Monday Morning Manager…2009

So there are some 40 days left until pitchers and catchers report and right now there are over 150 free agent pitchers, catchers and other players who have no place to report….

That includes Ben Sheets and Manny Ramirez. How about Derek Lowe turning down $36 million over three years from the Mets? How about Sheets turning down arbitration from the Brewers?

The smartest free agent around may have been Darren Oliver, who accepted arbitration from the Angels.

Didn’t you used to be Pedro Martinez?

1. Who would help the Rangers more…Ramirez or Sheets?

2. Is there a free agent pitcher out there that the Rangers should be pursuing?

3. Do you think Derrick Turnbow will end up as the Rangers closer?

4. Would you trade for Gary Sheffield?

5. Are you watching the MLB Network?

 

 

18 Comments

1. Sheets. The offense will put up runs. Besides, as far as Ramirez’ go, I prefer Max.

2. I only want a veteran starter like Sheets if they’re able to trade Millwood. Guardado would be a nice addition. I’d be really disappointed if they brought Tim Redding in on a major league deal, but wouldn’t mind Jason Jennings on a minor league contract.

3. No, but I’m not ruling out as a solid bullpen arm.

4. Not even if they Tigers pick up his entire salary. If we really need a right handed bat at DH I’d rather Max Ramirez get the job. Sheffield is not a good clubhouse guy and I’m not sure he has much left to contribute on the field anymore either.

5. No. My cable company doesn’t offer it.

Yes I am watching MLB Network! I bet there are a lot of players out there who are now wishing that they had accepted arbitration! Jason Varitek comes to mind. I think the players are seeing that many owners are concerned about the economy and whether fans will be able to afford to come to the games. I think the next 40 days or so are going to be very busy.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com

1. Definitely Sheets. I don’t dispute Ramirez’ talent, but I think his antics and salary requirements deplete any interest I would have in him. Plus, the outfield is already crowded.

2. Sheets is the only one I’m remotely interested in. The rest of the FA market is less than inspiring.

3. No, but I think he could prove to be a solid bullpen arm.

4. Heck no.

5. I have watched it quite a bit. It’s my new go-to channel when nothing else is on. I’m anxious to see their coverage during spring training and the regular season.

– Micah
http://www.baseballismybf.com

1. Ben Sheets
2. Ben Sheets
3. No
4. Heck No
5. Heck Yes. For the first time ever, I’m actually impressed by the Time Warner Cable lineup.

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves” – Bill Vaughn

1. Even with the loss of Milton Bradley I have confidence in the offense – this team always needs pitching – Sheets would be more helpful.

2. Other than Sheets? None that are worth the contracts they are requesting.

3. The competition for closer might be the most interesting story to watch at this year’s Spring Training and early in the season – I kind of think it’s Frank Francisco’s job to lose.

4. Depends on what the Tigers want in return – I’d at least think about it.

5. I’ve checked it out – it’s only been on the air for 3 days – ask for my opinion on Oct 5th.

http://emcmlb.blogspot.com/

1. Who would help the Rangers more…Ramirez or Sheets? On say a 2 year deal, either would help but the question is do you spend the money? I could see Sheets here and he has already stated he is looking for a 2 year deal. I think if the market keeps falling and you can get him for maybe 2 at 18 – 20 mil (9 – 10 per year) I would do it. On Manny, I like Hefe think Smoak is on the fast track to the bigs and then what do you do with Davis? I could see Davis as the DH here in the very near future while playing both first & third base from time to time to relieve Smoak & Blalock, Metcalf. No on Manny because of the money not his ability.

2. Is there a free agent pitcher out there that the Rangers should be pursuing? I like Sheets. The way the pitching market has flattend, it is highly unlikely we can move either Padillia or Millwood at their current salary level without paying some of the contract. With this in mind, Sheets gets knocked as injury prone. In the last 2 years his line is 25-14, 339.2 innings 3.46 era with a 264/84 strik-out to walk ratio. Just for comparison, Millwoods numbers are 19-24, 311.1 innings, 5.12 era, and 248/116. Padillia is 20-18, 291.1 innings, 5.25 era, 198/115. I like Sheets!

3. Do you think Derrick Turnbow will end up as the Rangers closer? I think it is wide open. CJ and Frankie have a great shot but I wouldn’t count Turnbow out. Good cheap insurance, nice move.

4. Would you trade for Gary Sheffield? No. We need pitching.

5. Are you watching the MLB Network? My NE Texas cable company doesn’t have it (Suddenlink). I wrote the complaint letter on December 29.

1. I think that Manny would produce at a higher level than MB produced, and Ben would spend too much time doing his Jason Jennings impersonation. Manny on a one year deal would almost certainly yield Type A FA compensation at the end of the year as well. Not that I’m begging for the the circus he brings, but the spotlight isn’t quite as bright in Texas, and Cruz may not be the full-time answer to the #4 hole in the lineup.

2. I don’t hate Derek Lowe as a Ranger, but it sounds like he wants way too much. Jon Garland could interest me if his price ($13M) comes down a bit and I thought he wouldn’t give up too many HRs at RBiA. His consistent 200IP would certainly be welcome. Guardado on a one-year deal would be welcome. Not much else out there really gets me jazzed.

3. Give me F^2.

4. I wouldn’t trade for Gary Sheffield at gunpoint.

5. I’m considering switching from Dish Network.

– briant

1. Sheets—we need pitching and defense.
2. D. Lowe if the price were reasonable. He’s a durable, ground-ball pitcher.
3. No
4. No!
5. Yes. Enjoyed “opening night” with Victor, Harold Reynolds and company. Look forward to watching it more with the advent of spring training and the regular season.

1. Who would help the Rangers more…Ramirez or Sheets?
Sheets

2. Is there a free agent pitcher out there that the Rangers should be pursuing?
other than Sheets..no

3. Do you think Derrick Turnbow will end up as the Rangers closer?
No, as there has to be a better solution!

4. Would you trade for Gary Sheffield?
Leave Sheffield out of this.

5. Are you watching the MLB Network?
I’d love to be watching it, but ATT Uverse didn’t pick it up. ARRRGH!

COB
http://cobf.mlblogs.com

Didn’t you used to be Pedro Martinez?

No, I’ve always been Harpo Marx

1. Who would help the Rangers more…Ramirez or Sheets?

Again, trick question? Sheets!

2. Is there a free agent pitcher out there that the Rangers should be pursuing?

Uhhhh… Sheets?

3. Do you think Derrick Turnbow will end up as the Rangers closer?

Not unless he’s really, really, really healthy – even at that, he’ll end up being traded if he is and we’ll amass another amazing haul – that’ll take 3 years to get here.

4. Would you trade for Gary Sheffield?

Why? (No!)

5. Are you watching the MLB Network?

Follow up question: Who *has* the MLB Network? (Not me)

1. You could make a case for both helping the Rangers in different ways. Manny would be perfect fit behind Josh and benefit for the rest of the lineup too. Just like the boost a lot of the Dodgers young hitters got when they got Manny. I am one of those people who likes Manny Rameriz for all of his faults. I think he is one of the best overall hitters in Baseball history period and the way he sees pitches is amazing. In the playoffs last year he carried the Dodgers and hit some amazing homeruns that were huge. Everytime Manny came up it was a big hit for the Dodgers. Wouldn’t be nice to have Manny when the Rangers start contending with the their young crop of players. He could carry a team to a championship. If it weren’t for Cole Hamels The Dodgers may have won the world series. Ben Sheets healthy of course would be a nice upgrade too. He is an ace when he is on and we haven’t have an ace ever. I mean an ace in his prime that is. Nolan was great when he was here but it was the end of his career. But Ben Sheets that makes some sense. I would get Sheets before Manny. But not much more I would love to add both. The Rangers might contend a little earlier than they thought they would with these 2 in the mix.
2. I have been hearing this Tim Redding stuff but not at if they don’t try signing Ben Sheets first. I would almost rather go with a young arm over Redding taking a spot from somebody almost ready.
3. Turnbow is somebody who has been a closer before and if he can find himself again he should be the closer he use too have some nasty stuff if I remember correctly. But he should be given an opportunity just as anybody esle trying for the closer role on this team. Who ever gets it should have to earn it.
4. For nothing I would do it but I would rather have Manny he is still at the top of his game Sheffields age is catching up with him. but if the Tigers were just trying to dump him into our laps I would take him for a low level prospect but not if they wanted something good in return. But Sheffield behind Josh wouldn’t be that bad at all if we aren’t going after Manny. Sheffield is still feared around the league. He may not be what he used to be but he is still capable of a Frank Thomas type come back year. When Sheffield gets that bat on the ball it goes a long way still when connects. But only if the Tigers are begging the Rangers to take him of the their hands.
5. I have watched it a little bit. I watched a little of the hot stove report yesterday night but I tuned in at the end of it. But most of the time it has been replaying the world series which I have already seen. Are they going to have more in- depth coverage shows like the NFL network does or is it going to be old baseball memories and world series games which are cool every now and again for remembering great baseball events of the past. But I like hearing opinions and rumors and inforamtion I need to know. I hope for great things from the MLB Network they have Harod Reynolds i can’t be that bad. I have really missed his input on Baseball Tonight. He knows his baseball I really rspect his opinion and he seems to be a guy the players really like to talk to. But I hope it wil be as good as the NFL network exept for Deion “nine toe” Sanders.

1. Sheets
2. Sheets. He’s the pitcher that I wanted the Rangers to have all along. He would be a perfect ace. SIGN HIM!!!
3. I like Turnbow as a setup man not the closer. I think that Frankie will keep the job.
4. I would pursue Sheffield only if a good chunk of his salary is picked up. Otherwise he’s just a really expensive vet.
5. I love the MLB Network! Way better than ESPN on baseball commentary. Victor Rojas is the next Karl Ravech

1. Sheets
2. Sheets. He’s the pitcher that I wanted the Rangers to have all along. He would be a perfect ace. SIGN HIM!!!
3. I like Turnbow as a setup man not the closer. I think that Frankie will keep the job.
4. I would pursue Sheffield only if a good chunk of his salary is picked up. Otherwise he’s just a really expensive vet.
5. I love the MLB Network! Way better than ESPN on baseball commentary. Victor Rojas is the next Karl Ravech

1. Pretty easy answer…Sheets. I think we have all the offense we need…and perhaps more.
2. I don’t think thaat anyone else I saw out there is worth the price. In the alternative I’d just try our young guys. Ideally I’d like Millwood gone and Sheets here.
3. I don’t think Turnbow is the man but it’s nice to have some com-petition there.
4. I wouldn’t sign Sheffield if he came with a free zyke bike.
5. Same general answer as above. I don’t need it…. I need the season to start.

1) Offense is not the problem. Go get Sheets and pay him.
2) Derek Lowe would pitch well here. Get Sheets.
3) No, Francisco will close.
4) I would get Sheffield, if and only if, they take Catalanotto’s contract and pay the difference between the two. Sheffield can still hit, but i don’t believe we need him. Max Ramirez can hit too and is less expensive.
5) Yes, i got a 72 inch flat screen with digital cable for Christmas, so at least Santa Claus likes the Dwidregod. However, i would like to see the old World Series Games, the meaningful ones broadcast, kind of like what NFL Films does. Kurt Gibson’s HR, Reggies’ 3 home run game and many others. I believe this is going to be the only way that the MLB Network survives.

When is the collective bargaining agreement up? Lets say it all together. Baseball needs a salary cap. It is ridiculous how much money Baseball players make when the rest of us are all starving. I believe we have reached a turning point and hopefully we will start to see some of these salaries start to come down.

I like Milton Bradley, but is he really worth $30 Million for 3 years? I thought the Chicago Tribue was broke?

1. Both would have a huge impact on the Rangers. If you add Manny then you truly have the scariest lineup in baseball. You can’t beat Manny, Hamilton, Young, Kinsler, and Crash Davis. Throw in Nelson Cruz for some expected power and thats just nasty.

However, I still go Sheets. Ben Sheets is a #1 pitcher and a top of the rotation guy. My problem with saying Sheets over Manny is that I would prefer the Rangers to sign Sheets to a 3 year deal and not the rumored 1-2 year deal. I don’t want Sheets to pitch great here and then go pitch some where else for more money. Manny on the other hand I would prefer to go 2 year deal with more money because he is getting up there in age and Manny is well… Manny. All in all the Rangers need pitching and Ben Sheets is in my mind the best pitcher out there.

2. Other than Sheets the Rangers should be going after Lowe. I have no idea why the Rangers aren’t pursuing the guy who is both durable and a ground ball pitcher. The guy would add much needed strength to the rotation. I can understand throwing 2 young guys into the rotation in McCarthy and Harrison but do we really want to throw 3 out there?

3. Maybe I’m in the minority but I think Turnbow will be the closer quick into the season. The guy has all-star potential and I expect him to regain his composure and put it together and be the main guy.

4. Not unless we get rid of Cat

5. I get it in a couple of weeks. I have a local cable company out in Keller called One Source and they said that they are releasing it on Jan 15. I’m counting down the days….

1. Who would help the Rangers more…Ramirez or Sheets? If Sheets is truly healthy, then Sheets

2. Is there a free agent pitcher out there that the Rangers should be pursuing? Sheets, if he is healthy

3. Do you think Derrick Turnbow will end up as the Rangers closer? No

4. Would you trade for Gary Sheffield? Of course not.

5. Are you watching the MLB Network? Yes

1. A healthy Ben Sheets helps fill not just a need, but our biggest weakness. Manny would be more of a luxury (and in my opinion more of a distraction than he’d be worth).

2. Aside from Ben Sheets, no, not really. If Aki’s healthy again, and we could get him on a minor league deal, then I’d go for that, but I’m not interested in any other starters than Sheets (unless they’re willing to take a discount).

3. Lord, I hope not. Aside from 11 games in 2003, this guy has had a BB/9 below 6 just once in his career.

4. Why? He costs to much, and isn’t really good anymore. Being right-handed doesn’t mean he makes any sense for us.

5. I would be if I had cable.

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