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    2011 Major League Baseball Trash Talk Thread

    The stove is warming up...winter meetings...contract talks...Spring Training...Pitchers and Catchers report in 106 days.
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    Reds.... that is all
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    Rumor has it that the Tigers might outbid everyone for VMart. Not sure that's the best thing to do.
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    Speaking of the Reds and Tigers, did y'all see that Sparky Anderson was hospitalized for dementia, and then put in hospice care? Apparently he's not doing well.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5759008

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    Quote Originally posted by TexanOkie View post
    Speaking of the Reds and Tigers, did y'all see that Sparky Anderson was hospitalized for dementia, and then put in hospice care? Apparently he's not doing well.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5759008
    There's probably more reaction to this story in the 2 Detroit dailies than the midterm elections. The man is a king in Michigan. Nothing akin to Ernie Harwell, but he was very much loved.
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    Carl Crawford stays in division and goes to Red Sox
    Jason Werth stays in division and goes to the Nationals
    Jeter gets extension

    The Royals are becoming Atlanta West - have Francouer, Melky, Blanco and others.
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    I think the Reds (and Hink) will he happy with this investment: Reds, Jay Bruce Agree to Deal.

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    Quote Originally posted by Planit View post
    The Royals are becoming Atlanta West - have Francouer, Melky, Blanco and others.
    There are at least seven former Braves on their 40-man roster.
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    I wish the Cardinals would just announce agreement with Mr. Pujols on a seven-year AAV $30M deal that keeps him with the Birds on the Bat for the remainder of his storied career, and that the details will be worked out later. (There'll be another, smaller contract after this one --similar to Jeter's -- then a personal services contract for after his playing days. Let's get this done, Mr DeWitt.)
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    Quote Originally posted by Bubba View post
    There are at least seven former Braves on their 40-man roster.
    I know. Ya think Drayton Moore likes where he came from?
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    It really must be comforting for the Braves players to know that if they're ever released, they'll automatically have a spot on KC's roster.
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    I just hope to god the Rangers can sign Cliff Lee so he doesn't end up in pinstripes..

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    Quote Originally posted by Bubba View post
    It really must be comforting for the Braves players to know that if they're ever released, they'll automatically have a spot on KC's roster.
    And if you can play RF they will overpay...I wondered what happened to Gregor Blanco...I see he is also a Royal.
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    Cliff Lee goes to the Phillies - Their statrting rotation now is Halladay, Oswalt, Hamels, Lee & Blanton. There hasn't been a pitching rotation like this since the Braves of the 90s.

    Lee left 2 years and $30 mil on the table from the yankmees and Rangers. Persoanlly I'm glad he didn't want to wear blue pinstripes and I would have like to see him stay in Texas. I don't like that he is wearing red pinstripes in the NLEast (against the Braves).
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    Quote Originally posted by Planit View post
    Cliff Lee goes to the Phillies - Their statrting rotation now is Halladay, Oswalt, Hamels, Lee & Blanton.
    Yeah...that's going to be fun.
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    Quote Originally posted by Planit View post
    Cliff Lee goes to the Phillies - Their statrting rotation now is Halladay, Oswalt, Hamels, Lee & Blanton. There hasn't been a pitching rotation like this since the Braves of the 90s.

    Lee left 2 years and $30 mil on the table from the yankmees and Rangers. Persoanlly I'm glad he didn't want to wear blue pinstripes and I would have like to see him stay in Texas. I don't like that he is wearing red pinstripes in the NLEast (against the Braves).
    I would argue if they stay healthy that they will be the best lineup in baseball history. Top 4 are all all-stars and Blanton is better than average. Wow.
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    Strangely, I'm not even disappointed that Lee didn't go to the Rangers. It will allow them to take care of some of their current staff and get some more talent as well. And...the Yankees lost him...Again!
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    Quote Originally posted by Planit View post
    Cliff Lee goes to the Phillies - Their statrting rotation now is Halladay, Oswalt, Hamels, Lee & Blanton. There hasn't been a pitching rotation like this since the Braves of the 90s.

    Lee left 2 years and $30 mil on the table from the yankmees and Rangers. Persoanlly I'm glad he didn't want to wear blue pinstripes and I would have like to see him stay in Texas. I don't like that he is wearing red pinstripes in the NLEast (against the Braves).
    The Phils have a questionable pen and their outfield is almost collecting social security. The Phils are beatable...just not until the 7th inning.

    I have a ton of respect for Lee for going to a place that made the most sense for his family rather than just going where the money is. From what I understand his child has recieved cancer treatment at CHOP and that was a big part of his decision of going back to Philly.
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    ESPN is reporting that the Rangers are close to signing a multi-year deal with free-agent 3rd baseman Adrian Beltre. If this happens, what's going to happen to Michael Young, arguably the most loyal Ranger on the roster? He already took one for the team a few years ago by moving from SS to 3B to accommodate Elvis Andrus. Young's contract is good through 2013, and even he's expecting to retire when his contract is up, Beltre isn't that much younger than Young (Young is 34, Beltre 31).

    Michael Young has been my favorite player since shortly after he joined the Rangers a decade ago. He's a class act, loyal, a great team leader, and is very active in the local Dallas-Fort Worth community. I hope he doesn't get the shaft.

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    Quote Originally posted by TexanOkie View post
    ESPN is reporting that the Rangers are close to signing a multi-year deal with free-agent 3rd baseman Adrian Beltre. If this happens, what's going to happen to Michael Young, arguably the most loyal Ranger on the roster? He already took one for the team a few years ago by moving from SS to 3B to accommodate Elvis Andrus. Young's contract is good through 2013, and even he's expecting to retire when his contract is up, Beltre isn't that much younger than Young (Young is 34, Beltre 31).

    Michael Young has been my favorite player since shortly after he joined the Rangers a decade ago. He's a class act, loyal, a great team leader, and is very active in the local Dallas-Fort Worth community. I hope he doesn't get the shaft.
    I heard that he might be moving to 2nd base where is was originally until he moved up tot he parent club to be SS.
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    Quote Originally posted by TexanOkie View post
    Michael Young has been my favorite player since shortly after he joined the Rangers a decade ago. He's a class act, loyal, a great team leader, and is very active in the local Dallas-Fort Worth community. I hope he doesn't get the shaft.
    Quote Originally posted by Planit View post
    I heard that he might be moving to 2nd base where is was originally until he moved up tot he parent club to be SS.
    Ultimately, almost every player's skills diminish faster than their fan loyalty and it becomes a business decision for the club. I'd expect him to DH and be a utility infielder as needed.
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    30 days 'til Pitchers & Catchers report!

    (and 74 'til Opening Day)
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    So the Tampa Bay Rays sign both Johnny Damon and Manny Ramierez to one year contracts to fill the whole left by Carl Crawford's departure to Boston. I hope these two RedSox retreads have got some punch left in them.

    Prediction: Manny will be the most loved at Spring Training and the most hated by September. Total shock right? At least the entertain factor will be available.


    It will be an interesting AL East. The yankmees have no pitching and are old, the RedSox should be good, but also hurt in pitching, the Rays have no bullpen left, the Oriloes and Jays seem to be always rebuilding.
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    from the 'You Need to Know' files

    Spring training games on ESPN
    All times ET.

    Date Time Matchup
    3/3 1 PM DET at ATL - ESPN
    3/14 7 PM NYY at BOS - ESPN2
    3/16 1 PM BOS at ATL - ESPN
    3/21 1 PM BOS at PHI - ESPN
    3/22 1 PM NYY at BAL - ESPN
    3/23 1 PM NYM at STL - ESPN
    3/24 5 PM CHW at CHC - ESPN2
    3/25 1 PM ATL at PHI - ESPN
    3/26 4 PM CHC at TEX - ESPN2
    3/29 1 PM DET at NYY - ESPN
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    Quote Originally posted by Planit View post
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    It will be an interesting AL East. The yankmees have no pitching and are old, the RedSox should be good, but also hurt in pitching, the Rays have no bullpen left, the Oriloes and Jays seem to be always rebuilding.
    I think the Rays will be back in rebuilding mode this year after they traded/ failed to sign so many key players (Garza, Crawford, Pena, Soriano, etc.). They'll probably be better than the O's and Blue Jays, but I don't see how they can compete with the Sox or Yanks. The Sox had a huge off-season and should be the favorites to win the division. I don't think their pitching will be that big of an issue because the bullpen is so stacked and Beckett and Lackey can't possibly pitch as bad as they did last year. Plus they'll be scoring so many runs that it won't matter! Go Sox!!

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