BREAKING NEWS: FBI looking for Cherington for a TOTAL steal of a trade, have you reviewed what we got?
posted at 8/26/2012 1:56 PM EDT
once you keep BC away from theo, he is a pretty good negotiator. Dodgers will be improved but at an extraordinarily high price. if they get one or 2 key injuries, they are done. its great or bust with them going forward. we cleaned up their farm system, paid ONLY $10-12M in cash in TOTAL (far less than we ate for rentaria), give them damaged goods in beckett and cc and by the way.. of all the places GONZO has batted... DODGER stadium is where he has his WORSE batting and power averages. this was a classic case of ask for the moon and maybe you will get stars. ok, you want gonzo, y not with beckett.. ok,, y not with crawford.. oh you're really desperate, y not the punto out back and on yep.. we arent kicking in any real cash as theo was prone to do in these kinds of deals. now that we agree on these perimeters.. before i get you from over the barrel with your pants down to your ankles, we need to go over what we want back. i'm ben cherington and wont be doing any more YOUK type deals. so to make it clear to the entire league there is a new sheriff in town, before i'm done with your azzz, i want a guy in loney who was considered untouchable just 2 years ago and is under 30 in the last year of his deal, as well as 4 of your top major league ready prospects, while giving you absolutely nothing back to replenish your already-depleted stock. here is a summary of the young guys:
1. jerry sands: the guy has real raw power, something lacking in the sox farm system. as of now, he has the most power we have. thanks dodgers! Sands, 24, is hitting .244/.325/.376/.701 in 70 big league games over the last two years. He was hitting .303/.380/.531/.911 with 24 homers in the hitter-friendly Triple-A Pacific Coast League this year. there's a lot of upside here and lots to work with and he plays multiple positions very well.
2. ivan DeJesus has hit .231/.282/.277/.559 in 40 big league games over the last two years. Baseball America describes him as a potential second baseman who can also play third and short with a line drive swing and good on-base skills. The 2005 second-rounder is a career .297/.369/.389/.758 hitter in the minors. he suffered a broken leg which has hurt his mobility a bit but could still recover what he lost with another year to train. at worse, he is nick punto, not bad for a utility pinch guy. BETTER than lillibridge who we got for youker.
3. Rubby De La Rosa is only 23 but has had recent health issues but possesses considerable upside. In 13 games (10 starts) last year, he was 4-5 with a 3.71 ERA, 8.9 strikeouts and 4.6 walks per nine innings. He’s a 6'1 right-hander with a big arm, having been clocked at over 100 mph in the past. He is coming back off of Tommy John surgery.
4. ALLEN WEBSTER is the prize. he's ranked the No. 95 prospect in the game by Baseball America entering this year, is 6-8 with a 3.55 ERA, 8.7 strikeouts and 4.2 walks per nine with Double-A Chattanooga. he's been compared to kevin brown at his peak and when he's on is unhittable. he's viewed as a top of a rotation prospect. Baseball America said that he compared in some respects to Derek Lowe
while offering the following scouting report:
“Webster shows plus pitches across the board when he has everything working. He has an easy delivery and 90-95 mph fastball that peaks at 97 mph with plenty of sink, helping him generate grounders all day long. He throws both a slider and curveball that are plus pitches at times, though at others he gets caught between the two. He has some trouble staying on top of his curve but it shows sharp three-quarters bite when it’s on. Webster’s changeup could be his best pitch, featuring sink and fade at 79-83 mph, though some scouts think he tips it off by slowing his arm speed.”