August 11, 2012
The Kansas City Royals took a risk this offseason signing a former All-Star in Johnathan Broxton but the former all-star put up all-star numbers and the Royals got a nice return for him on July 31st. Broxton was a closer in KC but will settle for a setup role in Cincinnati behind Aroldis Chapman. This is a great trade by the Reds, they made something that was great, nearly unstoppable in their bullpen. Sean Marshall is an ace setup man and Broxton and Chapman will make a great trio that some are comparing to the “Nasty Boys” of the 90s, but I’m not to sure they’ll be that good. Broxton shouldn’t have too much trouble switching roles, since he has set up before and if Chapman goes through a wild stretch Broxton can just step in. Broxton should finish his great season and should live up to what he was before in a shutdown reliever, if the Reds re-sign him he’d be a great closer but if he leaves he could become a great closer again. Broxton will make the eighth inning one where the Reds shouldn’t give up many runs this year and I predict more strikeouts from him an his blazing and great fastball. The Royals didn’t get ripped off by any means, they got Donnie Joesph, a lefty reliever who should be a late innings guy and should be almost as good as Broxton and should get his chance late this season or a full-time role next season. The Royals also got JC Sulbaran a starter who has been good for the Reds minor league teams and could be a decent three or four starter for the Royals. EDGE: Reds
June 27, 2012
Don’t forget to cast your 25 votes on ML.com and since voting ends tomorrow, I will put out my picks for who should be in the 2012 MLB All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City
STARTERS: C Joe Mauer 1B Prince Fielder 2B Robinson Cano 3B Miguel Cabrera SS Derek Jeter LF Josh Hamilton CF Adam Jones RF Jose Bautsita DH Adam Dunn
RESERVES: C AJ Pierzynski 1B Paul Konerko 1B Edwin Encarnacion 2B Jason Kipnis SS Elvis Andrus 3B Adrain Beltre OF Mike Trout OF Curtis Granderson OF Mark Trumbo OF Austin Jackson DH David Ortiz
PITCHERS(BOLD=Starter): SP Justin Verlander SP Chris Sale SP Jered Weaver SP Felix Hernandez SP Jake Peavy SP CJ Wilson SP Brandon Morrow SP Brandon McCarthy SP David Price RP Chris Perez RP Fernando Rodney RP Jim Johnson RP Jon Broxton
STARTING LINEUP: SS Derek Jeter C Joe Mauer LF Josh Hamilton 1B Prince Fielder 3B Miguel Cabrera RF Jose Bautista 2B Robinson Cano DH Adam Dunn CF Adam Jones
STARTERS: C Carlos Ruiz 1B Joey Votto 2B Brandon Phillips 3B David Wright SS Starlin Castro LF Ryan Braun CF Melky Cabrera RF Carlos Beltran DH Matt Kemp
RESERVES: C Yadier Molina 1B Adam LaRoche 2B Jose Altuve SS Rafael Furcal 3B David Freese OF Giancarlo Stanton OF Andrew McCutchen OF Carlos Gonzalez OF Michael Bourn OF Andre Ethier OF Jason Kubel
PITCHERS: SP Matt Cain SP James McDonald SP Gio Gonzalez SP RA Dickey SP Stephen Strasburg SP Cole Hamels SP Clayton Kershaw SP Johnny Cueto SP Ryan Vogelsong RP Craig Kimbrel RP Joel Hanrahan RP Huston Street RP Aroldis Chapman
LINEUP: CF Melky Cabrera SS Starlin Castro DH Matt Kemp LF Ryan Braun 1B Joey Votto RF Carlos Beltran 2B Brandon Phillips 3B Dvaid Wright C Carlos Ruiz
July 20, 2011
The Tigers got Betemit for Julio Rodriguez, a back-up catcher at best and Antonio Cruz, who might be a useful arm someday. Betemit should hit really well in Detroit at first and could show more power in Detroit too and really breakout and become a good, full-time third baseman. Though he’s a streaky hitter he should have a lot more hot streaks and when he does his average can climb. The Tigers will get a lot of Betemit and they should get the player who was early this year. Betemit is a real good player and can even play second or first, and do it well, in a situation that needs it. He won’t be Inge at third and will make some errors but his bat makes him way more valuable than Inge, who was DFA’d and if he’s not claimed will play for Toledo. Inge needs to make more contact and his power and even some decent hitting will come after that. He could make a good impact in September and even if he can get the bat going a little bit, his defense will be needed later in the season. If Inge stays with Detroit they win all-around and Betemit is a good acquisition. Betemit and Inge could likely make some nice contributions when the season is all over. Betemit should right off the bat.
May 31, 2011
Joakim Soria is out at closer for now. Aaron Crow is going to step in for now and I like Crow as a middle reliever or setup man but not as a closer, especially right now. I think he may struggle a little bit for now but me may settle in the role quicker than I think. Soria should rebound quickly and I think he should be back in the closer’s role soon. His ERA will decline rapidly and he will start to do good starting now. I think the Royals are better off with Soria as his closer and Crow is best only closing out games once in a while for right now. If Soria can’t get it back together this year Crow is their next best reliever to do it then. Soria should do really good if he can get his velocity back which should happen. Soria might do worse this season than last but he certainly won’t do as bad is he’s doing now. He should end up with respectable numbers and a job well done. I still like Soria to end the year as a top ten or maybe even five reliever in the MLB.