Valuing Ubaldo

I had a conversation tonight with a friend about Ubaldo Jimenez’s trade value.  I asked him if he’d trade the 27 year-old pitcher if he was the Rockies and he said no based on his affordable contract.  Jimenez is signed for $2.8 million this year, $4.2 million next year and then has a $5.75 million and $8 million team option for 2013 and 2014.  Obviously that’s a very team friendly deal for any team in the majors.  Then I asked if he’d trade him for a Zack Greinke-like return.  Greinke was traded this past offseason for Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain, Jake Odorizzi, and Jeremy Jeffress.  He said he would.  So, using that framework for a deal, what should the Rockies be looking for if they deal their ace pitcher at the deadline?

We know he's worth a ton...but how much?

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Revisiting Brandon Phillips’ Short Playoff Stint

Two posts in one day?!  Yeah.  That just happened.

It’s the top of the 8th and the Reds are clearly looking like a team that will once again not score any runs.  That will lead them to a 3-0 sweep at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies.  There’s no shame in that, obviously, the Phillies are a good team.  However, our old friend and Brandon Phillips went and opened his mouth again before the playoffs started and because of that, we’ll put him under the microscope.

We’ll start with the good.  In Game 2, Phillips led off the game with a homer.  He followed that up with a single and double.  Good work.  His team still lost the game 7-4.  But really, that one game makes him the best hitter on the Reds during their minimal playoff stay.  Yipee!

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Some Playoff Predictions

As promised, I’m coming back this offseason with some real posts.  Since I haven’t done that since like August, this is a big step for me.  First up will be the Major League Baseball playoff predictions.  Luckily, I’m really good at this so you won’t even have to watch the games and you can just jump right into hockey season.  I can’t wait for hockey season.

Let’s get started:

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Tommy John For Stephen Strasburg

Stephen Strasburg

By now you’ve heard that Washington Nationals pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his elbow.  Typically it takes 12-18 months to recover from the procedure so he’ll miss most or all of next season.

I feel really bad for the kid.  He’s done and said all the right things so far, plus, he’s just really fun to watch pitch.  He’s going to finish this season with the second highest K/9 ratio for a rookie in history (12.2), just behind Kerry Wood (12.7).

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Tom Brady Hates the Jets. Brandon Phillips Hates the Cardinals. So What’s the Difference?

By now you’ve probably heard Tom Brady’s comments about the HBO reality TV show “Hard Knocks.”  If not, you need to read more sports news:

Honestly, I haven’t turned it on,” he said in a casual manner. “I hate the Jets, so I refuse to support that show.

Also, by now you’ve heard of our old friend Brandon Phillips’ comments about the St. Louis Cardinals:

Instead of posting his comments here, I’m going to link you to our friends at Doin’ Work because we like them.

I may not agree with them, but it’s good work nonetheless.  Anyway, what’s the difference here?  Why do I like what Tom Brady said and not like what Brandon Phillips said?

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Opening Day Almost, Kind Of

Major League Baseball starts tonight when the Red Sox and Yankees face off tonight on ESPN.  Shocking that ESPN would open with the only two teams that it thinks exist, but that’s a different post for a different day.  (Okay, one more thing, couldn’t get a look at Minnesota’s new ballpark, Target Field or something?  No one cares about the Sox-Yankees.)  Anyway, regardless of teams, I’ll be watching and I’ll enjoy every second of it.

There’s something about Opening Day that’s just magical.  I feel like every sport has at least one thing that it does better than every other sport.  Hockey is the best live sport, the NFL has the best draft, soccer has relegation (European leagues, anyway), college basketball has a gigantic single elimination tournament, the NBA has….tall…people?  Never mind about the NBA.  But baseball has Opening Day and they do it right.

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2009 Baseball Previews – NL Central

Time for the second to last preview before Sunday night’s opening game.  This one will focus on the NL Central.  You can check out the other four previews here: AL East, AL Central, AL West, NL East.  Also, while you’re at it, check out this Jim Thome bobblehead.  Notice something wrong?  Now on to the previews. Continue reading

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