First- Happy New Year!
Second- You heard it here first at Eat Sleep Baseball, The Red Sox will win the World Series, they have great chemistry, pitchers, fielders, and sluggers.
Third- MLB Network will launch at 6 pm eastern! I have to record it though because I have a dinner to go to. 😦 I hope every one gets to see it. I also hope that it is on at the restaurant! Tomorrow look out for a review of the MLB network.
The last free agent signing of 2008 was a pretty big one. Brian Fuentes signed with the Angels on a two year deal with a club option for 2011. He would get $17.5 million the first two years and 9 million in 2011,if he stays with them. Fuentes is a three time all-star. Fuentes is coming home to LA which was probably a huge factor for him, and with the Dodgers already having a closer it was kinda obvious, okay well not that obvious. Fuentes played for the Rockies for the last seven seasons for the Rockies. He had his major league debut for the Mariners in 2001. In ten postseason games he is one and o with a 6.52 era. Fuentes is replacing K-Rod who signed with the Mets this offseason.
Before I start talking about the DeRosa deal remember how I had him in the roster game in a Cubs uniform. Now the picture is of an Indians uniform, without me changing it. The DeRosa trade was a steal for the Indians. The three prospects traded away, Jeff Stevens, Chris Archer, and John Gaub, will probably have little or no effect at the major league level. Mark DeRosa can play 1st, 2nd, shortstop, 3rd, LF, and RF. DeRosa has played 11 seasons with the Braves, Rangers, and Cubs. He has a .350 postseason batting average. DeRosa has never been an all-star.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! (again)
First- Merry Christmas everyone
Second- Let’s make it 20. Come on Celtics beat LA!
Third- I will start a new feature tomorrow called comment of the day where the best comment on one of my stories gets put on my blog as a shoot out.
Now to the story
P.R./OF.- Jacoby Ellsbury– .280, 9 Home Runs, 47 RBI’s, 50 Stolen Bases, $406,000
Jacoby is just fast. He set a ton of rookie stolen base records this year. His defense is also fantastic. Jacoby is cheep, too. He is young, hits for decent contact, and obviously fast. He was third in rookie of the year voting, lead Boston in the 2007 playoffs, and this year led the league in stolen bases. I think Jacoby could break Rickey Henderson’s stolen base records.
P.H./ OF.- Carlos Quentin-.288, 36 Home Runs, 100 RBI’s, 7 Stolen Bases, $400,000
I’m not so sure about Quentin yet. Some guys have great years then stink again. With Quentin though his swing is injury prone. His swing is a lot like Jeff Bagwell, who had to retire early due to his shoulder. He hurt his shoulder by swinging. If Quentin did have a great year next year then and this was a real team, then I would trade him for prospects, because he would probably want more playing time.
Honorable Mention- P.H./ OF
3rd/ 2nd/ LF/ RF- Mark DeRosa, .285, 21 Home Runs, 87 RBI’s, 6 Stolen Bases, $4,750,000
DeRosa can play almost anywhere. He is overpaid though. He provides veteran leadership and is a good influence in the clubhouse. I think he would be good with Peedie. He could “mentor” him about the few things he doesn’t know. DeRosa was decent contact and decent power. He also drives in a good amount of runs.
Honorable Mention- 3rd/ 2nd/LF/RF
Rocco Baldelli– .263, 4 Home Runs, 13 RBI’s, 0 Stolen Bases,* $2,250,000
*- In only 28 games
Rocco is a gamble. His illness is now highly treatable. He is young also. I think 95 percent of this team is young. I put Rocco at D.H. because I don’t know if he will need time to rest after his treatment. At first I didn’t want to put him on this team but I decided he should be because of his age, skill, and the fact that his illness is treatable. There also weren’t a lot of cheep D.H.’s so I thought about putting Big Papi in here then I saw Huff, and then I remembered Rocco.
David Ortiz & Aubrey Huff
Total Payroll Today- $7,806,000
Total Payroll So Far- $24,008,162
Tomorrow look out for the rotation featuring 5 aces.