I see an ISO of .101 for Alonso. He'd sure as heck better have a Gwynn-ish batting average for that to be tolerable. I expect he's got better (than he has been, not than Gwynn) in him, but a 115 OPS+ bat, subpar defense, and no ability to run the bases is not going to push us hard towards our next pennant.
When the Brewers were drafting mashing corner IF / OF after another, it didn't prevent them from using LaPorta as the biggest part of a trade for Sabathia. Rizzo's value may have dropped after we acquired Alonso, but absolutely nothing prevented Byrnes from seeing if the latter could hit the occasional HR before making a deal. Getting traded didn't keep Rizzo from sticking in the Top 50 of most prospect lists. You may be in love with Cashner's velocity, but he's done little to impress this season. A mediocre K rate as a reliever and walking as many as he strikes out. He was hardly a big catch when we got him, either. There are (and were, over the winter) lots of current Padre farmhands with better than an 8.0 K/9 and a 4.0 BB/9 rate, and many of them are, thankfully, young for their leagues. Baseball history in general, and Padre history in particular, is littered with guys who threw hard and, despite throwing straight, didn't really know where it was going.
I don't know if you are watching more games now then you were in years past, but he's getting some pretty nice hits. There will never be another Tony Gwynn, but Alonso's approach at the plate seems... more
Ive got very little to support it, but yonder reminds me of hal Morris. So, that's not quite as flattering as Wally Joyner. As you suggest now - and I think many of us felt at the time - moving rizzo ... more
Speaking of former Reds, we could go Sean Casey, except not so much batting average. The 99-2000 versions, that's good. The fallen-and-I-can't-get-up model that followed for several seasons, not so... more
I think you're right about "power". I'd be looking for guys who can get to the wall. For me the difference is that I'd be willing to trade some OBP to do it. I wouldn't overpay, but somebody like... more
Wouldn't bringing in the outfielders like that play well into the teams hands? Less reaction time to stop a ball down the lines and to the gaps. It's not like were talking about a bunch of Luis... more
Not if the hitters don't have the power to do it. I'm not talking about playing on the rover line, but when the air holds those balls up, and the Padres are running a bunch of underpowered players to ... more
I think you nailed it about players that put the ball in play being more valuable at Petco then any other park. Guys who can put the ball in play at a high frequency, take a walk at a league average... more
I don't think I follow on Cashner. He's striking out a decent amount of guys, which is the single most important metric. It's early to make any definitive judgment - but he's certainly not striking... more
He's allowed runs in only 4 of his 16 outings, with his outing on Saturday being the only one in which he gave up more then 1 run. Opponents hit .175/.313/.325 off him in April. He has an era of 1.94 ... more