Miguel Tejada

tejada.jpgI know that every write has his, or her, own opinion about
different subjects. For example, I am of the high belief that Lance Berkman is
one of the most underrated players in the game.But yet there are many that
disagree with me, and that is fine. Each person is entitled to have a separate and
different opinion. Which is why I usually overlook articles that I disagree with,
but today when I was reading the Astros addition of “mailbag” I became
completely stunned. Not by the question that was asked, but by the answer which
was given.

 

Now before I give everyone the question and answer let me
state for the record that I highly respect the writings of Alyson Footer. 99%
of the time I at least partially agree with her. This, I guess, just happens to
be the 1% that I am in total disagreeance with her.

 

I am about to give you the question posed by what I am
to assume is an Astros fan, and then I will give you the answer Alyson Footer
gave. And then I will attempt to break down in detail why I believe she is so
way off base.

I totally agree with you on Jake Peavy being an
unrealistic trade. The few prospects we have, we need to hold onto to help the
Astros. The trade I’d love to see (if anyone would take him) is Miguel Tejada
for anything. He has the tendency to ground into double plays, and has
potential legal issues ahead. What are the Astros’ plans for him?
— Doug P., Athens, Ala.

You answered your own question, you
don’t need my help. Tejada’s power numbers decreased at an alarming pace as the
season progressed, as evidenced by the three home runs he hit in the second
half. His average was decent (.283) and he had a good September, hitting .295
with seven doubles and 11 RBIs, but he’s nowhere close to where he was a few
years ago, when he was a perennial MVP candidate. He has $13 million coming to
him in ’09, and he’ll be 35 in May. No one knows where he could be with his
legal issues next year. So, what are the Astros’ plans for him? What are their
choices?

He’ll be in a Houston uniform in ’09, he’ll play out his
contract, and he’ll probably move on after that. We’ll see. But dealing him is
not happening. Who would take him?

 

Now, I have to know what in the world both Doug P. and Alyson Footer are
thinking here. Miguel was a major improvement at shortstop over Adam Everette.
No, I am not in any stretch of the imagination saying that Miggy is a better
defensive shortstop than Adam. That is just simply not the case. Adam is hands
down the best defensive short stop in the game. There is not a better glove man
to be found. And before you email me and say that Derek Jeter let me just tell
you now. Get real.

 

Let me explain why Miggy is a huge upgrade over Adam. In 2007 the Astros
shortstop put up these monster numbers. A .232 BA 2 Homeruns 15 RBI 1 Triple 11
Doubles. In 2008 the Astros shortstop put up these so called dismal numbers. A
.283 BA 13 Homeruns 66 RBI 3 Triples 38 Doubles. In 2007 Adam was the
shortstop. Now before everyone runs to checkout how accurate my stats are take
note that Adam only played 66 games in 2007, but is 2006 stats mirror the stats
I just gave you. Plus Adam only played in 48 games this season.

Now let us take and put the stats aside. Let us see what other value Mr.
Tejada has for the Astros.

First no one can deny that the man is electrifying on the field. Just take a
look at how youthful the team looks. Jumping and giving high fives. Throwing “the
spotlight” at each other. It is a far cry from the casual forearm bump that
became standard operating procedure during the “Killer B” era.

How many times did you see Miguel go to the mound to talk with which ever
struggling pitcher was run out that night? You can not add that kind of
leadership into a contract. That has to be the player. The man on the field.

How in the world can anyone make a claim that Miggy is not that great of a
shortstop or have any value to this or any team? Is it because he is not
putting up the MVP type number anymore? Or is it because people are resentful
of the fact Miggy is caught in the steroid scandal? Or is it because Miggy
magically aged two years in one day? Whatever the reason may be, people really
should get over it.

 

Alyson Footer answer broken down:

You answered your own question, you
don’t need my help.

 I am assuming this is in response to the
part of the question that asked who would want Tejada. Easy. Anyone that wants
to win and have a leader and great shortstop.

 

 Tejada’s power numbers decreased at an alarming pace as the season
progressed, as evidenced by the three home runs he hit in the second half.

 

Yeah, I will give his power numbers dropped WAY off after
the All-Star break, but most of his offensive numbers were better than even
Berkman’s after the All-Star break. Maybe more of the problem is with the
hitting coach rather than the players.

 

 His average was decent (.283) and he had a good September, hitting .295
with seven doubles and 11 RBIs, but he’s nowhere close to where he was a few
years ago, when he was a perennial MVP candidate

 

I will gladly take a .283 hitter in a position that has had
a BA of  .249 in the previous 5 years.

 

He has $13 million
coming to him in ’09, and he’ll be 35 in May.

 

Am I the only one that has noticed how astronomical
contracts have gotten the past few years? If pitchers are starting to get $17
to $20 million a season to pitch every 5th day, then Miggy is well
worth the $13 million to play everyday.

 

No one knows where he
could be with his legal issues next year.

 

There seems to be no hurry to prosecute anyone for perjury.
Barry Bonds has been “under investigation” for several years before Miguel’s
testimony had been brought into question. The Astros could resign him for three
of four more years without worry.

 

 

So, what are the
Astros’ plans for him?

 

Hopefully to let him continue to be the team leader he
has been.

Let Him In!!!

pete_rose.JPGYou know, there is not a person in the world that would jump to defend
Pete Rose when debating the mans morality. He is a class A moron. No
doubt about it. I do not even think that Pete himself would refute his
bad reputation as a person, but (and this is a big but) The Hall of
Fame is not a shrine for the upstanding good guy award winners. No, it
is a shrine for the best baseball players to grace the baseball diamond.

Now,
Bud Selig’s claims that Pete’s actions brought in doubt the integrity of
Major League Baseball. Seriously? When in the world did MLB gain
integrity? I was not given any memo on this. What about you? Did you
get some memo from MLB saying, “Hey we have intergrity now!”?

I
guess the whole steroid era that Bud Selig himself turned a blind eye
to would not prevent MLB from having integrity. I mean baseball players
transforming from bean poles to various versions of the Incredible Hulk
and Bud never questioned any of it. Players who hit 12 or 15 homeruns a
season started belting out 40 and 50 right in front of our very eyes
and nothing was said. Why? Because it put fans in the seats and that
was good for business. More seats sold equals more revenue generated by
Major League Baseball.

And what about the Black Sox. The 1919
World Series? We pretty much have all seen the movie 8 Man Out. It was
a great movie. Well, great except for the small detail of it being a
true story. The majority of a professional baseball team, the White Sox, got together to
throw the World Series. Not just any series, but the World Series. All
because Charles Comiskey was a lying cheap no good shmuck. He never
paid promises of bonus monies to his players. He also saw to it that
some players were benched towards the end of the season to prevent them
from achieving certain levels in wins, hits or games played to be
guaranteed other bonus monies. So the team took matters in their own
hands to make a few extra bucks. The players get black balled from
baseball and Charles Comiskey gets a ball park named after him. Now
doesn’t that just scream integrity?

Now, do not get me wrong. I
am not saying that Major League Baseball sucks, because I am not. I
love the game. I love it with a passion. What I am saying is Major League Baseball does not have any integrity, and to use that as an excuse to keep a baseball
legend out of The Hall of Fame is a crock!! Pete is an idiot. Pete bet
on games. Pete has to be the dumbest person alive. But Pete, well when
he was on the field he was a God. No one played the game like him. He
played the game with the kind of reckless abandon that fans love to see.

Plus
it is not like Pete would be the first “Bad Boy” to be immortalized in
The Hall of Fame. One of baseball’s biggest icon was a drunk and a
philanderer. Yes, I am referring to Babe Ruth. What about Ty Cobb. He
was the dirtiest player in that game. Sharpened his spikes before his
games. Fought with opposing teams as well as his own team. He even
admitted to killing someone. Mickey Mantle was an alcoholic who played
some games through bloodshot eyes. Gaylord Perry doctored baseballs. It
could be argued that each compromised the integrity of the game in some
degree. Yet they’re all in the Hall of Fame.

So it is time. It
is time for Major League Baseball to honor Pete Rose. Open the doors
and let the man in. Let him into where he belongs. Let him in
Cooperstown. Let Pete Rose into the Hall of Fame.

Around the League: Peavy, World Series Fact, Jim Bowden, Josh Beckett

Jake Peavy

According to  Tom Krasovic, of The San Diego Union-Tribune Jake Peavy’s agent Barry Axelrod has let it be known that Peavy will require a full no trade clause from his new team. There is also growing speculation that Peavy will also demand his $22 million option to be picked up.

World Series Fact

Now that the Tampa Bay Rays have made it to their first World Series there are only three teams left who have never played in the Fall Classic. They are the Mariners, Expos/Nationals and Senators/Rangers.

Jim Bowden

According to an article by Chico Harlan in The Washington Post, Jim Bowden found out in June he had squamous cell carcinoma (a type of skin cancer) but opted to ignore his doctors recommendation and delayed his surgery until the end of the season.

Josh Beckett

Josh Beckett was not the dominate pitcher in the post season that we have grown accustomed to seeing. Beckett’s strained right oblique prevented him from pitching like he usually does. The good news though is he will not need surgery. Just Rest.

 

Manny Ramirez

manny.jpg

The Dodgers season came to a crashing end this
week when the Phillies clinched the National League Pennant. So that
turn of events made Manny Ramirez a free agent being able to go to the
highest bidder.

The jackass, Scott “No Soul” Boras has stated that
the bidding war will start at 6 years $150 million. Now that is $25 million a
season which believe it or not is not the issue that Manny will face.
No one doubts that Manny will get the $25 million he desires. One GM
told Ken Rosenthal that if he was allowed to pursue Manny he would
offer him a contract in the neighborhood of $25 to $30 million a year for two
years with a third option year. That just blows my mind. $30 million a
year!!!

Manny will also have other issues working against him.
One being his agent Scott Boras who as we all remember he dropped
the ball last season with Alex Rodriguez. Boras is hated by almost all
teams. The Braves view him as the root of all evil in baseball. The
Yankees long standing relationship with him was strained maybe beyond
repair over the Alex Rodriguez saga last season. Then there is the
Astros who refuse to deal with Boras after the royal screwing that was
handed to them in the Beltran sweepstakes.

The last issue that
Manny faces in getting his long term deal is “Manny being Manny”. Even
though the Dodgers were willing to take on Manny and his many alter
egos, they knew it was very short term for the time being. The Dodgers
took notice along with every other team in the league when Manny
disgraced himself to get traded from the team that helped him get two
World Series rings.

There is just simply too much stacked
against Manny for him to be able to get his six year deal. The money
will come and there is no doubt about that. But I doubt very seriously
he will get more than 3 years.

2009 Free Agents

Here is a list of free agents for 2009 by position. I will have to add names to the list as more and more players turn down minor league assignments or opt out of their current contracts.

Here is a list of Free Agents and potential free agents for the 2009 season.

Catchers

Brad Ausmus (40)
Paul Bako (37)
Rod Barajas (33) – $2.5MM club option for ’09 with a $0.5MM buyout
Michael Barrett (32)
Henry Blanco (37) – $3MM mutual option for ’09 with a $0.3MM buyout
Johnny Estrada (33)
Toby Hall (33) – $2.25MM club option for ’09 with a $0.15MM buyout
Jason LaRue (35)
Paul Lo Duca (37)
Miguel Olivo (30) – $2.7MM mutual option for ’09 with a $0.1MM buyout
Mike Redmond (38) – $0.95MM club option for ’09 with a $0.1MM buyout
Ivan Rodriguez (37)
David Ross (32)
Javier Valentin (33)
Jason Varitek (37)
Gregg Zaun (38)

First basemen

Rich Aurilia (37)
Hank Blalock (28) – $6.2MM club option for ’09 with a $0.25MM buyout
Sean Casey (34)
Tony Clark (37)
Carlos Delgado (37) – $12MM club option for ’09 with a $4MM buyout
Nomar Garciaparra (35)
Jason Giambi (38) – $22MM club option for ’09 with a $5MM buyout
Wes Helms (33) – $3.75MM club option for ’09 with a $0.75MM buyout
Eric Hinske (31)
Doug Mientkiewicz (35)
Kevin Millar (37)
Richie Sexson (34)
Mark Teixeira (29)
Daryle Ward (34)

Second basemen

Willie Bloomquist (31)
Jamey Carroll (35) – $2.5MM club option for ’09 with a $0.15MM buyout
Craig Counsell (38)
Ray Durham (37)
Damion Easley (39)
David Eckstein (34)
Mark Ellis (32)
Mark Grudzielanek (39)
Jerry Hairston Jr. (33)
Orlando Hudson (31)
Tadahito Iguchi (34)
Jeff Kent (41)
Felipe Lopez (29)
Mark Loretta (37)
Nick Punto (31)

Shortstops

Willie Bloomquist (31)
Orlando Cabrera (34)
Alex Cintron (30)
Alex Cora (33)
Craig Counsell (38)
David Eckstein (34)
Adam Everett (32)
Rafael Furcal (31)
Nomar Garciaparra (35)
Jerry Hairston Jr. (33)
Cesar Izturis (29)
Felipe Lopez (29)
Edgar Renteria (33)
Juan Uribe (30)
Ramon Vazquez (32)
Omar Vizquel (42) – $5.2MM club option for ’09 with a $0.3MM buyout

Third basemen

Rich Aurilia (37)
Casey Blake (35)
Hank Blalock (28) – $6.2MM club option for ’09 with a $0.25MM buyout
Willie Bloomquist (31)
Aaron Boone (36)
Russell Branyan (33)
Craig Counsell (38)
Joe Crede (31)
Nomar Garciaparra (35)
Wes Helms (33) – $3.75MM club option for ’09
Mark Loretta (37)
Fernando Tatis (34)
Ramon Vazquez (32)

Left fielders

Moises Alou (42)
Garret Anderson (37) – $14MM club option for ’09 with a $3MM buyout
Milton Bradley (31)
Emil Brown (34)
Pat Burrell (32)
Carl Crawford (27) – $8.25MM club option for ’09 with a $2.5MM buyout
Adam Dunn (29)
Cliff Floyd (36) – $2.75MM club option for ’09 with a $0.25MM buyout
Luis Gonzalez (41)
Jerry Hairston Jr. (33)
Raul Ibanez (37)
Gabe Kapler (33)
Kevin Mench (31)
Jason Michaels (33) – $2.6MM club option for ’09
Craig Monroe (32)
Greg Norton (36)
Jay Payton (36)
Wily Mo Pena (27) – $5MM club option or $2MM player option for ’09
Manny Ramirez (37)
Juan Rivera (30)
Fernando Tatis (34)

Center fielders

Rocco Baldelli (27)
Willie Bloomquist (31)
Mike Cameron (36) – $10MM club option for ’09 with a $750K buyout
Jim Edmonds (39)
Jerry Hairston Jr. (33)
Gabe Kapler (33)
Mark Kotsay (33)
Corey Patterson (29)
Scott Podsednik (33)

Right fielders

Bobby Abreu (35)
Casey Blake (35)
Cliff Floyd (36) – $2.75MM club option for ’09 with a $0.25MM buyout
Brian Giles (38) – $9MM club option for ’09 with a $3MM buyout
Ken Griffey Jr. (39) – $16.5MM club option for ’09 with a $4MM buyout
Vladimir Guerrero (33) – $15MM club option for ’09 with a $3MM buyout
Gabe Kapler (33)
Jason Michaels (33) – $2.6MM club option for ’09
Fernando Tatis (34)
Brad Wilkerson (32)

DHs

Milton Bradley (31)
Pat Burrell (32)
Adam Dunn (29)
Cliff Floyd (36) – $2.75MM club option for ’09 with a $0.25MM buyout
Jason Giambi (38) – $22MM club option for ’09 with $5MM buyout
Vladimir Guerrero (33) – $15MM club option for ’09 with a $3MM buyout
Raul Ibanez (37)
Manny Ramirez (37)
Juan Rivera (30)
Mike Sweeney (35)
Frank Thomas (41)
Jose Vidro (34)

Starting pitchers

Kris Benson (33)
A.J. Burnett (32) – can opt out after ’08 season
Paul Byrd (38)
Roger Clemens (46)
Matt Clement (33)
Bartolo Colon (36)
Ryan Dempster (32)
Shawn Estes (36)
Josh Fogg (32)
Freddy Garcia (33)
Jon Garland (29)
Tom Glavine (43)
Mike Hampton (36)
Mark Hendrickson (35)
Livan Hernandez (34)
Orlando Hernandez (43)
Jason Jennings (30)
Randy Johnson (45)
John Lackey (30) – $9MM club option for ’09 with a $0.5MM buyout
Jon Lieber (39)
Braden Looper (34)
Rodrigo Lopez (33) – club option for ’09
Derek Lowe (36)
Greg Maddux (43)
Pedro Martinez (37)
Sergio Mitre (28)
Jamie Moyer (46)
Mark Mulder (31) – $11MM club option for ’09 with a $1.5MM buyout
Mike Mussina (40)
Carl Pavano (33) – $13MM club option for ’09 with a $1.95MM buyout
Brad Penny (31) – $8.75MM club option for ’09 with a $2MM buyout
Odalis Perez (32)
Oliver Perez (27)
Andy Pettitte (37)
Sidney Ponson (32)
Mark Prior (27)
Kenny Rogers (44)
Glendon Rusch (34)
C.C. Sabathia (28)
Curt Schilling (42)
Ben Sheets (30)
John Smoltz (42)
Tim Wakefield (42) – perpetual $4MM club option
Kip Wells (32)
Randy Wolf (32)

Closers

Brian Fuentes (33)
Eric Gagne (33)
Eddie Guardado (38)
Trevor Hoffman (41)
Jason Isringhausen (36)
Brandon Lyon (29)
Francisco Rodriguez (27)
Salomon Torres (37) – $3.75MM club option for ’09 with a $0.3MM buyout
Kerry Wood (32)

Middle relievers

Jeremy Affeldt (30)
Luis Ayala (31)
Joe Beimel (32)
Joe Borowski (38)
Doug Brocail (42)
Shawn Chacon (31)
Juan Cruz (30)
Alan Embree (39) – $3MM club option for ’09
Scott Eyre (37)
Kyle Farnsworth (33)
Casey Fossum (31)
Keith Foulke (35)
Tom Gordon (41) – $4.5MM club option for ’09 with a $1MM buyout
LaTroy Hawkins (36)
Mark Hendrickson (35)
Matt Herges (39) – club option for ’09
Bob Howry (35)
Jon Lieber (39)
Jason Johnson (35)
Damaso Marte (34) – $6MM club option for ’09 with a $0.25MM buyout
Trever Miller (36) – $2MM club option for ’09 with a $0.4MM buyout
Guillermo Mota (35)
Will Ohman (31)
Darren Oliver (38)
Chan Ho Park (36)
Horacio Ramirez (29)
Al Reyes (38)
Dennys Reyes (32)
Arthur Rhodes (39)
Juan Rincon (30)
Glendon Rusch (34)
Rudy Seanez (40)
Brian Shouse (40)
Russ Springer (40)
Mike Timlin (43)
Ron Villone (39)
David Weathers (39)
Kip Wells (32)
Matt Wise (33)
Jamey Wright (34)

Yearly Roy Oswalt Trade Rumor

Each offseason and each trade deadline brings rumor upon
rumor about the Houston Astros considering trading Roy Oswalt. Before all that
starts I am going to let the world know Roy
is not going anywhere this offseason or even at the 2009 trade deadline.

 

First of all Oswalt has a complete no trade clause and has
no desire to play for any other team than the Astros, the only organization he
has ever been apart of in his professional career.

 

Grant it Roy
has been quoted as saying he would consider waiving his no trade clause if the
Astros approached him about it stating he would not want to play where he is
not wanted, and the Astros do want him. They realize that Roy is their ONLY pitcher. They have a number
one starter in Roy,
and four number five starters with the rest of the rotation.

 

Not to mention the fact that Drayton McLane Jr. is greatly
fond of the Astros one and only ace pitcher. He loves Roy so much he bought him a Caterpillar D6N XL
bulldozer for clinching the final game of the 2005 National League Championship
Series. Yeah sure, many a boss have bought extravagant gifts for employees that
go well above and beyond the call of duty, but a bulldozer is a pretty exact and
personal gift. You have to have a lot of love and admiration to know that a man
wants and needs a bulldozer.

 

Take away the fact that Roy has a no trade clause and is a admired by
team owner McLane, Roy is also a fan favorite. There is not an Astros fan alive
that does not know what this man means to the Houston Astros organization. They
have all seen his grit on the field and love him for what he does on the mound,
and for a team where image is everything this assures that the Astros organization
will not take a Public Relations hit like that.

 

The final reason Roy
remains with the Astros is probably the most important reason of all. Ed Wade
and his job security is the biggest reason. If by some chance Ed finds a way to
get around the no trade clause, McLane’s fondness of Roy and the PR night mare, Ed knows his
future with the club will ride on this single trade. If the Astros get a
pitcher or two and some minor leaguers and they turn out to flop or not live up
to expectations Ed will be looking for another job and the chances of Ed
finding a third GM job would be slim to none.

 

So mark my words, Roy will remain in an Astros uniform for
seasons to come.

Carlos Delgado’s option a no brainer for the Mets

Now that Omar Minya and Jerry Manuel have both taken care of
their contract issues it is time for them to start assessing the state of the
New York Mets. With the 2008 playoffs still underway there is not a whole lot
of things Minya can do right now. He can, however, address Carlos Delgado’s
contract option. It is really a no brainer for the Mets considering how
astronomical MLB contracts have soared to in the past several years. For a
measly $12 million the Mets get to retain 38 homeruns and 115 RBI. Not bad for
today’s market.

 

Beat writer Mark Hale believes that Delgado’s option is all but picked up already.