AAA depth signing
AAA depth signing
Remember when LaRoche was a big name in building a package for Vernon Wells? That got me to googling, which got me here. Yes it's just a blog, yes it's mostly just speculation, but sweet jeebus look at some of those packages. Some of those would have been franchise altering stuff, not to mention the 126M that wouldn't have gone to Wells.
Anthony Reyes and Adam Wainwright is probably as high as they can go, and that's probably not going to get it done.They could offer, say, Wilson Betemit, Jonathon Broxton, and either Matt Kemp or Andre Ethier for Wells,Or they could offer Kemp or Ethier, along with Scott Elbert or Chad Billingsley, and Andy LaRoche or James Loney, if the Blue Jays would rather go young. Or they could package Kemp or Ethier and LaRoche or Loney with Russell MartinA combo of Crisp, Hansen or Lester, and Dustin Pedroia would probably be necessary to get Toronto to bite.For this to work for New York, they'd probably need to send Abreu, Robinson Cano, and Philip Hughes to the Blue Jays, and then go sign Alfonso Soriano to play second base for them. I don't know that they'd be willing to part with Hughes, but Abreu and Cano isn't enough, and they just don't have much else to offer.Sucks that the franchise decided to make the best PR move rather than asking the GM to make the best baseball move, the last 6 seasons could have been much, much different otherwise.The reality is, the Rangers would likely have to part with a couple of Ian Kinsler, Gerald Laird, and Nelson Cruz, plus either John Danks or Eric Hurley, to be in contention. And even then, they are likely to be out-bid.
The Bisons roster is coming along nicely:
C: Josh Thole
1B: David Cooper
2B: Eugenio Velez
3B: Andy LaRoche or Jarrett Hoffpauir
SS: Mike McCoy
LF: Ricardo Nanita
CF: Anthony Gose
RF: Moises Sierra
DH: Luis Jimenez
Hoffpauir or LaRoche
Plus a couple other bench players. Looking solid, but there's a lack of prospects.
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Wish it was Adam and not Andy....whatevs.
Wish it was Adam.
Thole's not going to be JPA's backup?
Maybe maybe not, depends on spring training. Thole got options so AA likes that.
To me, the Henry Blanco signing was strictly insurance in case someone got injured during Spring Training. His contract isn't guaranteed and dude is older than dirt. I'd much rather go with Thole splitting the duty with JPA and being the primary catcher for "The Dick".