5 Transactions I’d Like To See

The glorious return to blogdom was supposed to happen on Sunday when Weller returned from wherever he was.  Since it’s now Wednesday and the last time I talked to him he was playing Monopoly in Indiana, I’m going to go ahead and start the revolution now.  Or as my wife put it, “You both suck, someone post something.”

This is for you, dear.

Anyway, the Major League Baseball Trade Deadline is this Saturday and there will be plenty of action before then.  So for our first post in a while I’m going to give you five moves that I’d like to see happen (or not happen, ooooo).

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Big News…Again

As some of you know, I’ve been searching for a job in sports for the last year and a half.  That search has led me all sorts of places and even a different country, but earlier today I was offered a job with the Marketing Department for the St. Louis Cardinals which I will accept.  There will be plenty of details in the coming days and weeks of this new development.

Go Cards!

Winter Meetings – The Rich Get Richer

Curtis Granderson

Baseball held their annual Winter Meetings in Indianapolis over the past three days which are always interesting to the Hot Stove crowd.  This year’s edition featured a blockbuster trade and a few free agent signings, plus just enough rumors to make us all want baseball to come back.

Let’s review.

The Yankees acquired Curtis Granderson, the D’Backs acquired Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy , and the Tigers acquired Max Scherzer, Daniel Schlereth, Phil Coke and Austin Jackson in a three team trade.

The World Series Champs made their team even stronger by acquiring the speedy lefty Granderson to man center field for the next few years.  Granderson mashed 30 homers last year in Detroit, so there’s no telling what number he’ll reach at the new Yankee Stadium.  Than lineup is actually scarier now than it was last year.

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Fearless Playoff Predictions

Last night the Twins and Tigers treated us to another great opening to the Major League Baseball playoffs.   The Twins downed the tigers in 12 innings to earn the right to take on the New York Yankees later today in the Divisional Series.  Lucky guys.

So last year I accurately predicted every series except the Dodgers-Cubs opening round set.  With that in mind, I’ll probably get two of these series right and negate all the good feelings I still have about that post.  Either way, this is always fun, so lets see who is going to win the 2009 World Series

Yankees vs. Twins

The Twins have been on a crazy hot streak before ousting the Tigers in last night’s one game playoff.  In the past decade, three teams have entered the playoffs on similar streaks.  Two of them lost in the Divisional Series and one lost in the ALCS.  So not only do the Yankees have history on their side, but they also have the better team.  I don’t have to go through their vaunted lineup or pitching rotation because everyone of them is a household name, it seems.  The Twins will miss Justin Morneau greatly in this series, but Joe Mauer and Nick Punto will get them two games.  Yankees in 5.

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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

Another Baseball Trade

05-khalil-greene-studioA second big trade and we’re not even at the Winter Meetings yet.  This offseason could get fun, real quick.  The latest trade sent Shortstop Khalil Greene from the San Diego Padres to the St. Louis Cardinals for two unnamed relief prospects.

This is a salary dump for the Padres who have been looking to unload Greene’s $6.5 million.  They have been looking to revamp their bullpen after last year’s dismal performance.  Greene was coming off a career year in 2007 after hitting .254 with 27 homers and 97 RBIs.  In 2008, however, Greene took a massive plunge when he hit only .213 with 10 homers and 35 RBIs.  That’s quite the drastic drop in production.  I think Greene’s real potential is somewhere in the .250/15/55 range, which is much better than the production the Cardinals got from their shortstop platoon of Brenden Ryan and Cesar Izturis.  (Ryan: .244/0/10; Izturis .263/1/24)  I should also point out that Greene’s career batting average in Petco Park is .225 while he has hit .270 away from home.  It should benefit him to call Busch Stadium home next year.

If Greene can hit .250 again, it’s a good deal for both teams.

I must end this with a quote from from of disappointed Cardinal fan friends when I told him that Khalil Greene was his new starting Shortstop, “Whatever.  I think he’s ugly.”

There you have it folks, at least one Cardinal fan is upset because Khalil Greene is ugly.

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