Tagged: Abreu

Ducks and Rocket Launchers

If sources are correct the Yankees have come to terms with yet another big Winter free agent.  Mark Teixeira, it is said, has signed with the Yankees for eight years and 170 million dollars. For what he’s worth statistically Tex is being grossly overpaid but he entered the market young and at the right time not to mention his merits as a switch hitter.

What’s difficult for me here at BnR is dealing with what this means for the American League East.  Its not to say that we’re not used to being wildly outclassed but the Blue Jays are going to have to play the Sox, Rays and Yankees numerous times in the coming season – its not what has happened that is most worrisome but what may happen next that will make it difficult to compete.

With the Rays in possession of an already stellar lineup they should be able to add another bat to compliment the lineup at an affordable cost considering the bevy of outfielders available.  The Red Sox, having missed on the Teixeira sweeptakes, will need to add some sort of a bat and perhaps another bullpen in the arm to stay in contention.  The Yankees, however, will likely continue to make splashes towards constructing a new juggernaut.

Tex doesn’t actually improve the team that much over last year’s squad considering Giambi has departed.  Burnett, a villain to me, may not stay healthy enough to make an impact.  That makes CC Sabathia the best addition and that’s only if the Yankees are able to add Pettite or another free agent pitcher to round out the rotation at Sabbathia, Burnett, Wang __________ and Chamberlain.  What does that mean? Expect another outfielder to compliment the loss of Abreu and the aging of Matsui.

Enter Manny. Yes, I’ve said it.  Manny Ramirez makes the most sense.  Toss another 20-25 million dollars down the pike and round out the squad.  Watch A Rod, Manny and Tex bat together.  Even if they’re not as good as people believe, the sheer task of pitching against these three batsmen in consecutive order will destroy the psyche of lesser pitchers. 

Enjoy the Christmas season in New York.  Its getting colder here in Toronto.

Rumours of Glory

The world is much abuzz with the onset of the true Free Agent season, and there are many rumours concerning the Jays that we should address.  Let’s break it down situation by situation, player by player.

Big Bat:

Manny Ramirez:
Jordan Bastian says it best.  The Jays probably cannot afford Manny. I’m not too sad to see him go, but I wouldn’t have been sad to see him here, either. What other options are there?

Jason Giambi:
In his seven years in New York Giambi enjoyed five productive years, including three of the last four, and two not so productive years.  On top of that he weathered the storms of steroid abuse, and brought back the mustache to New York, reminding Yankee fans of greats like Reggie Jackson.  At age 37, however, Giambi has the best years of his career behind him.  Jays, expect Frank Thomas like production from JG if you tender him a contract. 

Milton Bradley:
Forget about it.  You can keep the funnest player in the game’s league leading OPS, Canada doesn’t want the headache.  Even with Cito, a much more calm and level headed manager than John Gibbons was, notable jerks don’t fair well in Toronto.  Not only is Bradley a pain in the neck, he also has avoided providing his teams with the breakout season that scouts once envisioned.  It’s fun getting into trouble, but I’ll have to say sorry to Milton.

Raul Ibanez:
I’m not always negative!  I think Ibanez would be a great fit in Toronto.  Ibanez is aging quite well, is a premier offensive player in a number of offensive categories, would give us room to trade the likes of Adam Lind (his value will never be as high as it is now), and would probably welcome the chance to spend time at DH.  We tried once to get him and failed.  What about another go?

Bobby Abreu:
Not quite the unheralded marvel for fantasy owners that he once was, Abreu is a great player and would be a great addition under certain circumstances.  Let’s be honest, with how low his HR totals have been over the last few years, his high rbi totals are mostly due to the lineup in which he plays.  On the other hand an outfield of Wells, Rios and Abreu would be tremendous, considering one is willing to play LF.  What does that mean for Lind and Snyder?  One, if not both of them would have to go.  Abreu is too athletic to DH, Snyder is probably too young, and Lind doesn’t hit well enough.  Abreu may cause more problems than he solves. 

Shortstop

Rafeal Furcal:
I’ve already made the case for Raf a week or so ago.  Great pickup if we can get him.  Picking up Raf, Ibanez and a good pitcher would make Toronto a real contender I believe. 

Khalil Greene:
WARNING!!! FLUKE YEAR IN 2007!!! Since 2004 he’s only had one season where he’s played more than 121 games.  2007 was a fluke because of injury woes, not because of talent (of which Khalil has plenty).  If you pick this cat up, JP, get ready to give up your job the second he’s injured.  Let Burnett and Glaus teach you that.

Premium Arm

Burnett:
Some of the best reading I’ve done today was over at the hotstove blog where I noticed AJ’s agent had expressed interest in Atlanta and that Atlanta had given up hope, at least somewhat, in acquiring Peavy.  Go AJ.  Go far.  Go so far that we don’t even have to tolerate you in anything more than the odd interleague matchup. 

Dempster:
It is tempting to think of the chance of having another Canadian on the team.  I miss Stairs.  Dempster is positionally versataile, his injury plagued seasons are three years behind him and he’s coming off a successful transition back into a starter.  Finishing sixth in the crowded NL Cy Young race Dempster had an era below 3 and just over 1.2 WHIP.  Solid.

Ben Sheets:
Next.

Just kidding – I’ll explain myself.  I wasn’t always allergic to injuries.  But the Jays 2006-2008 seasons have me so scared I won’t even go for a checkup at the doctor.  Great talent here but his injury track record is awful.  Let someone else waste their money.

Brad Penny: 
Hmmm, didn’t know he was an option.  His under-the-radar status, due to his recent injury troubles, may make him affordable.  Unlike Sheets he has pitched a couple of full seasons recently and looked very good for the offensively anemic Dodgers in 2007.  Worth a shot!

There you have it, what do you think?