I'm witchcrafting everybody.
The Rangers have Cruz and three catching prospects. They want pitching. I'd be waving Bailey, Maloney, LeCure,Thompson, Jukich, Roenicke, Pelland (not all but one or two depending on which ones they want)and a reliever like Weathers or Affeldt for Cruz and Ramirez or Teagarden.
My offer: Bailey, LeCure and Affeldt for Cruz, Ramirez and Poveda.
People believe that Cruz can magically learn to hit at 27 years old, but don't believe the same about Hopper.
At least Hopper did it for a while in the majors.
I miss Adam Dunn.
But my point is that both players had a considerable jump in their minor-league production at around 26 years old. If you credit one for it, you should credit the other as well.
In fact, give more credit to Hopper because he was able to sustain it in the majors and Cruz wasn't.
Last edited by kpresidente; 07-28-2008 at 12:22 PM.
I also want to throw out there that Teagarden is worth a lot more than people are giving him credit for. It would take a lot more to acquire him than what people are suggesting.
What's this player's name again??? Roberto Petagine? Kevin Bass? Erinie Young? Oh, Nelson Cruz....he's more likely to become a minor league free agent than he is to become a successful MLB outfielder next season. Teagarden = worthwhile; Nelson Cruz = Jim Bowden-like pick-up...Let's go after players we can build a team around!
Apparently Walt is interested in Cruz as well.
Cruz is up and had a nice season premiere last night. He was a triple shy of the cycle.