|By Alex Carson||By 01-01-2013|
|1. By: Gibbo on 01-01-2013 17:01:48|
Thanks for the perfecto Fliz, tahat really saved the season. i mentioned in the other thread no way I would deal away the prospects, but I would look to find short term fixes/stop gaps and improvements. I want to see Franklin, Zunnino, Walker, Hultzen and Paxton all playing for the M's unless an elite talent is coming back.
Another deal like the Vargas trade is fine by me.... The Ethier tweet from JC was interesting but I don't know if I want him if its costing us a top 5 prospect.
|2. By: sexymarinersfan on 01-01-2013 19:05:27|
For me there is a list of memorable moments from 2012. I'll just give the highlights.
1. Being 1st in line for Fanfest the 2nd year in a row. My girl and I are moving back to Texas after 3 glorious years up here. So I had to take every advantage possible to see my beloved M's. This will be my last Fanfest for awhile.. We get married 3-1-13 and move 3-4-13 to Dallas TX.
2. Going to Spring Training for the first time in my life. I ended up with tons of autographed memorabilia, but the big one was getting Ichiro right off the bat, TWICE, when I first arrived.
Then I also got about 30 minutes of one on one time with Ricks Rizzs at the Salty Señorita before his talk show. When that started my girl pointed out Vinnie Catricala standing off to the side. I invited him over and he actually came and sat down at our dinner table for about 20 minutes. That was really awesome! The next day Rick saw me at the ballpark from the booth called out to me, then turned to Dave Sims and said, "Hey, that's Ben Davis!" Lol.
3. April 22nd, against the White Sox, after never having caught a ball in my 33 years of life, caught THREE and went on a run of 8 consecutive games with getting a baseball. That was special.
4. After having seen Felix pitch his perfecto, I told my girl we were missing some great baseball. I took her to Party City. We bought King costumes and tickets for the Kings Court section(it was on our bucket list since we never had before). It ended up being The Superior Court. Not only did I get to hold a giant Felix head that game, but I GOT PICKED TO EAT THE TURKEY LEG!!! That by far was the MOST memorable. I remember a lot of my softball buddies and friends texting and calling me saying "we just saw you guys on tv! Still there's more.
5.The last home game of the season, I was three autographs away from getting every single player who ever threw a pitch out of the bullpen on my baseball for 2012. I ended getting Wilhelmsen, Capps, and Noesi just before the last second to complete all 13 names(I'm pretty sure it was 13).
As far as improvements go for this team, another innings eater would be on my wish list. It sounds like Jack is working on that from the sounds of JAC's tweet, along with a bat.
I'm not terribly excited about Ethier, but it's no doubt because of flash backs from the Bedard trade. I think he could be productive for us, but I do not like his splits (right vs. left, OR home vs. away) at all! It really just depends on who we would be giving up. I could see one of our bullpen arms like Furbush or Pryor going along with some youngsters. Who knows really.
I like the idea of keeping the 2nd best unprotected pick in next years draft. If we were to trade prospects, Mac and Jack have showed the ability to get great value out of their drafts.
I like the possible offensive additions of Mike Zunino, Franklin Gutierrez, Nick Franklin, Jason Bay, along with Kendrys Morales and Raul Ibanez. I'm always one for looking at the cup half full. Add that along with possible improvement from Dustin Ackley, Justin Smoak, Jesus Montero, John Jaso, Kyle Seager, and Michael Saunders and this lineup doesn't look all that bad. If Ethier IS acquired, I could see Seattle "competing" for a wild card spot. A lot of things would have to break right though.
|3. By: Wishhiker on 01-02-2013 00:34:16|
My favorite part about 2012 is how many people decided during that year that a bird in the bush (#12 pick) is worth at least 2 birds in the hand (rather trade established prospects)
It seems to me to be a leap of faith that in what is being called a weak draft will produce even better resulting picks than have been made in the last 4 years. All this while picks like Paxton became much less likely to be available so late with the changes to draft rules. If there's a Trout or Pujols that slips past the first 11 (yeah, if there even is a player like that drafted next year) I guess there must be some certainty in the eyes of the pick clingers that Z and Mac will identify them. I, otherwise, can't see the rationale.
Otherwise 2012 was a bit of surprises by Saunders, Seager, Jaso and Leutge, one of the most dominant games ever pitched. There was establishment by Montero as being a near league average bat at 22 and by Wilhelmsen, Capps, Pryor, Iwakuma and Ramirez as being part of a strengthening pitching core in the show. That all was surrounded by disappointments in so many others. Not much of the disappointment was in pitchers, so at least there's that.
I didn't expect that going into 2013 we'd still have so many of the same offensive questions as we did a year ago. Seager, Saunders and Jaso plus a year of Morales is not the improvement and establishment I think any of us expected to see. I still believe in improvement from some of the other hitters, it just seems more hopeful at this point than bankable.
2012 sucked in a lot of ways. Looks like, consequently, 2013 will suck in at least some of the same. Here's to hoping that further establishment of an offensive core makes the team more enjoyable to watch at least.
|4. By: maqman on 01-02-2013 11:45:49|
2013 will be better than 2012, take it to the bank! Getting a MOTO bat in Morales was not a minor move.
|5. By: Shawnuel on 01-02-2013 13:36:05|
Nice review Alex. However, I don't see mention of the Delabar for Thames deal. Did I miss it or just an oversight?
|6. By: Wishhiker on 01-03-2013 00:15:48|
We didn't trade Campos or acquire Noesi? I'm cool with that.
|7. By: harmony55 on 01-23-2013 21:56:45|
Tom Wilhelmsen and James Paxton to Toronto for lefthander Ricky Romero and centerfielder Anthony Gose.
Romero could serve as an innings-eating replacement for Jason Vargas. The 28-year-old Romero was bad last year* but combined for 7.0 WAR and 435 innings the two previous seasons. Romero has three years and $23.1 million left on his contract.
The second buy-low candidate would be Gose, Baseball America's 39th-ranked prospect entering the 2012 season before the 22-year-old lost some luster with 59 strikeouts in 189 MLB plate appearances.
Toronto is rumored to be a possible destination for Kyle Lohse and/or Michael Bourn, so Romero and Gose could be expendable**.
Wilhelmsen could provide the Blue Jays a great bullpen arm with five years of team control while the lefthanded Paxton provides a Canadian replacement for Romero.
* even in his dismal year, Ricky Romero posted a 0.5 WAR that rivaled the 0.8 WAR posted by Jason Vargas
** the current Toronto depth chart lists starters R.A. Dickey, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Brandon Morrow, Ricky Romero, J.A. Happ and Chad Jenkins
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