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A few slip-shod briefs from around the majors.

Somebody mentioned yesterday that the Royals demoted Ken Harvey, marking the beginning of the "Calvin Pickering Era." While this should be less prosperous than the "Albert Pujols Era" in St. Louis, it's going to be fun watching Pickering swat some dingers. Here's hoping the Royals give him 500 at-bats and let him prosper or flopser. It's not like they're going to contend this year.

It appears that the "Dan Meyer Era" in Oakland will have to wait for another time, as the A's sent to Sacramento the jewel of the Tim Hudson trade. He'll be back at some point, of course, but this leaves the A's with Seth Etherton or Kirk Saarloos as the fifth man in the rotation. Question: why not Justin Duchscherer? Recall that in 2003, at AAA, he had, arguably, a better year than Rich Harden, posting a 6:1 K/BB ratio and a 3.25 E.R.A., outstanding for the PCL. (Contextually, Harden was more impressive, because he was only 21-years-old.) With Keiichi Yabu around as the long/swing man, Duchscherer is free to join the rotation. He'd be better than Etherton and Saarloos.

Fantasy baseball geeks may want to bump Carlos Delgado up on their draft lists. No, Delgado has not been traded to the Rockies, but rather his favourite pitcher, Jorge Sosa, has been traded to the Braves for infielder Nick Green. I suggest Bobby Cox acquaint Sosa with "four wide" if he faces Delgado, who has five home runs in 15 at-bats against the hard-but-flat-throwing righty.

Sadly, the Brewers have released outfielder/pitcher Brooks Kieschnick, apparently ending one of the better roster experiments of the last few years. Kieschnick was never a world-beater out of the 'pen (more like a Cuba-beater), but he was at least as good as dozens of other right-handed relief goons making a lot more money. (I'm looking at you, Kerry Ligtenberg.) Surely another NL team -- the Rockies, for instance -- could use somebody like Kieschnick, who put up a 110 ERA+ in 44 innings last year.

The Matt Riley/Ramon Nivar trade drew some discussion on Da Box, with most people thinking that Orel Hershisher will be able to turn Riley around, and in various other circles I've heard it described as a "theft" by the Rangers. That seems glib. It's a theft in the sense that the Rangers gave up an overrated non-prospect for a prospect. Chances are that Riley ends up joining the ignominious ranks of left-handed pitchers who bounce from team-to-team but who never pan out. And really, the Orioles already have Bruce Chen, so Riley was clearly expendable.

Anything else of note, Bauxites?

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VBF - Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 03:53 PM EST (#108358) #
Did anybody see the actual commercial/press conference video on devilrays.com where the Rays guarantee a opening day win?

The representation of the Blue Jays was a little lame (maybe it was their intention) and the mascot was all wrong :)

I'd like to see Ace challenge him to a duel!
Chuck - Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 03:57 PM EST (#108359) #
the Rockies, for instance -- could use somebody like Kieschnick, who put up a 110 ERA+ in 44 innings last year.

Hell, there's probably room in their outfield for him.

Thomas - Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 03:59 PM EST (#108361) #
Apparently Mike Restovich has been claimed on waivers by Tampa Bay. That's a nice, no-risk pickup for the Devil Rays.
Chuck - Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 04:04 PM EST (#108364) #
Anything else of note, Bauxites?

Anyone else find the pronouncement out of Cleveland funny that Juan Gone had officially become the team's starting RF? The next day he was shelved with a pulled something or other and today he was placed on the 15-day DL.

What's his under/over for AB? 150? 200? What is the point of bothering with him any more? The 1% chance that we'll see a 500 AB, 350/600 season?

Nolan - Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 04:10 PM EST (#108365) #
Well, according to Spencer Fordin the Jays have made their final roster decisions. Apparently Gross and Myers have made the team as did Vinnie Chulk and Pete Walker. Lightenberg, Miller and Glynn were cut; Miller has to clear waivers, Glynn has been optioned to AAA and Kerry has been released.

I support JP and I like him as our GM, but I would have liked to see Lightenberg at least get a chance to pitcxh this season.
Chuck - Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 04:14 PM EST (#108367) #
I support JP and I like him as our GM, but I would have liked to see Lightenberg at least get a chance to pitcxh this season.

I'm sure you'll get your wish. It'll be just be with another team. My prediction is Seattle.

MatO - Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 04:20 PM EST (#108370) #
Dallas MacPherson was sent down. Who's playing third for the Angels of Los Angeles Anaheim?
smarch - Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 04:20 PM EST (#108371) #
re. Juan Gonzalez. It's too bad that this guy has had so many injuries. One of my fondest memories of him is watching him hit BP at the Skydome circa 1993 when he put about 5-6 balls into the restaurant in CF, it was amazing to see that power, and it was so effortless, one of the best BP sessions I have ever seen in my life. I also recall from that game that Gino Petralli was the catcher and came out and put his arms around the pitcher to calm him down, but the crowd starting whistling and saying under the breath, what a cute couple....
Joel - Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 04:27 PM EST (#108374) #
Robb Quinlan is due at 3B for the halos, no?
smarch - Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 04:28 PM EST (#108375) #
I read Quinlin will get the most AB's to start, with McPhereson coming back up in 10 days
Jdog - Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 04:39 PM EST (#108382) #
Scott Carson's prediction on sportsnet.ca is an 86-76 record and third place finnish.
robertdudek - Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 05:02 PM EST (#108389) #
McPherson's demotion is temporary - just to get him the requistie AB that ailments took away from him this spring. For now, I expect Quinlan and possibly Merloni to see time at the hot corner.
robertdudek - Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 05:05 PM EST (#108391) #
Charles Johnson was traded to the Bosox for BK Kim and a prospect. The Sox them released CJ, making him a free agent. Speculation has it that he will sign with the Devil Rays and share catching duties with Toby Hall. Kevin Cash might be put of waivers or he could stay as the #3 catcher, if it all comes to pass.
robertdudek - Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 05:07 PM EST (#108392) #
Edit: The prospect goes from Colorado to Boston.
Chuck - Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 05:17 PM EST (#108394) #
Any idea why Johnson was part of the Kim trade given that the plan was for Boston to release him right away? Am I missing something obvious?
Gerry - Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 05:22 PM EST (#108397) #
Look at these two options from a Colorado perspective.

#1
Colorado signed him to a big contract and then traded him. Boston released him.

#2
Colorado signed him to a big contract and then released him.

#2 plays better. Think if Toronto had traded Ligtenberg and then the other team released him. Then the other team made the call, not Toronto.

There is also the possibility that Colorado did not know Boston were going to release him.
robertdudek - Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 05:23 PM EST (#108398) #
It was a salary dump on Colorado's part, enabling them to acquire Kim without adding payroll. I'm pretty sure there was additional money involved, such that the salary obligations of both Boston and Colorado balance in the deal.
robertdudek - Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 05:25 PM EST (#108399) #
It's also good for Johnson, provided he can find another job. He's going to get his money no matter what, and now he has complete freedom in signing with whomever he wants (provided they also want him).

Chuck - Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 05:36 PM EST (#108403) #
But why would Boston even bother accepting Johnson in the first place? Just for Colorado's sake, so that a few rubes in their circle of fandom could be duped into thinking Colorado did not have to eat their mistake but that Boston (the suckers!) had to instead?

It was rumoured forever that Johnson would be released by the Rockies at the end of spring training. Who could possibly be surprised that he's no longer on the team?
Chuck - Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 05:39 PM EST (#108404) #
Having heard Robert's take I'm still confused. The math on the dollars exchanging hands could have netted to the same result if Johnson were never included in the first place. Colorado was going to release him anyway. It seems all that happened is that they and Boston rigged things for Boston to release him.
Jdog - Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 05:43 PM EST (#108406) #
What about Johnson taking Myers spot on the roster?
Chuck - Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 05:47 PM EST (#108407) #
While we're talking about random transactions, anyone notice how many media types (print, radio, TV) all used the same script in explaining Galaragga's decision to retire (without questioning what they were muttering)?

"He was batting only .235 with 3 HR and 7 RBI."

That .235 was an 8 for 34 and for wont of an extra seeing-eye single could have been a 9 for 34, or a .265 average. His HR and RBI rates were both better than Bonds' and Aaron's career rates.

Now, Galaragga is old, probably achey and perhaps less than enthused (as he discovered) about hanging around for one more season. But his spring training numbers (the product of a very small sample) were not indication on their own that he was done.

BCMike - Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 06:04 PM EST (#108414) #

What about Johnson taking Myers spot on the roster?

I was thinking that too, especially now that Quiroz is out.

His offensive numbers don't look too bad, some nice plate discipline and a little pop, certainly better than what Huckaby would provide if Myers goes down. Is Johnson still the same man behind the plate? Looking at ESPN it seems he had a rough year throwing out runners(20.3% compared to 40+ the previous 3 years).

Rob - Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 06:15 PM EST (#108416) #
Delgado, who has five home runs in 15 at-bats against the hard-but-flat-throwing righty.

Not just that, his last five ABs all ended in a home run. And guess what? The Marlins and Braves start the season against each other on Tuesday! You can bet that I'll be following each game of that series closely, to see if the streak continues.

In fact, let's start a pool. Delgado has five consecutive homers off Sosa. If you think the Sosa Streak will end in 2005, guess the date when poor Jorge finally retires King Carlos -- that is, does not surrender a HR. Doubles and triples, as well as any non-HR outcome count as "retired" in this case.

I'll start things off with Thursday, June 23 in Atlanta. You can find the Braves' schedule here; if you wish, simply choose any date when they play Florida.

robertdudek - Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 06:50 PM EST (#108421) #
Colorado may have insisted that Boston take Johnson, and I guess it was that or release Kim and get nothing.

CaramonLS - Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 09:09 PM EST (#108445) #
Heres Russ Ortiz's line from today:

0.1 IP, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 4 H, 0 K.

OUCH!

StephenT - Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 09:13 PM EST (#108447) #
The Red Sox / D-Backs game is on Sportsnet West (channel 405 on the new Rogers Digital Cable numbering).

Noticed Green (RF) and Cruz (CF) re-united in the D-Backs outfield.

Why did the Red Sox agree to fly out to Phoenix just before their season opening in NY? The Yes announcers a few days ago said the rumour was that it was part of the Schilling deal. :-)

A's/Giants is also on tonight (10pm EST), Sportsnet Pacific.
Nick - Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 09:25 PM EST (#108453) #
It was mentioned on this site how a couple of uninformed writers at Yahoo mentioned Toronto as one of their top 5 candidates for contraction. This week, the same writers had a mailbag article. Apparently, there was a strong response from Jays fans and one of them even refers the writer to Batter's Box. Always good to see Batter's Box plugs. Here is the link. http://fantasysports.yahoo.com/analysis/news?slug=bf-highfives_033105&prov=yhoo&type=lgns&league=fantasy/mlb

Apologies for the lengthy address, first time posting here.
Nick - Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 09:28 PM EST (#108456) #
Ha! I just took a second look at the article I posted above and the plug in the article gives the web address as "batterbox.ca." Forgot the "s." O well.
King Ryan - Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 09:36 PM EST (#108460) #
Not to sound like a jackass, but those guys are being morons. In their "Guys to cut loose if they have a bad spring" section, one of them lists Jeff Francis and Chad Cordero. I mean, WTF?

Also, two of them want Bonds to retire and another one includes Sosa. Jesus Colome.
CaramonLS - Friday, April 01 2005 @ 12:01 AM EST (#108481) #
Damn its the Carlos Tosca love fest for the SNet Arizona broadcast.

"He did such an amazing Job managing for the bluejays last season, it really makes your scratch your head as to why they let him go".
Thomas - Friday, April 01 2005 @ 01:03 AM EST (#108489) #
I believe the CJ/BH Kim was structured as it was because Selig has to review and approve all trades that include X amount of cash. By presenting the deal as they did, and not having a Kim and cash for Narveson swap, they ensured that Selig couldn't intervene in the trade. The other way (with Kim and cash going to Colorado) would have had to include a much greater amount of money that would have taken them over the X threshold, and thus subject the trade to MLB review and necessary approval.

I think the Colorado not releasing Johnson reason is valid and was a consideration, but this reason was the driving force behind the deal being presented as it was.
3RunHomer - Friday, April 01 2005 @ 06:46 AM EST (#108496) #
Riley is now the Rangers' most talented pitcher. He was a "stupid test" for the Os and they passed with flying colors. Beatagan is officially a moron.
GrrBear - Friday, April 01 2005 @ 04:23 PM EST (#108608) #
Re: Yahoo! Fantasy Sports Link
You see, I've always experienced an artificial feel when watching the Blue Jays. Yes, part of it is due to the fact that baseball is marketed as "America's game." It must be something similar to the feeling that an NHL fan from Toronto feels about the Nashville Predators or the Carolina Hurricanes it's just a little unnatural.
Yeah, except that baseball in Canada has a history going back to 1838, seven years before Alexander Cartwright would show up with his Knickerbockers. Hey, I can be pretty ignorant on stuff, too - can I be a writer for Yahoo?
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