Where Dwight Howard SHOULD Go

Dwight Howard

From the information I have gathered it sounds like the Orlando Magic is going to trade Dwight Howard, their centerpiece, to the Brooklyn Nets. But before that happens, I have a message for the Magic organization.  [Read more…]

Blue Jays Don’t Migrate to Milwaukee

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By Melissa S. Wollering

Doug Melvin and I seem to share a media relations philosophy that I wish I could impress upon others. A trade or acquisition rumor is a waste of time UNLESS it becomes worth it to explain to you why the rumored possibility was silly, unbeneficial and not going to happen.  That doesn’t mean we can’t have fun and discuss the realistic price the Milwaukee Brewers would have paid if they were serious about Roy Halladay.  Which they are not.

 
Blue Jay migration to Milwaukee is historically less popular than Milwaukee migration north towards Canada. Sure birds fly south, but Milwaukee is hardly south of anything other than Minneapolis.

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A year and a half of Halladay is worth what? He likely commands a combination of no less than four players who all play in the bigs now or have received at least one call to the majors in the last season and a half.

 
In order to make a trade, the Milwaukee Brewers would almost certainly want to “off-load” a boil or two such as Bill Hall.  Maybe Jody Gerut, who has not exactly panned out. Here’s an eyebrow raiser: how about off-loading Jeff Suppan if his payroll goes with him?

 
Dangling Roy like a piece of meat in front of Siegfried’s tiger suggests shameless, overpriced self-promotion on the part of the Jays who certainly want an inflated return for Roy boy. If Doug Melvin had to put together potential options lists, perhaps they would look something like this.

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Alcides Escobar 2B, Mat Gamel 3B/DH, JJ Hardy SS & Angel Salome C 

 
Escobar has been called up and could be ready for everyday play in the next year. JJ may not be worth the future investment if Milwaukee tries to keep Prince Fielder. Gamel’s defense isn’t there yet, but he has no trouble fitting into a DH spot. Angel Salome is pretty close to the majors and the Jays are slightly short at the catcher spot.

 
Alcides Escobar SS/2B, Lorenzo Cain OF, Angel Salome C & Brett Lawrie

Lawrie sings O’ Canada in the shower and brushes his teeth with maple syrup.  He can also play anywhere on the diamond and could become a stud faster than it takes Celine Dion to get tipsy on Molson Ice. As many readers know, Lorenzo Cain is my boy and Toronto’s CF Vernon Wells is driving everyone up a wall with his lack of consistency.

 

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Manny Parra, SP, Jonathan Lucroy C, Brett Lawrie & JJ Hardy SS

 
At this point you realize we might as well deal either Escobar or Hardy in any of these hypothetical trade cocktails. Only one can play if the other sticks around forever. We also have two decent catching prospects in Lucroy and Salome, so one is expendable.  Manny Parra may have problems as long as he stays in Milwaukee. He wouldn’t be the first Milwaukee Brewer to find success north of the border.

 
Evan Anundsen, SP, Angel Salome C, Corey Hart RF & Alcides Escobar SS/2B

 
Evan is arguably the best minor league pitcher this season for Brevard County. He’s only in Brevard, I know. But he threw a no-hitter earlier this year and in contrast to the Blue Jays’ pitching prospects, he’s not injured. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend dealing Hart, but I can see it being an option.  Mat Gamel may eventually land in CF and with the success of Casey McGehee we could afford it. That is unless Toronto is drooling over Casey, too.

 
There is only one line of reasoning I agree upon with Halladay trade advocates. If the Milwaukee Brewers don’t go after him, the Cardinals or Cubs could. Does this look good to you?  Vomit in my mouth.

 
Wainwright – ERA+ – 135
Carpenter – 180
Pineiro – 123
Lohse – 104
Halladay – 154

 
The talent that Milwaukee would have to give up to bring Halladay is not likely worth the approximately $7M the organization would be liable for, plus another $15.75 due in 2010. Would it make Braun happy?  Oh, now my sarcasm is coming up.  Yes, let’s do it for Brauny. 

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I think the best written statement on this comes from none other than the St. Louis Dispatch:

 

Asked about the price tag for Halladay, a club source said: “Give Ricciardi all our minor-league rosters and let him circle any 5 names.”  –Joe Strauss, SL Post Dispatch

This is why Milwaukee would not have acquired Roy.  This is why Blue Jays don’t migrate south for the summer.

DeRosa fits in Cardinals’ puzzle

Mark DeRosaBy Jake McCormick

The St. Louis Cardinals made the first major move in the 2009 NL Central Division race by trading for former Chicago Cub and fan favorite Mark DeRosa. Call it pay back for taking Jim Edmonds.

Mark DeRosa was the caulk of the 2008 Chicago Cubs. He could fill in at any position (except catcher) and put up career numbers in home runs (21) and RBIs (87). DeRosa became a fan favorite in Chicago because of his personality and ability to come through in the clutch when the rest of the team was floundering. After the Cubs mistakenly thought baseball playoffs were won by golf scoring, DeRosa was traded along with Kerry Wood to the Cleveland Indians so Chicago could add the left-handed Milton Bradley, who was coming off a career year.

Recipe for great television.

Recipe for great television.

Sidenote: There’s a Lewis Black stand up bit where he simply says “Dick Cheney,” pauses, then says that was all that was needed for the joke. I apply that same principle the Bradley, but I feel like he should have a reality show called Milton Bradley: It’s Complicated. He’s much more deserving than Denise Richards.

Chicago’s yearning for the days of DeRosa climaxed when he received a standing ovation during his first at-bat as an Indian at Wrigley Field last week. That makes the Cardinals’ trade for the utilityman all the more interesting.

There’s a good reason why the Cubs have seemingly regretted letting DeRosa go. He already understands the National League game and knows the NL Central especially well. His 0-for-9 start to his Cardinals’ career and wrist injury suffered during Tuesday’s game against the San Francisco Giants not withstanding, DeRosa was second on the Indians this season in

Career stats: 1.000 BA, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1.000 OBP, 0 E

Career stats: 1.000 BA, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1.000 OBP, 0 E

home runs (13) and RBIs (50), and should provide St. Louis with consistent defense at third base and nearly identical statistics to injured starter Troy Glaus. But at this point, I think the Cardinals would take Kyle’s cousin Kyle from South Park over Khalil Greene at third base. At least Kyle could make contact with the ball and had more home runs and RBIs in the show than Greene does on the season.

DeRosa’s strong clubhouse presence should have a positive impact on the bizarro structure of the Cardinals’ roster. St. Louis doesn’t look like the Cardinal teams from the past few years, where veterans like Jim Edmonds, Scott Rolen, and Braden Looper were favored over the team’s skeletal farm system. So far this season, the Cardinals have had 14 rookies on the roster, which leads the league, and eight of them have made their Major League debut. Having so many young players on a contending team, even one with the Terminator (Albert Pujols), can have adverse effects as the season wears on and fatigue starts setting in.

Come with Albert if you want to win

Come with Albert if you want to win

As the All Star Break draws closer, the NL Central continues to stay tightly packed together, with every team (yes, even the Pirates, who are firing players off the port bow) within six games of the top spot. Last year, the Brewers and Cubs made big time deals to upgrade their weaknesses while the Cardinals stood by what they had, which wasn’t enough to stay in serious contention by the end of the season. By trading for DeRosa and despite his current unknown wrist injury, the Cardinals sent the opposite message and are playing to win now. If he lives up to his billing, DeRosa will continue to make the Cubs regret getting rid of him for prospects. But he can’t be expected to step up for the entire team.

With the obvious exception of Pujols, St. Louis has had problems scoring runs. They have been shut out in three of the past 10 games and are 3-7 in that span. Adding DeRosa to Pujols bodyguard duty with Ryan Ludwick and Rick Ankiel should give a needed boost to hitters that have been out of sync from slow starts after injuries. The Cardinals have the pitching and coaching to carrying them into contention late into the season, and if DeRosa stays healthy he could very well be the difference in October baseball in St. Louis.