Posted on: October 22, 2008 9:20 pm

FTMLBT #4: San Diego Padres

The Padres are in an age of transition, Getting rid of the old players, and developing the new ones. this team has a bright future, and all they need to do is:

1. Do not screw up the Jake Peavy Trade: they need a starter, and they need a centerfielder (and maybe a RF as well) they need at least three prospects with at least solid starting (maybe all-star) potential, and nothing less. If it involves throwing another player to land the deal, don't make it a player that the team could actually use.

2. Keep your players signed for a long time: The Padres actually have a solid batting core with Gonzalez, Antonelli, and Kouzmanoff. The holy fathers have to keep them signed forever or longer.

3 (Take this one with a grain of salt, it's really not that big a need). Update the bullpen: It's a good thing Bud Black is your manager, as he makes this job easier. They could use maybe 1-2 young relievers to replace Trevor Hoffman and to make Scott Williamson more expendable. otherwise, they seem to be in pretty good shape for the future.
Category: MLB
Posted on: October 20, 2008 9:34 pm

Fix the MLB teams #3: Seattle Mariners

The Mariners are a mess. Poor Ichiro. But they do have a bright future and a few trading chips, not good ones, mind you, but ones anyway. Here's what I do to fix those M's of the city of grunge:

1. Strip Kenji Johjima of catcher duties: Because Jeff Clement, the Mariners' Uber-prospect said so. He could either be traded (good luck with the contract) or moved to DH/1B (Along with every non-starter). It's not good to have a Mega-Prospect not starting when he easily could (Looking at you, Baltimore)

2. End the manager merry-go-round: I'll use the NFL for this one: Ask the Oakland Raiders if firing the head man every year brought the team success, and ask Alex Smith if a different coaching style every year makes you a good player. Warning to Mariners: If you want to bring stability and consistency, it has to start with the manager. find one and live with it for at least a year, unless he is REALLY BAD.

3. Quit getting names: Carlos Silva, Richie Sexson, at one point Horacio Ramirez, Bedard (for what they gave up). You want to go further, Adrian Beltre (for what they signed him for). Just stop getting names, it hasn't worked for the Yankees, Not for the Tigers, Why would it work now?
Category: MLB
Tags: #3, fix, Mariners, MLB, Seattle
Posted on: October 17, 2008 10:17 pm

Fix the MLB teams #2: Washington Nationals

The Nationals have the worst record in the major leagues, were 24th in team ERA, 27th in AVG, 28th in Runs Scored, 18th in Stolen Bases, commited the 2nd most errors, and are in pretty good shape for the future. All they really have to do to be contenders in around 2010 is this:

1. Resign everybody on their team (including staff). They have a pretty good core with Zimmerman, Bonifacio, and Milledge for hitters, and Balester, Detwiler, Cordero, and whoever they draft with the 1st pick (Strasburg until further notice). They can get chemistry with their players, and Acta is a solid manager who is good with the small ball, not to mention the fact that most of the starting Nationals are below 30 years old.

2. Keep their players in line: Dukes and Milledge are cancers (and violent ones at that), insanely talented cancers with lots of potential, but cancers anyway, and Acta has to keep them in line. Easier said than done.

3. Get an Ace: When Tim Redding (10-11) and Joel Hanrahan (6-3, 3.95 ERA) are your best starters, you need an ace. (Strasburg works)

Tomorrow: San Diego
Category: MLB
Posted on: October 16, 2008 10:59 pm
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