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post #2961 of 3692 (permalink) Old 02-12-2013, 04:17 PM
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Should've joined MLB Networks reality show where they try to teach former QBs how to throw a knuckleball and try to help get them a ST invite.

I know FLUTIE was on there and he's older than Wakefield (the instructor) but I'm pretty sure they were all former QBs.

And idk wtf Clevelands doing. Their pitching is still piss poor and they better hope Bourn doesn't start trending downward right away even though he's on the wrong side of 30. Swisher is meh. He'll be a slight improvement over Choo but not enough to make them a playoff contender I'd say. KC honestly sill might be a better pick than them.

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Hamilton showed up leaner to training camp today, says he is feeling great.


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He knows his power is gonna sapped in Angels Stadium, so we'll probably see high BA Hamilton this season. I mean he'll still hit around 30 HR most likely, but if he also hits around .300, give me that over him trying to go yard with every swing.

Oh my god, I'm talking as if he's still a Ranger. This might be baseball blasphemy, but I actually will be pulling for Hamilton if the Rangers tank. I just can't hate the guy even if he is a Jesus freak.

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Mets were offering Bourn the same amount, but refused to sign him for the 11th overall draft pick.
And the 5th year vesting option that CLE gave him.

Still don't know why they were pursuing him so hard. He's not a game changer and they aren't gonna do anything this year.

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Yeah, I'm kinda with PP that the Royals are more likely to attempt a run at the Tigers before the Indians will. Just don't think Cleveland did much at all to improve. I mean they made moves, but those moves are kinda meh.

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Kansas City got ELLIOT JOHNSON, so now they're WS favorites.
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Cardinals didn't improve through FA but I don't think they needed too. They got a load of prospects who might be ready sometime this year. Taveras, Wong, Martinez.. all good prospects. Plus we got young pitchers in Kelly, Miller and Rosenthal who could become something this year as well. Cardinals have a bright future and this year just might be a transitional year and that still may result in 80 wins.

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Here's the key problem for the Indians, which makes all of these splashy moves look more like superficial window-dressing than actual arduous organizational rebuilding:

2012 ERAs of Ubaldo, Masterson and Bauer*: 5.40, 4.93, and 6.06.

And that's the good part of their rotation.

They have no starting pitching, like at all. Even if Bauer were to develop into an above-average MLB starter, that is still only one guy who's remotely good in your rotation.

*Granted, as was discussed in this thread in the last few days, Bauer's ERA is based on only 16 or so innings in the Majors. But it's still not comforting in relation to the general discussion of Cleveland's pitching situation.

Then there's the point that Michael Bourn is probably going to begin declining in the next two or three seasons quite significantly (the K-rate is sort of a foreshadowing in terms of the hitting side of his game), and the move probably shuffles their outfield to the point that it forces Nick Swisher to 1B, where his value is lowered a bit, and this whole offseason seems kind of like smoke and mirrors with the silver lining that they're in a weak division.

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Cardinals didn't improve through FA but I don't think they needed too. They got a load of prospects who might be ready sometime this year. Taveras, Wong, Martinez.. all good prospects. Plus we got young pitchers in Kelly, Miller and Rosenthal who could become something this year as well. Cardinals have a bright future and this year just might be a transitional year and that still may result in 80 wins.
What is up with Carpenter? Last I heard is he might not even play.


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What is up with Carpenter? Last I heard is he might not even play.
Yeah, he re-injured himself and Mozeliak said that he wasn't gonna play this year and most likely retire... but Carp said he isn't ruling out a comeback. He shouldn't have come back last year. He didn't pitch all that well and he just put himself at risk.

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