If you know best, Get it done

Two ace pitchers potentially on the move. Potentially is the key word here. If you didn’t know the two pitchers I’m talking about, they are Johan Alexander Santana and Erik Joseph Bedard. The Mets and Mariners, respectively, desperately need these two pitchers. Let me breakdown the two potential moves.

orioles_logo01.gif SP-Erik Bedard

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To mariners-web-logo.jpg For

OF Adam Jones, RP George Sherrill

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P Chris Tillman, P Tony Butler, and a player to be named later

First off, this sense makes too much sense for both teams. Apparently, Baltimore is now trying to see if they can sign Bedard to a contract extension to stay in Baltimore. If this happens, Seattle did a very poor job. Let’s take a look at Bedard’s 2007 season.

  • Bedard missed the last month of the season, but still finished in the AL ranked 2nd in the WHIP (1.09), 3rd in SO (221) and 4th in ERA (3.16).
  • Against the Yankees Bedard was 2-0 in 21 innings pitched, 11 hits, 3 ER, and 21 strikeouts. And let’s not forget that the Yankees were the most potent offense in baseball. And he would have been 3-0 if not for three-run homer by Shelley Duncan off Jamie Walker in the ninth inning.
  • Bedard started off slow, but in his last 14 starts of the season he was 9-1 with a 2.65 ERA. He gave up only 5.7 hits per nine innings and struck out 11.2 batters per nine innings.

By no means am I saying that Erik Bedard is a better pitcher than Joe-han Santana. Santana has performed at a higher level for a longer period of time. But what I know is that Bedard will demand a lot less money than Joe-han. Santana will demand around $150-$160 million and will ask for a lot of money up front. Bedard’s contract will be in the ballpark of 6 years, $120 million a year. That’s a potentially $40 million difference for a pitcher that might be one of the best pitchers in the game. That is why this trade is a no-brainer for Seattle and a “must complete” one. If Seattle can land Bedard they will easily be the favorite in the AL West and a serious contender in the AL. Bedard should flourish in Seattle’s pitcher friendly ballpark, Safeco Field compared a hitters ballpark in Camden Yards. The Mariners will have two of the most promising young pitchers in the league, King Felix Hernandez and Bedard. Also, what would make the duo tougher is that Hernandez is right-handed and Bedard is a lefty. A lot of matchup problems for opposing teams.

Now, let’s go to the Orioles side of things. This team has no hope for the next couple years. NONE. ZERO. Heck, they might not even have hope for the next 50 years with Boston and New York in the division. But nonetheless, this team needs to pull off this trade. This team is not winning with Bedard so he’s not worth paying the money. If they land Adam Jones, they could have two absolute studs in the outfield in Jones and Nick Markakis. They do still have Brian Roberts who they should trade as well for some starting pitchers and they got 5 prospects from Houston for the roided up Tejada. They will strengthen their horrendous bullpen with Sherrill. This team will be VERY young, but they will easily have more promise than they’ve had in the last 10 years. But still, they won’t sniff the playoffs in our lifetimes.

Bottom line is… this deal NEEDS to be done for both teams. No question about it. You play to get better and both teams would with this trade.

twins.gif SP Johan Santana

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To ny-mets-3d-logo.jpg For

OF Carlos Gomez, P Phil Humber, P Kevin Mulvey and P Deolis Guerra

First off, I don’t have pictures for these bums that Minnesota got in the trade because they are exactly what I said, BUMS! I was watching Peter Gammons on Sportscenter and he said that if these four prospects were in the Yankees or Boston’s farm system, then they wouldn’t rank in the top 10! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!??!? This was a flat out steal, no doubt about it. Minnesota made an idiotic trade to say the least. This year, they replaced Torii Hunter with Carlos Gomez and JOHAN SANTANA, the best pitcher in the baseball, with Phil Humber!! Wow… upgrade. They also lost Carlos Silva by the way. This was a terrible trade on the Twins’ part. But we all know this, you don’t need me to tell you that. But here is what I am going to tell you… If the Mets do not get a contract extension with Santana done NOW, it would be a very very bad things for the Mets. This guy has one year left on his contract. He’s 28. Has won two Cy Young Awards. You can’t say enough about how good this guy is and he very well could be that “addition” the Mets need to win the NL. But please lock him up for 5-6 years. You already dealt for the guy, you might as well pay him. He’s worth every penny. Unlike Bedard, he is proven.

I want to reinforce the fact that the Mets are now the clear favorites in the NL. Philadelphia doesn’t have the pitching staff the Mets do. The Phillies have the hitting, but let’s not forget that Utley and Howard are left-handed and Santana is extremely tough against left-handers, so he neutralizes Utley and Howard. The Mets have the best pitcher in the baseball and a powerful offense. Their bullpen is suspect, but I don’t see that really being a problem until the playoffs. The NL Central is a joke and the West is always up for grabs, so right now, the Mets have to be the favorite in the NL. So can the Mets contend for the World Series title? That question can only be answered if the Mets don’t collapse..

Speaking of the collapse. Here is another reason why this trade was so critical for New York. After last years collapse, I’m not too sure how much Met fans were looking forward to this season. It was kind of like yea Philadelphia is better, I hate my team for collapsing, we’ll see after the Giants play in the Super Bowl. But now, there is no doubt that Mets fans are back behind their team and are extremely excited for another year. And trust me, there will be no collapse with Santana pitching every 5th day…

Aneesh

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