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Free Agent Future: Jayson Werth

Awwww, and I had an entire entry planned for V-Mart too…. Oh well…. Moving on.

Jayson Werth

2010 Stats

  • Avg .296
  • HR 27
  • RBI 85
  • Runs 106 
  • SB 13

3 Main Elements of His Game.

  1. Bing! Yeah that’s the sound of the ball hitting the bat when Werth hits it. 27 Homeruns and 85 RBI would be a worthwhile addition to any ball club.
  2. Along with that pop, Werth also brings a soild average into the fold, hitting at a .296 clip in 2010.
  3. Some speed wouldn’t hurt anyone would it? Werth’s well rounded player status is solidified with his 13 stolen bases and 106 runs scored last year.

Prediction

Red Sox 5 yr $95 million

Why the Red Sox?

Ughhhhhh…. the Red Sux Sox, I feel bad for Werth, but it does work. Both Cameron and Drew have 1 year left on both of their contracts so this is what I’m thinking. In 2010, Cameron will be the starting left-fielder with Ellsbury in center and Werth in right. Drew will be a “super-sub” that can play all 3 outfield positions and can fill in when one of the outfielders needs a rest or is injured, *cough* Mike Cameron*cough*. After the 2011 season, the Sox will let go off both Cameron and Drew, and allow Kalish to play left, Ellsbury in center, and Werth in right. Werth brings that middle-of-the order prescence that the Sox had lost in Victor Martinez. I think that Werth would bat 3rd in the Sox line-up, driving in Pedroia and Ellsbury while also receiving protection from Kevin Youkilis.

 

The Manoman

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We Swept Them Right Off Their Feet!

I think we need to take these out…

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Why??? Well, because the Yankees and Rays swept both their series and are now 3-0 since the All-Star break! Go 3 and 0! Hah, hah, hah. Much of this success can be contributed to the fact that our pitchingis doing spectacular and that our hitters are coming up clutch in key situations.

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My man Longoria has been doing alot better since the break and I’m glad. His shot in the 1st game the Rays played since the 2nd half began put them ahead 8-7 and they were able to hold on to the lead with great pitching from J.P. Howell at the end of the game.

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This series Howell has been especially lights-out as he has recorded saves in all 3 games and using his dominant stuff to overpower the Royals hitters. He is a talented pitcher that knows how to manipulate his stuff at the right time and place. Will he ever be as good as The Sandman? Nobody will, but in the meantime he can keep on doing what he’s doing and keep on securing the win for us in the 9th inning.

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The Rays definitely win the comeback kids award as in each of their games in this series they have came back in the 7th inning or later to get the lead and the win. Talk about fighting till the end!

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Hey, this is a Yankee and Rays blog right? So I gotta give a little love to the boys in the big white and blue, the New York Yankees!

Mark Teixeira

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How about Teixeira this past series man? He was on fire! 2 homers, 5 hits, 4 R.B.I.’s, so this is why we signed this guy for 180 million dollars this past off-season. He could really put on a show once he gets rolling.

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I don’t think the Tigers were prepared for this fiersome beast that they had to face.

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You’d better watch out Red Sox Nation.

 

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 We’re Catching Up.

Baseball Happenings

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. There has been a lot of buisness going on…

Baseball bokeh by Ames2880.

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                              1.Manny made his debut with the Dodgers (again)
 
 

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2. Fernando Perez injured his left wrist and will be out for 3 months
 
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3. Julia won her bet against Scott!!!
 
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It’s becoming the Red Sox Universe!
 
 
Milo says:
 
 Due to an unexpected occurence the mock draft is being canceled. 😦  I am sorry if this causes any inconvienience to you.
The Manoman

Manoman’s Top 20 (20-11)

This is the first entry of a 2 part series titled Manoman’s Top 20

 I was thinking about doing something like:

  • The Top Awesome Players That Are Now Playing Today
  • My Grand Slam Crew of Active Baseball Players

            I was even thinking of doing something like…

  •            The 20 Most Spectacular Men That Are Playing the Game of Baseball Today

                              (thankfully I didn’t go there)

So with that, let’s get on with the list!!!

                                                                   
 

 

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20. Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Always flying under the radar and puts up great numbers at the massive Petco Park.

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19.Dustin Pedroia 2B

The “Little Man” had great numbers in 2008 and he won the MVP Award. Even though he is a Red Sox, I like him because he shows so much determination and dediication to the game of baseball.

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Nick Markakis

18. Nick Markakis RF

He is a consistent threat at the plate and makes great plays in the outfield.

 

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17. Grady Sizemore CF

Grady is a great young hitter with 40-40 potential and he is very exciting to watch on the field.

 

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 16. David Price SP

David is an amazing young pitcher who is going to be the next Johan Santana. He has electric stuff and is the future ace of the Rays.

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 15. Jorge Posada C

 

He is a homegrown Yankee who has played with the club for more than 10 years now. He also provides great leadership and order to the pitching staff and is cool to watch in the game.

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I like how Ichiro plays the game and he is practically a guarantee to get on base every time he is at bat. He has gold glove caliber fielding and he is a steals machine.

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CC is now in N.Y.C. and with him comes at least 15 victories and a great attitude. I feel like he is one of my “home boys”.

 

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12. Mark Teixeira 1B

Mark is an up-beat kind of guy that brings his best to the field every game and always has a smile on his face.

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11. Tim Lincecum SP
“The Freak” is a phenomenal young stud that blows hitters away with his impressive arsenal of pitches. Admit it, he looks like a kid and yet he still dominates guys that are in their 30’s.
 
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The W.B.C. is almost here!
The Manoman

Tic-Tek-Toe, Where Will Varitek Go?

This is a serious question. This could determine the fate of the Red Sox Nation. This could make grown men cry and women weep. What is the question you ask? Well it is……….

                                       Where will Jason Varitek play in 2009?

                                                                

                                                 

                                          Duh, Duh, Dun, Duhhhhhhhhh

 

The stage is set, the cameras are ready, and tonight we are interviewing Jason Varitek by                                    special guest of honor Ryan Seacrest!!!

                                                          

                                  We’re on in 5……. 4……3…….2………1………. and                                                          it’s  showtime!!!

Ryan: Hello everyone, I’m Ryan Seacrest and today I am being joined by Jason Varitek on the Manoman Morning Show! Today I am going to ask Jason about his offseason, what he’s doing to train and what his plans are for this upcoming season.

Jason: Hey Ryan, so how are you doing today.

Ryan: Great, you?

Jason: I’m doing awesome.

Ryan: So what are you doing this offseason? 

Jason: Well, I’m playing golf, training, and hanging out with my kids.

Ryan: How are you training for the upcoming season?

Jason: I lift weights, go running, and go training with my teamates.

Ryan: You been speaking to Manny lately?

Jason: Yeah, we keep in touch. I don’t think what he did at the Trade Deadline was right though.

Ryan: What do you think about Manny’s free agency?

Jason: He shouldn’t have demanded so much money at the beginning of the offseason but Manny is a great player and a good guy. I think he will be signed soon though.

Ryan: How about your own contract situation?

Jason: I was looking at my potential suitors and I am in contract discussions with the Red Sox. The fact that they have already offered me a contract and that I have played with them for so many years is definetly influencing my decision.

Ryan: Is Curt Schilling influencing your decision at all?

Jason: Yes, but to a minor degree. It’s good to get input from the players I’ve played with.

Ryan: So Jason, this is my final question. Who do you want to sign with this offseason.

Jason: You know what Ryan, I want to sign with my Red Sox.

                                                                       
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Jason Varitek, with that decision you have just saved all of Red Sox Nation, grown men and women, and Ryan Seacrest. Even though I am a Rays and Yankees fan, I’m cool with Varitek resigning with the Sox because he is their captain, and if they lost him it would be like losing Derek Jeter or Evan Longoria from the Yankees and Rays.
                                            
                                               Enjoy your captain Red Sox Nation!
                                                 
                                                             The Manoman

 

  

The Story of This Offseason

      The weather is chilly

     The Hot Stove’s cooling down

     Some General Managers were so silly

     Letting their players leave town

 

     Footballs are flying

    Baseballs are being cooled

    Yankee fans are dying

   To see the Red Sox get schooled

 

   The stars are training

  Getting ready for the season

  While others are demanding huge contracts

  Practically for no reason

 

 Some teams are getting bargains

 Some players are getting deals

 And the Hall of Fame just inducted someone                                  

Who’s got some pair of wheels

 

A candle is alone flickering

Waiting for its time

To go join a team

With its own fantasy rhyme

 

Boras is speechless

As quiet as can be

Still demanding huge contracts

For some players worth a penny

 

So that’s the story of this offseason

From Dunn, to Abreu, to Manny

How many are left without contracts

And those people are a plenty

 

 

 

 

Embrace who you have and desire who you need

Go tell your General Manager and be sure to plead!

 

The Manoman

You-Kill-Us Kevin

Congratulations Boston you just signed your first baseman to a 4 year $41.25 million contract. Four more years of Youkillis to come. Here’s how us Yankee fans feel about that.

                                          

                                                   
2254685502_84568f8ec9.jpgWe also don’t appreciate you locking up Dustin Pedroia to a 6 year 50 million dollar deal the other day.

                                                                
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                     Our players also have very strong feelings towards Kevin.

 

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  OK, That’s more like it. This guy…
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                           Threw this ball…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                          at Youkilis’ head! Talk about spreading the love!

                                      

                                   Baseball is around the corner!

                                           The Manoman

Burrell, Baldelli, Bradley… Oh My!

  

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                                              Wow. Didn’t see that coming.

That was unexpected. The Rays recently signed former Philly ouitfielder Pat-the-Bat Burrell to a 2 year $16 million contract. Pat hit 33 homers and had 86 R.B.I.’s for the Phillies in 2008 but also sported a meager .250 batting average. Pat is sure to secure the Rays D.H. role for the next two years with steady 25-30 homer range production. Pat shows that he is dedicated to this team as he agreed to donate some money from his contract to the Rays official charity.                                                                      

 Tampa Bay Rays Lineup 2009                                           Tampa Bay Rotation 2009 

                                                                                                                                                                   

                  
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  1. Akinori Iwamura (2B)                                                     1. Scott Kazmir 
  2. Carl Crawford (LF)                                                         2. James Shields 
  3. B.J. Upton (CF)                                                            3. Matt Garza                      
  4. Evan Longoria (3B)                                                       4. Andy Sonnastine
  5. Carlos Pena (1B)                                                          5. David Price
  6. Pat Burrell (DH)
  7. Dioner Navarro (C)
  8. Jason Bartlett (SS)
  9. Fernando Perez (RF)                         

                                   

                                       Chicago Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley smiles as he is introduced ... 

The man above is a wanted criminal for getting a steal on his 3 year 30 million dollar contract.

If seen, please call the Dormant Cubs or go to www. what the heck did you just do? .com 

 

That was what some Cubs fans felt after the news that Milton Bradley was going to their team for 3 years 30 million dollars. Others felt it was the best thing they could do for their team. One of my only concerns for the Cubs is that Bradley has an injury plagued history but if he doesn’t receive any injuries he is sure to be a nice addition to the Cubs lineup as their right fielder. Unlike Burrell expect 15-20 homers as he is moving from a hitter’s friendly park to a neutral park.

 

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Last but not least, my man, Rocco Baldelli. He is a great man and has overcome many obstacles to get to where he is today. I am so happy that he was mis-diagnosed with the mitochondrial disease as it is a non-treatable disease. Rocco signed for a one year 500,000 dollar deal with the Red Sox but that doesn’t matter since my cousin lives up there. He will probably be a fourth outfielder but as long as he’s happy with it I’m happy with it. 

Best wishes Rocco! Rock on!

The Manoman  

                          
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Early Division Predictions: AL East

Okay, I know that it’s still really early in the offseason but I feel the need to write about my super early division rankings. What that basically is, is what placements I think teams are going to receive in their divisions. Over the next 6 to 7 days I will be writting my different division rankings. First up is the AL East:

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AL East

1. Yankees: They just got CC and A.J. Burnett and replaced Giambi with Swisher while also getting a great pitching prospect in the White Sox trade, Kanekoa Teixeira, in exchange for Betemit,and pitching prospects Jeffrey Marquez and Jhonny Nunez. Rivera’s one of the best closers ever. They have a stacked line up and a killer rotation.

2. Rays: Solid rotation with Shields, Kazmir, Garza, and Sonnastine. Don’t forget about David Price their pitching stud. They can use Grant Ballfour, Dan Wheeler, or Troy Percival, if he’s healthy, in the closer’s role. They have Evan Longoria, Carlos Pena, and B.J. Upton who are players who consistently deliver and have a stacked farm system and will dominate for years to come.

3. Red Sox: Good rotation with Dice-K, Beckett, and Lester leading the way. Papelbon is dominant in the bullpen. Having Lowell out hurts them but they still have a great line up and they are a nice combination of old and new.

4. Blue Jays: Roy Halladay leads a questionable rotation now without A.J. Burnett. They have Wells, Rios, and intriguing players Travis Snider and Adam Lind. Need to at least acquire a mid- level pitching player to have a slim chance of competing in this tough division.

5. Orioles: Obtaining Mark Texeira would give them an immense boost to their offense. Their best hitter right now is Nick Markakis and he is a stud. The Orioles need more pitching for sure as their rotation headlined by Jeremy Gurthie isn’t really steady. Sherril is a decent closer and Matt Wieters will be the 2009 AL Rookie of the Year if Price doesn’t beat him out.

Look for the rankings of the AL Central in the next two days.

Bye for now!

The Manoman