- Zimmermann and Martis make the starting five (but Zimmermann starts in AAA anyway). I'm not sure they had any other choice after losing out on Odalis Perez and giving up on Shawn Hill. Balester pitched his way out of a job, and after that you're back to ol' Jason Bergmann or (much worse) someone like Gustavo Chacin. It's all exciting and stuff, but I'm worried about throwing two 22-year-olds into the fire like this. Transitioning pitchers to MLB is tricky, and I'm not sure this team has that good a plan. We'll see. Bottom line, Martis and Zimmermann were the only starting pitchers in camp who had shown any ability to get hitters out with any regularity, so for better or worse they're getting thrown into the fire.
- The upshot for Zimmermann is that leaving him down for a week or two pushes back his ETA at free agency a year (assuming he sticks in the big leagues after this). If they had left him down till the end of May they could have delayed his eligibility for arbitration a year as well, and, again, if he doesn't stick that could still happen.
- The prospect formerly known as Smiley might miss the 2009 season because of visa issues, according to Mark Zuckerman at the Times. What to say? Just, wow.
- Re: Jim's handshake agreement with Dmitri Young. Jim didn't honor his own handshake agreements, so why should we? Of course with the dreck we still have cluttering up the 40-man (Clippard, O'Connor), I can't get too worked up.
- Farewell, Wily Mo Painful. It's been at least 3-4 years since the rest of MLB realized that he's the baseball equivalent of a distracting, shiny object. He won't get 250 ABs in a season again.
- Jim Callis has a must-read on the topic of Stephen Strasburg's mechanics, which have been the topic of great discussion on the blogs. The story is for subscribers, but the upshot is that there aren't many scouts who see red flags in his delivery.
- Jose Castillo, Jose Valentin, Corey Patterson: barring a rash of injuries they never had a chance. The reason they were here was because we lacked internal replacement-level depth from our own minor leagues. Deeper, better organizations don't have to waste time with guys like this, but they're more symptom than problem. Anyway, let's hope this is the last time we need to mention any of them.
- Did you know: Scott Olsen gave up 5 homers to the Nationals last year. Only Paul Maholm gave up as many to our guys.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Catching up on some recent news:
Posted by Steven at 4:24 AM