I would trade Chapman in a heartbeat if I could get good value. We have way too much money tied up in the bullpen as it is. And as we say this year, you can be a dominant reliever and still end up no better at saving games. Let's cash that chit in.
Keep Choo if possible and platoon him with Ludwick for this year.
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Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
I don't think there's any doubt about that. Bogaerts is likely untouchable.Profar and Bogaerts are both elite young players, but the reason Profar's name comes up so often in trade scenarios is because the Rangers have no place to put him on the field. They may be more willing to trade him than the Red Sox would be with Bogaerts.
"Baseball is a very, very complex business. It's more of a people business than most businesses." - Bob Castellini
Hearing on rotoworld.com that the Rays are likely to trade David Price this winter.
That was copied from MLBTradeRumors.comJoel Sherman of the New York Post reached out to nine baseball executives yesterday to ask if they felt David Price would get moved this winter and they all said yes. Price, like Matt Garza and James Shields when they were dealt from Tampa Bay, is two years away from free agency, meaning that this is the time to move him. The Rangers came up most often as the most likely destination followed by the Cubs, Diamondbacks, Padres, Red Sox, Giants, and Reds.
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If anything, I would imagine they would have a de facto four-man OF, with Choo sharing time with both Ludwick and Hamilton in LF/CF.
Last edited by RedEye; 10-07-2013 at 11:39 AM.
...the 2-2 to Woodsen and here it comes...and it is swung on and missed! And Tom Browning has pitched a perfect game! Twenty-seven outs in a row, and he is being mobbed by his teammates, just to the thirdbase side of the mound.
The Reds lacked a true number one dominant arm, and it hurt them in big series, and of course, the wildcard game. If Cueto was healthy and the same Cueto from 2011-12, I think the Red win the division. Cingrani did fine in his place, but missed a bunch of starts, resulting in AAA pitchers starting at least 3 times, and never gave the Reds the innings Cueto would have.
That taxed the bullpen, which was another problem. They did okay, but lacked that second elite arm besides Chapman. Way too many crucial innings for Broxton, LeCure, Parra and Hoover.
Reds need a true top of the rotation arm. I think either Cueto, Cingrani or Chapman could be that arm in the rotation, but at the same time, all three could be disasters as well.
That's why Price makes sense.
"Man, the pitch looks fast, even in slow motion." Thom Brennaman on Chapman's fastball.
White Sox Expected To Pursue Curtis Granderson
The White Sox will have a lot of holes to fill this offseason, and Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the they're expected to push hard for free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson. The connection makes sense not only based on team needs but because Granderson is an Illinois native who played college ball at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Granderson recently donated a new baseball facility to UIC, and that facility is roughly three miles from U.S. Cellular Field, writes Van Schouwen.Granderson will be one of the main beneficiaries of Hunter Pence's lofty five-year, $90MM extension this offseason. Not only did Pence's deal set a high precedent for corner outfielders, it also removed one of Granderson's main competitors from the free agent market before the season even ended. Granderson and agent Matt Brown will still have to contend with the likes of Shin-Soo Choo, Carlos Beltran and perhaps Nelson Cruz, who is expected to receive a qualifying offer from the Rangers. I profiled Granderson's free agent case last month and estimated that he could fetch three years and $45MM based on his track record, though that was before Pence's contract was signed. Granderson said recently that his preference is to stay with the Yankees, but it remains to be seen if they will make a serious push to retain him as they attempt to lower payroll.
Price will be expensive. 10 million minimum, likely to go to 15 million in arbitration. That and likely prospects they would want would be Hamilton and Cingrani. For those reasons, I think it's unlikely the Reds pursue this trade.