Juan Pierre is still with the Philadelphia Phillies and I am not surprised. Why would you swap a .300 hitter to save $267K and receive a no-shot prospect?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 5-1 Triumph
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Above Asterisk ( *) = Corresponding Play And/Or Event
Ready To Spend:
The baseball dynamic has changed over the last 2 seasons, but most observers are still mired in the before-parity past. All GM’s–no exceptions–are restricted by the $178M limit to avoid the competitive-balance tax. That stated, Rube Amaro needs 2 endgame relievers, a third baseman and 3 outfielders, but he has $27.5M to work with. That does not count $5M for the trading deadline and $3M to compensate achieved incentives, which leaves $19.5M. He can add Magic Juan to platoon with John Mayberry Jr. for $1M, which includes a $200K raise. For that he gets a steady bat who works endlessly at his craft, like Chase Utley and Doc Halladay. Where else can you get a deal like that?
The higher-ticket keepers are listed in the decisions column and can sign elsewhere. Their current organizations will need to think, long and hard, about their value, which in the case of Josh Hamilton will skyrocket. The Mets may pass on this year’s FA crop because their finances are questionable. Jon Rauch is an arm they probably will want to re-up. The White Sox are included because they play in a 2-team city, like New York and Los Angeles. Their 3 players are: SP Francisco Lirano, LF Dayan Viciedo and C A.J. Pierzynski. Meanwhile, Texas has to be interested in: Hamilton, Ryan Dempster, SP Colby Lewis, C Mike Napoli, RP Mike Adams and RP Koji Uehara. It will cost the Rangers a lot more to keep these five for 2013 and beyond.
Adams, Uehara and Rauch are veterans on Amaro’s radar. However, the Sox and Cubs are the huge buying favorites. Red Sox Nation will experience certain unrest, if that franchise doesn’t ink a few stars. They have David Ortiz and Cody Ross, while Matt Garza will cost big bucks for Theo Epstein. Epstein has a ton of money and another curse to vanquish in Chicago. He loves expensive contracts and a championship for the Cubbies would enshrine him in Cooperstown.
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* 2012 Dollars
He was 3-1 for his last 5 efforts with a 1.86 August ERA. During those 5, his ledger reads: 38.2 frames, 33 hits, 9 runs (8 earned), 7 walked (1 intentional) and 34 fanned. Against the Braves (three times) in both parks (1 home), his line is: 1-1, a 2.25 ERA, 20 total, 15 hits, 7 runs (5 earned), 8 free passes and 19 whiffs.
For Atlanta, he is 2-3 with a 2.45 ERA and his numbers are: 36.2 innings, 29 hits, 10 all-earned runs, 7 BB and 31 K’s. Overall, he has toiled 6.1 frames or more in 13 of 25 showings with 5 clunkers. He faced the Phils as a Cub at the Bank with this mark: 6.1 innings, 5 hits, 1 run (earned), no walks and 1 strikeout on 100 late April tosses.
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Starters’ photos, not described otherwise, are in the 1st inning.
Quality number of the pitcher: 1 – 5
Slot on his club: 1 – 5
Ranking is 1 to 5 & 15 for the less adventurous.
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