Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – May 1, 2013

  I recorded The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast at the Willie Mays statue in front of AT&T Park in San Francisco. There was no Giants game. I just felt like going there.

I talked about the transition from April to May in baseball and wondered what being in first place at the end of April means.

Edwin Encarncion, Justin Verlander, Rickie Weeks and Jaime Garcia  owned baseball on April 30, 2013.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – May 1, 2013
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I’m Sully and I approve this off season for the Red Sox

The Red Sox had post season dreams that fell just short… like Carl Crawford’s diving attempt on the last play of the season.

The manager is gone. The closer is gone. The Captain may have played his final game.
A new GM is in charge but undermined by the owners.

It’s time to make tons of changes to the Sox, right?


I have been advocating that the Red Sox take a step back and heaven forbid REBUILD FROM WITHIN.

Let the Angels cough up years and picks for Albert Pujols. And 5 years for C. J. Wilson? Gee whiz I wonder if they will regret that.
Let the Marlins pony up cash for Jose Reyes and a closer like Heath Bell.
Let the Rangers pay Yu Darvish’s posting fee.

Jimmy Rollins? He belongs in Philadelphia.
Carlos Beltran? It’s amazing that he syncs up his best season in years with a free agency stint. Have fun in St. Louis.

Aramis Ramirez? Mark Buehrle? Grady Sizemore? Jim Thome? Jason Marquis?

Who in that group is a good long term answer for the Red Sox?

And who is left in the free agent market? Prince Fielder? Roy Oswalt? Edwin Jackson?

And forget the trade market.

Yeah the Red Sox could have had Trevor Cahill or Gio Gonzalez.

But Cahill cost Arizona some of their top prospects including Jarrod Parker, their phenom pitcher who made a cameo in the post season.

And Gio Gonzalez cost Washington some of their best young players.

The Red Sox don’t need to empty their farm!
They need to try out as many PawSox as they can.
The Red Sox need to fill in holes and they don’t need to do it with high priced free agents, blockbuster trades that send the future packing and surrendering draft picks.

The Sox are making smart moves.
Mark Melancon? Not sexy but talented and can help in the pen.
Nick Punto? Won’t make many headlines but gives the Sox some infield depth,
Kelly Shoppach? OK, he can’t hit. But how can his bat be worse than Varitek’s now?

Don’t be worried about making noise for December 2011.
Focus on turning the page and seeing what the team needs.
Pile up draft picks and see what gems are hidden in the system.

Let the Marlins, Angels and Nats make the splash now.
I’m thinking about 2013 and beyond.

Keep up the good work of not doing anything big.

It’s not going unnoticed by THIS Sox fan.

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The Diamondbacks have a very unique rotation

No trade chip has more value than a young talented starting pitcher.
Pitching wins games, most teams could use at least one talented starter.

Have that pitcher be young and under financial control and you have yourself a great pick up.

Well, maybe it is because they play in the desert, but not a lot of people are giving the Diamondbacks credit for some quality trades that have given them a very good rotation… the likes of which I have never seen before.

Turn the clocks to the end of the 2009 season.
Ian Kennedy was a talented if enigmatic pitcher for the Yankees and supposedly one of the pitchers of their future.
Joe Saunders was coming off 17 and 16 win seasons and was a young All Star for the Angels.
Daniel Hudson had just gone 14-5 in the minors at age 22 and was one of the White Sox’s best pitching prospects.
Trevor Cahill was one of the top 15 prospects in all of baseball and at age 21 had spent an entire season in Oakland.

Fast forward to 2011, and all 4 are members of the Diamondbacks who are the defending NL West Champs and have a manageable payroll and a young rotation poached from other teams.

Yeah they traded some talented players to get these pitchers (Danny Haren, Edwin Jackson, Max Scherzer) but look at all the times people have traded good players and got Gotch in return. (I’m looking at YOU Minnesota after dealing Johan Santana. I’m looking at YOU Oakland after dealing Tim Hudson!)

The trades have settled and they have a terrific rotation to take on the Giants and defend their title.

I can’t remember a playoff caliber rotation that is almost exclusively the result of shrewd trades to bring in young talent. Usually there are a few free agents or home grown players thrown in. Sure the Red Sox in 2004 had 5 starters in the rotation brought in from other teams. But Pedro and Schilling were established stars when they arrived in Boston.

I can’t think of one off hand. Hats off to the Diamondbacks front office.

So Diamondback fans… SHOW UP! You have a great and unique product.

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