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Saturday, December 3, 2016

It's a bolt... from Beltran!

Carlos signed with the Astros today. One year, sixteen large.

Mixed emotions here. He would have provided our one-year fix, but we'd be moving backwards. Houston is obviously going for broke. (Too bad, Robbie; another year, shot to hell) Steve Pearce and Matt Holiday are still out there... (in case we don't want to watch Encarnacion at age 40.)

It's an antique stat, I realize... but here some old-fashioned batting averages for last year.

Encarnacion: .263.
Pearce: .288
Holliday: .246
Beltran: .295

Let's face it: Encaracion could probably carry the team for a few weeks, but if the kids don't hit, it would be a lost cause. And if the kids do hit, either of the other two could supplement the lineup, maybe bat fifth or sixth. I'm just now sure about a five-year deal, when we're using old five year deals to plead poverty.


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

IN THIS CASE, THE BATTING AVERAGE TOTALLY UNDERSCORES THE MASSIVE, AND I MEAN, MASSIVE, POWER NUMBERS OF EDWIN ENCARNACION......... IN THE LAST 5 YEARS, HE HAS AVERAGED 38.6 HOME RUNS .... 110 RBI's ... AND AN ON BASE PERCENTAGE OF .367 .........FRANKLY, I THINK IT'S OUTRAGEOUS FOR THE YANKEES TO NOT BRING THIS GUY INTO THE FOLD GIVEN OUR ANEMIC, REPEAT ANEMIC, OFFENSIVE OUTPUT THE LAST FEW YEARS (ON TOP OF THE FACT THAT WE HAVE NOTHING CLOSE TO A LEGIT CLEANUP HITTER)......WE CAN PENCIL HIM IN AT DH FOR THE NEXT 5 YEARS, AND STOP THE BULLSHIT "ROTATION" OF DH's THAT WE EMPLOY- FALSELY THINKING IT IS HELPING SOME OF OUR PLAYERS "REST".... C'MON HAL!.. DO IT FOR THE FANS!......CREATE SOME FUCKING EXCITEMENT WITH THIS TEAM!...YOU MAY NOT GIVE A SHIT ABOUT WINNING, BUT WE DO!!!...... YOUR FATHER CARED ABOUT US!!!!

Tom said...

Don't do it, Hal. Our friend ANON paints a rosy picture, but we've been down this path many times and, other than Dave Winfield or Reggie Jackson, I don't believe we've gotten full value for the mega-contracts for old sluggers. Jason Giambi? Gary Sheffield? More recently, how do you think the Angels feel about their long-term commitment to Albert Pujols. I think he's had one outstanding year out of four in the Anaheim wastelands. We all crave excitement, Hal, but if that's what you're looking for, I recommend you save millions -- and our first-round draft pick -- by focusing your attention on your pretty wife. Challenge her to make you smile.

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