Watching Baseball Tonight and Kurkjian really seems to think the Braves are heavily working on a deal for Pence. 3 or 4 prospects in the deal. I HOPE that one of those will be Schafer. Otherwise, we might be getting fleeced again.
Last one…according to Trade Rumors, the Phils offered the #39 and #70 rated overall prospects plus a 2nd tier pitching prospect to the Astros for Pence and were turned down. Also reports that the Braves deal could include 2 top pitching prospects, but not Teheran. (Minor + ?).
Hoping just five pitchers will fill five spots is pretty risky, and if they dwindle down to this for Hunter Pence and don’t sign him past 2012, all that work on building the farm will be a ghostly vapor. If they DO sign Pence for more years, it’s a decent gamble.
Of course, this morning, the leading contender listed for Pence is the Phillies. It also notes that this is the deadline for that deal to go through and then the Astros are moving on. Domonic Brown seems to be the hang up.
Kimbrel on the Rude Awakening this morning. Rude asked him if he kept track of his stats. He said, “The only one I know is blown saves.”
Also, coming out high school he could barely throw in the low 90s. He dropped 800 lbs of sheet rock and his left foot. Spent the entire rehab throwing from his knees, tweaked his mechanics, and by his second year of JUCO was regularly hitting 96.
I think one of the stipulations from the ‘stros is that they want some MLB ready guys in the deal, but Minor, Delgado, and Schafer seems like a lot. This might be the only way you get a right handed bat to Atlanta.
Also, I think it will be Minor and Delgado. Both of whom are real question marks. Not saying that it’s a no brainer and there’s no risk. They could both be awesome. I’m just saying, we don’t really know about Delgado yet and we’ve seen a good bit of Minor and it’s up and down so far.