I appreciate the half empty posters and host as well. If Curt says it’s good you know it’s frickin’ awesome. When his hope meter reached 5 last season I about died. The banjo…WOW! You should listen to The Avett’s older albums.
790 was dissing Glaus today, saying his big numbers came in early 00′s, that he was using PED, that his name was on the Mitchell report, that his injuries are post-PED related, that this is a big gamble. that all these trades are big gambles – Wagner, Saito, Glaus…that of course like any gamble could go the right way, but that we are loading up with injury prone, slightly above average guys. Heavy on prayers, light on players. I made that line up…
Will – keeping Soriano and Gonzo were injury gambles as well. I still like the Wagner/Saito better.
The Glaus thing has me a bit stunned. If he can put up his ’08 numbers (or, hoping against hope, his ’06 or ’05 numbers) for a full year, than sure – this is great. But why did the team spend only a fraction of the money they dumped via the Vazquez trade on our big bat? They got creative by grabbing a FA 3rd basemen that was on no one’s radar. I’m all for that, but the team’s got 5 – 10MM more to play with – there was no more sure thing out there?
JJ – where did you read that Glaus has above average defense at 1st? His entire sample size is 4 games. Did FanGraphs or some site like that really rate him on that? Source, please.
Could the Braves still afford LaRoche? It seems he’s going to have to lower his asking price due to the lack of demand. He could platoon with Glaus and step up big in the second half when he tends to shine. Again, I have no clue what I’m talking about. Also, do we know FW is done? Could he have some magic left?
Bub, I hope you’re having a blast with family during your time off. It’s back to “work” after the holidays. Ya hear?
The reason why Glaus can’t play 3rd anymore is because of his shoulder injury, the man can not throw. However he does have a gold glove caliber glove at 3rd and has for many years. Last year he was working on playing LF and 1B in the minors, I know this because I was advocated him for the bench mid season last year. When I said he has above average defense, I might have over-exaggerated. Of all the average defenders at 1st, he is above them. I suspect he’ll do fine defensively, if he can stay healthy. [Knock on wood]
However fangraphs has rated his defense with 16 UZR/150 for 38.2 innings over the past 2 years.
A new ABT podcast was on the top of my list to Santa. I didn’t tell you guys cause I didn’t want to add the pressure of making my Christmas dreams come true to your busy holiday plans. It’s a Christmas miracle!