Thursday, November 30, 2006

Almost to winter meetings

The Mariners are now looking at Luis Gonzalez. Why? The guy is 39 years old and has never achieved his near recording breaking home run campaign from 2001. Plus, his average has steadily declined over the years. If they are looking for someone to solve our "corner outfielder" issues, we are not there yet. You might as well bring back Carl Everett...just kidding. Luis has not spent any time in the AL. He could be one of those guys that has an amazing transition year, but I am not putting any money on it. This has a Scott Spiezo-type ring to it; sign him for way more money, then have him spend his time at AAA.

To my devoted Red Sox fan...JD Drew...seriously? It is the off season and the Manny show is full swing and that gets old for us non-Red Sox diehards. He is going to attempt to fill the shoes of a fan favorite Trot Nixon. I also see you have added a reliever in Hideki Okajima. This could help the transition for Daisuke Matsuzaka. (I could be wrong on some of these opinions of mine, but I don't think JD Drew is going to be a good addition to the Red Sox, especially for the rumored 14 Million dollar price tag)

Just for fun, let’s compare the stats of JD Drew and Manny. First JD:

Year

Team

Games

R

H

HR

RBI

AVG

1998

St. Louis Cardinals

14

9

15

5

13

0.417

1999

St. Louis Cardinals

104

72

89

13

39

0.242

2000

St. Louis Cardinals

135

73

120

18

57

0.295

2001

St. Louis Cardinals

109

80

121

27

73

0.323

2002

St. Louis Cardinals

135

61

107

18

56

0.252

2003

St. Louis Cardinals

100

60

83

15

42

0.289

2004

Atlanta Braves

145

118

158

31

93

0.305

2005

LA Dodgers

72

48

72

15

36

0.286

2006

LA Dodgers

146

84

140

20

100

0.283


Next, Manny:

Yr.

Team

Games

R

H

HR

RBI

AVG

1993

Indians

22

5

9

2

5

0.17

1994

Indians

91

51

78

17

60

0.269

1995

Indians

137

85

149

31

107

0.308

1996

Indians

152

94

170

33

112

0.309

1997

Indians

150

99

184

26

88

0.328

1998

Indians

150

108

168

45

145

0.294

1999

Indians

147

131

174

44

165

0.333

2000

Indians

118

92

154

38

122

0.351

2001

Sox

142

93

162

41

125

0.306

2002

Sox

120

84

152

33

107

0.349

2003

Sox

154

117

185

37

104

0.325

2004

Sox

152

108

175

43

130

0.308

2005

Sox

152

112

162

45

144

0.292

2006

Sox

130

79

144

35

102

0.321


So, even though Manny had 16 less games last year, he had 2 more RBI's and 15 more HR's and 38 points higher in average. This could be in part to Ortiz, but who knows. Manny is all over an RBI like a fat kid on a Twinkie. (I cannot take credit for that one, again ESPN radio)

The Mariners lost yet another bid on a Japanese prospect, Kei Igawa. The Yanks, of all the teams, won the bid.

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