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Isn't St. Louis loaded this year and the clear favorite in the NL Central? I guess Howard is younger, so you could have him longer even though Pujols is better, but I don't think you should do anything to make your team worse tomorrow in the hopes that it pays off 5 years from now if you're already in position to get another ring today.

I know its probably no big deal, but Albert's elbow will always worry me. I say this as a Baltimore O's fan who has been burned by Kurt Ainsworth, Kris Benson & Rich Hill. All guys with arm problems that had been "fixed".
post #47 of 625
Howard is actually slightly older, assuming you trust Al's Dominican birth certificate, but Howard also has fewer miles on him in MLB.

As a Fightins fan, I would take Pujols in a second, much as I love Howard. I don't really get how the trade would work for the Phillies, though--I guess the assumption is that Howard will be cheaper after next year so the Cards would save money down the road? But it's not like the Phillies are going to be looking to commit payroll beyond 2011. A lot of their core guys will be expecting big dollar contracts.

EDIT: and Howard isn't exactly CHEAP.
post #48 of 625
pujols is probably 34 if he's a day
post #49 of 625
Howard is projected to be worth 4.4 WAR in 2010. Pujols is projected to be worth almost 8 WAR. Pujols is close to twice as good as Howard. This would be an asinine deal for the Cardinals.
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Joe Mauer
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Joe Mauer


Baseball is the sport you want to get into if you want to get paid. I'll take Pudge catching almost 150 games a year in the Texas heat.
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Baseball is the sport you want to get into if you want to get paid. I'll take Pudge catching almost 150 games a year in the Texas heat.

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I can't wait to see how ugly the Turn Ahead the Clock Jerseys are going be this year. That said, hopefully we'll have a Matt Weiters Bobblehead Doll night.
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Milton Bradley says he's baseball's Kanye West or Ron Artest. Sounds about right to me.

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Any pre-season predictions anyone?
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So Slim, I just heard that Milton Bradley is the M's clean up hitter. Does it bother you that he's never had over 80 RBI in a season? He seems like a Raoul Mondesi type. Also, if Lee & Bedard follow Felix I see that as a pretty good rotation, if not you've got Rowland-Smith and Snell at 2-3, what's your opinion.
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So Slim, I just heard that Milton Bradley is the M's clean up hitter. Does it bother you that he's never had over 80 RBI in a season? He seems like a Raoul Mondesi type. Also, if Lee & Bedard follow Felix I see that as a pretty good rotation, if not you've got Rowland-Smith and Snell at 2-3, what's your opinion.

ya'lls know that the RBI is the pleated pants of baseball stats.
post #58 of 625
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So Slim, I just heard that Milton Bradley is the M's clean up hitter.
For right now. Baseball lineups are not fixed in stone. He's a step up from the Adrian Beltre/Ken Griffey Jr. cleanup hitter of last year. (Russel Branyan refused to do it) I have a feeling that Jose Lopez is going to end up back in the number 4 slot before too long. Lopez is going to hit 28-30 HR's this year and drive in 100 runs.
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Does it bother you that he's never had over 80 RBI in a season?
No because RBI is not something that a player has full control over. He wasn't batting with anyone on base in CHI or TX. Dunno about OAK, LA, or CLE. The part that concerns me is that he's averaging less than 100 games a year for the past six years or so.
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He seems like a Raoul Mondesi type.
With the exception of plate discipline that's a pretty good matchup. Bradley draws 20 more walks a season average.
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Also, if Lee & Bedard follow Felix I see that as a pretty good rotation, if not you've got Rowland-Smith and Snell at 2-3, what's your opinion.
Rowland-Smith is the key to the rotation. He's a workhorse. He doesn't have world beating stuff, but he puts what he does have in great spots and usually has no problem going 6-7 innings. He's kind of like a mini Cliff Lee, actually. He will occasionally have a mechanical regression where he leaves balls up in the zone, and will get pounded - but nearly always settles down quickly and continues to work. Mentally tough. Has cool accent. Snell is pretty much the opposite. He's got a hell of a lot of stuff, but struggles with control. He get's hammered for a start, and then will come back the next week and pitch shutout ball. I don't know how deep he can go into games, but he's flirted with six or seven innings in the past I think (when he's on) and four when he's not. Bedard is at best, a number four starter with ace stuff. He will give you 100 pitches/five innings, seven k's and give up one or two runs. But he won't or can't do more than 100 pitches/five innings. He is also about the least mentally tough pitcher I've ever seen. Sometimes it's like he actually hates playing baseball and will do what ever it takes to avoid actually doing it. If he's healthy (he won't really tell anyone whether he is or isn't) He's a pretty good pitcher. He wasn't worth trading what we traded away though. Fister is 6'8", throws deceptive pitches with a good downhill throwing motion. He won't blow anyone away with his fastball, which is 89-92 But it's hard to pick up because it's coming from above your natural plane of vision. Vargas is underrated. He has 3-4 game stretches of dominant pitching, followed by two or three games where he gets crushed. He's also been tinkered with a lot, shuffled back and forth from AAA to the majors, starter to the bullpen, etc. That takes a toll on pitcher and their confidence, and I'm interested to see if we give him a chance to start a whole year, what he does with it. At best, he's capable of being a number 3 or 4 guy. Or a shut down long reliever. But I don't know that anyone has decided exactly what they want out of him yet.
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first game done. sawx won, but i don't know if i can handle another 8mths of these kind of games. edit: you'd think since its opening day that the old school masshole fans would be priced out of this game, but if you observe closely in this pic... they are alive and well. go ahead and check out the 00:10 mark on this video: http://www.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?co...68593&c_id=mlb
LL
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Looks like its going to be an interesting season. I love that Yankees are already gunning for Prince Fielder, that ought to get epic as the season progresses.
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