Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Another modest proposal

Revised trade scenario --

Earlier I floated the idea of a Betemit for Scot Shields swap. Maybe we could get away with this instead: LaRoche and Reitsma for Shields and back-up IF Macier Izturis. The Angels are getting nothing from their first basemen (Darrin Erstad is on the DL, again, and heralded prospect Casey Kotchman is hitting .152 in 79 ABs), and while Adam has been considered somewhat of a disappointment he's on pace for roughly 30 HR and 100 RBI this year.

Said deal would require putting Betemit -- or Chipper -- at first, and calling up prospect Scott Thorman, who's hitting a solid .295 at Richmond with an .852 OPS. Then I'd demote Pete Orr to make room for Izturis, who's excellent defensively at 3B, SS and 2B. Said trade would improve our bullpen, offense and -- assuming Betemit or Chipper can handle first -- defense.

Shields vs. Reitsma: upgrade. Izturis vs. Orr: upgrade. Thorman vs. LaRoche: downgrade for now, but the Canadian first sacker projects as a potential LaRoche, minus the ADD. Or you could bring up Kelly Johnson, who can play several positions (maybe first).

Meanwhile, the Angels get a desperately needed bat without spending a lot of money. As much as they've struggled, their bullpen remains deep, so Shields is conceivably a luxury the Halos could afford to deal. And it's not a stretch to assume that Reitsma might re-emerge as a serviceable set-up option in a different environment.



At 11:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We decided tonight at the game in Section 116 overlooking the Dodgers dugout, that since we had no idea who Braves reliever Yates was, that we would call him Andrea Yates. He pitched like Andrea Yates. He drowned our hopes. With this bullpen, this could be the year.

Question--can Time Warner time out of their Braves tenure by taking a profitable tax loss by not making the playoffs? Are Schuerholz's hands tied? Remlinger followed by Yates seemed a lot more like 1989 than 1999. Bleh.

The Shadow

At 1:56 PM, Blogger CDavidson-CBoone said...

Schuerholz insists his hands are not tied. Who really knows? One problem with making a trade this early is that no team is yet ready to write off the season and deal for the future. When teams are ready to make those trades, relievers will be in high demand and thus command high returns. The Braves have a lot of prospects, but upgrading the pen won't be easy.


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