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  • Nomar Returns to Fenway
    By BosoxDynasty on July 7, 2009 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    It’s hard to believe it was five years ago that the trade that sent Nomar Garciaparra to Chicago and a World Series to Boston. It’s also hard to believe that over the span of those five years he hasn’t played a single game in Boston. In his return Nomar displayed his affection for the fans before his first at-bat in the 2nd inning, and voiced it after the game to the media.

    In his prime, Nomar was one of, if not the best player in the game. Most people believed he would be in the Hall of Fame one day, before multiple injuries took their toll on the star. He won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1997, won two batting titles, and was a five time ANomar Returnsll-Star during his stint with the Red Sox. After his trade to the Cubs in ‘04, Nomar never produced the All-Star numbers he put up in Boston. After the Cubs, Nomar moved on to the Los Angeles Dodgers for three years in which he was also plagued by injuries, and he has also lost time this year, his first with the Oakland Athletics, to injury.

    The Fenway Faithful gave Nomar a lengthy ovation as he stepped to the plate and cheered him as he ran back to the dugout after grounding out to third base. On his way back to the visitor’s dugout, Nomar also pointed to and thanked the Red Sox in their dugout. He went 2 for 4 with an RBI in his return.

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  • Trade David Wright to the Red Sox?
    By DSchwartz on July 7, 2009 | 5 Comments5 Comments  Comments

    I’ve been scolded lately for saying the Mets should potentially at least look into trading Jose Reyes to the Red Sox for 2 of their top young pitching prospect and Jed Lowrie as well. In a post from Bleacher Report (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/213365-new-york-mets-need-to-make-a-trade-for-the-future), Joseph Delgrippo says the Mets should potentially look to trade David Wright/3b + Fernando Martinez/of to the Red Sox for Clay Buchholz/sp, Lars Anderson/1b, Jacoby Elsbury/of, and 2 from Justin Masterson, Michael Bowden, and Daniel Bard/p. He goes on to say the Mets could sign a 1 or 2 year free agent 3rd baseman until Wilmer Flores/ss is ready to play 3b in the Majors.

    Honestly, it’s very, very intriguing. As a Mets fan i’d have to say it’s…fair – maybe better than fair. The Mets rotation would look amazing for years to come. The one thing I will say is… I already like the Red Sox, and this deal will allow me to stop watching the Mets for at least this year and become a full-time Red Sox fan. Sorry, but honestly, it’s been rough. I’ve been watching Wright since his short days in Binghamton, and he’s about the only bright spot this year (and not (w)right now).

    I’ll root for both teams deep down.

    If they make this deal, why not trade Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran as well? Stack the team for years to come. Fellow Mets fans…It’s been hard. It’s been devestating. The Phillies are better. The Marlins probably will be next year. The Braves could be as well. Let’s just enjoy baseball and hope.

  • To the Mets-Red Sox Trade Naysayers
    By DSchwartz on June 30, 2009 | 4 Comments4 Comments  Comments

    This is just in response to the nay-sayers and scolders of my last post:

    Mets Hurting;Red Sox-Mets Potential Trade

    (http://www.majorleagueblogging.com/major-league-baseball/mets-hurtingred-sox-mets-potential-trade/comment-page-1/#comment-1100).

    There were a few scolding comments, however, the idea was again brought up via MetsBlog.com (probably the top Mets Blog). Matthew Cerrone (author and site creator) had this to say:

    …lastly, i’d have to think long and hard about what can be had for Jose Reyes, whose ultimate potential i am starting to lose faith in… last month, Boston talk-radio host Danny Picard suggested on his blog I’m Just Sayin, that, in the off season, the Red Sox should offer RHP Clay Buchholz, top prospect RHP Michael Bowden, OF Jacoby Ellsbury and SS Jed Lowrie to the Mets for reyes… this would be super tempting, to say the least

    Obviously, this is A LOT to give up for Reyes and that good of an offer won’t happen, but Buchholz, Bowden, and Lowrie for Reyes+… I don’t see how that couldn’t happen (before Reyes’ injury). Hopefully his injury isn’t catastrophic and if he’s back in time healthy by the deadline, I can see such a deal being at least talked about, and I want credit.

  • Mets Hurting;Red Sox-Mets Potential Trade
    By DSchwartz on June 12, 2009 | 9 Comments9 Comments  Comments

    After the first loss to the Phillies this past series, MetsBlog.com writer, Regis Courtemanche wrote, “Win or lose, I love the way the Mets are playing right now.  They seem completely focused on the task at hand, and Citi Field seems to have finally come alive. Still disappointing to let this one get away though.” FYI, MetsBlog is one of the best (Mets) Blogs out there. To be honest, I disagree with the statement, however the Mets are without their starting SS, 1b, 2 SP’s and both our set-up men. That’s right – “both.” Eventually this season, the Mets will have Jose Reyes, Carlos Delgado, JJ Putz, Billy Wagner, Oliver Perez (and John Maine now) all coming off the DL. The Phillies are only 4 games ahead, but with a bullpen of K-rod, and potentially healthy and effective relievers, such as Wagner and Putz, the Mets rotation will only have to pitch 6 effective innings each night (for the most part). And that’s great because it seems Redding , Maine , and Oliver (and often times Santana and Pelfrey) can never pass that plateau. The offense will have to come out romping, however – something they couldn’t do last year and something they haven’t been able to do this season even prior to Reyes and Delgado going down. With that said, I’m still very willing to “wait and see” how the Mets perform after Reyes, Delgado, Maine, Oliver, Putz, and Wagner come back, however, the question is and will be – is it too late?

    Do the Mets need to do something to shake the team up? In a prior post (http://www.majorleagueblogging.com/major-league-baseball/lets-play-gm-mets-crazy-trade-scenarios/), I talked about the potential need to shake up the team, and I threw out some crazy trade scenarios. The reality is, people, reporters, and teams are catching on that the Red Sox have 9 at least effective or ready major league starters. It’s also fairly clear they could use an effective shortstop, which is where, to me, the Mets should come in to play. I love Reyes, but could he land us both Clay Buchholz and Michael Bowden? I think he could. I think that’s worth it – for both teams. We could potentially add a catching prospect to the deal (Francisco Pena or Josh Thole) – they’re young, but the Red Sox have and may have a need for a catcher in the future if they don’t trade for/sign Joe Mauer/Twins (after or during) next year. Another potential aspect I would add to to the deal (if I were Omar Minaya) is Oliver Perez. This is only to free up salaray to trade for and sign another need (Matt Holliday)? That’s not essential, but if the Red Sox were willing to take on Perez’s salary in addition to losing their top 2 pitching prospects in the deal, then I would do that. I’d then, however, ask for a more than effective reliever: Manny Delcarmen/Takashi Saito. So i’d potentially like to see:

    Mets Receive: Clay Buchholz/sp; Michael Bowden/sp; Takashi Saito/rp; Jed Lowrie/ss

    Red Sox Receive: Jose Reyes/ss; Oliver Perez/sp; Josh Thole or Francisco Pena/c

    I guess there’s a contingency – Jose Reyes’ health. Would this prevent such a trade? The Sox do still have Nick Green and Julio Lugo to hold down the ss job while Reyes is out. Again this would then allow us to potentially go for Matt Holliday, Mark Derosa, or other outfielders via trade this season or free agency after, so Daniel Murphy could stay at first next year with the assumption that Carlos Delgado will be gone. Our lineup would obviously hurt without Reyes for the rest of the year, but if we trade for another bat for the lineup, the Rotation with Buchholz and or Bowden would be much more effective than Tim Redding.

    Agreed?

  • Red Sox Sweep the Yankees…Again
    By BosoxDynasty on June 11, 2009 | 2 Comments2 Comments  Comments

    The Yankees came into Fenway Park with a one game lead in the division and with something to prove. They left Fenway down two games and without a single win against their biggest rivals in 2009.

    Game 1 was all Red Sox. David Ortiz hit a bomb into straight away center field in the 3rd inning for his 3rd home run of the year. AJ Burnett, normally a dominating pitcher against the Red Sox, couldn’t get out of that inning. Josh Beckett gave up just one hit—an infield single that Pedroia almost prevented—over six innings en route to a 7-0 shutout.

    Game 2 started similarly, with Chein-Ming Wang failing to get out of the 3rd, much like Burnett the night before. New York’s offense would get them back in the game, but Jonathan Papelbon shut the door in the 9th to secure a 6-5 victory.

    The final game of the series marked the first start for CC Sabathia against the Red Sox in a Yankees uniform. He gave up an opposite field home run to Ortiz in the 3rd, but shut the Red Sox down for most of the game after that. The Yanks got three runs in the 8th to take the lead and were set up for the win, but Joe Girardi sent Sabathia back out for the 8th, who gave up four runs. Papelbon came in for the 9th and set down Jeter, Damon, and Teixeira for his 16th save of the season.

    David Ortiz hit two home runs in the series, a very good sign to Red Sox fans. Jacoby Ellsbury did not play in any of the games after injuring his shoulder on Sunday against the Rangers. The Red Sox have won nine straight games against the Yankees dating back to last year, their longest streak since 1912 when they won 14 straight against New York.

    In other news, the Sox loaded up on more prospects in the First-Year Player Draft. The draft has been the key to the Sox’ recent success, as they have stocked up their minor league teams on bright young prospects. Some notables include thier first round pick Reymond Fuentes, a left handed center fielder who is the cousin of Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran. Another one is Luke Bard, the brother of Daniel Bard, who topped 100 MPH in the 9th inning of the Sox-Yankees game on Tuesday. They also drafted Micheal Yastrzemski, the grandson of Red Sox legend and Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski.

  • Mets Fans: Barry Bonds?
    By DSchwartz on June 5, 2009 | 2 Comments2 Comments  Comments

    If Sheffield/Church doesn’t stay healthy, Fernando Martinez doesn’t yet perform, and Daniel Murphy has to play 1b with Carlos Delgado out (all likely, all happening now), do we go crazy and sign Barry Bonds to play LF???

    I dont know…

    Should we? Yay? Nay?

    I have posted this under the category ‘Steroids in Baseball’ just to clarify.

  • Braves Get Better
    By DSchwartz on June 4, 2009 | No Comments  Comments

    And I’m not even talking about their trade for Nate Mclouth from the Rates,Pir. I’m talking about their call-up of Tommy Hanson who has a 1.50 era and 90 k’s in 66+ innings. He’ll be successul right away in the MLB.

    Fantasy-eers should pick him up immediately. This does definitely worry me as a Mets fan. Not only can the Phillies do what the Mets can’t (sweep a team that they should sweep and rack in the runs), but now the Braves have by far the best rotation in the NL East – they probably did prior to Hanson’s call up, but now they’ll be even better. I’m sure Mclouth will help them a bit as well since their production in the OF has been extremely sub-par.

    The Mets need to make a move asap. They need pitching. Livan Hernandez against good teams in big spots and Tim Redding won’t do it. Jon Niese will be better than Redding and Livan, but at this point, he wouldn’t do it as well.

    We need a number 2 or 3 pitcher in addition to just Maine and Pelfrey. I don’t think Oliver Perez will get healthy and stay consistent either. Maybe Matt Holliday/lf would help offensively. We’ve already had confirmed that Omar Minaya won’t trade Fernando Martinez/of for him, and therefore probably won’t be trading him at all, which pretty much also confirms we won’t be acquiring a top notch starter. I really can’t believe the Mets are going to attempt to win this division with our number 4 and 5 starters being Livan Hernandez, Tim Redding, Oliver Perez, and or Jon Niese.

    I feel as though the Mets can definitely land a top notch starter with their recent performances from ‘2nd tier’ pitching prospects (Brad Holt & Jenrry Mejia) in addition to decent ss prospects (Reese Havens, who just went on the Minor League DL, Ruben Tejada, and Wilmer Flores, who are still so young), and Jon Niese. I’m not only worried about the Phillies now, but also the Braves. I honestly think they need to shake up the team and make some moves:

    http://www.majorleagueblogging.com/major-league-baseball/lets-play-gm-mets-crazy-trade-scenarios/

  • Woulda Coulda Shoulda Fantasy Team
    By DSchwartz on June 4, 2009 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    Let’s have some fantasy fun. Here I have my Woulda-Coulda-Shoulda 2009 fantasy team. Obviously there are a sundry of guys you could have drafted in each round (ala Mark Reynolds in rounds 15-17 or Aaron Hill in round 17-20, etc.). I didn’t go crazy though and say Edwin Jackson in round 20, because who would have thought he was going to be so dominant thus far. For the most part, I was fair putting players near their average draft position. I utlized a Late Odd Round/Early Even Round draft (say one of the last 4 picks in the first round and first 4 picks in the 2nd round). You get the point. So Evan Longoria, I liked at 3b late round 1/early round 2. I love seeing Morneau drop to round 3 some times, but I had him as a high 2nd rounder, and so on and so on. The last column for each player is according to Ron Shandler/BaseballHQ.com’s Actual vs. Projected Worth Values via USA Today.The positive values obviously depict that each player has performed more well than expected. A negative value of course means the opposite. So even though Robinson Cano/2b has performed very well – it’s less than expected according to Mr. Shandler, Fantasy Guru. I could have chosen Aaron Hill/2b with a positive value of 14, however this is just one possible Woulda-Coulda-Shoulda Draft round by round.

    With this draft, you would probably score top place points in every category other than maybe stolen bases and saves – maybe wins, but obviously, you would overwhelmingly come in first place with this team (approximately 59 pts on offense and 57 pts with your pitching – yeilding 116pts). On average, 90+ points would give you first place, so you can see how dominant such a team would be. The one player i’d utterly scold myself on is Joe Mauer, and of course not many saw this type of a power, and a .400+avg with that much playing time is beyond amazing. I live in Minnesota and he’s the Albert Pujols of St. Louis + the David Wright of New York + the Chase Utley of Philadelphia. Simply, Amazing – at Catcher! The question is will he be a Yankee or Red Sock after 2010? He can potentially command an A-rod contract with consistent health here on out.

    Hindsight is 20-20, but it’s always fun to see who you could have had and where. Below the actual team is Ron Shandler’s Players with the Highest Postive Actual vs. Projected Worth Values and Lowest (Negative) Actual vs. Projected Worth Values for some reference.

    Pos

    Player

    Rnd

    R

    HR

    RBI

    SB

    AVG

    +/-

    c

    Joe Mauer

    5

    100

    27

    100

    2

    355

    6

    c

    Victor Martinez

    6

    86

    23

    98

    0

    315

    6

    1b

    Justin Morneau

    2

    105

    36

    125

    0

    310

    6

    2b

    Robinson Cano

    7

    100

    23

    90

    6

    292

    -2

    3b

    Evan Longoria

    1

    106

    35

    120

    6

    297

    5

    ss

    Jason Bartlett-Ben Zobrist

    19

    80

    16

    70

    32

    280

    13/12

    ci

    Mike Lowell

    22

    72

    23

    93

    0

    283

    4

    mi

    Orlando Hudson

    18

    103

    9

    74

    12

    292

    19

    of

    Jason Bay

    3

    109

    39

    124

    14

    278

    4

    of

    Raul Ibanez

    9

    110

    39

    120

    7

    315

    17

    of

    Adam Jones

    14

    115

    27

    89

    15

    295

    14

    of

    Justin Upton

    15

    89

    28

    93

    18

    290

    22

    of

    Shin-Soo Choo

    21

    85

    18

    85

    18

    289

    7

    u

    Denard Span

    17

    90

    9

    69

    38

    285

    3

    1350

    352

    1350

    168

    298.3

    12

    12

    12

    11

    12

    59

    Pos

    Player

    Rnd

    W

    ERA

    WHIP

    K

    SV

    +/-

    p/sp

    Roy Halladay

    4

    20

    3.25

    1.09

    199

    0

    0

    p/sp

    Zach Greinke

    10

    18

    3.25

    1.15

    219

    0

    22

    p/sp

    Justin Verlander

    11

    17

    3.85

    1.23

    229

    0

    16

    p/sp

    Chad Billingsley

    8

    15

    3.45

    1.28

    195

    0

    0

    p/sp

    Josh Johnson

    12

    11

    3.45

    1.22

    175

    0

    n/a

    p/sp

    Jered Weaver

    16

    11

    3.55

    1.21

    160

    0

    12

    p/rp

    Heath Bell

    13

    5

    70

    35

    18

    p/rp

    Ryan Franklin

    23

    3

    44

    29

    15

    p/rp

    George Sherril

    20

    2

    55

    28

    12

    102

    3.467

    1.2

    1346

    92

    11

    12

    12

    12

    10

    57

    116

    Highest Actual vs. Projected Fantasy Dollar Values

    Brandon Inge/c: 14

    Edwin Jackson/sp: 27

    Jason Varitek/c: 10

    Zach Greinke/sp: 22

    Todd Helton/1b: 8

    Zack Duke/sp: 22

    Orlando Hudson/2b: 19

    Andrew Bailey/p: 21

    Mark Reynolds/3b: 19

    Heath Bell/p: 18

    Jason Barlett/Marco Scutaro/ss: 13

    Randy Wolf/rp: 18

    Branyan/Zimmerman/ci: 13

    David Aardsma/p: 17

    Aaron Hill/mi: 14

    Justin Verlander/sp: 16

    Justin Upton/of: 22

    Ryan Franklin/p: 15

    Juan Pierre/of: 18

    Bubble: Weaver/Wandy/sp: 12

    Raul Ibanez/of: 17

    Adam Jones/of: 14

    Michael Bourn/of: 13

    Adam Dunn/of: 13

    Bubble: Cuddyer/of: 12

    Highest Actual vs. Projected Worth Value:

    Zack Greinke @ +22

    Justin Verlander @ +16

    Edwin Jackson @ + 27

    David Aardsma @ +17

    Andrew Bailey @ + 21

    Orland Hudson @ +19

    Mark Reynolds @ +19

    Raul Ibanez @ + 17

    Justin Upton @ +22

    Juan Pierre @ +18

    Heath Bell @ +18

    Zach Duke @ +22

    Randy Wolf @ +18

    Lowest Actual vs. Projected Worth Value:

    Dustin Pedroira @ -20

    Jose Reyes @ -28

    Jimmy Rollins @ -21

    Ichiro Suzuki @ -14

    Joe Nathan

    CC Sabathia

    Hanley Ramirez

    Ryan Braun

    Carlos Lee @ -13

  • Let’s Play GM (Mets); Crazy Trade Scenario(s)
    By DSchwartz on June 2, 2009 | 3 Comments3 Comments  Comments

    Well I think it’s time to shake up the Mets, no? I don’t think Ryan Church, Alex Cora, and even Jose Reyes coming back will throw the Mets into a winning mindset. So let’s play GM and see what we can do with the Mets farm system and available players (not named Wright, Santana, K-rod, Maine, or Pelfrey). I have two proposals to be performed in succession:

    Mets Receive:

    Indians Receive:

    victor martinez/c

    fernando martinez/of

    mark derosa/if-of

    jon niese/sp

    cliff lee/sp

    brad holt/sp

    joe kunz/rp

    jefry marte/3b

    francisco pena/c

    Mets Receive:

    Red Sox Receive:

    clay buchholz/sp

    jose reyes/ss or victor martinez/c

    michael bowden/sp

    oliver perez/sp & $

    takashi saito/rp

    jj putz/rp

    nick green/ss

    jed lowrie/ss

    Yielding the following Lineup & Rotation:

    Lineup

    Rotation

    Luis Castillo/2b

    Johan Santana

    Mark Derosa/ss

    Cliff Lee

    Victor Martinez/c

    John Maine

    Carlos Beltran/cf

    Mike Pelfrey

    David Wright/3b

    Clay Buchholz

    Carlos Delgado/1b

    Michael Bowden

    Gary Sheffield/rf

    Livan Hernandez

    Daniel Murphy/lf

    The Indians need to realize there’s no way to compete this year and get what they can for Cliff Lee if they don’t plan on extending him. Mark Derosa isn’t worth keeping for them, and a healthy Victor Martinez can help them acquire a sundry of talent.

    We all know how much the Red Sox want a stellar short stop and catcher. The Mets would now have Victor Martinez or Jose Reyes to provide them so long as they provide the Mets with both Clay Buchholz and Michael Bowden. We can still give them a SS prospect (Reese Havens/Wilmer Flores/Ruben Tejada) if they choose Victor Martinez over Jose Reyes and I think that would be a no brainer for them. I think Derosa at SS with Victor at C is a little better for the Mets than Reyes at SS and Omir Santos and or Brian Schneider at C, but if the Red Sox would rather Victor Martinez at C over Jose Reyes at SS then I guess it’s moot. I know I’m in fantasy GM land, but why not?

  • Fantasy Trade Inquiry
    By DSchwartz on May 30, 2009 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    I had a friend text me again. He asked what I thought about the following trade:

    He would give up Alex Rodriguez/3b; Kyle Lohse/sp; Stephen Drew/ss and receive Ian Kinsler/2b; Joba Chamberlain/sp>rp; and Mark Derosa/if.

    I told him there were a few contingencies:

    1) Is it a keeper league? If so, go for it because I’d definitely keep Kinsler + Joba over Arod + Drew. Kinsler’s younger and cheaper than Arod (even in fantasy depending on how your keeper league might work).

    2) Is his middle infielders killing him?

    3) Does he have a solid 3b/corner infield to back up for A-rod’s absence (hoping Derosa isn’t it)

    4) Finally, I told him to attempt to wait it out and see if Joba will become a reliever since the Yankees have Wang back and the young Philip Hughes. My opinion is that he will becuase he was much more dominant there and Wang’s stuff is meant to start and Hughes is a stud.

    Therefore, I told him the only player straight up I’d trade A-rod for is Pujols and maybe Hanley. Unless he believes Joba will remain a starter and so long as it’s not a keeper league, I suggested him not to do it. 1+ Months out of baseball, and A-rod is still on pace for 45+ homers.

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