Al's Ramblings

Friday, July 31, 2015

(7/31/2015 10:01:00 PM) - Al


We go out to eat as an office every Friday on the company tab. Today, we were talking about how liquor ads used to be restricted on TV. No one at the table under the age of 30 believed me, as they've lived their entire life seeing ads for Johnnie Walker and the like. 


As I have said many times, it's astounding we didn't turn into raging alcoholics one day in the 90's. 

7/31/2015 10:01:00 PM

(7/31/2015 09:25:00 PM) - Al

The problem with Carter and Obama is not that they are unpatriotic and incompetent, it's that their lack of patriotism leads them to trying to "fix" which is, without a doubt, the greatest nation to ever exist on the planet.

When you keep trying to repair something that is not broken, you're going to have a miserable legacy.

And they do.

Carter, of course, has spent most of the past 35 years damning the citizenry for having the common sense not to choose him over Ronald Reagan, which when you put it like that, is so laughable that it could be considered offensive. 

7/31/2015 09:25:00 PM

(7/31/2015 08:53:00 PM) - Al

That's what I said.

They had to trade an effective reliever to afford Parra, who is owed less than $2M the rest of the season? They can send guys with options up and down, yes, which does add "versatility," which is only important if they are also solid contributors.

That is a puzzler.

7/31/2015 08:53:00 PM

(7/31/2015 08:45:00 PM) - Al

When you move, Degree Motion Sense reacts, with unique micro capsules activated by movement that release bursts of freshness all day.

No it does not, no they are not, and no they don't.

Other than that, 100% accurate.

7/31/2015 08:45:00 PM

(7/31/2015 08:04:00 PM) - Al

The delicious irony. A movement predicated on choice becomes all about making the "correct" choices. Marxist.--Peter Deacon 

It's funny because it's true. Ask a "pro choice" person if people should be forced to join a union (of course they should!). The hypocrisy is blatant, and they don't even try to hide it.

Freedom is only good when it suits the left's needs. 

7/31/2015 08:04:00 PM

(7/31/2015 07:19:00 PM) - Al

FYI, Shane Peterson has played 203 games in CF in the minors. He certainly will not have Gomez range, but he might well be better than Parra out there.

7/31/2015 07:19:00 PM

(7/31/2015 06:53:00 PM) - Al

The Crew won't play the Astros or Orioles the rest of the season.

They will see the Cards and Pirates.

7/31/2015 06:53:00 PM

(7/31/2015 05:54:00 PM) - Al

One theme that was persistent leading up to the deadline was whether the Tigers, Brewers and Reds — with go-for-it owners and older GMs — would accept their fates and be determined sellers.
The answer was yes all around. Detroit’s Dave Dombrowski (Price, Cespedes), Milwaukee’s Doug Melvin (Gomez, Parra, Fiers) and Cincinnati’s Walt Jocketty (Cueto, Leake) were praised for the returns they got to better position their teams for the future.--Joel Sherman

The irony here is, Doug talked about the math of the situation back in late April. He's not going to start a "tear it all down and start over" took the Astros five years of being terrible and the Cubs four to do the same, despite adding Theo Epstein and having so much money they might as well have their own printing press. Mark A would never approve it, and that type of rebuild has not shown itself to lead to long term success anymore than others.

Doug is a proud man, he has taken over two franchises and brought them back to respectability, and when he turns over the GM title, while likely staying on as an executive with a title that doesn't exist today, the last thing he wants is a bare cupboard.  

7/31/2015 05:54:00 PM

(7/31/2015 05:26:00 PM) - Al

Have to find out what the Brewers' 40 man roster situation is after all these changes. There have been several very serviceable players DFA'd in the past 48 hours to make room, and there will be plenty more in August.

The Brewers picked up Estrada, Maldonado, H. Gomez, Herrera, Peterson, and Jeffress in this exact manner. This time of year, you might even find younger players with higher ceilings.

7/31/2015 05:26:00 PM

(7/31/2015 04:31:00 PM) - Al

Doug Melvin notes

--Gord Ash handled the negotiations with the Cardinals. Took a long time to decide on a player, went back and forth a lot.

--Felt Zach Davies was "equal to two players." Might be in the rotation as early as next year, might be called up later this season. Once trade was complete, Buck Showalter called to tell him he's a great pitcher, once you get over his lack of size.

--After trading Gomez, reached out to Parra's agent about an extension. Told he will be testing market.

--SL asked again about Lind, could not agree on a price.

--Had teams ask about Lohse/Cotts, who have expiring contracts. Trades can still happen in August.

--Mike Reed promoted to AAA, has been an OBP machine thus far in his career. Lots of "Brady Clark with better speed" comps.

--Tyrone Taylor shifted to RF in Bloxi, Phillips installed as the new CF.

--Reed to play RF, Santana LF in Colorado Springs. I would have guessed the other way around, not that it matters.

--Preston Guilmet claimed off waivers from Dodgers. Had put in a claim on him before, but did not get him. Takes Broxton's roster spot. His success in minors has never translated to majors. Sinker/slider guy, 89/82 mph, ground balls a plenty.

--As of this moment, they don't have a starting CF. Craig will decide who plays.

--Very happy to restock the system with so many quality prospects. Especially happy so many are upper level guys.  

7/31/2015 04:31:00 PM

(7/31/2015 03:44:00 PM) - Al

SD getting absolutely destroyed online for not making any moves.

7.5 out of the 2nd wildcard, and even worse, they are behind a far superior SF club, not to mention the Mets and Cubs are between them.

I can understand that maybe they did not get any good offers (like the Brewers with Lind), but, maybe they should have started before last night. 

7/31/2015 03:44:00 PM

(7/31/2015 03:34:00 PM) - Al

Herrera jumps right back in the lineup at 3B, Peterson gets the CF nod. I would expect to see Logan, Shane, and Elian all mixed and matched in CF in a three man weave of sorts. If someone goes 3-4, they'll play the next day, 0-4, they won't.

While Elian is the only one who hits RH (switch hitter actually), Peterson does hit lefties well, in AAA and the majors.

7/31/2015 03:34:00 PM

(7/31/2015 03:20:00 PM) - Al

O's trade solid middle reliever Tommy Hunter for Cubs' OF Junior Lake, whose immense potential has never materialized in the majors.

Most puzzling trade at the deadline.

7/31/2015 03:20:00 PM

(7/31/2015 03:10:00 PM) - Al

Mets get Cespedes for far less than Gomez, no team control for next year.

7/31/2015 03:10:00 PM

(7/31/2015 03:06:00 PM) - Al

Still will be trades announced, as they just have to be into MLB by the deadline.

In fact, supposedly, many trades that were done earlier today have been delayed on purpose, so their opponents cannot counter.

7/31/2015 03:06:00 PM

(7/31/2015 02:58:00 PM) - Al

Teams still asking about Adam Lind, per Heyman.

Brewers have held firm on return, no discount for his back pain. Doug will hold firm on asking price.

7/31/2015 02:58:00 PM

(7/31/2015 02:51:00 PM) - Al

Cespedes to Mets, so they get a nice bat, but not a CF.

7/31/2015 02:51:00 PM

(7/31/2015 01:41:00 PM) - Al

Wei Chung Wang, in his last six starts, has allowed 0 or 1 earned runs.

3-1, 0.93 ERA, 0 HR's allowed in 38+ IP.

He's working his way back to having to be protected on the 40 man this winter.

7/31/2015 01:41:00 PM

(7/31/2015 12:02:00 PM) - Al

A number of trades will be announced between now and 3PM, per reports. Padres expected to move a half dozen players or more.

Many involve money, so they have to be approved by MLB.

7/31/2015 12:02:00 PM

(7/31/2015 11:58:00 AM) - Al

Video and a piece on Davies.

Prepare to feel fat. That said, for two months of Parra, an outstanding addition.

7/31/2015 11:58:00 AM

(7/31/2015 11:50:00 AM) - Al

Thornburg recalled, one more will be announced later in the day....I assume that may well be a player not currently on the 40, or they would have announced it along with Tyler.

He has struggled at AAA, but do not forget, it ain't easy to pitch in Colorado Springs.

7/31/2015 11:50:00 AM

(7/31/2015 11:43:00 AM) - Al

Friend of Ramblings JR reminds us of how lucky we are to have Doug at the wheel of the ship.

7/31/2015 11:43:00 AM

(7/31/2015 11:34:00 AM) - Al

Kind words for Collymore, who is at least a fine athlete.

I'm looking forward to seeing Goforth and others in the bullpen, as decisions have to be made on them.

7/31/2015 11:34:00 AM

(7/31/2015 11:28:00 AM) - Al

Brewers get a lottery ticket for Jonathan, a 20 year old Canadian who did have a .400 OBP last season in rookie ball. They do scout Canada heavily, far more than most clubs, so they probably liked him.

Don't forget, a couple years ago, the Crew got Blazek for a struggling Axford.

7/31/2015 11:28:00 AM

(7/31/2015 11:09:00 AM) - Al

Broxton to SL, Parra to BAL.

More to come? Doubtful, but I suppose Lind could still be being discussed. Lohse?

EDIT: I forgot Cotts, though the return will be minimal. 

7/31/2015 11:09:00 AM

(7/31/2015 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Church Secretary: It was great to see such joy in the worship service. 

Area Supervisor: We're Lutheran. We don't do joy. We top out at quiet contentment.--Impastor

The Jim Gaffigan Show and Impastor are the best hour of comedy on TV. Set your DVR for TV Land on Wednesday nights. 

7/31/2015 10:00:00 AM

Thursday, July 30, 2015

(7/30/2015 08:26:00 PM) - Al

From the Brewers’ perspective, Phillips is the clear prize of the deal. A sixth-round pick by the Astros out of high school in 2012, the 21-year-old has risen to the Double-A level and shown no signs of being overmatched by the pitching he’s faced. Phillips is hitting .320/.377/.548 with 16 homers and 16 stolen bases this season while appearing primarily in center field. He entered the season as one of the Astros’ top prospects, but his excellent first half propelled him to rank 21st on Baseball America’s midseason Top 50, 35th on the midseason Top 50 of ESPN’s Keith Law and 39th on the midseason edition of’s Top 100 prospects. Law calls him a “true five-tool” player with the potential to remain in center field, and gives him above-average tools across the board, with his speed and arm rating as the top tools in his profile. He should immediately become the club’s No. 2 prospect behind shortstop Orlando Arcia.

The 22-year-old Santana, originally acquired by the Astros in the 2011 Hunter Pence trade with the Phillies, went hitless in a 17-at-bat big league debut in 2014 but has fared better in another limited sample in 2015, hitting .256/.310/.462 with a couple of homers in 42 plate appearances. A corner outfielder by trade, he could potentially step right onto the Brewers’ big league roster. He’s slashed .305/.400/.515 in 195 Triple-A games — part of the reason for his No. 7 ranking on’s midseason Top 30 for the Astros and No. 87 on their overall Top 100. Santana has everyday upside but there are plenty that worry about his penchant for strikeouts; he’s whiffed at a 29.9 percent rate throughout his minor league career.

Hader came to Houston alongside L.J. Hoes from the Orioles in the 2013 trade that sent Bud Norris to Baltimore. He ranked eighth among Astros farmhands at the time of the swap, per BA, and 14th on’s list. BA notes that Hader’s delivery at times draws comparisons to Chris Sale, and writes that his velocity gets up to 96 mph but is paired with inconsistent secondary pitches. Hader has a 3.17 ERA with 69 strikeouts and 24 walks in 65 1/3 innings at Double-A as a 21-year-old this season.

Houser has a 5.10 ERA split across two levels (Class-A Advanced and Double-A) this season, and he’s worked as both a starter and a reliever. He’s averaged 8.5 K/9 and 3.8 BB/9 this year, and rated him 21st among Houston prospects prior to the trade. Their scouting report praises his mid-90s fastball and ability to generate grounders but notes that the 22-year-old’s control has plenty of room for improvement.--MLBTR

Velocity and young for their levels for the pitchers. Two top 100 prospects as far as the position players.

7/30/2015 08:26:00 PM

(7/30/2015 08:14:00 PM) - Al

Sources: Orioles talking to Brewers about Parra. Earlier, LookoutLanding mentioned that RHP Zach Davies could go to MIL.--Rosenthal

Davies is having success in AAA as a 22 year old, but is "held back" a bit by his topping out at 91-92 and his frame (6-0, 150).

Pause to reflect on the fact I weighed 150+ in 7th or 8th grade.

7/30/2015 08:14:00 PM

(7/30/2015 08:11:00 PM) - Al

Some band needs to change its name to Cheesehead Medicine, and quick.

7/30/2015 08:11:00 PM

(7/30/2015 08:06:00 PM) - Al

One scout praised the Brewers return haul for Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers. "They did their homework,'' he said.--Crasnick

It always looks far better when you get a guy like Phillips, it makes the rest better, so to speak. 

7/30/2015 08:06:00 PM

(7/30/2015 07:59:00 PM) - Al

Pics and rankings of all four youngsters.

7/30/2015 07:59:00 PM

(7/30/2015 07:57:00 PM) - Al

A baseball insider said of Brett Phillips, "The Brewers are getting a future All-Star.'' Center fielder with cannon arm.--Crasnick

He is a 5 tool guy then. He's the Segura of this trade, the "can't miss" of the batch. 

7/30/2015 07:57:00 PM

(7/30/2015 07:53:00 PM) - Al

The Astros' players are in shock they let Phillips go...keep using the term "beast" to describe him.--ROOT

ROOT is their TV network. Phillips is the only player going to AA, all the others to AAA.

EDIT: Doug misspoke, Santana to AAA, the rest to AA.

That makes more sense, as that's where they were with HOU. Thought maybe the Crew had open spots there and would rebalance later.

7/30/2015 07:53:00 PM

(7/30/2015 07:47:00 PM) - Al

Brewers announce Herrera and Schafer will join the team tomorrow.

That was quick, though all it takes is a sentence to send them back down if someone is acquired. I'm sure Counsell was unhappy about playing two men down tonight, so no reason to wait.

7/30/2015 07:47:00 PM

(7/30/2015 07:43:00 PM) - Al

My guess is, the Brewers see Santana as pretty close to ready, and likely see Phillips as their CF of the future, probably ready as early as mid '16.

Add them to the already loaded OF at the AA level, and the strength of the organization is quite obvious, and most of it is within 1-2 years of being ready. You will probably see folks penciling Braun in at 1B when projecting the future lineups, maybe as soon as Lind is no longer manning the spot.

As for the 25 man roster, I doubt any will join, as Santana being the only one close, and he needs to play daily. Look for a reliever and a bench player to join the club tomorrow, as they will hope no major league talent is added in a swap.

7/30/2015 07:43:00 PM

(7/30/2015 07:31:00 PM) - Al

The MLBTR link is here.

Hader, Santana, and Phillips are excellent prospects, all very young and successful for their level.

Santana has had success in AAA, has played mostly RF, good power, 40% of his hits are for extra bases and spent time in the bigs, while the others have topped out in AA.

Phillips, looks intriguing, a lefty hitter who has played mostly CF with five tools, if the lad can throw at all. Doug shared that he was an "untouchable" until Fiers was added to the deal.

Hader is a southpaw, and has K'd more than a batter an inning along the way, and has kept his walks down, for the most part. 21 and in AA.

Rosario is a former 2nd round pick who has struggled, but has always kept the ball in the park and has good K numbers, and K/BB numbers. When drafted in '11, he was said to have a plus fastball and curve, so that's a fine start. My guess is, he's throws hard and has never put it all together, and he's a big guy, 6-4, 230. You can never throw too many of them against the wall.

I will link to a more in depth recap when I come across one. 

7/30/2015 07:31:00 PM

(7/30/2015 06:59:00 PM) - Al

Just like with Ramirez, all it took to get a trade done was me taking a nap.

Gomez and Fiers for 4 Astros' prospects. More to come.

7/30/2015 06:59:00 PM

(7/30/2015 04:29:00 PM) - Al

Melvin on if he would talk to Mets about other deals: "I don't think that's going to happen."--JS

The Mets have managed to get on Doug's bad side. Not many have, publicly at least. 

7/30/2015 04:29:00 PM

(7/30/2015 04:24:00 PM) - Al

Doug says they have talks, but nothing close to being done. Says if Parra is not traded before deadline, they can always try and move him in August. They will not be dealing with the Mets before the deadline.

7/30/2015 04:24:00 PM

(7/30/2015 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Heyman points out that there are two above average CF's left in the trade market...and the Brewers have both of them.

7/30/2015 02:30:00 PM

(7/30/2015 01:54:00 PM) - Al

This is tough, because I think Castro will break out as soon as he leaves the insanely high expectations and silliness of Chicago. However, Arcia is certainly the SS of the future, so you'd have to be trading for Starlin not knowing how he'll transition to another spot, probably 3B, and knowing he's below average offensively as of now, and owed $40M after this season.

It's a huge risk for a small market team to take, and that's probably why he'll end up taking that next step in a large market.

7/30/2015 01:54:00 PM

(7/30/2015 01:03:00 PM) - Al

Every time I point out that WI has lost over half their union members since Act 10, I always get angry emails insisting they have lost very few. No links to numbers though.

Once again, "over half" is the number presented. I know the truth hurts, but that's what the whole fuss was about. When the union is mandatory, people join. When it's not, few do, and many others quit.

They're dead, they just don't admit it.

7/30/2015 01:03:00 PM

(7/30/2015 11:08:00 AM) - Al

MLBTR recaps the Gomez debacle.

Allow me to note the irony that the Mets have been running out a clearly less than 100% Lagares to play CF most days.

7/30/2015 11:08:00 AM

(7/30/2015 10:26:00 AM) - Al

That source said in initial talks, the Mets wanted the Brewers to take centerfielder Juan Lagares in the trade. The Brewers said no, in part because Lagares has an elbow issue but also because he has a four-year, $23 million contract extension that kicks in next year...

So, after further talks, it was decided that the Brewers would take Flores in addition to Wheeler...The source said the Mets then asked the Brewers to throw in the 2016 Competitive Balance Round B pick they were recently awarded and the Brewers said no.

The source said the Brewers then were asked to put some money in the trade to cover part of what's remaining on Gomez's contract, including a $9 million salary next year...the Brewers understandably declined to put any cash into the deal.

It was only then, according to the source, that the Mets came back and said they were calling off the deal because of concerns over Gomez's medical records.

So, this became a financial issue in the end, which many people would say is not surprising considering the financial constraints the Mets have been operating under in recent years.

And I'm guessing the Brewers are none too thrilled about how this transpired, though the diplomatic Melvin would never say so.--JS

I don't see the Mets and Brewers doing much business in the near future, though Doug might be far more forgiving than myself.

7/30/2015 10:26:00 AM

(7/30/2015 10:20:00 AM) - Al

Tom H is reporting Mets nixed trade due to financial reasons, not injury concerns.

More to follow.

7/30/2015 10:20:00 AM

(7/30/2015 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Both these gals are about 40...impressive picture.

7/30/2015 10:00:00 AM

(7/30/2015 09:18:00 AM) - Al

Very unhappy the Gomez deal fell through, as a 25 year old top of the rotation arm and a 23 year old slugging infielder with versatility and upside were an outstanding return for a season and two months of Carlos.

The other negatives, that this may make Carlos untradeable until the offseason, as well as the awkwardness of it all; while minor compared to the above, are there too.

And, not to mention, it brings out the casuals, who are barely capable of an intelligent thought. Of everything I saw last night, this pretty much sums it up:

I realize Gomez is only under contract for another year, but why not keep him until then and then trade him?--Twitter

Never forget, this person's vote counts just as much as ours. 

7/30/2015 09:18:00 AM

(7/30/2015 08:48:00 AM) - Al

SL deals Rob Kaminsky, a top 100 prospect, albeit in the low minors, to CLE for Brandon Moss, who is a nice role player, but has struggled to a 700 OPS this season.

We'll never know if Lind could have brought the same talent, as Moss does offer a couple things Adam does not (no history of back problems, the ability to play LF/RF). Some say the Cards may still be looking for a 1B, and may use Moss to replace Holliday.

All that said, Moss isn't more than a fraction better than guys who have been DFA'd recently, though he may "fit in" nicely.

7/30/2015 08:48:00 AM

(7/30/2015 12:35:00 AM) - Al

Tom H says the Brewers may have to wait until the offseason to deal Gomez, as others will be spooked. I guess it depends on what the medicals show...if anything.

7/30/2015 12:35:00 AM

(7/30/2015 12:33:00 AM) - Al

Twitter is reporting talk radio in NY is just destroying the Mets, basically suggesting they look for any reason they can to not pull the trigger and go for it. Even worse, and while ignoring talk radio is pretty much the only way to go anyway...the media is basically agreeing 100%.

Many folks seem to think this guarantees the Mets will pick up "someone" before the deadline, and now that Wheeler is in play, no one is going to want to discuss anyone else. Many saying they should all the Brewers, apologize, and ask for a face by saying they got another opinion.

7/30/2015 12:33:00 AM

(7/30/2015 12:11:00 AM) - Al

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Boras is upset, and to be honest, he's 100% correct. Embarrassing evening for the Mets.

7/30/2015 12:11:00 AM

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

(7/29/2015 11:52:00 PM) - Al

The Mets canceled a trade because of a player's injury that has seen him miss one game in the past 5+ weeks.

They're going to look brilliant if Carlos gets hurt soon. Otherwise, they're going to get made fun of forever.

EDIT: Any team still interested in Gomez is going to be asking for a copy of his medicals bright and early tomorrow morning, if they haven't already. If there's another deal, it will be pre approved as far as Gomez goes. 

7/29/2015 11:52:00 PM

(7/29/2015 11:31:00 PM) - Al

Doug says he is very disappointed, was confident it would get done, were not fearful of it not.

Mets might well have had second thoughts after saying no on Wheeler so long. Wheeler is a top of the rotation SP, if healthy.

7/29/2015 11:31:00 PM

(7/29/2015 11:16:00 PM) - Al

Daily News is reporting Wheeler was not the issue, that Mets nixed trade due to concerns about Gomez's hip.


Scott Boras is beside himself, saying Carlos is healthy and is playing every day, not even receiving treatment. Boras was already spending his share of Carlos' marketing money, I think. 

I think Carlos is about 85%, probably needs rest to be 100%. I doubt Braun is more than 85%, for that matter. Many guys aren't this time of year.

7/29/2015 11:16:00 PM

(7/29/2015 11:13:00 PM) - Al

Whenever Flores or Wheeler has a setback or success, we will think of tonight. They were almost part of the team.

Hopefully, there is a team or two out there that was very unhappy they missed out on Gomez, and was thinking to themselves, "Hey, we could have done better than that."

I would assume Brewers already have a handful of offers, or outlines of offers at least, on the table for both Gomez and Parra.

7/29/2015 11:13:00 PM

(7/29/2015 11:09:00 PM) - Al

Brewers very likely to trade Gomez before deadline.

JS reports Doug told them "there is no trade, trades are not official until they are announced."

7/29/2015 11:09:00 PM

(7/29/2015 10:22:00 PM) - Al

Doug always takes the high road, but it will be interesting to see his response to this, unless, of course, it was canceled due to medicals.

When you tell your player, and then have to go back and tell them it's a no go, that would seem to indicate this was a done deal.

7/29/2015 10:22:00 PM

(7/29/2015 10:11:00 PM) - Al

Even by Mets standards -- agreeing to a trade, having one of their players cry, announcing the deal is dead -- is beyond nuts.--Daily News

Goodness. As with any business, sometimes you can shake a person's hand and you know the deal is done. Others, not so much. 

7/29/2015 10:11:00 PM

(7/29/2015 09:58:00 PM) - Al

Both Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson insist there is no Carlos Gomez trade. Not sure if they are just being sticklers for the physicals and medicals being done or what, but this is rather awkward.

EDIT: Alderson now saying "Gomez trade will not transpire."

Incredibly strange, unless the Crew looked at the reports and nixed it. 

EDIT 2: Alderson now saying there will be no trade with Brewers before deadline. Again, unless this was cancelled by the Brewers after perusing the meds, this is as puzzling as it gets. It also set back the Brewers, as they could have been talking for the past hours instead of, you know, acting maturely and treating their players with respect. 

7/29/2015 09:58:00 PM

(7/29/2015 09:27:00 PM) - Al

Mets kept Flores in because Brewers have to look at Wheeler's medicals and decide if they want him, per Heyman. Trade is not official.

7/29/2015 09:27:00 PM

(7/29/2015 09:08:00 PM) - Al

We forget what a well run organization the Brewers are until you see stuff like this.

7/29/2015 09:08:00 PM

(7/29/2015 08:58:00 PM) - Al

Cole Hamels going to Rangers, per reports.

Wilmer Flores is reportedly in tears as he continues to play for the Mets. He signed with them at 16, and has never known another team. Probably crushed.

7/29/2015 08:58:00 PM

(7/29/2015 08:31:00 PM) - Al

Flores with a career 900 OPS in AAA, as a 22/23 year old, about 5 years younger than the average player. 81 of his 207 hits for extra bases. Many will hold his major league numbers against him, but he hasn't been bad at all, about average for a 3B, methinks.

Flores still playing SS, as the Mets trail 7-2. Strange, though he is still their player until the physicals are done.

7/29/2015 08:31:00 PM

(7/29/2015 08:16:00 PM) - Al

Gomez has been told of the trade, flight just took off for MIL.

According to Twitter, Flores is still playing SS for the Mets. I assume he'll be pulled in seconds.

7/29/2015 08:16:00 PM

(7/29/2015 08:13:00 PM) - Al

Casuals already blasting Flores' defense, but he has solid numbers at 2B/SS/3B.

Casuals gonna be casual.

7/29/2015 08:13:00 PM

(7/29/2015 08:05:00 PM) - Al

Be interesting to see if this leads to other moves, such as Segura and/or Sardinas being available.

Many already have Flores penciled in as 3B of the future, but he has been solid at SS in the field. 

7/29/2015 08:05:00 PM

(7/29/2015 08:03:00 PM) - Al

BREAKING: Daily News is reporting Gomez to Mets is done, barring physicals.

Crew gets Wheeler and Flores.

Before his injury, Wheeler would have brought Gomez and a pair of youngsters by himself. Step one of the reset (actually, step two, as Gallardo to TEX was the first step).

7/29/2015 08:03:00 PM

(7/29/2015 08:00:00 PM) - Al

Still obstacles, but progress has been made between Mets and Brewers.--Daily News

Holliday went down tonight, and while the Cards have Piscotty and Grichuk in reserve, it might make them want Lind a bit more.

This might be a long night at Miller Park.

7/29/2015 08:00:00 PM

(7/29/2015 07:54:00 PM) - Al

Dodgers, Braves, and Marlins about to pull off a monster three team deal.

EDIT: Some wondering if Dodgers are putting together enough young pieces to acquire Cole Hamels.

7/29/2015 07:54:00 PM

(7/29/2015 07:53:00 PM) - Al

Source: If Mets trade for Carlos Gomez does come to fruition, Juan Lagares expected to go to the Brewers. Name has been prominent in talks.--Yahoo

As I said earlier, it makes sense for a number of reasons. Think how slow and crappy a below average defensive CF would look. Certainly a huge step down at the plate, however.

Add to that that the Crew has 4 "young," inexperienced SP's now, the near future might be to build with pitching and defense.

7/29/2015 07:53:00 PM

(7/29/2015 07:42:00 PM) - Al

Indians also very interested in Gomez.--Sherman

Gee, I hope a bidding war does not develop!

7/29/2015 07:42:00 PM

(7/29/2015 07:26:00 PM) - Al

Sounds like Gomez to deal will be tough to consummate unless drop their asking price.--Crasnick

Heh. Go trade for a 4th OF then boys. The Crew has until 7/31/16 to trade Carlos. 

7/29/2015 07:26:00 PM

(7/29/2015 07:18:00 PM) - Al

Source: One combination that and have discussed: Wheeler and Flores for Gomez. Again, no indication whether deal is close.--Rosenthal

Wheeler is one of the "top five" that NYM have insisted are not available. That said, he had Tommy John surgery and will be out until at least 2016.

While most pitchers return from TJ surgery, so much so it is becoming "routine" (the old joke is, he has not had TJ surgery...yet), some never do, or are a shell of what they once were. However, before the injury, Wheeler was very good for a young SP, a 3.50 ERA, and will be pre arby next season, under team control until after 2019.

7/29/2015 07:18:00 PM

(7/29/2015 07:17:00 PM) - Al

I do find it funny how many wannabee scouts hope the Brewers get nothing but low level prospects in trades.

There's a reason they get dealt so often, teams know they are a lottery ticket; as they flame out often, due to drugs, depression, injury, and so on. Guy who have proven themselves in AA, AAA, or the majors are simply safer, and therefore, worth oodles more.

Brewers top three prospects after 2010 at the lower levels? Kyle Heckathorn, Kentrail Davis, Cody Scarpetta.

Next 3?

Three bums named Peralta, Gennett, and Nelson.

Some work out, but many do not. You better get a couple if you want one to make it.

7/29/2015 07:17:00 PM

(7/29/2015 07:02:00 PM) - Al

Was told in last few days would only move Gomez if top young SP came back. Wheeler? Would part with him?--Joel Sherman

I concur. Have been told over and over Mets would not trade any of their top SP prospects. 

7/29/2015 07:02:00 PM

(7/29/2015 06:59:00 PM) - Al

MY SPECULATION: Wonder if flip Lagares as part of Gomez package since Gomez will play CF. get young version of Gomez.--Joel Sherman

I wondered this back when the Mets asked about Gomez months ago, and it would eliminate a lot of money owed in the future for the Mets. Juan is an outstanding defensive CF...his metrics are even better than Carlos'...but he has been injured this year and is no where near the offensive player. Cit has probably held down his numbers some. 

7/29/2015 06:59:00 PM

(7/29/2015 06:52:00 PM) - Al

Mets pushing very hard for Carlos Gomez.--Yahoo


7/29/2015 06:52:00 PM

(7/29/2015 06:44:00 PM) - Al

Mets have discussed Gomez with Brewers recently, per Rosenthal and Daily News.

Brewers have always liked Flores, who is starting at SS tonight, per the NY Post.

EDIT: The irony about that is, Flores did great in AAA, and was rushed to the majors, and has predictably struggled...kind of reminds you of Gomez as a youngster

7/29/2015 06:44:00 PM

(7/29/2015 05:56:00 PM) - Al

Mets still working on a deal that apparently would really please fans if it materialized.--ESPN

Heh. How is that for cryptic? Could be any one of a dozen players, and it could even be a reliever, given they just lost a fella to suspension.

7/29/2015 05:56:00 PM

(7/29/2015 05:44:00 PM) - Al

"Much discussion" of late between the Mets and Brewers, presumably about Parra, per NY Post.

7/29/2015 05:44:00 PM

(7/29/2015 04:22:00 PM) - Al

I'm not "outraged" a whole lot because, I'm an adult and know evil exists in the world.

That said, much of this seems to be manufactured by the anti hunting goofballs, who simply do not care if someone hunts for meat, fur, or a trophy for the wall. I'm the same way, it doesn't matter to me, and while I'm against poaching, I certainly have no issue with others following the laws as they have been set.

Any anger here seems to be misdirected, as it should be the laws of Zimbabwe, not some rich guy who takes advantage of them.

7/29/2015 04:22:00 PM

(7/29/2015 01:48:00 PM) - Al

Mets asked about Gomez, gave up due to asking price...and are now once again talking about Parra, per Heyman.

7/29/2015 01:48:00 PM

(7/29/2015 12:00:00 PM) - Al

How boxers/wrestlers/MMA folks make weight. 20 pounds in 4-5 days? No problem.

I had to stop reading, as it was making me nauseous. When I start a diet, I often lose 20 pounds in the first 7 days, so water weight is certainly easy to shed. Hard to believe that doing that every month or two does not cause internal issues.

7/29/2015 12:00:00 PM

(7/29/2015 10:56:00 AM) - Al

Astros said to be monitoring relief market, including KRod.

I doubt he goes anywhere, as no one wants to give the Crew his market value.

7/29/2015 10:56:00 AM

(7/29/2015 08:30:00 AM) - Al

The left, in their goofy insulated world, finds fault with humor.

Every single person who was against the new arena might as well be called the anti fun police. They hate the fact other people enjoy themselves while they sit and pout.

7/29/2015 08:30:00 AM

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

(7/28/2015 10:30:00 PM) - Al

It isn't so much that analytics are worth several wins a year if you start using them, it's that the Twins were just ignoring the obvious...Gardenhire didn't even platoon hitters.

7/28/2015 10:30:00 PM

(7/28/2015 09:48:00 PM) - Al

$600 for a haircut?

That's not so bad, if you're Kate Upton. Hillary paying that kind of money to look better is like me bragging about losing a half pound in the sauna.

7/28/2015 09:48:00 PM

(7/28/2015 06:22:00 PM) - Al

Lind back at 1B (no pun intended), Braun still out.

7/28/2015 06:22:00 PM

(7/28/2015 06:22:00 PM) - Al

I've had two people email saying if Lind is traded it will be for Player X...of course, both gave different guys, though I'd be thrilled either. The irony is, neither played last night, and neither is in the lineup tonight...though I believe one of them is back in AAA.

EDIT: Neither has played anywhere since Sunday, when this talk began. 

I hope they are correct, especially after seeing the Tribe got a 2015 version of Mark AA, for Murphy.

7/28/2015 06:22:00 PM

(7/28/2015 06:13:00 PM) - Al

The Angels get Dave Murphy from the Tribe for a good field/no hit AA SS. Very limited return, to say the least. I'd be disappointed if that's what the Brewers got for Parra. At first glance, I'd say the Crew got more for Aramis, though I guess he is an excellent glove.

7/28/2015 06:13:00 PM

(7/28/2015 05:10:00 PM) - Al

GOP overwhelmingly voted for new arena, Dems were about 50/50.

Once again, I'm glad I'm on the side I am.

7/28/2015 05:10:00 PM

(7/28/2015 04:43:00 PM) - Al

I'm very surprised at all the casuals wishing Doug would sell $1 for 88 cents..."just to make a trade."

Yes, it is true players can get hurt, that's a risk you take by trying to maximize your return.

7/28/2015 04:43:00 PM

(7/28/2015 04:34:00 PM) - Al

I don't really have a problem with this, except that, of course, the idea of a 5-5, 105 pound woman (universally referred to as "chubby" in Hollywood) beating up bodyguards and bad guys is, well, stupid.

7/28/2015 04:34:00 PM

(7/28/2015 03:20:00 PM) - Al

Papelbon soon to be dealt to DC.

7/28/2015 03:20:00 PM

(7/28/2015 03:08:00 PM) - Al

Rival exec: “I don’t think MIL is really looking to trade Gomez. Price is VERY high -- think they’re hoping to get blown away.”--Rosenthal

The price should be high, very good player near his peak, signed for far under market value for next season too. 

7/28/2015 03:08:00 PM

(7/28/2015 02:17:00 PM) - Al

We got it through. Thank you for all your calls and efforts.

7/28/2015 02:17:00 PM

(7/28/2015 11:43:00 AM) - Al

I gotta go, but allow me to say, it's amazing they ever get anything done in Madison. Self important, ego driven, look at mes.

7/28/2015 11:43:00 AM

(7/28/2015 11:28:00 AM) - Al

Chris Copeland will sign with the Bucks today. Poor man's Ersan.

Tulo could have ended up in SL, moving Peralta to 3B and Carpenter to 1B, per Fox.

7/28/2015 11:28:00 AM

(7/28/2015 11:21:00 AM) - Al

My thoughts on trades involving the Brewers?

---Lind has to play, or I suppose, say he is ready to play. Holding pattern.

---My guess is, Parra is all but certain to be dealt, and the team has either asked for final offers or will do that soon.

---Have heard very little about Segura, Lucroy, and so on. Of course, heard nothing about Tulo/Reyes until it was complete.

---TOR certainly has no reason to hold back, and I assume the Brewers have told them what they need for Fiers. Wonder if any of those pieces went to COL?

---Difficult to move Gomez without getting back at least one player in the majors, which makes it tough to do in season. That may be why interested teams that have been ID'd are out of contention.

---Others we have heard are available? Broxton, Lohse, Garza will clear waivers. No one has said it, but Matt has been very solid since his return from the DL, hit 95-96 a few times.

---I forgot Cotts, but his value is so low, despite him pitching well, that we're talking about a shot in the dark type. 

7/28/2015 11:21:00 AM

(7/28/2015 11:11:00 AM) - Al

Two quick notes:

1. I have an appointment at 12:30 today, so will begin getting ready about 11:45. Coverage is on WI Eye like last time, check your local listings, or you can watch it online. Vote expected to be in the 12:30-1 range.

2. The Assembly leader just tweeted out this, so he feels confident. Jason Kidd and other Bucks' reps are there as well, not like they would show up to see it lose.

Let's hope.

7/28/2015 11:11:00 AM

(7/28/2015 08:00:00 AM) - Al


It's funny because it's true.

7/28/2015 08:00:00 AM

(7/28/2015 01:05:00 AM) - Al

CC on what's next for Kyle Lohse: "He’ll make his next start."--Adam,

Did not mention for who. Last time he said, "He'll scheduled to start for us Monday."

I assume Brewers have a couple teams that will happily take him (TOR still strikes me as a good match, I still wonder if the Fiers talks stemmed from MIL trying to package them together), but probably only willing to pay a small share of his salary...minimum the rest of the season would be about $175K, I doubt teams want to pay him much more than $500K-1M, Lohse is owed about $3.75M.

7/28/2015 01:05:00 AM

(7/28/2015 12:42:00 AM) - Al

Can't wait until after the deadline so I can unfollow some of these bloggers I added in case they get early info on a trade. They are painfully casual and painfully bad.

7/28/2015 12:42:00 AM

(7/28/2015 12:24:00 AM) - Al

Legislators have all remarked how amazed they are by sheer volume of Bucks fans weighing in with support for arena bill.--Save Our Bucks

Keep it up gang. Fight like a girl. Make your calls ASAP, vote is scheduled for this morning. 

7/28/2015 12:24:00 AM

Monday, July 27, 2015

(7/27/2015 11:44:00 PM) - Al

You can always tell the bad umps because they love TV time.

7/27/2015 11:44:00 PM

(7/27/2015 11:36:00 PM) - Al

Tulo to TOR.

Didn't see that coming.

EDIT: Forgot TOR still has turf. That might be mighty tough on Tulo's body.

EDIT 2: Jose Reyes and youngsters back to COL. One of the biggest deadline trades in history, star power wise. 

EDIT 3: LaTroy Hawkins also to TOR.

I find it funny so many are saying TOR needs pitching, seemingly not realizing the more runs they score, the more runs they can give up.  

7/27/2015 11:36:00 PM

(7/27/2015 11:18:00 PM) - Al

Little question Counsell allowed Lohse to go longer that usual in an effort to find him another team.

7/27/2015 11:18:00 PM

(7/27/2015 09:41:00 PM) - Al

Four teams in on Parra, Gomez may or may not be moved, per Heyman.

7/27/2015 09:41:00 PM

(7/27/2015 08:43:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife just found two boxes of mac and cheese in the garage freezer.

The Rambling son is a mighty intelligent young man, but he sure isn't much of a grocery putaway helper.

7/27/2015 08:43:00 PM

(7/27/2015 05:39:00 PM) - Al

Interesting that Casey Meisner is the one to go in this deal. I’m told he was the Mets pitchers Brewers wanted in Parra deal.--Marc Carig 

Heh. The Mets seem to be all over the place, mind changing daily. That's strange for an Alderson run team. 

7/27/2015 05:39:00 PM

(7/27/2015 05:31:00 PM) - Al

House leader says they have 45 votes to pass arena, as many will not bother showing up, so that should be enough.

Yes, we're in the best of hands.

7/27/2015 05:31:00 PM

(7/27/2015 05:28:00 PM) - Al

Mets get Clippard, A's get former 3rd round pick doing OK in high A ball.

Relievers worth next to nothing as of yet.

7/27/2015 05:28:00 PM

(7/27/2015 05:08:00 PM) - Al

Angels pick up Shane Victorino from Red Sox.

7/27/2015 05:08:00 PM

(7/27/2015 04:48:00 PM) - Al

Also hearing this from teams that have interest in Adam Lind. They think he's going to land in St. Louis.--Stark

That's a pretty certain way of knowing. Again, is Lind "resting" or is he being held out? Does SL want/need to see him play? 

SL's farm system is not nearly as strong as it has been, but they still have a very solid top ten, including lots of young pitching

7/27/2015 04:48:00 PM

(7/27/2015 03:42:00 PM) - Al

No Lind in tonight's lineup, Segura and Gomez back.

Have to wait for word whether he is out due to continued tightness or "other reasons."

7/27/2015 03:42:00 PM

(7/27/2015 03:32:00 PM) - Al

Assembly leaders think they have votes to pass arena bill.

7/27/2015 03:32:00 PM

(7/27/2015 02:27:00 PM) - Al

Cards have legit interest in Lind. Not interested in other lefty 1B types like Moss, Davis, Alonso.--Crasnick

I don't know if they plan on playing Piscotty there or what, but Mark Reynolds has been very weak versus RHP. 

7/27/2015 02:27:00 PM

(7/27/2015 02:18:00 PM) - Al

Funny how that works.

7/27/2015 02:18:00 PM

(7/27/2015 01:33:00 PM) - Al

More on Lind and SL.

One thing I'm sure the Brewers want to avoid is SL trading him after the season and getting as much or more than they gave for him...while still using him to replace Matt Adams. That's why he will not go cheap.

7/27/2015 01:33:00 PM

(7/27/2015 01:17:00 PM) - Al

Don't forget, make your phone calls again. I have not heard how the counts look, so do your duty.

7/27/2015 01:17:00 PM

(7/27/2015 12:21:00 PM) - Al

Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez is one of the most intriguing players on the trade market – a right-handed hitter who is affordable and under club control through next season.

Not surprisingly, Gomez is drawing interest -- and not only from teams in obvious contention.

The Rangers and Indians are among the clubs that have reached out to the Brewers about Gomez, according to major-league sources.

Both teams rank near the bottom in the majors in OPS from the center-field position – the Indians are 23rd, the Rangers 28th.

The Giants, who rank 24th, and Astros, who rank 25th, are two other clubs that find Gomez appealing, but the Giants might not have the prospects to land him and the Astros appear more focused on bullpen help, sources say.

Gomez, 29, is earning $8 million this season and $9 million next season. A team could gain control of him for two pennant races and also have two opportunities to trade him – this offseason and next July.--Rosenthal

The Brewers and Cardinals have discussed Adam Lind "recently."--St. Louis paper

Before or after Lind's back tightened up? That's an important fact.

Gomez and Lind are under team control for next season, at well under market value. Doug will aim high and not be at all afraid to hold onto them, unlike Parra, who is all but certain to be gone before Friday night's game.

7/27/2015 12:21:00 PM

Sunday, July 26, 2015

(7/26/2015 09:22:00 PM) - Al

Lots of teams are off tomorrow, so I would think it might be a busy 36-48 hours, as teams often look to "shuffle" their roster at the end of a series, especially pitching/position player wise.

Also, there has to be a point when all these teams who refuse to "pick a side" either decide to buy or sell. There's one series left before the deadline Friday, so, that time is now.

7/26/2015 09:22:00 PM

(7/26/2015 09:05:00 PM) - Al

Only 5 AL teams have a .500 old standard of being within 5 games of a wildcard spot only eliminates 4 teams...and means very mediocre clubs like the Rangers and White Sox (both on pace for 78 wins, 10 wins away from my 88 win estimator) could be considered legit buyers.

In the NL, the line is far more clear cut, as only the Cubs and Mets are not in the playoffs if the season ended today, but are both over .500 and within 4 games. No other team is on pace to win more than 77, in fact, the Brewers are within 4 games of all but the top 7 in the NL.

That means there should be at least a dozen sellers, and the Red Sox would seem to be the only possible holdout.

7/26/2015 09:05:00 PM

(7/26/2015 08:40:00 PM) - Al

Bubba Starling was the player whose medicals delayed the Cueto trade last night. Do not know what player was substituted today.

7/26/2015 08:40:00 PM

(7/26/2015 02:10:00 PM) - Al

Reds get three very good LHP prospects for Cueto from Royals...two very close to major league ready.

This seems like a massive overpay to me, but, KC only wants Cueto for the playoffs, and granted, he is a proven ace.

7/26/2015 02:10:00 PM

(7/26/2015 12:56:00 PM) - Al

Segura scratched due to illness, Lind and Gomez out resting today. I doubt if any are due to pending trades, but it could be a lot like the lineup we'll see in a week.

7/26/2015 12:56:00 PM

(7/26/2015 12:42:00 PM) - Al

Same guy who's agreeing to let Iran have 6000 Nuclear Centrifuges free of no-notice inspections wants to monitor how long your showers are.--Noah Wehrman

You know, climate change is the biggest threat we face. Terrorism...not a big deal.

We're in the very best of hands. 

7/26/2015 12:42:00 PM

(7/26/2015 10:42:00 AM) - Al

Rosenthal reporting Royals have acquired Cueto, well, for two months.

7/26/2015 10:42:00 AM

(7/26/2015 10:32:00 AM) - Al

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays are "still talking" a Mike Fiers trade with the Brewers.
Fiers has pitched really well of late and is under team control through 2018, so the Brewers figure to ask for quite a bit in return for him. Rosenthal notes that he's not the only arm the Blue Jays are looking at, though, as they're also interested in Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto and would be after David Price if he becomes available.--Rotoworld 
I sure do not feel Doug will be afraid to ask for a lot. Worst case scenario, he'll return to MIL relatively cheaply.

And the Crew actually has team control through 2019. 

7/26/2015 10:32:00 AM

Saturday, July 25, 2015

(7/25/2015 11:08:00 PM) - Al

Fiers drawing plenty of attention. Brewers trying to move Lohse or Garza instead.--JS

Lohse's struggles at home are almost entirely HR/FB% and BAbip related. That said, GM's know it's a tough sell convincing their fans a 6+ ERA SP will help them. 

7/25/2015 11:08:00 PM

(7/25/2015 10:14:00 PM) - Al

Cueto almost traded to Royals tonight, but deal fell through due to one of the players going from KC to CIN having a physical issue. Teams continue to talk, but original trade is a no go.

7/25/2015 10:14:00 PM

(7/25/2015 09:53:00 PM) - Al

Shawn Johnson announces her engagement.

The sound you hear are the tears from single heterosexual men everywhere.

7/25/2015 09:53:00 PM

(7/25/2015 08:01:00 PM) - Al

Adam Lind pulled from the game in the 2nd inning...traded or injured/ill?

EDIT: Lower back tightness. No trade as of now. 

7/25/2015 08:01:00 PM

(7/25/2015 02:56:00 PM) - Al

The bat plays.

7/25/2015 02:56:00 PM

(7/25/2015 01:47:00 PM) - Al

The Mets have now have stalled talks with the Brewers and Padres in search of an OF.

7/25/2015 01:47:00 PM

(7/25/2015 01:41:00 PM) - Al

You know the president is a failure when the two names you hear comparisons to are Chamberlain and Carter. Both are rolling over in their graves...and Jimmy isn't even dead.

Whoever wins will have their work cut out for them. The USA is no longer respected in the world theater at all (we live in a world in which Russia invaded the Ukraine and no one batted an eye), and at best, the economy is far weaker than in 2009...and we have instilled an attitude of "why bother, just wait for a check" in what used to be the nation in which most people hoped to someday work for themselves.

7/25/2015 01:41:00 PM

(7/25/2015 11:27:00 AM) - Al

Exec on market: “If you’ve got a hitter, you’ve got gold. If you’ve got a pitcher, you’ve got a hot potato.” Surplus of pitchers available.--Rosenthal

Well, Doug only has Parra left that he has to move, hitter wise, as no one else's contract is up. Cotts, Lohse and Broxton remain on the pitcher side, and while FIP numbers are good, the results for the latter two have not been...both will all but certainly clear waivers and be able to be discussed until the end of August. The real item of interest will be if Lind, Segura, Gomez, and Lucroy are all still with the team a week from today.

7/25/2015 11:27:00 AM

(7/25/2015 09:30:00 AM) - Al

So, I guess I am supposed to believe the Dominican Republic has outstanding educational quality for all of its citizens?

I think we've reached the point where people can no longer say anything negative about any nation that has a substantial number of non Caucasians.

7/25/2015 09:30:00 AM

(7/25/2015 01:33:00 AM) - Al

Yhonathan Barrios, RHP Video: The 5’11/180 Dominican reliever converted to the mound late in 2013 and played at both A-Ball levels in 2014. His delivery is low effort for a reliever, he sits 94-98 and hits 100 mph with above average life and also mixes in a solid average changeup and a fringy slider. His command that isn’t that bad, given the conversion and arm speed, and he’s still learning to pitch, so there’s more upside here.--Fangraphs

Just came across this, links are clickable. 

7/25/2015 01:33:00 AM

(7/25/2015 12:10:00 AM) - Al

One interesting note from the TV team tonight. Peralta is not going to make another rehab start, so at the moment, they have six SP's. They might just go with 6 SP's for the time being...after all, the deadline is next Friday night, and I would assume something will work itself out.

7/25/2015 12:10:00 AM

Friday, July 24, 2015

(7/24/2015 09:03:00 PM) - Al

The amount of ignorance over economics is overwhelming.

It should be noted that all these guys can, you know, just go get a job at a car wash or restaurant if they don't want to play pro baseball. They have no negotiating power at all, and it shows.

7/24/2015 09:03:00 PM

(7/24/2015 05:45:00 PM) - Al

Brewers and Mets were trying to complete trade as late as last night, Parra the key piece.

Conforto is a great hitting prospect, but he's never faced a guy who can throw a breaking ball when behind in the count (and if they can, the hitter can just take it, since they probably can't do it again).

7/24/2015 05:45:00 PM

(7/24/2015 03:36:00 PM) - Al

Cards pick up Cishek for a non prospect pitcher who does rack up K's.

The relief market does not look to be paying off sellers to speak of.

7/24/2015 03:36:00 PM

(7/24/2015 03:31:00 PM) - Al

Adam reports Doug told him they thought they had a "minor" trade done a few days ago, and it fell through at the last minute.

My guess would either be Cotts or Herrera.

7/24/2015 03:31:00 PM

(7/24/2015 12:24:00 PM) - Al

Former Buck Nate Wolters has signed with Besiktas in Turkey after averaging 14ppg with LAC in Summer League play before breaking a finger.--Jim Paschke

All the angst when Wolters was released, and not a single NBA team felt he was worth guaranteed money for next season. Casuals gonna be casual. 

7/24/2015 12:24:00 PM

(7/24/2015 12:10:00 PM) - Al

Leadership 101.

Meanwhile, the president just made a "deal" with terrorists, and took five days to lower flags, which, let's be honest, is just ceremonial crap anyway.

7/24/2015 12:10:00 PM

(7/24/2015 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Is MN really in better shape than WI? I keep hearing it is, but I wonder how it be in a few years, when all the Dayton tax hikes have some time to marinate. People vote with their feet, but you don't relocate the day after they sign a tax increase.

He's right, by the way. Milwaukee has a huge influence on the rest of the state, and it's decades behind, far left policies don't help them a bit as they cling to the hope, just as MI does, that someday, the factories and warehouses will be back at full capacity, damn the common sense.

7/24/2015 10:30:00 AM

(7/24/2015 08:30:00 AM) - Al

A couple ironic things here, but the main one is, you can put together your own "survival kit" for $25 or less. Bottled water (or purification tablets), anything you can eat cold (Pop Tarts, beef sticks, canned goods...don't forget a can opener), old blankets, old warm clothes, a tarp or some sort of waterproof fabric, matches or a lighter (get several, think of the barter potential), first aid kit.

The other funny thing? I guarantee you if you have nothing but 48 hours of bottled water and food in the pantry, you will be more prepared than 90% of the public.

7/24/2015 08:30:00 AM

Thursday, July 23, 2015

(7/23/2015 10:58:00 PM) - Al

In a few years, I think a game like this will be commonly referred to as "Fiers got BAbip'd," but alas, for now, I'm pretty much the only one who says it.

Fiers faced 25 hitters, gave up 2 walks and got 10 K' he gave up 8 hits in 13 AB's, a .615 BAbip. Almost impossible to win when the opposition finds holes like that. Better lucky than good.

7/23/2015 10:58:00 PM

(7/23/2015 09:47:00 PM) - Al

The Grand Theater in Lafayette bans guns, according to its website. Another shooting in a "gun-free zone" Gun-free zones kill.--Bill Hobbs

Disarming law abiding citizens does nothing to stop crime. The left simply doesn't understand. 

7/23/2015 09:47:00 PM

(7/23/2015 07:59:00 PM) - Al

Well, we know the Pirates have been talking to Doug. See if they can come to a deal on Cotts, as they probably discussed several names when trying to come to an agreement on Aramis.

Neal would fit in nicely as a middle man who can used as a loogy at times against lefty heavy clubs, basically the same role he has filled in MIL. 

EDIT: I see MLBTR mentioned KRod, but MA told the TV guys he did not think Frankie would be dealt, probably because his value is not as high as his stats would suggest, due to lower velocity and his altercation with his dad in law a half decade ago. It was strange Counsell did not use KRod yesterday in the 9th, as he had not pitched since Sunday, and instead, used Cotts for the 3rd time in 3 games/4 days. Was that because he was told not to use Frankie, or to "showcase" Cotts...both? Neither?

We'll probably never know.

7/23/2015 07:59:00 PM

(7/23/2015 07:31:00 PM) - Al

Brings a tear to my eye to see 20K+ at a pro women's soccer game.

7/23/2015 07:31:00 PM

(7/23/2015 06:39:00 PM) - Al

Ramirez not expected to join Pirates until Saturday.

I would assume that means he flew to Phoenix, then is flying home to Milwaukee, and will then fly to Pittsburgh, probably with his family, Friday or Saturday.

7/23/2015 06:39:00 PM

(7/23/2015 06:27:00 PM) - Al


Do you know how to say Barrios' first name? 



Heh. I always like short, definitive answers.

Yhonathan Barrios...I will guess YON-a-than (to rhyme with Jonathan) bar-ee-OS.

7/23/2015 06:27:00 PM

(7/23/2015 06:20:00 PM) - Al

Got definite feel from Melvin that he expects more deals to be made. Has many of his pro scouts in Milwaukee to go over prospective trades.--JS

I would assume so, but Parra and Cotts are all but certain, as they are FA's at season's end. Considering that my expectations were for a wild 19/20 year old who could hit 95 on the gun, Doug certainly blew that away...he must have had 3-4 teams interested.

Again, good luck to Aramis, despite his health issues, tried to go almost daily. You gotta wonder if the braintrust were scared into making a move after he was pushed to score twice by Sedar in the last couple games.

7/23/2015 06:20:00 PM

(7/23/2015 06:11:00 PM) - Al

By the way, note not a single leak of the Aramis trade. The CIA should ask the Crew how to keep stuff on the down low.

It also means when stuff does get out, you can blame the other team...TOR on Fiers, for example.

7/23/2015 06:11:00 PM

(7/23/2015 05:54:00 PM) - Al

Goforth will be in the bullpen tonight, so this deal was probably done late yesterday or early today...hope Aramis didn't have to fly out to ARI and then to PIT. Who knows, there might be another AAA player or two in Phoenix who was told to stay in his hotel room until contacted.

I saw Rogers played 3B last night, but just read that's his first game there since being sent down. Not a coincidence, would be my guess.

7/23/2015 05:54:00 PM

(7/23/2015 05:49:00 PM) - Al

Pirates have to take Lombardozzi off 40 man to make room for Aramis. He is what he is, a handy switch hitter who can play anywhere but C, SS and CF, but he's 26, so he pretty much is what he is.

Of course, he has played some at SS, especially in the minors, so I guess it's possible he could play there. I still remember one of the wannabee scouts saying Marco Scutaro could NEVER play SS on a daily basis in the majors. Totally wrong of course, as Marco made about $50M, most of it as a major league SS.

Heh. Beware of the know it alls...they tend to be the teacher's pets who just throw stuff at the wall and hope something sticks...and then keep bringing that up for infinitude. 

7/23/2015 05:49:00 PM

(7/23/2015 05:17:00 PM) - Al

Yhonathan Barrios, rhp, Pirates: The converted infielder joined the club of pitchers who have touched 100 mph—in his first full year as a pitcher.--BA Rule 5 preview, Nov, '15

7/23/2015 05:17:00 PM

(7/23/2015 05:13:00 PM) - Al

The 23-year-old Barrios began his career as an infielder but converted to the mound full-time in 2013. Fangraphs’ Kiley McDaniel rated him as the club’s No. 30 prospect heading into the season, writing that he sits 94-98 mph with his fastball and has touched 100 mph at times. Barrios, McDaniel noted, has a low effort delivery for a reliever and is still learning to pitch, so there’s some upside with him. The Colombian hurler sports a 2.68 ERA in 40 1/3 innings between Double-A and Triple-A this season, though he’s not missing many bats. Barrios has averaged 4.7 K/9 against 3.8 BB/9 in 2015. He missed more bats in 2013 and 2014, however, and given his velocity, it wouldn’t be a big surprise to see those strikeout numbers eventually come around.--MLBTR

Damn. You can't teach velocity, and while I have no clue if he'll make the majors, well, ever; if life was a Disney movie, I would have gladly taken a chimp or a mule that could "touch 100" for 9 weeks of Ramirez. Given his low K numbers, I wonder if he even has a 2nd pitch. He'll head down to AA or AAA and work with Dabney or Hook. He will have to be added to the 40 this winter or he will be a minor league FA. Given that type of pitch speed, he will have to really fall flat on his face not to be...even if signed to a minor league deal,. he'd be at risk of being taken in the Rule 5 throwing that hard.

EDIT: Barrios will report to AA Biloxi, where they can pairhim up with Magnifico, who also hits 100 at times. 

7/23/2015 05:13:00 PM

(7/23/2015 05:03:00 PM) - Al

Goforth called up for the moment to take Aramis' roster spot, Cotts pitched the last three days...and might well be dealt soon anyway.

I'd expect Perez and Gomez to split time at 3B for now, with Hernan probably getting 2 of 3, with Hector playing 2B vs. most lefties, and getting a start at SS once every 10-14 days. This long term planning is likely wasted anyway, as Parra is all but certain to be gone, and maybe others.

7/23/2015 05:03:00 PM

(7/23/2015 04:40:00 PM) - Al

Brewers trade Ramirez to Pirates, young player in return. And yes, MIL will pay a substantial part of Aramis' salary.

Pirates actually paying 55% of his remaining salary, kid was signed out of Columbia in 2009, sucked as an infielder, so he moved to the mound in 2013, and after dominating AA early in the season, had a 4.60 ERA in AAA. Overall, he hardly has any HR's allowed, only 4 in 109 career innings, but only has 6.6 K's per 9 IP, and is under 5 in AA/AAA this year, meaning he must have an effective sinker...but hard to get by in the bigs not missing any bats.

For two months of Aramis, considering they paid over half his salary, a tremendous haul. It will be far more interesting to see who picks up the 3B playing time...I would let Perez and Rogers alternate there and "go with the hot hand" so to speak...Gomez or Perez would probably usually play 2B versus LHP. However, neither Roenicke or Counsell have shown any indication they believe Jason can play 3B. Remember, they also picked up Matt Dominguez up from the Astros, and he's on the 40 man.

Sure enjoyed having Aramis on the team, and it's a pity he's not going to an AL team. Best of luck to him, PIT is probably a near perfect fit, he won't be asked to play every day, and he might get some time at 1B, versus southpaws at least.

7/23/2015 04:40:00 PM

(7/23/2015 02:14:00 PM) - Al

Decide every morning you're in a good mood and you will be.--Organize Your Life

I was unaware that Say Anything held the secret to happiness.

Lots of sales coaches basically have you start each day with positive statements and the like. Let's be honest, all you do is hear negatives in the business, so keeping a smile on your face is difficult. Being positive, almost stupidly so, helps balance it all out. 

7/23/2015 02:14:00 PM

(7/23/2015 02:04:00 PM) - Al

I'm buying whatever she's selling. She could tell me high taxes are good, and I should work weekends, and the sun rises in the northwest, sometimes, when a beautiful young woman speaks, you just nod your head and ask her if she has a notion to visit Applebees for half price apps later.  

7/23/2015 02:04:00 PM

(7/23/2015 01:53:00 PM) - Al

Time to make your calls again, this time to your Assembly reps.

Start now and continue through next Tuesday. If you are in favor of recreation, capitalism, and the like, let's get this arena built.

7/23/2015 01:53:00 PM

(7/23/2015 01:22:00 PM) - Al

Pedro Alvarez is available, which I assume also means PIT is looking for a 1B.

I like Alvarez, and he would fit in at Miller Park, as he's a doubles and HR hitter. If Lind and Ramirez are dealt, MIL would have 1B and 3B open the rest of the season, to see if what his effort is like, and to see if he's "fixable." His defensive woes have likely caused him to press at the plate. For a crappy offensive AL team, I'd be all over him.

BAL, MIN, and LAA have the lowest DH OPS in the AL this season, FYI.

7/23/2015 01:22:00 PM

(7/23/2015 12:43:00 PM) - Al

Kazmir to Astros, the deadline season has begun.

The irony? Kazmir had a 5.94 ERA in 2010, and then threw 1.2 innings in '11-'12...combined. Since, 30-23, 3.44 ERA, though he does not go deep, averaging 5.79 IP/S. His game logs show lots of 6 IP, several 7 IP's, and quite a few 3-4 IP's. That said, we're in an age of specialization, and that will continue. With extra roster spots in September and so many days off in the postseason, that's really only an issue in the last week of July and in August.

For Brewers' fans, both prospects are in A+ ball, one a former 4th rounder, one a 6th, both young for their league; one a pitcher, one a C. Neither ranked in the top 20 of the Astros' system per John Sickels, and only one was mentioned at all.

I would have expected a bit more for 0.33 years of Kazmir...the Crew seemingly got more for 1 year of Gallardo. Sometimes, extra team control, especially at $11M per, lowers a player's value, maybe it did here, or, maybe Beane and the A's just liked these two youngsters more than the evaluators.

EDIT: Me wrong, Kazmir is a FA after this season. I will refund today's subscription fee on all Ramblings' premium accounts for the error. 

EDIT 2: And no, there is no premium accounts. Just kidding.

7/23/2015 12:43:00 PM

(7/23/2015 12:15:00 PM) - Al

Not often a team has the two top CF's available.

People will laugh at me for suggesting it, but Logan Schafer would likely have some value as well, though very minimal. I doubt he'd clear waivers if outrighted, and much like Gomez when he signed his now prized extension, is so valuable defensively  (+15 UZR/150) that any offense he'd provide is a bonus, especially in a park with a huge OF. As a "buy low" option, he'd be a nice pickup...his ability to play all 3 OF spots, lefty bat, and plus speed would allow him to fit in on nearly any bench. How is Logan any less capable than Sam Fuld, who has had a long career in the bigs basically defending an running fast? He isn't.

7/23/2015 12:15:00 PM

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

(7/22/2015 08:07:00 PM) - Al

510K acre farm, spans six TX counties, for sale.

$725M...not sure what that is over 30 years.

7/22/2015 08:07:00 PM

(7/22/2015 07:17:00 PM) - Al

No idea how "available" any of them are, but the Brewers may well boast the best C, 1B. SS, 3B, CF, and LF/RF on the market.

7/22/2015 07:17:00 PM

(7/22/2015 04:53:00 PM) - Al

Gerardo Parra (1.299 OPS in July) keeps gaining in popularity on the trade market.--Heyman

As I predicted, many teams want him because he is "just a rental." Some, of course, do not, as they have no desire to trade prospects for two months, as the Crew said last season. But, if a team is a bit of a surprise this season, or has a youngster they think will be ready, it's just so easy to have a contract that expires soon. 

7/22/2015 04:53:00 PM

(7/22/2015 03:11:00 PM) - Al

Aquino reminds me of Wang, good ceiling, but very young lefty.

If nothing else, a team might claim him and DFA him soon thereafter, as he will probably eventually clear.

7/22/2015 03:11:00 PM

(7/22/2015 03:06:00 PM) - Al

MLB held Competitive Balance lottery today. Brewers will have the fourth pick of Round B, which follows second round.--JS

This past year, they had the 4th pick in Round A, which is after the 1st round, and took Nathan Kirby. It's like a bonus low 2nd round pick, basically. 

15 teams total took part, and 12 picks were given out (no team gets more than one), so any pick beats no pick. In a way, it would almost be worth not getting any pick at all just to see the perennial rebuilders' angst, even though, in reality, they are years away and many flame out, due to injury, drug use, or simply not adapting well to higher levels. 

This pick can be traded, though I do not believe the Brewers have ever done so. 

7/22/2015 03:06:00 PM

(7/22/2015 02:03:00 PM) - Al

This could come up if the Orioles want Gomez, as with top prospects banged up, they may not have had the young players to acquire Carlos.

7/22/2015 02:03:00 PM

(7/22/2015 12:05:00 PM) - Al

All over the USA, closet socialists are wondering how labor costs are related to menu price.

7/22/2015 12:05:00 PM

(7/22/2015 12:01:00 PM) - Al

I was just thinking last night Braun did not look himself. Day off today, not that Counsell will be honest about why.

7/22/2015 12:01:00 PM

(7/22/2015 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Kyle Lohse xFIP last 3 seasons: 4.03, 4.05, 4.06.--Joe Block

As inexpensive as I assume Lohse would be in trade, I'm surprised one of the more analytical teams have not grabbed him. He's had bad luck and likely some less than stellar defense behind him. 

7/22/2015 10:30:00 AM

(7/22/2015 09:00:00 AM) - Al

There are few things more painful than seeing people who have no understanding of the economics of the sport comment on trade scenarios.

7/22/2015 09:00:00 AM

(7/22/2015 07:54:00 AM) - Al

Is plural marriage next?

I've been throwing that out there for a decade. Whenever you have government regulating what consenting adults do in the privacy of their home, you have a problem that eventually will be ignored and/or challenged.

7/22/2015 07:54:00 AM

(7/22/2015 07:47:00 AM) - Al

I'm going to link to this Lucroy piece just so folks stop emailing about it.

The only thing dumber than signing a 32 year old catcher to a 4-5 year extension is signing a 29 year old catcher to an extension that kicks in when he's 32.

7/22/2015 07:47:00 AM

(7/22/2015 07:39:00 AM) - Al

Know what's funny? People pretending they are surprised Hillary is unpopular.

7/22/2015 07:39:00 AM

(7/22/2015 07:00:00 AM) - Al

Rick Warren and his wife became "reverse tithers," keeping 10 percent of their income and giving away the rest.--Wikipedia

Heh. That's something not many people can say. Never heard that term before either. 

7/22/2015 07:00:00 AM

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

(7/21/2015 09:47:00 PM) - Al

FYI, Cravy was sent to AAA to make room got Garza. Tyler and Goforth have both performed nicely in Colorado Springs and in Milwaukee, and are awaiting a call.

7/21/2015 09:47:00 PM

(7/21/2015 09:45:00 PM) - Al

Peralta goes 5 innings, gives up a run, 74 pitches in AA. Might do one more rehab start, might not...might depend on if a trade is made.

7/21/2015 09:45:00 PM

(7/21/2015 07:01:00 PM) - Al

Milwaukee is officially a seller, according to one competing team. And they have some pretty good things to sell -- though some are up and some are down. Gerardo Parra's very nice season means he has plenty of interest, but shortstop Jean Segura's struggles have curtailed the interest in him ... Many Brewers' names are coming up, as they may be considering a rather big sale. Mike Fiers, Wily Peralta and Francisco Rodriguez are other names being heard (Ken Rosenthal mentioned Toronto's interest in Fiers), some in packages. GM Doug Melvin is believed to be in his final year in that role but he is an adept and experienced trader so it makes sense he handle it this year.

Add Parra to the list of hitters who interest the Mets. Also on the list, as noted here last week, are Justin Upton and Carlos Gomez.

Also notes Ramirez would "be a fit" with the Pirates.--Heyman

What is funny to me is, Doug said back at the end of May or in early June they would be looking to "hit the reset button" and get younger. Another exec still feels the obligation to say "they are a seller." Thanks Sherlock.

Segura has not struggled at all, he's just settled in since his hot start, when no one knew how to pitch him, and infields played him far too deep. He's still about an average SS on both sides of the ball, which with his salary and tram control, has value.

I think the only way they would deal Peralta would be as part of a package, perhaps with Garza.  

7/21/2015 07:01:00 PM

(7/21/2015 05:33:00 PM) - Al

In answer to the folks wondering what quality prospects the Crew will get for Parra, Ramirez, and so on...I doubt if anyone received for ARam would crack my top ten, which looked like this back in April.

7/21/2015 05:33:00 PM

(7/21/2015 05:21:00 PM) - Al

WH flag finally at half-mast for Chattanooga servicemen. It didn't take him 5 days to turn the rainbow lights on after the SCOTUS case.--Hale Razor

The irony is, they don't even pretend to care about the military even when it's incredibly easy. 

7/21/2015 05:21:00 PM

(7/21/2015 03:11:00 PM) - Al

Other than Zobrist, Pirates seem to be looking quite low in their search to replace Mercer.

Doug should ask them if they want Elian Herrera, who while not a plus defender at SS, is every bit as good as Pennington.

7/21/2015 03:11:00 PM

(7/21/2015 01:47:00 PM) - Al

They're out of touch, but they do hear the vast majority. They just don't understand the outrage, as don't forget, this is the group that called Fort Hood "workplace violence."

Their idea of defeating terrorism is calling it something else and instructing the old media to run another story on it being hot in the summer.

7/21/2015 01:47:00 PM

(7/21/2015 12:56:00 PM) - Al

Bucks seem to be in line to sign Chris Copeland, a stretch 4 who shoots the 3, and not a whole lot else.

I would probably just leave the final roster spot open, and I'm wondering why they let Jared Dudley go if they were going to sign another guy with the same attributes, but minus the leadership. I hoped the Bucks would sign Copeland a couple years ago.

7/21/2015 12:56:00 PM

(7/21/2015 12:38:00 PM) - Al

Parra "very popular" around the game.

All it takes is one team.

Parra is probably the only guy I can all but guarantee will be gone by 8/1. Cotts is the other guy who will probably go. The others, Ramirez, Lohse, and Broxton, could be August deals. Segura, Gomez, Fiers, and others may be better moved in the offseason, time will tell.  

7/21/2015 12:38:00 PM

(7/21/2015 12:05:00 PM) - Al

Lucroy's name keeps popping up whenever a team needs a catcher.

To me, Pierzynski would be a near perfect pick up for the Twins. The strange thing is, people keep wondering why BOS has struggled, but the fact is, they simply ignored his lefty/righty splits last season. Forest for the trees.

7/21/2015 12:05:00 PM

(7/21/2015 08:00:00 AM) - Al

More on McDonalds' "secret menu" which is really just being creative with requests.

7/21/2015 08:00:00 AM

(7/21/2015 07:00:00 AM) - Al

Over the weekend, a reader asked what the Brewers would be looking for had they played all season like they have the past two months. Well, let's play with some numbers.

They have won 56.1% of their games since 6/1, having gone 23-18. They have played 93 games total, so they would be 52-41. Here are the standings, never minding the fact some others would have fewer wins (you can't change things in the past without changing the present, didn't you watch Back to the Future?) than they do now.

NL Central

NL Wildcard

First of all, that sure looks like a lot more fun. Second of all, it depends on how you feel...realistically, many would say a team should not mortgage its future at all when they only have a 50% chance of making it to the division series. That said, teams have not been playing it that way, especially after the Royals/Giants played in the World 89 win team versus an 88.

They are 7th in runs scored, and 7th in runs allowed (in July, they are 1st and 5th), so while above average in both, just barely.

First thing I would look for is a 1B/3B type to platoon with Lind and let Ramirez rest. A bench bat, like a Kelly Johnson, is an addition I'd look to make in August. And pitching...can never have too much of that. Considering both Lohse and Garza have been less than stellar, you could look to add both a SP and a reliever.  

7/21/2015 07:00:00 AM

(7/21/2015 01:42:00 AM) - Al

Hopefully, both Vegas and Quebec get teams, as both are very deserving.

And yes, it's very funny folks insist they want a $500M team but struggle to come up with $10M.

7/21/2015 01:42:00 AM

Monday, July 20, 2015

(7/20/2015 10:07:00 PM) - Al

7/20/2015 10:07:00 PM

(7/20/2015 09:30:00 PM) - Al

Tigers may deal Price.

Hard to believe they are waiting to see if they go 8-2 or 5-5 in the next ten days.

7/20/2015 09:30:00 PM

(7/20/2015 08:05:00 PM) - Al

Remember when Sabathia left, I said they would regret it?

And he only makes "dishonorable mention."

7/20/2015 08:05:00 PM

(7/20/2015 04:07:00 PM) - Al

One could argue Fiers, with 4+ years of team control, is worth as much as 15 starts of Greinke was.

Not sure if it is or not, but one could make the point and argue it.

7/20/2015 04:07:00 PM

(7/20/2015 03:56:00 PM) - Al

Best thing about that Fiers report is it could lead to other clubs calling and asking about him, as well as others, including Lohse.

I doubt there's more than a couple SP's on the market making $500K and with a 3.50-4 expected ERA. He doesn't throw hard, but given the supply/demand curve, that's not a big deal.

7/20/2015 03:56:00 PM

(7/20/2015 03:53:00 PM) - Al

Mercer out six weeks, Ramirez might be a fit.

He'd be a nice fit when they got healthy too, playing some 1B as well as 3B, maybe platoon some with Alvarez/Ishikawa. Given he's likely best suited to play 3-4 times a week, that might be a good match.

7/20/2015 03:53:00 PM

(7/20/2015 03:30:00 PM) - Al

This chart shows what capitalism does. .

Cuba and the fall of the USSR shows what socialism does.

Those that fail to learn from history...

7/20/2015 03:30:00 PM

(7/20/2015 03:11:00 PM) - Al

Blue Jays want Mike Fiers.

Fiers is a strange duck, still cheap and under team control through 2019, make nearly the minimum next season, but is already 30. Since the Crew has no "motivation" to move him, other than, of course, the return, they can ask for the sky, and if they don't get it, no biggie.

The breakthrough and success of Jungmann (and to a lesser extent, Cravy; maybe even Blazek) may allow Fiers to be expendable. 

EDIT: Blue Jays do have a loaded system, including a ton of Latin American arms, though many of their guys are in A ball or below. I'd say their top 30 would probably all fit in the Brewers' top fifteen. Depth like that usually means teams are willing to trade, as they still have more in reserve. 

7/20/2015 03:11:00 PM

(7/20/2015 02:11:00 PM) - Al

Being positive in a negative situation is not naive. It's leadership.--Rory Vaden

Think back to when your boss got a bad review or something went wrong. Odds are, they proved they're not a very good boss. Tough times bring out the best and worst in people. I always choose who I want to be around based on this. 

7/20/2015 02:11:00 PM

(7/20/2015 01:55:00 PM) - Al

Gammons reports there are "at least 16 teams" looking for bullpen help.

That should mean the Crew almost certainly trades Neal Cotts, and they may get inquiries on others, including KRod. Doug said in the JS they have gotten lots of hits on Jeffress, Smith, and Blazek, but they would have to be overwhelmed, as all are cheap and under team control for years.

The problem is, bullpen help rarely nets much in return, a hard thrower or a low level position player is about all you can hope for. Considering Ros Detwiler, Edwin Jackson, and Jason Frasor were recently DFA'd, and have had success in the past and this season, you can understand why 20-25 innings of relief have limited value.

7/20/2015 01:55:00 PM

(7/20/2015 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Totally thought I was going to die in that storm last night.--found on Twitter

No matter how gorgeous she is, can you imagine spending your life with a drama queen of this magnitude? It's too painful to even imagine. 

7/20/2015 12:30:00 PM

(7/20/2015 12:18:00 PM) - Al

Remember how the old media jumped all over Franken for his McCain remarks?

Me neither.

7/20/2015 12:18:00 PM

(7/20/2015 12:11:00 PM) - Al

Serena "unfeminine?"

They must not be looking at the same Serena I am. She's not skinny or slender, but she's sexy.

7/20/2015 12:11:00 PM

(7/20/2015 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Know what else humans weren't designed for? Killing numerous innocents just because you're too gutless and lacking courage to talk to a girl, so you spend all your time online learning how to build explosives out of common household products.

If they had a fraction as much compassion and concern for the victims as they did those too spooked and panic stricken to enjoy their gifted, wealth filled life in the greatest nation in the history of the planet, I'd give a damn that the most depraved and spiteful riffraff among us "only having major networks and a few basic cable channels."

That's a shame. 

7/20/2015 09:30:00 AM

(7/20/2015 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Why do professors do stuff like this?

Same reason they skip classes and office hours, sleep with students, and so on...because they can. Only in education does "making it" mean getting permission that you no longer have to do anything except go through the motions.

7/20/2015 08:30:00 AM

Sunday, July 19, 2015

(7/19/2015 09:31:00 PM) - Al

In the past couple weeks, when I do my cursory Twitter search , I've found a few folks hoping the Brewers did not make any trades. This past weekend, they multiplied. The casuals are out in force.


On June 1st, the Crew was 18-34, 11 games out of the 2nd wildcard spot.

Since then, they are 23-18, a 93 win pace. They are pretty much healthy now. They are now 9.5 games out of the 2nd wildcard spot.

With two wildcard spots, I think 88 wins is a realistic goal to be a true contender. For the Brewers to win 88, they'd have to go 47-22 the rest of the way, a 110 victory pace.

The math simply does not work. While I respect the optimism, gotta be realistic.

7/19/2015 09:31:00 PM

(7/19/2015 08:45:00 PM) - Al

It seems like every single day, another team loses an OF, or is mentioned as a new suitor for Gomez and/or Parra. Lind, for that matter, may be even more popular.

7/19/2015 08:45:00 PM

(7/19/2015 08:28:00 PM) - Al

The Cubs are all in.

I'm not sure I fully understand it, as Jackson has pitched well this year and is owed a small the very least, he was getting guys out and was a very feasible #6 SP option.

The fact they replaced him with a free agent who hasn't pitched at all this year, except a few minor league outings to get in shape, tells me they just did not like him, or his attitude, or something. It's like they set him up to fail, and when he didn't, they just cut bait.

7/19/2015 08:28:00 PM

(7/19/2015 08:20:00 PM) - Al

Mets won a game in 18 today, which in theory, means nothing, but might be an emotional win for both the fans and the front know, team of destiny type silliness.

Alderson is a very smart man, he is actually the brainchild of many of the analytic stuff going on in the game. That said, while he's not going to trade one of their top young pitchers (without receiving one in return), they still have other quality prospects 1-2 years away.

7/19/2015 08:20:00 PM

(7/19/2015 04:40:00 PM) - Al


Here's a thought. You should pretend April never happened and post what the Brewers would be looking to add if they had played the entire year like they have since June 1st. Who would they trade and who would not? 


Interesting. Will think about it. 

7/19/2015 04:40:00 PM

(7/19/2015 04:36:00 PM) - Al

The O’s have also inquired on Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets.  As Rosenthal writes, it’s questionable as to whether the Orioles have the prospects necessary for a big move.--MLBTR

I'm sure they "have" the prospects, but most clubs have a nucleus of five guys or so that they just pretty much inform teams are off the table...the Crew did that with Nelson last season, and TB still asked for him, per reports, when the Crew asked about Price. Once in a while teams still decide to go for it, and make a move anyway...the Brewers did that with Laporta (who never panned out) and Escobar. 

7/19/2015 04:36:00 PM

(7/19/2015 03:38:00 PM) - Al

When you consider what Jeffress has done in his time in MIL, don't forget, the Blue Jays DFA'd him last year.

It's not like they were contenders either. Hard to believe they could not use the guy throwing 95+ as the long man in games already decided, isn't it?

7/19/2015 03:38:00 PM

(7/19/2015 03:35:00 PM) - Al

More realistic names the Mets might deal. Those expecting them to trade a young, major league contributing pitcher without getting one in return? Very doubtful.

7/19/2015 03:35:00 PM

(7/19/2015 03:29:00 PM) - Al

A couple months ago, I said to someone that Khris Davis was valuable because he hits a lot of doubles and home runs. Since then, it seems as if he never hits a single, and always drives in a run when he hits an extra base hit.

He's underrated as a defender too. His arm is very weak, but folks tend to think his overall defense is bad, which it is not.

7/19/2015 03:29:00 PM

(7/19/2015 03:20:00 PM) - Al

Gomez looks like I feel every time I get up after I sit with poor posture for a couple hours.

There are probably 4-5 teams right now going, "Gomez is hurt? How bad?"

EDIT: Maybe a cramp, he stayed in, and later singled. 

7/19/2015 03:20:00 PM

(7/19/2015 02:00:00 PM) - Al

CB Bucknor blew a routine call?

The hell you say.

7/19/2015 02:00:00 PM

(7/19/2015 01:59:00 PM) - Al

I have always liked Bruce, he's streakier than most, and rarely hits anything but mistakes, but he's got that great arm and if it's down and anywhere near the middle, he'll destroy it. He hits LHP too.

He's also a reminder that good hitters don't need to hit pitcher's pitches.

A reminder. every team thinking of Bruce might consider Gomez and/or Parra.

7/19/2015 01:59:00 PM

(7/19/2015 01:40:00 PM) - Al

That exit is in Scooter's future if he continues to allow the runner to take him out at 2B.

Just a matter of time, when not if.

7/19/2015 01:40:00 PM

(7/19/2015 01:16:00 PM) - Al

After averaging 91.9 mph thus far, Jungmann throwing 94-95 today in the 1st inning. Might be the extra rest because of the break, or maybe someone dropped the gun last night, or forgot to "tune" it today.

7/19/2015 01:16:00 PM

(7/19/2015 12:18:00 AM) - Al

What's this talk about their not being any sellers? The Brewers are only 3 games away from having the 8th best record in the NL...surely, all those teams should be looking to subtract rather than add.

7/19/2015 12:18:00 AM

Saturday, July 18, 2015

(7/18/2015 10:40:00 PM) - Al

Alvarez is currently 7 runs below average at 1B for the season, but he does look out of sorts there. He's got great power, but he can't use it getting out 70% of the time.

Funny, every time a team needs a 1B, Lind is mentioned. He seems to be almost the only one on the market at the moment.

7/18/2015 10:40:00 PM

(7/18/2015 10:28:00 PM) - Al

Just stepped out on the deck to throw an old sub bun out in the weeds behind the backyard, so the bunnies can enjoy it. The air was so thick, it almost knocked me down. I just looked, 78 with 76% humidity. Supposed to get down to 61, but I'll wait and check again before bed.

FYI, the Rambling wife reports they tried all the new Lays flavors (they're a wild bunch, let me tell ya). She reports she thought they were all "ok" but her favorite was truffle. The Rambling son said I would enjoy biscuits and gravy best, which makes sense because I would eat country gravy on a cardboard box, or, maybe even vegetables.

EDIT: Friend of Ramblings Sean, who attends Southern Illinois University in Carbondale reports it is 86 and humid at 10:30. I just checked, the high today there was 94 with 71% humidity. Us northern boys just can't take that kind of heat. My sweat would be sweating.

7/18/2015 10:28:00 PM

(7/18/2015 09:57:00 PM) - Al

What's that old saying...potential gets you fired?

Everyone gives up on everyone too soon. Panic is the nature of the business.

7/18/2015 09:57:00 PM

(7/18/2015 09:52:00 PM) - Al

Quick thoughts:

1. Nothing is talked about more and means less than an error. If Scooter bobbles a grounder in the hole, it's probably going to be called an error. If he is playing a foot over, or just doesn't have very good range, it's a hit. Same result though.

2. After all that "whoa is me" in the 1st inning, all the runs were still "earned."

3. Davis and Gennett with nice results tonight. Likely to remain due to team control and inexpensive salaries.

4. Broxton in the 8th may not have been just to "showcase" him, as he matched up well versus the bottom of the order.

5. I have to laugh at how many casuals insisted Jimmy Nelson would have to be a reliever or even "is just a AAA guy" at different times. The real irony? These are the same ones who want to blow it all up and go with an entire team of youngsters.

"Go with the kids!"

"They suck, send them down!"

"Why don't they just go with the kids?"

7/18/2015 09:52:00 PM

(7/18/2015 07:19:00 PM) - Al

Doug sure didn't sound like anything was close. He said he expects teams to "get emotional" in the last couple days.

He did not discuss it, but guys like Lohse and Ramirez, in the final year of their contract, can be traded in August easily.

7/18/2015 07:19:00 PM

(7/18/2015 06:03:00 PM) - Al

Pirates scratch Liriano, Vance Worley starting, see if Counsell makes 1, 2, or 3 changes.

7/18/2015 06:03:00 PM

(7/18/2015 05:46:00 PM) - Al

As we now know, the Astros are open to adding a bat at the trade deadline. One star they’ve scouted is Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez. Houston prefers a right-handed hitter, but may target lefty swinging Gerardo Parra due to a lower acquisition price. The Astros are open to trade Jon Singleton.--Rosenthal

Every time I see the Astros mentioned, I think of Singleton, who is very young, signed a team friendly contract last year, and was rushed to the bigs and whose performance has predictably been less than stellar.  He's a doubles and HR machine who would likely thrive at Miller Park.

7/18/2015 05:46:00 PM

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