February 6, 2012
Jeremy Guthrie has been a very good and very underrated starter the past few years and this trade could be a steal for the Rockies. They now have a good rotation filled with good young arms and vets and they gave up very little to get the ace of their staff. He should pitch like an ace too and his numbers shouldn’t change at all, sure moving to Coors may hurt him a little but he can get around that sometimes by ground balls and he’s moving out of the AL East, where the Yankees and Red Sox feasted on him. Guthrie brings a lot to the table, he’s just flat out good and him and Chacin could be a very good 1-2 combo that flies under the radar next season. I like this move for both the Rockies, who get a lot better and the Guthrie who should continue doing well. The Orioles get Jason Hammel, who had a tough go of it last year but is better than that and somewhat underrated and moving away from Coors, a ballpark less suited for him, will help him be better and possibly good as the five man for the O’s in 2012 and Lindstrom is a pretty good reliever and moving should help him reestablish himself as one of the premier setup men in the again and be a success in Baltimore, I think these guys help the O’s but losing Guthrie will hurt a lot in 2012 and possibly beyond. EDGE: Rockies
- RHP Jeremy Guthrie
- RHP Jhoulys Chacin
- LHP Jorge De La Rosa
- RHP Alex White
- LHP Drew Pomeranz
- LHP Zach Britton
- RHP Jake Arrieta
- RHP Wei-Yin Chen
- RHP Jason Hammel
- LHP Brian Matusz
December 11, 2011
The Cubs got Ian Stewart, who still has a lot of power upside and will hit for power given the chance and the Cubs got to keep Dewitt and Baker who can play second and third. The Cubs also got Casey Weathers who could be a successful reliever out of their bullpen as soon as next year. The Rockies got Tyler Colvin, who and a decent start in the majors but has cooled since, playing at Coors Field may turn his whole career around and you could see him being a fourth outfielder, or maybe a platoon or lower end starter who hits .270, plays good defense and gets on a bit. The Rockies also got DJ LeMahieu. he will be a great utility man with a bit of everything but in 2012 he could help the Rockies out at lot at second base and he have a breakout season, he has talent and is better than Weathers, but Stewart is better than Colvin and should have more success in his new home and both prospects should have good careers and both these teams should get some production and it should work out for both teams. EDGE: Cubs
September 1, 2011
- I think Montero can help if he sees a lot of playing time, not as much as a catcher though. I think he should only catch couple games or he could hurt the Yanks on defense. Montero would make a good DH, a lot better than Jones, Posada and Chavez by a bit. He should hit a lot of homers and may struggle with average and getting on a bit at first but he could get the hang of it and just be really good and a big bat. He should hit lower in the line-up, but I could see him hitting sixth at some point. Montero is going to have a good career and hit some big homers and it should start right away. He’s a real big addition to the Yankees and if he even does two-thirds of what he cn he might help the Yanks win the division, not solely but as an X-factor who has a good month. He’s a lot better than the Red Sox lone addition, Felix Doubront, who will be good but not as valuable.
- Wilin Rosario was called up by the Rockies and him and Ianetta will make a great platoon for now but he’s even better. His defense is really good and he will handle pitchers with ease and he has good skills as far as hitting goes that will be helped a lot by Coors Field. He will be a top catcher in a couple of years
- Devin Mesoraco is even better than Rosario on defense and will show why right away, he could easily have the biggest September out of the three catchers and be a star and key player in Cincinnati for years. His defense will be good but his hitting will steal the show, especially the power. He’s good and very impressive and will be for years.
RANKING THE THREE
- Jesus Montero
- Devin Mesoraco
- Wilin Rosario
All are great though.
A COMPLETELY UNRELATED NOTE I SHOULD HAVE TWEETED BUT DIDN’T HAVE ENOUGH CHARACTERS: Matt Joyce should have a very nice September. I see him flashing some power and really going back to his original approach that will give him a good average. He’s a good player, he just needs to be consistent and he can and it might start here. Don’t forget his arm and decent defense either, he may do some good things on defense. His numbers should look good and I think he’s a pretty good player.
August 14, 2011
JIMENEZ DEAL: Jimenez will be a great addition to the Indians and though he might not be as good as last years first half in Cleveland he’s in a less hitter friendly park and can work with that to lower his ERA and WHIP and start to get more hitters out and become himself again. He should do best in the AL Central for now and though he will still have some tough outings with Cleveland he should be a true ace and keep them in the race for the rest of the year. Down he road he should do very good for Cleveland too but to be dominant again and always have an ERA in the 2.00′s he needs to start throwing faster which means he needs to follow through at the end of his wind-up, I’ve heard and seen it and believe it to be true and if he can do that, the Indians made a nice choice in getting him but if not he will still be dominant but nowhere as good and very inconsistent, I think he can turn it around though and with his fastball he can be very big for them, but not as good as Verlander. The Rockies got Alex White, who will be successful and always has been, he will make a great number two starter in the future and pitching in Colorado will only hurt him a little, I really like this guy and he won’t always have impressive outings but he will always only give up two or three runs and keep his team in the game. They also got Drew Pomeranz, who keeps getting better by the day and there is nothing to dislike, he;s the future ace and could turn out to be more valuable than Jimenez to the Rockies, but that’s just a possibility. He has a very bright career ahead though. Joe Gardner will be a solid middle of the rotation guy who has some impressive years and he looks very good. Matt McBride is a power hitter, who will be pretty much that in the MLB. EDGE: Rockies
A look at each teams rotations now (With everybody healthy)
- RHP Jhoulys Chacin- An ace, but a lower tier one
- LHP Jorge De La Rosa- Still ahs something left
- RHP Alex White- Reday to step up
- RHP Jason Hammel- A filler who will do ok sometimes but 4.50-ish ERA
- RHP Esmil Rogers- Could get better
- RHP Ubaldo Jimenez- Duh, he’s going to be good even with some problems
- RHP Justin Masterson- And rising…Big Time
- RHP Fausto Carmona- Not the best, not the absolute worst though
- RHP Josh Tomlin- Overrated but a four starter at heart
- RHP Carlos Carrasco- He could be more than he is right now and soon
FUKUDOME DEAL: This deal adds depth and injury relief for the Indians. Sure, Fukudome will do better in Cleveland but he still won’t be good and he really only brings above average defense to the table. If he hits at the bottom of the order he will do okay and make very few contributions. The Cubs got Abner Abreu, who will be a power hitter who has potential to be a very good hitter and the Cubs also got Carlton Smith, a so-so pitcher. EDGE: Cubs
July 25, 2011
THE REDS: 1B Yondor Alonso, C Yasmani Grandal, SP Travis Wood
His best fit. He would do very good there and lower his ERa and could very well pitch the Reds into the postseason. Ubaldo is great and in Cincinnati he would get even better and limit the NL Central. He could have a very good first two months for them with amazing numbers. There is a small chance he would not do as well there though.
THE RED SOX: 1B Lars Anderson, SP Felix Doubrant, 3B Kolbrin Vitek, RP Michael Bowden
If the Sox get him they will be better than the Phillies and he probably would do decent at Fenway and great on the road and with his nasty stuff be great for te Red Sox in the division and him and Lester as co-aces is brilliant, especially with Bekcett and Buchholz behind him. Decent Fit
THE YANKEES: C Austin Romine, SP Dellin Betances
It’ s a lot and it might not be worth it with CC and if Hughes shows up and Burnett does too. I think in New York he’d do nice and have mostly good starts but he would be more inconsistent If he goes there he will get a lot of wins and help a lot, he would probably make the Yankees better than the Red Sox for now. Okay Fit.
THE RANGERS: 3B Mike Olt, SP Neil Ramirez, OF Engel Beltre
The Rangers could switch out a guy for Tanner Scheppers if the Rockies need him in a deal, but the Rangers do need one more arm for the postseason and Ubaldo will deliver then and I think he could do okay in Texas. Decent Fit.
THE TIGERS: SP Jacob Turner, 3B Francisco Martinez, 2B Brandon Douglas
It would make their rotation: Verlander, Jimenez, Scherzer, Porcello, Penny and if he can have mostly good starts the rest of the year, he can make the Tigers frontrunners for the division and maybe pennant but if he doesn’t show it could mean a close race. They would need him to be consistent always for them to get him. Good Fit. Could turn everything around at Comerica
BOTTOM LINE: The real Ubaldo is a nasty one and close to the one in 2010′s first half, but he will have some rough spells every once in a while. He’s an ace that is worth it though.
June 30, 2011
Ellis still has a bit left in him and they got him for Bruce Billings, a guy who could have an average or just above average career. Ellis could completely revive his career in Colorado or just flop but I think he will do pretty good, especially since he has power and he could be a decent second baseman all around. He’s good for the Rockies and could propel them a bit and he might have a bigger impact than most expect. I like an Eric Young and Chris Nelson platoon at third base too. Ellis can hit second or somewhere near the bottom and do a good job. I expect him improve on his recent seasons and maybe have a late career revival. Ellis won’t be the best but he could be a nice small part to a Rockies comeback, and he’s a veteran, which is what they need. He probably won’t have a career year but in Colorado he can do some damage and him and Tulo will make for a decent double play combo who can get the job done a some more. His best fit is in Colorado and he should do awesome at Coors Field and average and below average on the road, depending on what park he plays in.