Aug
02

Mike Lowell and a possible return to pinstripes

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The Yankees walked away from the trade deadline having upgraded three roster spots with Lance Berkman, Austin Kearns, and Kerry Wood, and we know they wanted to add a utility infielder as well. They can still do that through a waiver trade in August, so the door isn’t closed on replacing Ramiro Pena, who unsurprisingly was unable to maintain his career best .312 wOBA from last year (seriously, his best full-season wOBA in the minors was .303 with Double-A Trenton in 2008). What is surprising is one of the players the Yanks targeted for that reserve infielder spot: Mike Lowell.

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Ken Rosenthal said yesterday that the Yanks tried to pick up the former Bomber indirectly from the Red Sox on Friday. He says it would have been a three team swap involving the Rangers, who have long had interest in Lowell as they searched for a righthanded hitting first baseman, but didn’t elaborate on any other players that would have been involved in the deal. I can’t imagine it would’ve been much. The Red Sox were aware that Lowell would have ended up in the Bronx, and the Berkman trade did not alter the Yanks’ plans at all.

This isn’t the first time the Yankees have had interest in Lowell, as I’m sure you remember. After Alex Rodriguez opted out of his contract in 2007, Lowell – that year’s World Series MVP – became an obvious target to fill that third base void. Even after A-Rod re-signed, the Yanks still had interest in Lowell as a first baseman, reportedly offering him a four year deal worth upwards of $60M. Thankfully that ended up being untrue, because it would have been a massive albatross if Lowell accepted (there would have been about $20.4M still left on said deal), assuming his hip issues were inevitable.

I know there have been several studies showing that “contract years” are largely a myth, but Lowell’s 2007 season sure looks like one hell of a salary drive. After 1,189 plate appearances of .319 wOBA ball in 2005 and 2006, he rebounded to post a .377 wOBA in ’07 with his usually stellar defense, a season worth 5.2 wins above replacement. It was the best season of Lowell’s career, surpassing his 4.6 win season back in 2004. He certainly took advantage of Fenway Park during that contract year, hitting to a .426 wOBA at home and just .330 on the road.

Lowell predictably regressed back to a .344 wOBA and 3.0 WAR in 2008, solid numbers but not what he had produced the year before. Following the season he required surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip, though he was ready in time for Spring Training and remained productive at the plate, putting up a .346 wOBA. His defense, like we saw with A-Rod, dropped off considerably after surgery, as his UZR dropped to -10.7 because of what FanGraphs has as a 21.7 run decline in his range from 2008. A-Rod’s defense has certainly gotten better as he’s gotten further away from surgery, but Lowell really gotten a chance to show us similar improvement because he hasn’t played much.

This season, with Adrian Beltre and Kevin Youkilis having MVP caliber seasons and David Ortiz finding the Fountain of Youth in mid-May, Lowell simply hasn’t played. He hit the disabled list in June after coming to the plate just 76 times in April and May (.306 wOBA). Sporadic playing time equals sporadic results, though ZiPS rest of the season projection calls for what I think is an optimistic .338 wOBA. One thing to keep in mind is that over the last two years Lowell has a .296 wOBA away from the Green Monster (.383 at home). Even worse than the production are the nagging hip issues, which includes a pair of DL stints due to inflammation and several individual days missed.

Even going beyond the performance issues, Lowell really doesn’t fit the Yanks’ needs in the grand scheme of things. He’s not a true utility infielder because he can’t fill in at short (and less importantly, second base), so Ramiro Pena would have to remain on the roster. The Yanks would essentially be swapping out Marcus Thames (.373 wOBA vs. LHP) with Lowell (.352 wOBA vs. LHP over the last two years), sacrificing a little offense for third base insurance should A-Rod’s hip act up. Insurance with his own hip issues, mind you.

Of course, the only way the Red Sox are moving Lowell at this point is by eating basically everything left on his contract, which is about $4.22M at the moment. Considering that they’re on the hook for $11.15M still owed to Julio Lugo, Alex Gonzalez, Boof Bonser, and Billy Wagner, eating another $12M for Lowell while getting just 0.1 WAR out of him this year seems like it would be a tough pill to swallow, but at this point they have no choice. Jed Lowrie and Bill Hall will be the backup infielders once Dustin Pedroia is healthy, and a smart organization like Boston won’t sit on a dead roster spot with Lowell just to avoid eating his salary.

The Red Sox will try to trade Lowell, but chances are they’re just going to end up releasing him at some point. And that’s what Lowell wants. He wants to be able to choose his next team where he can actually play and audition himself for next year. The Rangers, long considered a perfect suitor, now have their righty first baseman in Jorge Cantu. The Yanks became a more realistic landing spot for Lowell once that trade went down. I’m not saying I want Lowell on the Yankees, but based on their history with him I would not at all be surprised if he ends up in pinstripes sometime this month.

  • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

    Meh. I don’t think it would be smart for the Yanks to take on extra payroll for a player who has not been as good v. LHP just for a bit more roster flexibility.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      If the Yanks signed him after the Red Sox released him, they’d only have to pay him the pro-rated minimum. Same as calling up someone like Eduardo Nunez.

      • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

        Ah ok got it.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Paying Lowell isn’t the issue. Finding room for Lowell on the 25-man roster is.

        I get the roster flexibility argument, but I still think I’d rather roll with Marcus Thames than Mike Lowell for the 13th position player on the squad. Thames looks healthier at the moment. JMHO.

        • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

          I agree. For no money, I would choose to keep Thames over signing Lowell.

        • Chris

          Also, are we really sure that Thames is worse at 3B than Lowell at this point? Sure, he made a bad throw, but that pick was pretty nice.

  • Tom Zig

    With his hip issues, is he any better than having Thames at 3rd? Personally I’d rather keep Thames.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Meh.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      + a lot

  • Johnny O

    Just out of principal, I’d rather promote Nunez or maybe even Brandon Laird? Although it would be nice having the Sawx paying $20M for someone winning the World Series with the Yanks…

  • theyankeewarrior

    For the playoffs, the Yanks usually have a 5 man bench right? He could be a candidate for that spot. He could also pinch hit for Granderson if they tried to LOOGY him.

    I suppose Johnson is another candidate for that spot too.

    At worst, Lowell could give Alex a rest leading into October. And do it for the pro-rated minimum. Aka Hank’s dinner tab.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      For the playoffs, the Yanks usually have a 5 man bench right? He could be a candidate for that spot. He could also pinch hit for Granderson if they tried to LOOGY him.

      I suppose Johnson is another candidate for that spot too.

      That’s another good point, about Johnson. Lowell would be Thames insurance/replacement, but we already have one of those (potentially) in Johnson. The problem with adding Lowell is that we can’t have both Lowell and Thames, it’s one or the other (because when we add Lowell we’d have to DFA Thames, or carry only 11 pitchers).

      I’d stand pat. Roll with the Cervelli-Peña-Thames-Kearns bench for now, and when rosters expand audition Nuñez-Miranda-Russo-Curtis + see what Nick the Stick can do. Those 9 options can probably form a solid 5-man bench.

      Kearns/Thames/Johnson is a nice three-headed PH monster.

      • theyankeewarrior

        Yes, DFAing Thames would ot be worth the risk of taking on Lowell at this point.

        Hopefully Johnson is ready to go by October. Not that we need him, but when Thames and Kearns start, it’s always good to have extra lefties on the bench.

        One big AB in an extra-innings, October game could be huge. And tif there is one thing NJ can do, it’s have a solid AB.

      • jsbrendog (returns)

        bold prediction:

        nick johnson does not take another atbat for the yankees

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          I bet Nick pulls a Damaso Marte and makes it back by like the last week of the season.

          Even if he doesn’t, though, I’m still not interested in DFAing Thames to add Lowell.

          • jsbrendog (returns)

            oh agreed. just saying that nick johnson isnt an option for anything

            • theyankeewarrior

              Nick Johnson probably isn’t an option for anything

  • Frank

    This Yanks roster is stacked with offense, even considering those players with down years (Jeter,Granderson, Berkman and even Tex and A-Rod). As long as they don’t sustain a season ending injury to 1 or more key players and the pitching holds up, thers’s no reason to replace Pena for an offensive upgrade. Hell, they’ve won in past with the likes of Andy Fox and Clay Bellinger as utility players.

    • Ghost of Scott Brosius

      Clay Bellinger has always been an all-time personal favorite of mine. He just epitomized the absolutely awful hitter who still stuck on a major-league roster because of his ridiculous versatility. An earlier Willie Bloomquist.

      • jsbrendog (returns)

        i went to ST in 1999 and saw clay bellinger make what appeared to be 3 errors on one play at 3b. he kicked a grounder back towards the mound, threw it away past the 1b and then dropped the throw to third which wouldnt nailed the runner. i knew great things lay ahead

  • cranky

    I like Lowell, always have. But I can’t see how he’d fit in at this point.
    Obviously, the Yanks are thinking about days when A-Rod needs a break from his 3B duties. But Lowell has been injured and isn’t really reliable anymore.
    On the other hand, Ramiro Pena, who can play 3B well, can’t hit a lick.
    For 2010, however, Pena is the Yanks only reliable defensive backup. Ty Wigginton would have been a nice
    pick-up, but the Os probably asked for top prospects in exchange–which would’ve been ridiculous.

    I wonder about Mark Teixiera……..not right now, but for 2011. Why not groom him to play some 3B?

    Tex did, in fact, play a few games at 3B some years back. I think he also played some 3B in college. He’s obviously a great defensive first baseman, with sure hands, quick footwork, etc. And, at 29-30 years old, it’s not as if he’s too old to learn something new. Why not, this off-season and into the Spring, have him play some 3B? The Yanks already have a more than capable back-up first baseman in Swisher. If Tex could play some 3B, it would be perfect, wouldn’t it?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      The “Tex at 3B ship” has sailed.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        What the hell…..Let’s put Jesus at 3rd.

        /ridiculous suggestion’d

        • jsbrendog (returns)

          i like the thames at 3rd comment from above. he can do it can’t he? he is a professional ball player, what the hell is he gettign paid for?!?!?!?!

          \ig’nant’d

          • Andy In Sunny Daytona

            Just needs to work on his throwing.

            • GG2010

              Throwing overhand didn’t seem to work last time, so maybe he’ll try slinging it underhand Jennie Finch-style to 1st the next time around … that or he backs up ten steps into short left before throwing.

        • GG2010

          Is Roger Dorn still available?

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    If he could play 3B halfway decently I’d be on board, but I question that at this point. After seeing Ramiro Pena start at 3rd yesterday they should find a way to upgrade that spot, but it also has to be a guy who can play SS as well, so Lowell cleary isn’t that guy. I just don’t think the roster flexibility is there to make this move.

  • Mike Nitabach

    I don’t like the Lowell idea, but seeing if Tex could play some games at 3rd is pretty interesting.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Mark Teixeira has played 15 big league games at third base, all of which came in his rookie year 7 years ago at the age of 23. He’s since played 1,102 games at first base.

      Mark Teixeira is a first baseman. He will not play any other position (besides DH) for the rest of his life. The die is cast.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Mark Teixeira is a first baseman.

        Repeated for emphasis.

        • Mike Nitabach

          You guys need to THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX. lolz

          Yeah, you’re right. He probably doesn’t even remember how to dive to his left.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Both inside and outside of the box, Mark Teixeira is a first baseman.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Also, I’m (mildly but not really) offended that you accused me of “not thinking outside of the box”.

            I advocated for signing Dontrelle Willis as a LOOGY, for Mo’s sake. I think outside the box all the time.

        • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

          “Mark Teixeira is a first baseman!!” *screamed with the voice of radio oaf, Mike Francessa.

          • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

            A starting first baseman

  • LeftyLarry

    I personally think Colin Curtis is a better prospect (he’s finally matured) then most YAnkee fans think.he’s not a career back-up necessarily.
    He has power, runs fairly well, cahn play defense and throw fairly well also.He put together osme veteran (yankee style ) at-bats in his cameo this year and it was not necessary to go out nad gewt another OF’er.JMHO.
    More pitching was obviously needed and adding a Berkman probably can’t hurt.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Did you type this with your right hand?

      • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

        hahaha +1

      • Mike Nitabach

        HAHAHAHAH!

      • TheLastClown

        /triple entendre’d

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I personally think Colin Curtis is a better prospect (he’s finally matured) then most YAnkee fans think.he’s not a career back-up necessarily.

      Even if you’re right and Curtis is better than we think, the only relevant question is “Will Colin Curtis outproduce Austin Kearns for the remainder of the 2010 season and playoffs?”

      The answer is probably no, no matter how bullish you are on Curtis’s future. He’s still just a kid with a below average OPS+ on the season and little minor league track record to indicate that he’s better than Austin Kearns.

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    Having Ramiro Pena in the lineup once or twice a week isn’t going to kill us. Especially if the rest of our lineup is all regulars.
    If the one weakness in our team is the offensive production of our utility infielder, then I think we’ll be ok.

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Don’t you think that if Lowell is an option that could/would displace Thames, that unless the Yankees were willing to part with many prospects it is an indication that they have the best of what is available – as it pertains to how the team works?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I read that three times and I’m still not sure of what exactly you’re asking.

      • TheLastClown

        Five for me.

      • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

        Sorry. Let me try it this way. Lowell would not be an upgrade in my opinion over Thames. If that is true, then is there really anymore that the Yankees can do without giving up prospects.

        Not a big fan of Thames – think he is a limited option. But Lowell’s value has sailed, short of a Coor’s filed type of resurrection.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Okay, gotcha. I agree.

      • http://MattOnEarth.blogspot.com Matt on Earth

        Lowell has always been a classy guy and a solid player. If the Yankees acquired him about 5 years ago, I would have been delighted. At this point though, I don’t think he’s enough of an improvement over anyone we currently have to make it worth while.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    I’m just looking forward to the Mike Lowell smear campaign to start as soon as he’s packing his bags in Boston.

    • radnom

      There actually already was one, before the season started when it looked like he would be traded to Texas. I guess that has died down now.

    • http://MattOnEarth.blogspot.com Matt on Earth

      Lol did you hear Johnny Damon the other day? He told Boston reporters that had they kept him, the team would have probably won another world series (aside from the one in 2007).

      It wouldn’t surprise me of the smear campaign got a little ugly. It seems like Lowell has been a little bitter towards the Sox organization for a while now.

      • JoeC

        The smear campaign began last year on Lowell. The Sox front office started leaking their typical “he’s bad in the clubhouse” stories. Which is ironic since Lowell being a great Club House guy was one reason the Sox gave for needing o re-sign him after ’07. Which is also why the story didn’t gain any steam, no Sox fans believed it.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Hasn’t it already started? There was a whole lot of “he’s a clubhouse malcontent because he’s not getting playing time” early in the season, I believe.

  • http://aim.com nick mar

    The idea of mike lowell is absolutely absurd. He cant run to his left or right, so anything hit his way is an automatic base hit. Yanks don’t need him, we’ll be fine with Ramiro Pena, even though he cant hit to save his life. his job is to throw the ball to 1st anyways. We will be fine with Pena as the backup infielder the rest of the year.

  • ZZ

    I think the attempt to acquire Lowell has much less to do with Mike Lowell and much more to do with Alex Rodriguez.

    I believe A-Rod’s hip has been hurting him much more than has been lead on in the media following the hip flexor injury he had earlier this season.

    He has not been generating the same power through his hips that he usually does. Something that he does better than anyone in the game.

    Frankie Pilliere had a fantastic article on A-Rod’s problems today that I would recommend everyone reading.

    I would think targeting Mike Lowell tells you the Yankees are confident in his ability to at least adequately play 3B.

    With a much better bat than Ramiro Pena, Lowell makes it much easier to rest A-Rod. I think the Yankees know some extended rest would greatly benefit A-Rod’s hip heading into the postseason.

    I hope they do acquire Lowell.

  • JoeC

    I’d hate to lose Thames because he mashes lefties and can handle a bench role, but frankly Mike Lowell is a considerably better player than Thames. I would love to have Lowell as the the RH DH, back up 3rd and 1st. Lowell is a professional hitter and still has power left. He also is a proven playoff performer, who seems to take his game up a notch in big spots. A four person bench of Cervelli, Pena, Kearns, and Lowell isn’t that bad

  • http://aim.com nick mar

    ZZ your mentally ill. A-rod’s fine, he’s just pressing over his 600th. You could tell he’s trying to hit it. In Tampa he swung at several fastballs right down the middle and tried to hit em out, and the result was a routine shallow fly ball. Once he gets the homer, he’ll be fine. He dont need a break, no player needs a break. You get paid $400 million and you shouldnt need any breaks. go out there and do your job.

    • Jose the Satirist

      Come on man, no need for personal attacks.

    • ZZ

      This post made me laugh. Thanks for that.

      I guess you forgot last year when they shut A-Rod down for the Marlins series.

      I also guess you haven’t seen that A-Rod only has 16 HRs this year.

      I have said a few times this season A-Rod is not generating the same power through his hips as he usually does.

      Damn. I don’t know why I continued to write this post. I really should have just stopped at this post made me laugh.

      • Jose the Satirist

        Not to mention the speed of his bat has been declining the last 3 years.

      • http://aim.com nick mar

        ZZ, I read the article you recommended and that guy doesnt know what he’s talking about. If A-rod’s leg kick is causing problems, why hasn’t Kevin Long done anything about it. After all, he is the hitting coach.

        • ZZ

          Cause Kevin Long is mentally ill nick mar. What else!?

          I recommend you go back and read the article again.

          • http://aim.com nick mar

            A-rods fine. I hate to break it to ya, but he’s human like everyone else. All ball players have bad seasons if you havent noticed. A-rod’s bad season is 2010. I hope he finishes the year with 40 homers to prove to you that he’s not hurting. he’s just having an off year.

            • Jose the Satirist

              I’ll give you $50 if he finishes with 40 HR. There is basically a 0% chance of that happening.

            • ZZ

              That would be fantastic nick mar.

              But, what does him finishing the year with 40 HRs have to do with him hurting so far this season and now

              • http://aim.com nick mar

                if he ended up with 40 it would prove to u that he’s not hurt, but instead he’s having an off season.

                • ZZ

                  How does hitting 24 more homeruns over the course of the next 2 months tell you anything about the preceding 4 months?

                  Would you like to wager on this 40 HR thing by the way?

                • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

                  But if he ended up with 40, then it wouldn’t be an off season right?

                  • http://aim.com nick mar

                    right.

                    • ZZ

                      You just said it would be an off year.

                      You seem confused.

        • Jose the Satirist

          If it is a physical problem all the coaching in the world couldn’t solve it.

      • Johnny O

        Jose Bautista has 32 Hr’s this year, maybe we can trade A-Rod for him straight up.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      You get paid $400 million and you shouldnt need any breaks. go out there and do your job.

      Regardless of whether someone makes the league minimum or is the highest paid player in history, they are still human beings. Humans, as you may or may not be aware, can get tired, sore, injured, fatigued both physicall and mentally. This happens more often to professional athletes too, shockingly enough. Should he just play 162 games a year, plus all spring training games, plus the All-Star game, plus the playoffs simply because he takes home a nice paycheck?

      • Jose the Satirist

        This may apply to humans, but Arod is a centaur. Someone needs to fact check before posting.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          Touché

      • http://aim.com nick mar

        simply, the answer to your question is yes. I wouldn’t complain about anything if i had his salary.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          I would like to apply for the position of executor of your will, because there will be a lot of that 400M left after you die from running yourself into the ground.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          Wait, when did A-Rod complain? A-Rod is getting days off because it’s good for the team, not because he has complained.

          • http://aim.com nick mar

            never said he complained retard

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              retard

              /Cookiepuss’d

              • dalelama

                /muffindick

            • Tampa Yankee

              Take it easy, Champ. Why don’t you sit this next one out, stop talking for a while.

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

      That is funny. I do agree once he hits #600 he may go on a streak and carry the Yankees to a 4 game spread over Tampa. However, I don’t think he is fully healed from the surgery and suspect the Yankees will target a 3b in offseason – think someone above mentioned a SS/3b combo which would be perfect.

      • ZZ

        I don’t think it is the injury from last year that is really bothering him.

        He had that hip flexor injury earlier this year that was not connected to or stemmed from the surgery.

        • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

          You are correct. I forgot about that surgery.

          That could mean like all men approaching 35+, you just don’t heal as quickly as you did approaching 25.

          Still, that was an excellent article and I would have to think that the swing is already being addressed by Long, leaving the aches and pains as the real culprit.

          • dalelama

            especially when you can’t rely on your steroid booster shot anymore…

            • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

              Oh good lord can there be one conversation about Alex where someone doesn’t drop in a stupid comment about steroids

  • B-Rando

    The Yanks will be fine with Ramiro Pena as long as Girardi is smart about giving guys days off. If he’s giving A-rod the day off from third, he should make sure the rest of the lineup is filled with regulars. We won’t miss guys as much that way.

    • http://aim.com nick mar

      ^^^Agreed^^^
      I’d rather have my three year old neighbor play thrid base than have Lowell. Lowell grimaces when he gets up off the bench cause he’s so hurt and old.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Wait a minute. Didn’ you just say A-Rod (and I quote because I don’t want this attributed to me) “He dont need a break, no player needs a break. You get paid $400 million and you shouldnt need any breaks. go out there and do your job.” But now you’re agreeing with someone who is talking about giving people breaks….including A-Rod?

        • http://aim.com nick mar

          He doesnt need breaks, but i’m not the manager, joe girardi is, and he’s gonna give him breaks even if a-rod doesnt want any.

          • ZZ

            Maybe Gerahrdi is mentally ill?

            • http://aim.com nick mar

              no mentally ill person leads a team to a world series victory

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder
                • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

                  LOL!!!!! Ozzie may not be mentally ill but he is certainly entertaining.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            i’m not the manager, joe girardi is

            And we all thank Jesus H. Montero that that is the case.

            • http://MattOnEarth.blogspot.com Matt on Earth

              What about pitchers? I bet CC would be thrilled to pitch every day. It would remind him of his glory days with the Brewers.

              I think this kid is onto something.

  • http://MattOnEarth.blogspot.com Matt on Earth

    What about pitchers? I bet CC would be thrilled to pitch every day. It would remind him of his glory days with the Brewers.

    • http://aim.com nick mar

      oh wow how funny. two totally different positions. if you had a brain, you would be able to tell the difference between the two. a pitcher throws the ball until his arm falls off. and other players stand on the field and wait for the ball to be hit to them. (sounds tiring). the only players that deserve days off other than pitchers are catchers. other than that, you should be on the field everyday.

      • http://MattOnEarth.blogspot.com Matt on Earth

        Lol thanks for clarifying. If only I had a brain…

        /Wizard of Oz’d

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        a pitcher throws the ball until his arm falls off. and other players stand on the field and wait for the ball to be hit to them. (sounds tiring). the only players that deserve days off other than pitchers are catchers. other than that, you should be on the field everyday.

        I hate to pull a trick out of DBHOF’s old bag, but…

        Dude, have you watched a baseball game? Ever? Do you honestly think that position players don’t ever need a rest?

        Were you not alive to see Cal Ripken impersonate Rico Petrocelli for the second half of his career after playing every single day broke him irreparably?

        • http://aim.com nick mar

          Yes, it is normal for a player to get tired, but you have to play through that fatigue moron. Anyways, the MLB gives off days to teams for a reason.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            What is it with people who don’t know what they’re talking about calling other people “idiot”, “moron”, and “retard”?

            Is it Freudian projection? You know you’re a moron so you preemptively call others morons to try and throw the scent off?

            I’m O:Sing this clown. You 15 minutes are over, nick mar.

            • http://aim.com nick mar

              speak english

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                You first.

                • Tampa Yankee

                  You confused him with big words like Freudian, preemptively and is.

          • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

            you have to play through that fatigue moron
            1. You seem new, so: personal attacks are a no-no.
            2. I can’t say this definitively because I am not a professional baseball player, but I’m quite sure the players play through fatigue, aches, and minor injuries all the time. Sometimes, though, they simply need a rest.

            Anyways, the MLB gives off days to teams for a reason.
            Of course, they do. Unfortunately, these days off are not as often as players would like. Sometimes you gotta give guys days off during games. That’s just how it works.

          • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

            Playing through actual fatigue is how you get injured, putz.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        other than that, you should be on the field everyday.

        They should go to 15 man rosters.

        5 pitchers, 7 position players, 2 catchers, 1 DH.

        Perfect.

        • Jose the Satirist

          2 catchers? Pansy.

          • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

            The guy not catching can DH

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            5 pitchers, 1 closer, 7 position players, 1 DH, 7 catchers.

            Catchers are the only people who need rest, so just play a new one each day and run the same infield and outfield out there every day.

        • http://aim.com nick mar

          you need a bench just in case an injury occurs

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          You want a DH on your roster? THAT IS A PERVERSION OF REAL BASEBALL SIR.

        • http://aim.com nick mar

          you need a bullpen dont you? your a genius

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            O:S

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder
            • http://aim.com nick mar

              your so stupid that you probably think that the orioles have a chance at winning the AL East

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                O:S

                • http://aim.com nick mar

                  your a bk randy

                  • ZZ

                    What exactly is a bk randy?

                    • http://aim.com nick mar

                      look it up

                    • ZZ

                      A video game insult? What are you like 8 years old?

                    • http://aim.com nick mar

                      i’ll wreck you in cod mw2 and dropshot you so badly

                    • ZZ

                      Amazingly, for the first time in this conversation I literally have no idea what you are talking about.

                      How about you go back to playing video games.

                  • http://aim.com nick mar

                    if i managed the yankees we would go 162-0 and go undefeated in the playoffs.

                    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

                      A little late to this thread, but I strongly urge you to read our commenting guidelines and tone it down if you wish to continue contributing here. Consider that a warning.

                  • http://aim.com nick mar

                    get off the computer and go to work

                    • http://mattonearth.blogspot.com Matt on Earth

                      Oh come on Ben. I love RAB, but sometimes you guys get worked up for little stuff. Who cares what this kid is rambling on about? Is anyone really taking this seriously?

                    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

                      We prefer a clean comments section.

                  • Alexw

                    1v1 you mw2 give me your gt?

              • theyankeewarrior
  • bonestock94

    Eh, I don’t see the use of a Lowell. Poor fielding means he is not a replacement for a utility. We have enough pop off the bench now.

  • larryf

    Didn’t Celerino Sanchez used to post here? We could use him at 3rd. Oh-I forgot- he’s 60 now

    RightyLarry

  • mike mirabella