- 02/18/2013, 02:17PM ET
Outlaw... said 02/18, 02:17 PM
It's pretty self explanatory, and most impact free agents are off the market(except Kyle Lohse), and Spring Training is with. It's time for baseball TDs to dominate the board.
Best offseason- I'm going with the Angels. I'm just not sold on the Blue Jays, I mean the big names they acquired played a big role in Miami's disastrous season last year, and RA Dickey has never pitched in the AL East before. The Angels landed the top free agent on the market in Josh Hamilton, stealing him away from their biggest challenge in the division, and also traded Kendrys Morales to Seattle for Jason Vargas, a solid starter. Coming into the season, LAA's offense is the best in the game on paper, and they added some starters to boot.
Worst Offseason- I've got to go with the Yankees. They lost Nick Swisher, Russell Martin, Raul Ibanez, Eric Chavez and Rafael Soriano, and their only note worthy acquisition has been the over the hill Kevin Youkilis. The Yankees basically did nothing except get older. Yeah, the Marlins traded away their team, but they got a lot of prospects in return.
Argos. said 02/18, 09:04 PM
First I trash Anaheim.
They gained Hamilton, but he is simply replacing Torii Hunter. I fully believe that Hamilton will be better than Hunter next season, but question wether he will be better than the Hunter he is replacing. Just for comparison sakes of last season:
Not to mention Hamilton is always injured. Or the fact that after his hot start, from June to the end of the year, he was pretty crappy. Or the fact he struck out in nearly 30% of his at-bats last year.
Then the Angels lost 3/5th of their starting rotation. They lost Ervin Santana (not a big loss), Zack Greinke, and Haren. They lost two of the best pitchers, when healthy, in the game. They replaced these 3 with Blanton (4.73 era in the NL last year), Tommy Hanson (4.48 era in the NL), and Jason Vargas (4.09 era over his last 4 years in the AL West).
Then they lost super utility man in Maicer Izturis.
Not an impressive off-season.
Toronto added 3 all-star calibre SP, an all-star SS, two super utility players, and whatever you consider Melky to be.
Worst - Arizona Diamondbacks
Outlaw... said 02/18, 09:11 PM
Losing an over the hill Torii Hunter isn't that big of a loss, especially when he's being replaced by one of the best hitters in the game over the past few seasons.
Hamilton had the worst stretch of his career to close out the season last year, and he still hit for a respectable batting average, high slugging and had over 40 home runs. And everybody strikes out in today's game. Nobody is going to bat 1.000, and nobody isn't gonna strikeout any. As far as I'm concerned, there's no difference for a batter between a groundout and a strikeout.
Convenient for you to use Vargas' last 4 years instead of last season and only talk about Hamilton's second half of last season. Hanson had a rough year last season, but he's too young to give up on.
They also added Sean Burnett and Ryan Madson to their bullpen.
The Blue Jays just picked up Florida's trash. You think RA Dickey, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle are gonna have success after they travel from pitcher's parks in a pitcher's league to a hitter's park in a hitter's league?
And Reyes and Cabrera are distractions with big egos.
Argos. said 02/18, 09:34 PM
Over the hill? Hunter had the best year of his career last season. Hamilton is not replacing Hunter of this year, he is replacing Hunter of last.
Hanson is young, but lost 3 MPH on his fastball since he has come into the league. That is a sign of trouble.
Buehrle is use to pitching in Chicago, one of the most hitter friendly parks. Dickey won the Cy, and has a 2.95 era in his last 616 IP. JJ has a career 3.15 era. Distractions? Really, that is what you argue?
Anaheim lost two of the games best starters, and that can't be argued. Hamilton is not a major upgrade over last years Hunter. Overall, they aren't better.
Yankees lost Swisher, but get a healthy Gardiner to replace him. Lost Soriano, but get a healthy Mo to replace him. Those are really their only two losses, and they are replaced in house.
Diamondbacks overpaid Cody Ross (3 yr, $27 mil) after 1 good season. Then traded essentially the same player except fast, and a great defensive CF'er, and a larger track record, Chris Young, for a backup SS and a crappy RP with $18 million left on his deal.
They sold low on Bauer & Upton as well.
Outlaw... said 02/19, 02:15 PM
If Hamilton performs better than than hunter this season, it is a good replacement, and BTW, Hamilton outperformed Hunter last season.
As for the Dbacks, they had their reasons for trading Upton and Bauer.
They didn't get much for Young, but Young is coming off an injury plagued season that wasn't very productive, and they have a log jam at outfield.
For Upton, they got Martin Prado, who can play any position and is the definition of a 2 hole hitter, a decent pitching prospect and some other mid level prospects. Not as good as the Seattle deal, but Prado fits Gibson's style more than Upton.
As for Bauer, they got a quality young SS prospect for him, and Montero said Bauer was a pain to work with.
The Yankees did absolutely nothing worth noting except let some productive players walk away and rely on a bunch of old guys coming back from injury to replace them.
This is New York. I can't imagine Yankee fans are happy at all about this offseason. They should still compete, but they missed out on a lot of opportunities.
The Dbacks at least were active and got something for the players they lost and added McCarthy to their rotation.
Argos. said 02/19, 02:59 PM
They traded a top 3 pitching prospect in all of baseball, Bauer, for a prospect who has never hit in the minors and who the Arizona GM compared to Derek Jeter without the bat. What a **** player if so
Then they go and trade Justin Upton, a man who was 4th in MVP voting at age 23, essentially for 1 year of Prado and a decent pitching prospect
The Yankees let old players walk, where they got overpaid, and replaced them with healthy players. The Yankees didn't have to do any major moves, they were good last season
Arizona overpays Ross, trades for an overpaid Heath Bell, and does 3 crappy trades
Anaheim lost 3/5ths of a good rotation. They lost a top 10 SP in Greinke, and Haren who when healthy is a top 30 SP, plus Santana who consistently pitches 200 innings. They got 1 decent SP, Vargas, and two crappy SP to replace them. Toronto added two pitchers of Greinke and Haren's ability in Dickey and JJ, and Mark Buerhle who consistently pitches 200 strong innings
The Angels added 1 all-star OF to replace another all-star OF. Toronto added an all-star SS, to replace baseball's biggest distraction (Yunel). Then added Melky to fill a whole in LF. Plus Maicer and Boni!
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