fish.

    DK: Hitting is down, but the Pirates are by FAR the worst even in that context.

  23. @Biz

    So far he hasn’t traded any of that pitching for anything. So I guess we have to give him an Inc. If Bedard comes back strong tomorrow night and continues to pitch well, and remains healthy, they may be able to deal him for a bat in July. most likely a young bat that may not be ready this year but potentially next year. I’m not a NH fan boy, far from it. But I don’t think we can fully grade him on his strategy until he trades that pitching for a hitter, adn that hitter can’t hit.

  24. “Attempt” is a great word to use in discussing NH.

  25. @Roberto

    A power outage across the league is one thing. But just a week and a half ago the Pirates had the lowest number of runs scored in all of baseball…that included the minors. That is pittiful. This teams failure at teh plate goes beyond the rest of the league’s “power outage”

    You are right though that the teams in the middle of the country, other than maybe Chicago, have to win in a different way than the coasts. Better pitching, better defense, and less offense. But less offense can not mean completely in-ept offense if you want to accomplish anything.

  26. C’mon, Dejan. Spending more time with the family is a classic sign of being “asked” to resign. He installed a system that had Ovechkin on the bench. One of them had to go, and Hunter is the obvious choice.

    DK: There was zero indication of that yesterday.

  27. Slow morning…where’s Drew when ya need him? ;)

  28. Jandy,

    Drew and Milo are on a sabbatical at a nunnery in Dallas. We won’t hear from them for a while.

  29. Wait a minute! As Mother Teresa, I should have been informed of this!

  30. What’s more, DK is probably with ‘em. “The Dallas 3″

  31. You can’t watch this team and not be impressed with the pitching staff. NH does deserve the credit for this.

    I’d hate to think where this team would be without the pitching staff.

    24/7 brought up the fact that when Karstens and Bedard comes back, who gets bumped from the rotation and suggested that maybe a starter could be traded for a bat. That would be nice but I don’t see that happening.

    How about Hanny traded and moving Lincoln to the closer role? I could see him filling this spot. In his relief appearances he was averaging between 94-96 MPH on the fastball and has a killer power breaking ball. I think DK has mentioned that he could be a future late innings guy. Right now, I think he can pitch in any situation. Very impressed with him right now.

  32. @NMR

    Technically, this off season he did flip pitching for a bat. Jose Veras for Casey McGehehehee. Its not the greatest, but its a start.

    To be honest, its a great philosphy to have. There’s no such thing as too much pitching.

  33. I hate to compare the Pirates to the 2010 SF Giants, but there is a lot in common between these 2012 Pirates and that WS champions team of 2010. They were pitching dominate and very weak with the sticks. The Giants announcers, which if you have never listened to are a must, dubbed the Giants games as “torture.” They were winning games 2-1, 3-2 and it was usually a boring game offensively. They’d get that much needed hit late in the game, similiar to Pedro’s hit last night.

  34. Nice comparison, Ryan. Hope it sticks for the entire season.

    Jandy,

    You’re right. Slow day. Can’t get a rise out of any of the 3 of them, even with that ridiculosity.

  35. Regarding trading pitching for hitting

    I’m not sure if we have the depth to do that, in spite of the system being “flooded”

    Unless you trade one of the three big chips in the minors, which I would hope NH would not do.

    Whatcha gonna get for Owens? Even Bedard would be a rental for someone. Hanny? The only chip, IMO that would or should bring a good return.

    We’ll see

  36. @Biz

    I think the trade would come from the current crop of starters with the youngin’s taking their places. I do agree that Hanny is the biggest chip and I’m all for trading Bedard, Corriea, etc as a rental to grab a bat. This offense needs to find some punch. I’d assume that if they keep hanging around like they did last year (hopefully longer this time) that we might see some action.

  37. One of the great theories in building a team is that you grab all the pitching you can and then when you achieve a surplus you can trade for a couple bats and fill the holes in your lineup.

    But in the case of the Pirates . . .

    Ah, well never mind — amazingly this team is one game under .500 and leading the league in squeakers. 82-80 here we come.

  38. Any win is a good win. The question is, is the current pitching success sustainable or are we looking at a second half collapse? I’m optimistic since the schedule is so much more favorable in this year’s second half vs. last years.

    .500? maybe, but I doubt it

  39. Offensively, this team isn’t far off. I’d like to see 1-2 vets added to the lineup that might actually understand some situational hitting though. Might be why we’re seeing more of McGehehehee lately. Not that he’s produced though.

    Cutch is on a tear and I can’t decide if I like Pedro batting behind him. This is his future spot in the lineup, these guys will be a good 3-4 punch for the next couple of years but it might be premature on moving Big Snack there.

  40. Lucky, you get points for trying ;)

  41. @Biz

    You bring up a great point that I was thinking about during last nights game.

    The minor league pitching depth in the organization took a big hit last year when pretty much every starter in Altoona/Indy (Morris, Owens, Locke, Wilson) had a down year.

    Leading up to that and continuing so far this year, all four of those pitchers were much more highly regarded. None of them seem to be top of the rotation guys, but nobody has those in droves. They are the forgotten ones outside of the Tim Williams of the world who eat prospects with their Lucky Charms in the morning.

    Basically, what I’m saying is that while the MiL pitching depth is on the low end of its value right now, there’s a chance it can be used to replace guys at the Major League level in the future, i.e. Bedard, Hanny, Burnett.

  42. If MiL pitching were to be traded, it would be as filler in a primary trade, such as Hanny.

    Think of Jeff Karstens in the Tabata for Nady deal.

  43. If I may allow myself to be human for a moment. Alex Morgan: Humuna Humuna Humuna

  44. @NMR

    Exactly what I was talking about also. Either filler or replacements. I like what Owens can bring to the table.

  45. John,either you’re babbling, or you just told me in Cherokee that my scrotum was many colored.

  46. OshKosh, ~ B’Gosh is heating up! Oh, behave! ;)

  47. Ryan

    Agree with you – I think the trade we see in June or July is Bedard or Correia for a veteran bat. Bedard obviously has more value as a lefty and with his performance end of last year and this year.

    What do you think of Youkilis as the veteran bat? $12 mill this year with $13 mill option in 2013 ($1 mill buyout)

  48. With respect to stocking pitching vs hitting – this is the mantra of TB, Min, Oak and now the Orioles.

    Showalter was on the radio extolling the virtues of a stocked rotation and bullpen over a stocked lineup.

    Of course you need some hitting. .220 BA as a team will not be good enough.

  49. Wow, talk about bad base-running and questionable decisions.

    The Cubs had TWO baserunners thrown out at 3rd on bunts last night, including one where it was a 2-5-3 double play on a bunt. That double play occured when the Coach bunted his best hitter Castro, who then was the back-end of the double-play at first.

    They did ending up winning the game, but ouch.

    btw, did I read it right. The Pirates are no longer in last place for BA, but actually TIED with the Padres? Moving on up.

  50. @Roberto

    I question what Yuk as left in his tank, but someone of that status would be my idea.

  51. Oshkosh b’gosh,

    Being that I only follow real sports, I had no idea who Alex Morgan was.

    I am NOW a big fan of Women’s Soccer! No wonder JAL likes it.

    Thank you internet and SI.

  52. Google time!

  53. I love women’s soccer!!

  54. Ryan,

    His stats are down and he has been injured. He doesn’t have 10/5 protection, but he may have no-trade teams designated.

    Any other veterans you can think of off the top of your head? I haven’t been able to come up with any that might be coming from selling teams.

  55. Everyone here keeps calling for the firing of Greg Ritchie, the hitting coach.

    After last night, when Bucs had ANOTHER two guys thrown out on the bases, why isn’t anyone calling for replacement of the baserunning coach??!!??!!

    Pirates must have more guys thrown out on the bases than they have actual stolen bases this season!

    Baserunners should be treated like “gold and jewels bounty” on the Pirates!

  56. @Roberto

    To be honest, a guy that I have always been impressed with and would be perfect for PNC is Justin Morneau of the Twins. He has 2 years and about $30 million left on his contract. The biggest issue is he has been injury plagued for the last couple of years, yet healthy can produce. If the Bucs could do something similiar to the AJ deal with Morneau, I’d be on board for a trade for him.

    The Twins are on another down year and could be looking to get rid of Payroll and could be persuaded on a deal like this. Again, I’m not a GM by any means and I know it takes 2 to tango, but this would be a good person to grab, if healthy.

    I’d still take another shot at DLee, although I know he won’t be back. Great pick up last year.

  57. I am actually looking some guys up since I’m on lunch and have nothing better to do….Always liked Morneau though.

  58. Package deal: Hanrahan and Bedard for Alex Morgan.

  59. Mayhay

    DEAL!

  60. @Roberto

    Here’s a name. Todd Helton. Loves Colorado though, very low salary, signed through 2013. Up in age, true professional and might be interested in playing for Hurdle again?!

    Maybe someone to take a look at but, if Yuk doesn’t have much in the tank, this guy may not either…just another name though.

    The problem is, if you look right now, almost everybody is still in contention or rebuilding also, another month into the season and we might have a better outlook as to who would be buyers/sellers.

  61. Youk and Morneau? In a trade? No thankyou.

    One dimensional injury prone players on the downside of their careers are the last thing I want to use any resources other than pure cash to obtain, a la AJ Burnett.

    If those are the only two guys NH can get with Hanny and Bedard, that trade would rank worse than Bay’s.

    Any other players come out of your search, Ryan? I’ve thought about doing that recently as well, even though I’m advocating holding onto at least Hanny, if not both.

  62. I know everybody, myself included, loves the idea of Mark Trumbo from the Angels but, there is NO WAY the Angels are parting with him anytime soon. That may be a offseason type of acquisation. He’s doing too well for them right now when Pujols is struggling and Tori Hunter is having family issues. Very versitale player.

  63. Why again are we focussing on getting aging veterans?

  64. You guys are killing me lol! (re: Alex Morgan)

    DK, you’d better get some soccer columns done pretty soon, complete with pics…women’s soccer FIRST.

  65. NMR

    Neither one of those guys for Hanny, maybe Bedard.

    Not much coming up to be honest, but I’m looking strictly 1B.

    Too offer Hanny I would look younger, up and coming 1B. Not the old dudes.

  66. A couple points to consider. Presley really isn’t a base stealer although he looks like he should be. Never put up a huge SB number in the minors. The Barmes bunt last night was the right play, just poorly executed. He needed to bunt it harder to force the 3B to field it allowing Barajas to walk into 3rd with 1 out. Right call, poor execution. And finally, while it has been frustrating, this team is going to have to continue playing small ball because they just can’t wait for a homer with the caliber of players they’re running to the plate. They need to scrap for every run and cross their fingers that the pitching holds up.

  67. NMR

    It depends on what the offers are. Right now, IMHO, this lineup needs a veteran presents. Not the Barmes or Barajas mold either. Like the addition of DLee last season, a player of that nature.

    For the old crusty’s, you make a deal similiar to that of AJ’s. Cash and a minor leaguer.

    I would prefer a younger, $480k type of 1B with good upside, the problem is, there aren’t too many people willing to part with those guys. At least not the ones that are pushing the MLB envelope.

  68. And those Miami uniforms are awful. Reyes looks like he just walked in from Mardi Gras.

  69. @Jandy

    Women’s soccer only! Unless its the German team, we can do without that.

  70. Ah, I gotcha, Ryan. Makes sense. In that case, I’d take Morneau for Bedard in a second.

    Thanks for the research, btw.

  71. Whether they’re “ready” or not, I’d rather see this lineup immediately:

    Tabata
    Walker
    McCutchen
    Alvarez
    Hague
    Marte
    Barajas
    Barmes

  72. I agree and your welcome…I should be doing work but……eh, I have someone that can do that for me.

    The Morneau for Bedard probably wouldn’t be the deal. My guess would be more of a Morneau for a cheaper, younger guy…

    Besides, the Twins don’t need Morneau when they have Ryan Doumit!!

  73. @Mayhay

    Sounds like a September lineup to me…

  74. If the Pirates are sellers in July, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see either Barmes and Barajas get traded. Might as well dump some of that payroll and start over again.

    i’m not suggesting that either player will net any talent whatsoever……but a contendar can always use a good defensive catcher.

  75. Ryan, work is a four letter word, and it gets in the way ;)

    I’m reading everything guys, and trying to take it all in…keep it coming!

  76. @Jandy

    Yes it is…….especially when Alex Morgan is thrown out there.

  77. Barmes + Barajas = Michalek + Martin

    Too soon?

  78. A little too soon, but would be very approriate if things stay the same throughout the year.

  79. The M boys are worse, they are eating up quite a percentage of the salary cap and their deals are longer

    Plus, they were supposed to be top flight defensemen

    The B-boys were fairly bargain basement reaches, in the MLB world.

    We overpaid so we would have someone to play those spots

  80. I got pulled into the search, Ryan. Man, pickings are slim, aren’t they?

    Melky Cabrera FA offseason signing is about the only realistic move that would “excite” me.

  81. Latest ESPN Magazine is a World Football (that is soccer) issue with Wayne Rooney on the cover.

  82. What about a guy like Matt LaPorta from the Indians who is stuck in AAA?

  83. You guys’ drool over Alex Morgan just ran down the Ohio past Louisville. I heard it from here and I’m 120 miles south of it. What’s so great about a beautiful woman who sacrifices her body for soccer? She has a nice website, BTW.

  84. To be clear – I was never talking about trading Hanrahan for an aging veteran.

    We were talking about trading Bedard or Correia (both free agents next year) for a veteran bat.

    I love Morneau, but I can’t see Minny trading him, even with his injury. He is like Derek Jeter to the Twins.

    Helton is interesting. And I like the Hurdle connection

  85. Mayhay

    I thought about LaPorta actually yesterday. He’s from the same neck of the woods as I am in Florida, would be pretty neat. I’m not sure how “blocked” he is though. He was part of the deal from the Brewers for CC. Not sure if the Indians would be ready to part ways with him yet though. Good call and I’d be down for it.

  86. mayhay –

    I hear ya on LaPorta, but I really don’t see him being better than Jones. Jones has more Major league power than LaPorta does Triple-A. He is turing out to be Steve Pearce for the Indians.

    Which is horrible for their FO considering they traded CC Sabathia, and he was the main piece of that trade.

  87. I think Minny might trade Morneau to dump that contract. He really hasn’t lived up to it yet because of injuries. I would consider Joe Mauer more of the DJ of the Twinkies…..who knows. Fun to speculate though.

  88. Ants marching????

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