Do they really have him on the block? I like him.
It makes sense because the Cubs have Castro and Baez who can play SS. They could slip Baez to 2nd or 3rd but I would make overtures with the Cubs for Alcantara.
He should be ready in the next calendar year for the majors.
Last edited by metswon69; 12-25-2013 at 10:20 AM.
If the Cubs think this kid is the real deal, I think it makes sense for them to hold onto him for now and deal the more expensive Castro in 2014.
-Sun TzuLet your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.
The only way I'd accept Tejada at SS is if we got a young SS/2B like Alcantara waiting in AAA.
His numbers look like Jordany Valdespin's.
He's one of the reasons why we shouldn't sign Stephen Drew to 3 years. In 2015 we'll have gobs of pitching ready to go and can flip a package revolving around Niese or Gee for him (and other SS's like him), but alas, we got the great Stephen Drew manning SS until April 2017, so no dice.
Last edited by WrightStuff82; 12-25-2013 at 01:19 PM.
Alcantara is a reason why we shouldn't get Drew? That makes no sense. Last I checked, we don't have long term solution at RF, 2B, and 1B either. So our young pitching can be used to address those holes too.
Filling a need for 3 years with an above average player is a bad move? Cecchini and Rosario are like 4 years away. In the event we got Alcantara, he can play 2B.
Again, Drew is young enough and cheap enough to be traded after 2014 or 2015. A team that doesn't want to give up a pick for Hardy/Lowrie/Asdrubal will be calling.
Last edited by YoungStuna; 12-25-2013 at 02:58 PM.
No he's not.
Valdespin at AA .297/.341/.483, 15 HR, 33 SB, 4.8% BB%, 15.4% K%, .364 wOBA, 124 wRC+, 441 PA
Alcantara at AA .271/.352/.451 15 HR, 31 SB, 10.9% BB%, 21.9% K%, .365 wOBA, 132 wRC+, 571 PA
Alcantara has has BB% issues in the past as well, so is this an anomaly?
Just going by numbers here, I will honestly I don't know much about Alcantara off the top off my head, would have to do some research, but if he is a guy that can stick at SS, then am all for getting him since he is almost mlb ready.
Who does everyone recommend giving up for this guy????
I can show you 500 guys who did what Valdespin did at 23 in AA. Different story for 21 year olds. Valdespin was in Brooklyn/Savannah at that age.
I like Alcantara. I seen questions about his defense, but I've seen reports that he's improved there this year. I also like the big growth jump in BB%. A guy who improves that much plate-discipline skill in one year is a very positive sign to me. He didn't give up much else in his game either and added power. He's the type of guy I want to put a package together for. He can play SS until Cecchini or Rosario is ready, and we can move him to 2B.
Last edited by WrightStuff82; 12-25-2013 at 04:17 PM.