Monthly Archives: May 2012

Revisiting the Erik Bedard-to-Seattle trade (part 2 of 2)

In part 1, we took a look at what’s become of the 6 players involved in the deal that sent Erik Bedard from Baltimore to Seattle. In this piece, we’ll consider how the trade could have set up the Orioles nicely for long-term success in the AL East.

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Quarter-pole MVP awards

As we said yesterday, we’ve officially reached the quarter point in the 2012 MLB season. You won’t find Matt Kemp on this list, simply because it’s easier if we leave him out, since I’m not really in the mood to debate whether or not he should still be considered despite spending time on the DL. How about this: if he stayed healthy, he’d have topped the NL list. Continue reading

Quarter-pole Cy Young awards

We’ve reached the quarter point of the 2012 MLB season, so let’s start handing out some awards, only wishing we could vote on the real ones ourselves. Although it might not seem like it, many factors were taken into consideration other than FIP. Promise. Continue reading

Revisiting the Erik Bedard-to-Seattle trade (part 1 of 2)

“I know it seems like a long time coming, but these are high-stakes deals. And we are getting one hell of a player.”

Those are the words of former Mariners GM Bill Bavasi, way back in February 2008. Bavasi had just pulled off an admittedly gutsy 5-for-1 deal that brought left-handed starting pitcher Erik Bedard to Seattle. The crafty French Canadian was coming off a 13-win, 182-inning, 3.16-ERA season, a breakout performance fully supported by his MLB-leading 221 strikeouts to just 57 walks. The Mariners had finally nabbed the ace they desired, seemingly establishing themselves as preseason favorites in the AL West. Continue reading

Trading Cole Hamels followup (part 2 of 2)

Already having committed over $100 million to just 6 players in 2013, the Phillies may not have the cash to resign homegrown ace Cole Hamels when he becomes a free agent after this season. In part 1, we talked about what types of assets teams would probably be willing to part with to acquire Hamels. So, what teams make sense as suitors for the 28-year-old left-hander? Continue reading

Trading Cole Hamels followup (part 1 of 2)

A few days ago, we explored the possibility of the Phillies trading starting pitcher Cole Hamels. One of the questions we posed was, “What would teams be willing to trade for him?” GM Ruben Amaro would almost certainly seek high-end, major league-ready talent in return for his ace, since the Phillies seem to be intent on competing in the NL East for the foreseeable future.

But exactly how much talent would teams be willing to give up for Hamels, who will be a free agent after this season? To get an idea, let’s look at some deadline deals from the past few years involving pitchers similar to the 28-year-old left-hander. Continue reading

Should the Phillies trade Cole Hamels?

The Phillies are sitting on a 15-18 record, good for last place in the competitive NL East. In what was more likely a warning shot to his underperforming players than a serious announcement, GM Ruben Amaro declared that his team could be sellers at the trade deadline for the first time since 2006. Continue reading