Johnny D to Tigers is all but done, according to Tim Brown at Yahoo. Looks like he’s taking the one year version, Stevie. Combination of money-talks and build-my-value-and-then-get-the-heck-outta-Dodge?
Five dollars says his value plummets in that ballpark. Of course, he could run a long way on a gapper, so maybe not?
Salcedo is a FA SS with a 6’3”, 190 lb. frame from La Vega, Dominican
Republic. Big League body, strong and athletic. Smooth, easy defensive
actions, easy plus arm, can really play SS. Aggressive swing, power
projection, deep load from wide base, good bat speed, geared to drive
fastballs, timing will be an issue. All the tools to be a top player.
Potential 1st round type if in draft.
Thanks, Bub. You’re a gracious winner. I’m not expecting as much from Curt on that front.
The DOB/Bowman thing is pretty interesting. Not just this Damon stuff, but their relationship in general. I’d love to get the skinny on it one day. They seem to be kinda/sorta friends (DOB told a story about Bowman helping him get his car out of some lot last year in ST), but how much professional competition is there, really? And is Bowman crazy jealous about how much traffic DOBs blog gets vs his own? Bub – have you noticed other example of the “war” in the past?
Yeah, I’m totally uninformed on the DOBowman War (see what I did there?). I would say “I’m sure it’s a friendly war,” but DOB’s conflicts have been real enough on other fronts, so…
The Bowman jealousy angle seems pretty likely. They’re both writers, and O’Brien’s certainly the better craftsman. And he’s got the music/BBQ/baseball shtick working pretty well.
But I like to see Bowman win this one. [And here I erased a long paragraph loaded with antiDOBian pathos].
But to answer your question, this thing with Damon is the most clearly I’ve ever seen the battle lines drawn. I dunno if it’s ever been this defined before. We need another defector to come give us the scoop.
Have you guys considered that we had four black holes in our offense the first half of last season? Kelly, Schafer, Frenchy, and Kotchman.
My optimism for our offense comes from replacing those guys with Prado, McLouth, Heyward, and Glaus. The power numbers might not explode, but turning the line-up over is huge. We were so anemic first half of last year. I don’t know if we’ve properly reflected on how much better this is going to be.
Did you know Kelly and Frenchy sported identical .286 OBPs in the first half? TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTY SIX for an OBP. Schafer was at .313 OBP. Pretty sickly.
This line up won’t be anything like the first half of last year. Those black holes just tear a team up. Pitchers work towards them, so McCann and Chipper don’t get good pitches. I think the consistency of our 2010 line up will create runs. I think we’re going to the play offs.