Posted on: December 16, 2011 7:39 am
Edited on: December 16, 2011 7:41 am
By Matt Snyder
What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no minor or major league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization. This series shows how all 30 teams would look. We give you: Homegrown teams. To view the schedule/past entries of this feature, click here.
Do the Dodgers do well in drafts and international signings? The answer is a resounding yes. What they do with those players could certainly be questioned, but as far as building a foundation, few have been better in recent years. See below.
1. Dee Gordon, SS
2. Shane Victorino, RF
3. Matt Kemp, LF
4. Paul Konerko, 1B
5. Adrian Beltre, 3B
6. Carlos Santana, C
7. Franklin Gutierrez, CF
8. Miguel Cairo, 2B
1. Clayton Kershaw
2. Edwin Jackson
3. Ted Lilly
4. Hiroki Kuroda
5. Chad Billingsley
If you don't like us using Kuroda -- some commenters have disagreed with including guys who were professional players in Japan in this series -- you can slide in James McDonald or the youngster Rubby De La Rosa.
Closer - Joakim Soria
Set up - Javy Guerra, Joel Hanrahan, Kenley Jansen, Takashi Saito, Jonathan Broxton, Pedro Feliciano, Cory Wade
Long - McDonald
Notable Bench Players
Russell Martin, Henry Blanco, James Loney, Blake DeWitt, Trayvon Robinson, Jerry Sands, Alex Cora
Spoiler Alert: This section is going to be much longer than "what's not." How about starting with the offensive firepower Victorino, Kemp, Konerko, Beltre and Santana bring in the 2-6 spots of the order? That is sick. Gordon has good potential and Gutierrez was a decent hitter before his stomach issues derailed him a few years ago. The starting rotation is good, deep, has a good lefty-righty mix and a true ace sitting at the top. The bullpen is so deep it's unimaginable. It's not as great as the Yankees' bullpen (Clippard-Robertson-Axford-Rivera) in this exercise, but this is definitely an elite unit. The bench is pretty damn good, too. Best of all, though, how about the defensive range? Gutierrez was widely considered the best center fielder in baseball before his stomach woes. Victorino is a three-time Gold Glover while he lost out to Kemp this season. I decided to shift Kemp to left because Victorino has a cannon that is an asset in right. Not that Kemp can't throw. This would be one insane defensive outfield. Beltre is the best defensive third baseman in baseball, too. That's a lot of help for an already-good pitching staff.
Anything would be a nitpick. Maybe that Dee Gordon might not yet be ready to lead off for this team? If that was the case, you could move up Victorino and then the bottom of the order becomes a bit weak. But, again, that's a nitpick.
Comparison to real 2011
I kind of chuckled during all the MVP arguments when people would say that Kemp played for a team that "sucks." The Dodgers finished 82-79. Yes, they were out of contention for pretty much all of the season, but they finished above .500, so they definitely don't suck. Of course, those real-life Dodgers couldn't hold a candle to this group. This is a World Series-caliber club, but the funny thing is, did you see Arizona's team? The D-Backs lineup is much better, but the Dodgers have the better defense and pitching. We'd have a nice battle for the NL West title and maybe even see a rematch in the NLCS. If only ...
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Tags: Adrian Beltre, Alex Cora, Blake DeWitt, Carlos Santana, Chad Billingsley, Clayton Kershaw, Cory Wade, Dee Gordon, Dodgers, Edwin Jackson, Franklin Gutierrez, Henry Blanco, Hiroki Kuroda, Homegrown, James Loney, James McDonald, Javy Guerra, Jerry Sands, Joakim Soria, Joel Hanrahan, Jonathan Broxton, Kenley Jansen, Matt Kemp, Matt Snyder, Miguel Cairo, NL West, Paul Konerko, Pedro Feliciano, Russell Martin, Shane Victorino, Takashi Saito, Ted Lilly, Trayvon Robinson
Posted on: August 30, 2011 9:50 am
Edited on: August 30, 2011 4:24 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
You may have noticed the Diamondbacks are starting to pull away in the National League West, winning their last seven games and increasing their lead in the division to five games. I'm still not sure exactly how it's happened, but you've got to appreciate what Kirk Gibson and his team have done.
Whichever team wins this division will do it by winning the division -- the Giants don't play anyone outside their division the entire month of September, while the Diamondbacks have three games against Pittsburgh in September, but no other games outside the division. What that means? A lot of the Padres and Dodgers and Rockies -- teams with a combined 29 games below .500.
One thing to keep in mind if you like trends, after the Diamondbacks won seven games earlier this month, they went out and lost their next six. If that trend repeats, it'd mean a sweep in San Francisco, which would put the Giants right back into it. But if San Francisco can't score more than a run or two in a game, they won't be sweeping anyone.
Real hero: You hear the word "hero" with sports way too much -- but it's an appropriate use of the word for Emmanuel Marlow. Who is Marlow? He's a vendor at Nationals Park who saved a choking fan on Thursday. Marlow, 49, used the Heimlich maneuver to save the young fan -- then went back to doing his job. Or his second job. Marlow also cares for patients with Parkinson's in his first job. Really, a great story and a real hero. [Washington Post]
Fan scare: Speaking of fan safety, a young fan was hit in the face by a foul ball at Citi Field on Monday. The Marlins' Greg Dobbs hit the ball and said he was told the boy did not suffer broken bones or had his sight damaged, so that's good news. Dobbs gave the kid's mother a bat and Mets second baseman Justin Turner gave him his jersey -- but that's a pretty high price to pay for a jersey and bat. Luckily the boy is OK. [MLB.com]
Perez impresses: The Royals have had their fair share of hyped prospects, so it's OK if you weren't too aware of catcher Salvador Perez. You may want to get used to hearing his name. Since being called up from Triple-A Omaha, he's started 16 of 18 games for Kansas City -- and he's hitting .295/.333/.443, including a 3-for-4 performance and his first home run in Monday's victory over the Tigers. Royals manager Ned Yost said he's "hard to take out of the lineup," and expects him to play 140 games a year. Perez hadn't played above Class A until this season and has had an incredible year, ending in the big leagues. [Kansas City Star]
Standing pat: Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said he "doubts" the team will make a deal before the Aug. 31 trade deadline. Phillies place on the waiver line (last in the National League) and payroll limitations make any move unlikely. [Philadelphia Daily News]
Untested: Monday night was supposed to be an experiment for the Reds' Yonder Alonso. The Reds rookie received his first professional start at third base on Monday night but didn't have a single ball hit his way. While it was surprising, it was part of the plan. Dusty Baker said the team made Alonso's first start at third during a Homer Bailey start on purpose, as "guys don't usually pull Homer." They didn't, so consider the results of the experiment inconclusive. And don't expect a repeat of Alonso at the hot corner on Tuesday with Bronson Arroyo on the mound against the Phillies. [Dayton Daily News]
Feeling blue: The Mets will wear retro uniforms for their 50th anniversary next season and then add a blue jersey in 2013. [ESPNNewYork.com]
Garfoose is loose: The Rays released minor league right-hander Dirk Hayhurst, which wouldn't mean much if he weren't the author of the very entertaining Bullpen Diaries and a prolific blogger and Twitter user. Best of luck to Hayhurst -- because if he's out of baseball, he may be out of stories, and that would be a shame. [DirkHayhurst.com]
Feliciano done? Left-handed reliever Pedro Feliciano may need career-ending shoulder surgery to repair his a tear in his shoulder. It will certainly end Feliciano's season, but could cost him more. He signed a two-year, $8 million contract before the season and hasn't thrown a pitch for the Yankees. He could get $8 million for just signing his name if he can't come back from this injury. [ESPNNewYork.com]
Socks appeal: There's a proper way to wear a baseball uniform and too often you don't see it -- instead you get the pajama pants look. Hunter Pence's high socks are gaining some attention in Philadelphia. [Philadelphia Inquirer]For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @eyeonbaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Tags: AL Central, AL East, Bronson Arroyo, C. Trent Rosecrans, Cardinals, Chris Carpenter, Diamondbacks, Dirk Hayhurst, Giants, Gregg Dobbs, Homer Bailey, Hunter Pence, Joey Votto, Josh Beckett, Justin Turner, Kirk Gibson, Marlins, Mets, Nationals, Ned Yost, NL Central, NL East, NL East, NL West, Pedro Feliciano, Pepper, Phillies, Rays, Red Sox, Reds, Royals, Ruben Amaro Jr., Savador Perez, Yankees, Yonder Alonso
Posted on: April 14, 2011 5:20 pm
Edited on: April 14, 2011 6:32 pm
By Matt Snyder
Yankees left-hander reliever Pedro Feliciano has a torn capsule in his throwing shoulder, an MRI revealed Wednesday, and may be forced to have season-ending surgery. He'll meet with the famed Dr. James Andrews Monday to decide the course of action. (CBSSports.com's Knobler )
Feliciano, 34, has led the majors in pitching apperances each of the past three seasons. He saw action in 92 games last year, sporting a 3.30 ERA and striking out 56 batters in 62 2/3 innings. There has been some bickering back and forth between the Yankees and Mets on whether or not the Mets abused Feliciano's arm, causing the injury. Earlier in the spring when Feliciano had an MRI, there was only a muscle strain in his shoulder -- but that was only a basic MRI. The contrast MRI is what revealed the tear. (Blogging the Bombers )
Cashman didn't go after the Mets Thursday, instead directing some vitriol at former manager Joe Torre (read Knobler's blog for more ).
In the meantime, the Yankees are left a bit thin on left-handed relievers without Feliciano. Boone Logan is there, but that's it. General manager Brian Cashman told reporters he would look for left-handed relief help from other organizations but didn't see a realistic possibility via trade until mid-June at the earliest.
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Posted on: April 6, 2011 10:24 am
Edited on: April 6, 2011 5:10 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
Are the Royals baseball's most exciting team?
Well, through five games they are, that's for sure. All four of the Royals' victories this season have come in their final at-bat. Tuesday's walk-off winner was Melky Cabrera's 12th-inning RBI single for a 7-6 victory over the White Sox.
"All of a sudden, you just expect us to win and that's it," Royals infielder Chris Getz told MLB.com . "There are plenty of doubters out there, no one's giving us much of a chance, but what do we have to lose? We've got that good feeling and we'll just ride it out."
The Royals have had a different hero each night. In their first win, Kila Ka'aihue led off the ninth inning with a homer to break a tie, the next day the Royals scored two in the eighth inning, capped by Getz's RBI single. The Royals then used a three-run walk-off homer by Matt Treanor (above) in the 13th to beat the Angels in the series finale.
With four victories in their final at-bat, the Royals may not be the best team in 2011, but they're worth sticking around to watch.
Last season the Braves lead the big leagues with 25 victories in their final at-bat.
SEARCHING FOR A WIN -- Another day, another Red Sox loss. Will the Red Sox go winless this season and will the Reds go undefeated? Eye on Baseball's Matt Snyder joins blog favorite Lauren Shehadi with the answers (which, well, are both 'no.')
GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS -- Ubaldo Jimenez's thumb is better -- but may not be good enough to allow him to make his start Friday in Pittsburgh. The Rockies' right-hander is expected to throw a bullpen today to test the cuticle injury on his right thumb. If Jimenez can't start, Jorge De La Rosa would start in his spot. De La Rosa will be on regular rest following Sunday's snow-out. [MLB.com ]
SHIFT BE A-GONE -- Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said putting three men on the right side of the infield has never been an effective strategy against him. Last season he had more singles to left field than right. The Indians, though, had good luck with the shift on Tuesday. The Indians used the shift and Gonzalez was 0 for 4 with two groundouts to the right side. [WEEI.com ]
A TRADITION LIKE NO OTHER -- I absolutely love the baseball tradition of giving a guy the silent treatment after his first homer in the big leagues. Tuesday's victim was the Angels' Hank Conger. [Press-Enterprise ]
WELCOME HOME -- Padres starter Aaron Harang looked like his old self in a victory over the Giants on Tuesday. In his first season with his hometown Padres, Harang certainly looked comfortable at Petco Park. [San Diego Union-Tribune ]
CALLED SHOT -- Toronto's Yunel Escobar told teammates Carlos Villanueva and Edwin Encarnacion the team would come back to win, even though they were down 5-0 in the middle of Tuesday's game against the A's. After a four-run sixth inning to tie the game, Escobar delivered on his promise with a two-run homer in the 10th to give Toronto the win. [MLB.com ]
NO MINORS FOR LEAKE -- Reds manager Dusty Baker said sending starter Mike Leake was never an option, even though it appeared that Leake made the team out of spring only because of the injuries to Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey. Baker said Leake was overthrowing in the spring and looked like the guy who started the season 6-1 with a 3.53 ERA in Tuesday's win over the Astros. Leake, the Reds' first-round pick in 2009 made the big league rotation out of spring training last season, bypassing the minors altogether. [Cincinnati Enquirer ]
BELT MAY BE DEMOTED -- When Cody Ross returns to the Giants' lineup, rookie first baseman Brandon Belt could be the odd man out in San Francisco. The Giants say they will base their decision on Belt's play, but sending Belt down would keep the status quo. With Ross back in right field, Aubrey Huff could move back to first. Or if the team decides to keep Belt, Huff would move to left and would make Pat Burrell a bench player. Also, putting Belt in the minors for more than 20 days would keep him from accruing a full year of service time and delay his free agency a year. [FOXSports.com ]
Davis said it was Feliciano's job to strike him out, and well, last season he struck out 138 times, so "it's not that tough of a feat." [New York Post ]
BANDWAGON ROOM -- Attendance at Yankee Stadium through the first four games of the season is down about 8,000 fans per game. [ESPNNewYork.com ]
YANKS AREN'T ALONE -- As we mentioned the other day, it's not just Yankee Stadium that has its share of empty seats -- Wrigley Field has plenty of seats available, even for the seagulls. [Chicago Sun-Times ]
SUNSHINE BALL -- Is there any hope for baseball in Florida past March? [MASNSports.com ]
ROLAIDS ALERT -- The folks over at Big League Stew take a look at the top 10 new concessions at MLB parks this season.
Tags: Aaron Harang, Adrian Gonzalez, AL Central, AL East, AL West, Alex Gordon, Angels, Aubrey Huff, Blue Jays, Brandon Belt, Braves, Chris Getz, Cody Ross, Cubs, Dusty Baker, Giants, Hank Conger, Ike Davis, Indians, Jayson Werth, Jorge De La Rosa, Kila Ka'aihue, Marlins, Marlins, Matt Treanor, Melky Cabrera, Mets, Mike Leake, Nationals, NL Central, NL East, NL West, Pat Burrell, Pedro Feliciano, Rays, Red Sox, Reds, Rockies, Royals, Ubaldo Jimenez, Yunel Escobar
Posted on: April 2, 2011 4:27 pm
By Evan Brunell
Pedro Feliciano, signed by the Yankees to be a weapon from the left side in the bullpen, has been struggling with a triceps injury. Speaking on Saturday, Cashman does not believe the former Met will be able to return until the end of April and had some choice words for his ex-employers, saying the Mets "abused" Feliciano as Jim Baumbach of Newsday reports.
The 34-year-old spent his entire career with the Mets, missing all of 2005. It took until 2006 for the Mets to really see what they had, and started using Feliciano a lot more. He appeared in 64 games for 60 1/3 innings in 2006, then followed it up with 78 games and 64 innings. Then, he really spiked, appearing in 86 (53 1/3 IP), 88 (59 1/3 IP) and 92 (62 2/3 IP) games, respectively, the last three years.
Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen shot back after hearing Cashman's comments, saying Feliciano wanted the ball as much as possible as he felt he had a better rhythm when pitching more often, as the New Jersey Star-Ledger says.
"I feel badly that someone feels that way, but that was part of the reason we decided not to re-sign him," Warthen added via David Lennon of Newsday, also pointing out that this should not have been news to Cashman, who signed up to a two-year, $8 million deal in the offseason.
Cashman acknowledged the injury risk, saying he was aware of it when he signed Feliciano. Of course, that doesn't change the fact the Mets still abused him as Cashman feels, but it's tough to cry about it after signing Feliciano. Clearly, Cashman felt -- and said exactly this -- that Feliciano was one of the best relievers in what was a limited market. Still, Feliciano's long-term history is a crapshoot, as Cashman crossed his fingers when asked about his confidence in Feliciano's long-term health.
Appearing in 92 games is a ridiculous number, but was Feliciano really abused? If he feels like he needs to pitch often to keep his repetition up, the Mets were simply trying to accomodate him while maximizing his value to the Mets. In addition, it's not as if he racked up 92 innings -- his 62 2/3 innings therein mean that most of his outings were very short. The counter to this, of course, is that Feliciano had to warm up many times and come in to perform at a high level in what was most often appearances on consecutive days.
Posted on: December 17, 2010 9:31 am
The Yankees may have found the left-handed reliever they've been looking for in Pedro Feliciano.
Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman tweets the team is close to a deal withe Feliciano for two years at $4 million per year, plus an option for the a third year.
Feliciano, 34, led the National League in appearances each of the last three seasons with the Mets, including a career-high 92 appearances last season. He was 3-6 with a 3.30 ERA, striking out 56 batters in 62 2/3 innings. He gave up 66 hits and walked 30. Left-handers hit .211/.297/.276 against him last season.
The signing would continue the trend of multi-year deals for middle relievers, something that's good if your a middle reliever or the agent of a middle reliever. As for the teams that sign middle relievers to multi-year deals… well, nobody held a gun to your head, right? If so, maybe you should call the police.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
Posted on: December 7, 2010 1:09 pm
Joaquin Benoit aside, the market for middle relievers tends to take a while to develop while teams check off the biggest parts of their to-do list.
That doesn't mean there aren't discussions ongoing, however, and workhorse Pedro Feliciano is a man in demand from the Red Sox, Phillies and Yankees, as FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi reports.
Feliciano, who has appeared in 86, 88 and 92 games, respectively, over the last three seasons, has posted a sterling 3.09 ERA the last five seasons in 299 2/3 innings for the Mets. It's surprising his market isn't as in demand as other relievers given his durability and affinity for pitching from the left side.
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Posted on: November 30, 2010 11:55 pm
The Rangers' Frank Francisco and the Blue Jays' Jason Frasor have accepted salary arbitration, the Major League Baseball Players Association announced Tuesday night. They were the only two of 27 arbitration-eligible free agents to accept.
Francisco and Frasor are both middle relievers and may have found themselves hamstrung by being Type A free agents and costing a draft pick to sign.
Turning down arbitration were Kevin Gregg, Octavio Dotel, Trevor Hoffman, Kevin Correia, Pedro Feliciano, Aaron Heilman, Brad Hawpe, Felipe Lopez, Scott Downs, Randy Choate, Grant Balfour, J.J. Putz, Carl Crawford, Rafael Soriano, Carl Pavano, Adrian Beltre, Chad Qualls, Cliff Lee, Jayson Werth, Adam Dunn, Jesse Crain, Orlando Hudson, Paul Konerko, Miguel Olivo and Adam LaRoche.
Those 25 players could still re-sign with their previous teams.
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Tags: 2010 free agency, Aaron Heilman, Adam Dunn, Adam LaRoche, Adrian Beltre, Blue Jays, Brad Hawpe, Carl Crawford, Carl Pavano, Chad Qualls, Cliff Lee, Felipe Lopez, Frank Francisco, Grant Balfour, Hot Stove League, J.J. Putz, Jason Frasor, Jayson Werth, Jesse Crain, Kevin Correia, Kevin Gregg, Miguel Olivo, Octavio Dotel, Orlando Hudson, Paul Konerko, Pedro Feliciano, Rafael Soriano, Randy Choate, Rangers, Scott Downs, Trevor Hoffman