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50 Studs. Where Will They Land?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 10, 2014

This is the first year I’ve missed playing the free agent contest @mlbtraderumors.com. I always do badly. That’s the contest where you try to predict where the top 50 free agents (as ranked by mlbtraderumors) will ultimately sign. The contest is closed, but here is there top 50 list:

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/11/2014-15-top-50-free-agents-with-predictions.html

Hanley Ramirez is projected to get 4 years/70 million.

James Shield is projected to get 5 years/95 million.

Romo is projected to get 3 years/21 million.

See anything out of line with any of those projections? Looks reasonable to me…..

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  1. willedav said, on November 10, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Seems like Cubs now added to Yankees and Red Sox as most popular location for $$$$ FAs.
    Gotta give Sabes credit for not going there. Funny thing about Cubs is if they do go out and grab some guys it might further doom the Reds to last place and make some of their pitching more available.
    I think Loo mentioned Markakis a while back, solid LH OB guy who looked good as I remember when they were here. What is it about Alex Rios that he always seems to be associated with Giants rumors?

    It’s a good read tho, thx Flav. Yanks bloggers sure have a lot to say…

  2. Lurker John said, on November 10, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Markakis has some pop and is a good defensive OF with a bazooka for an arm. He’d certainly fill the need for a LF, though he plays RF in Baltimore.

  3. zumiee said, on November 10, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Romo’s real streaky. I wonder if other teams and their fans would fully “get” him. The Giants fans get it. Romo’s going to float a frisbee every once in a while, and it’s going to get hit about 430 feet. But he’s also going to have streaks where he seems un-hittable, and he’s been very good in the playoffs.

    • zumiee said, on November 10, 2014 at 8:03 am

      Romo’s career in the playoffs: 3-1, 2.11 ERA, .84 WHIP

      One of the big keys of ‘3 in 5’ is that our bullpens have been lights-out in the playoffs. Strickland being the big exception, but even he had a few good moments in this year’s playoffs.

  4. zumiee said, on November 10, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Mark Timmons:
    “The Dodgers have Fat Cats in the outfield, while the Giants have Junkyard Dogs”

    • Lurker John said, on November 10, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      Nice line.

  5. Alleykat said, on November 10, 2014 at 8:28 am

    I’ve always liked Markakis, yeah he could fit right in LF, great arm,good OBP’s, Pence RF, Pagan CF, Markakis in LF pretty solid OF..
    Long shot if he stays healthy could be Justin Masterson, ground ball pitcher, his stats should improve at AT&T IMO.

  6. zumiee said, on November 10, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Is Morse completely out of the mix for leftfield, or will he price himself out of the mix?

    Here’s a clip where somebody has linked the video of his big HR vs. the Cards to the KNBR audio:

    • Lurker John said, on November 10, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      I think Morse is in the mix. Spotty defense and injuries work against him, though. When he was good last year he was damn good.

  7. stickman said, on November 10, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Still in basking mode and having a hard time getting excited about Giants fixes via free-agency. Not to say that might not happen and fine if it does, but it now seems like the team’s fate does not hinge on making a big splash in that field. Feels good to be at the pinnacle while realizing Sabean is not likely to rest on his laurels and is likely to do what needs getting done.

  8. zumiee said, on November 10, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Sac Kings are quietly off to a nice 5-2 start. Cousins is staying out of trouble, so far, and has maybe finally grown up.

    • Flavor said, on November 10, 2014 at 9:20 am

      Boogie has been impressive this year. I think the Kings are finally legit again. Can’t say that since the Weber days, right?

      • zumiee said, on November 10, 2014 at 9:24 am

        Yeah, tough 10-year dry spell.

  9. Flavor said, on November 10, 2014 at 9:22 am

    watching that clip above makes me miss baseball again. And Morse, man what can you say? He got the job done. And the joy he exuded running the bases on that HR was something I felt inside of me. Crazy, unreal game.
    But I wish him well. It’s time for him to go DH in the AL.

    • zumiee said, on November 10, 2014 at 9:31 am

      Here’s a clip that has all of the Fox replay angles. Awesome!!

      • DJLoo said, on November 10, 2014 at 9:42 am

        After watching that I want him back…
        Always did like Markakis.

      • Flavor said, on November 10, 2014 at 10:00 am

        no one dislikes Buck more than me but I give him props for the way he called the Giants games in the PS this year. He knew when to say nothing and his HR calls were passionate and perfect—especially the Ishi bomb–an absolutely perfectly timed call.

      • unca_chuck said, on November 10, 2014 at 11:18 am

        Yeah, the Morse call was actually good.

      • Bozo said, on November 10, 2014 at 3:20 pm

        Badda Bing!

      • snarkk said, on November 10, 2014 at 7:02 pm

        Morse is a Pat the Bat with more emotion and doesn’t come with Huff baggage…

      • snarkk said, on November 10, 2014 at 7:05 pm

        Yeah, destined to be one of the most memorable HRs in Giants lore. Great camera work following him around and into the dugout. I think the Cards knew right then that they were toast…

  10. Flavor said, on November 10, 2014 at 10:04 am

    watch all 3 minutes and 18 seconds of this. I’m gonna go watch it again.

    • unca_chuck said, on November 10, 2014 at 11:24 am

      Got to love where this vid is frozen. 1 second before the helmet slam!

      • Flavor said, on November 10, 2014 at 2:59 pm

        easily my favorite moment of the post season

    • Bozo said, on November 10, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      Badda Boom!

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on November 10, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      This video is great. Bochy ditching his chaw and rubbing it off on everyone’s shoulders is kinda funny.

  11. unca_chuck said, on November 10, 2014 at 11:20 am

    As much as I dislike Tim McCarver, Harold Reynolds (even if he shares my mom’s maiden name) was absolutely dreadful. Verducci? More inane blather.

  12. unca_chuck said, on November 10, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Throw in mini-me (Rosenthal) and you have the trifecta of inanity.

  13. unca_chuck said, on November 10, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Can’t get enough of Ishi though. I wonder if Morse gets the Huff/Scoots treatment. Services rendered and all that. Shit, just sign him for a bench role. He probably won’t take a low offer but why the fuck not?

    Hah!

  14. unca_chuck said, on November 10, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Musta missed this in ann the excitement.

    http://m.espn.go.com/general/blogs/blogpost?blogname=jayson-stark&i=FB&id=1023&w=1ek0k&src=desktop&rand=ref%7E%7B%22ref%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%22%7D

    I was as down on Affeldt as anyone, but he came through big timein the playoffs.

    • Lurker John said, on November 10, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      I had no idea about that. What a horse he’s been in these 3 postseasons, but this feat is off the hook. I really enjoy Stark as a baseball writer, so I’m glad he caught this.

  15. Macdog said, on November 10, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Cuddyer signs with Mets on 2-year deal. @mlbtraderumors.com already 0-for-1.

    • Flavor said, on November 10, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      see, this is a great move by the Mets cause Cuddyer crushes it in one place (Colorado) and the Mets play their home games at Coors Field so…um…wait a sec.

      • Macdog said, on November 10, 2014 at 3:08 pm

        Not to mention he’ll be 36 coming off a 49-game season.

      • blade3colorado said, on November 10, 2014 at 4:42 pm

        Agree that Cuddyer is “long in the tooth,” as well as injury prone, but in fairness to him – his home/away splits were very good for a Sherpa player (one of the few on the team).

  16. Alleykat said, on November 10, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Like to see the Giants go hard after that Outfielder kid Yasmany Tomas projected as a corner OF( LF) right handed power guy 30+HR power, sure he would need some time at AAA, along with their other Cuban prospect CF Daniel Carbonell both young guys at 24.New OF in 2 yrs or more, Carbonell CF, Tomas LF, and RF Pence power and speed, with great arms..

  17. Lurker John said, on November 10, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Both those vids are great. I’ll never get tired of them. What a 2 inning stretch, what a game. Whether Morse leaves or stays, he’ll always have a very special spot in S.F. Giants history, both for that dinger and his Game 7 in the Series. I don’t know how you can become a “Great Giant” in one injury-shortened season, but he did it.

  18. blade3colorado said, on November 11, 2014 at 2:17 am

    Interesting comments by MLB executives at the Winter Meetings . . . They were polled by ESPN regarding various players – where they will land/sign, etc. This is what they said about Panda . . .

    7. Will the San Francisco Giants re-sign Pablo Sandoval? If not, where does he land?
    Responses: Yes 25; no 3. Of the voters who think Sandoval will leave San Francisco or are on the fence, every one mentioned Boston as a prime possibility.

    Pablo Sandoval
    Pablo Sandoval
    #48 Third Baseman
    Free Agent
    2014 STATS
    GM
    157
    HR
    16
    RBI
    73
    R
    68
    OBP
    .324
    AVG
    .279
    There’s a lot of love for Sandoval in San Francisco, as evidenced by those “Sign Panda” placards and raucous cheers at the victory parade. His upbeat persona and oversized October stats have endeared him to the fan base in a way that transcends his somewhat pedestrian regular-season numbers.

    “To me, it’s similar to the Mike Lowell situation in Boston in 2007,” an AL executive said. “Lowell was World Series MVP, and he signed a deal right after that. From a performance standpoint, [Sandoval] hasn’t performed at the level of guys who’ve gotten an elite contract. But maybe the thin free-agent market helps him.”

    Sandoval’s regular-season OPS dipped from .909 in 2011 to .739 this season. While agent Gustavo Vasquez has publicly lobbied for a six-year contract, most executives think Sandoval’s weight issues will dissuade potential suitors from going beyond four years. That could help the Giants’ leverage.

    “I believe he will come back to earth and sign with the Giants,” an AL scout

  19. blade3colorado said, on November 11, 2014 at 2:19 am

    Here is the rest of the poll . . .http://m.espn.go.com/mlb/story?storyId=11847001

  20. dirtnrocksnomo said, on November 11, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Regardless of what happens with Sandoval this pic of him in the lead of the merc blog is pretty awesome.

    http://blogs.mercurynews.com/giants/

    Dude’s a baller.

  21. Bozo said, on November 11, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Not true, not true. Nope, I was 3,000 miles away and I have proof.
    http://www.sfgate.com/giants/article/Giants-revelry-Clowns-caused-at-least-5884557.php

  22. unca_chuck said, on November 11, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Yeah, I think 5/9o is in play now for Pablito.

  23. willedav said, on November 11, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Obviously unfair to clowns. What happened to Cody Ross anyway?

    I got an email forwarded from friend about funny take on *redskins* noise.

    Time to take away Chiefs, Braves and Indians too.
    Yankees offensive to south–no team named after confederacy.
    Raiders bucs pirates Vikings promote hooligans.
    Padres Saints Angels promote religious intolerance.
    Reds and Brewers promote drugs and alcoholism.
    SF and NY giants promote obesity.

    Writer further adds that as proud fans of Oregon State, high time to change women’s athletic teams from the Beavers.

  24. unca_chuck said, on November 11, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Notice the first line of that web page. NOLA satire and parody . . .


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