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Asencio has been outrighted to Iowa. Is anyone aware of a corresponding move or might this be a sign that a trade is happening and someone outside the org is going to be added to the 25?
According to Heyman the Dodgers rejected a Dempster for Allen Webster deal and have only offered a couple of low level prospects who project as relievers. It may be irrational but there's a point where you take your ball and go home.
Can such an exemption be made? It's in the CBA.
And now it's official. Garza won't be starting until late next week.
Oh boy, time to see what kind of haul Maholm can fetch.
Knobler reports that the two clubs are discussing a package deal where the Dodgers would acquire Dempster and outfielder Alfonso Soriano, and have also talked about Bryan LaHair.
The Dodgers reportedly rebuffed a proposal of Allen Webster straight up for Dempster, but if there is cash and Soriano included, perhaps they budge on their stance, or something else can be worked out between the two teams.
Olney says the clubs are no longer in contact.
Which the Cubs would only get if they make an offer and Dempster doesn't come back.
The trade deadline is 24 hours away and still no moves by the Cubs.
Both Scott Miller and Ken Rosenthal are reporting that Dempster/Dodgers trade discussions are back on.
Am I the only one 'worried' about Rizzo's plate discipline. By observation he swings at lots of bad pitches and even looks worse than Soriano in this regard. So I looked it up and he would be the 3rd worst in baseball in OSwing% in he had enough PAs to qualify...
And now Soto has been pulled from the on-deck circle and is saying his goodbyes.
Im curious about jackson being pulled wonder is he is being moved
Live-armed 24 yo AA reliever.
Live-armed 24 yo AA reliever.
Brigham is mostly a starter.
Yeah - and decent K rate, too... the scouting reports seem to think his future is in the bullpen.
Guess that'd be the answer to my question "Don't we have any stopgaps other than Casey Friggin' Coleman?". Trading Dempster and Maholm was the right thing to do, but the rotation will now rival 2011's for sheer amateurish ugliness.
And then fall apart the next season.
I mean I'm all for pie in the sky silver lining but you have to be at least somewhat grounded in reality.
Okay, who are these pitchers that have taken advantage of their "last chance" and have gone on to be productive for at least a season or two afterwards?
Trachsel for almost his entire career was basically putting up seasons that were good enough to be a #3 pitcher or better.
In 1997 Steve was basically an average starter.
I'm not sure Randy Wells fits since we're still waiting on those actual good years to come about.
The Cubs signed Marquis to a 3 year deal. I'm not sure how that qualifies as a "last chance".
Mike Bielecki had his good year in 1989 and then stunk as a full time starter after that.
in terms of conventional stats he had almost the exact same year as he did in 1997 except his team won 7 more games when he was pitching.
Jason Marquis hit FA after 2006 and why would the Cards view 2006 as Marquis' "last chance" to prove himself in the rotation heading into that season?
So when was his "last chance"? Why would his first year as a major league starter be his "last chance"?
Yes it happens but you don't exactly plan for it to happen. You don't pencil in some pitcher into the rotation who has thrown 540 innings of suck so far in the hopes that he is one of those undistinguished pitchers that happens to have a decent year.
Turn it around to what? Again, my stance is that even if Wood and Volstad have a good 6 to 10 game run they still are sucky pitchers likely to have sucky years. A decent short run doesn't negate the years of futility.
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