Burroughs, happy to be in Seattle

BurroughsThe Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms with infielder Sean Burroughs, for a minor league contract.

Burrough’s 2006 stats:

My comments: I like this pick-up for the Mariners. I think he is a good back-up at the corners. But, I think he should start at DH, over Jose Vidro.

Mark Travis

Neal Cotts gets final contract

Neal_cottsThe Chicago Cubs have, avoiding arbitration, signed Neal Cotts to a one-year $825,000 deal.

Contract Bonus: Amount:$125,000 Stipulation(s): Has to be named World Series MVP.

Cotts was acquired from the Chicago White Sox for pitcher
David Aardsma and Minor League pitcher Carlos Vasquez.

2006 stats:

My thoughts: On the scale of oe to ten, Cotts is a 7. I, I ranking his skill. I love the bonus on the contract.

Mark Travis

Carroll in the Mile High City

Jamey_carrollThe Colorado Rockies have signed utilityman Jamey Carroll to a two-year $4 million deal.

Thanks to mlb.com:
"This gives you a bit more confidence — always knowing in the back of
your mind that you’re a part of the team and its plans," Carroll said.
"But, if anything this offseason, I’m going to work hard going into
next year, because I don’t want what I did last year to just be a freak
Source: MLB.com

Carroll will most likely share the second base job with Kaz Matsui.

Carrol’s 2006 stats:

My thoughts: He shouldn’t share the job, he should start  in front of Barmes. Rockies got him cheap.

Mark Travis

Ponson and Voyles get invites from the Twins

Sidney_ponson_1 The Minnesota Twins have signed two thirty-year old pitchers to minor league contracts.

With the contracts, both Sidney Ponson and Brad Voyles, have received invitations to Spring Training.

Sidney Ponson’s 2006 stats with the New York Yankees and the St.Louis Cardinals:

Stats with the Yankees:

Stats with the Cardinals:

Brad Voyles’ 2006 with the Memphis Redbirds:

My thoughts: Sidney Ponson has struggled to find his control for quite some time now. His ERA of 10.47 is one of the reasons that absolutely no team should pick-up Sidney.
Now, for Voyles. I am not very  familiar with his career. But, his stats look like a solid middle reliever. But, of course, that was in the minors.

Mark Travis

Yanks and D’backs still talking

Big_unit_blogAccording to MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert, the Diamondbacks are still trying to acquire Randy Johnson from the New York Yankees.

The Yankees have expressed interest in these players: Luis Vizcaino, Brandon Meddows, Micah Owings, Russ Ohlendorf, and Dustin Nippert.

The teams have not agreed on specific players.

My thoughts: The Diamondbacks have some young and unreliable starters and an ugly logo. The Yankees  have absolutely no need for Johnson. This deal would affect the Yankees in a negative
way in the clubhouse (losing a great team leader and a mentor to the rooks) and a positive way in the Box Score. Now for the Diamondbacks this deal will give them a positive effect in the clubhouse and on the field. He would be reunited with his old teammates and he would be back in the National League. I think that the only reason that Johnson has been performing so terribly the last couple of years was the fact that he was in the American League. And he would be back where he threw his perfect game. I hope this deal goes down: Yankees get: RP Luis Vizcaino, RP Brandon Meddows, and cash considerations. Diamondbacks get: SP Randy Johnson and P Jeff Karstens.

Mark Travis

2007 in the Astros

Astros_for_blogThe off-season for the Houston Astros was somewhat surprising to some, and long-awaited for others. To me I think we could of done a little better. I mean with the money we spent on Carlos Lee, we could of had 2 or 3 other quality players to fill pitching holes.

Pick-ups the Astros should have made:
Jeff Suppan – Solid 4 or 5 guy in the rotation, Astros would rather have him than Fernando Nieve.
Gil Meche – He very well could of been the Astros number 2, big strikeout guy (156K in 186.2 Innings). But the Astros were never really in talks with him.
Joe Borowski – If Lidge had another drop off, he would of been a good fill in.

Pick-ups the Astros should still make:
Roger Clemens – His third comeback, should be with us.
Mark Mulder – One of the few middle of the line starters left.
Jeff Weaver – I can’t believe I said that.

But with Lee and Williams the Astros have a good chance at the playoffs.

Their projected line-up, according to me, is:
1.Chris Burke
2.Craig Biggio
3.Luke Scott
4.Lance Berkman
5.Carlos Lee
6.Morgan Ensberg
7.Adam Everett
8.Brad Ausmus
9.Pinch Hitter:Jason Lane
Offense Grade:85

But, because of Carlos Lee’s massive contract, the best pitcher the Astros picked-up (via free agency) was Woody Williams.

Pitching, according to me, is:
Starting Rotation
1.Roy Oswalt
2.Jason Jennings
3.Woody Williams
4.Wand Rodriguez
5.Fernando Nieve
LRP – Chris Sampson
LRP – Matt Albers
MRP – Chad Qualls
MRP – Dan Wheeler
LHS – Trever Miller
CL –  Brad  Lidge

LHS=Left handed specialist

Astros key off-season transactions:
Free Agent(s):
Carlos Lee – 6-year $100 million
Woody Williams – 2-year $12.5 million
Craig Biggio – 1-year $5.15 million
Houston Astros acquired:Starting pitchers Jason Jennings and Miguel Asencio
Colorado Rockies acquired:Starting pitchers Taylor Buchholz and Jason Hirsh and OF Willy Taveras.

Overall team grade:72
Overall Off-Season Grade:80

My Prediction: 3rd place in the National League Central.

Mark Travis