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Hey! Michael Bay here with some
I’d praised catcher Max
Ramirez two weeks ago, but after his continued struggles I’m increasingly convinced
he’s not going to pan out. Just think: The
Rangers believed they had three catching prospects over the winter. With Taylor Teagarden also not hitting well and
Jarrod Saltalamacchia just getting by, now they have one at most. Perhaps Teagarden should join Ramirez in AAA,
and Texas could acquire a veteran catcher to assist Salty. Eliezer Alfonzo is hitting .309 in Portland. Maybe Texas‘ could offer someone like Jose Vallejo (who is
blocked at second and short here) for him.
Some prospects Texas needs
to promote NOW: C Manny Pina, 1B Justin
Smoak, OF Mitch Moreland, OF Tim Smith, OF Mike Bianucci, SP Kasey Kiker, SP
Martin Perez (Yeah, he’s 18, but he’s got a 2.70 ERA. Nothing left to prove in the Sally League). I would’ve added SP Omar Poveda to the list
in agreement with my buddy Fin, but he’s getting rocked today.
Props to Ron Washington for
getting his Rangers off to a good start.
Texas needs to pick up his 2010 option TODAY and give him
the job security he deserves.
Funny: I wrote this last
week but was too busy to post it: “Wanted
to point out that my man Juan Pierre is batting .367. Not bad for a ‘fourth outfielder.’ He hit .283 last year and lost his job! Life’s
a bitch, huh?”
Well, thanks to Manny being
Manny, Pierre now gets to play almost every day. Being a Dodger fan in addition to the
Rangers, I didn’t want it to happen this way, but this could work out great for
LA. Pierre is proving his naysayers wrong (.426 average!), and
if the Dodgers foolishly still don’t want him, they can trade him for a top
prospect. Intra-division trades aren’t
common, but San
Francisco will soon
need to replace 35-year-old Randy Winn.
Maybe the Giants would fork over Madison Bumgardner and a decent
bat. Pierre‘s owed $28.5 million for 2009-2011, reasonable money
for a .300 average, steals, defense and veteran leadership. San Fran could put him in center and move
Aaron Rowand to right.
Finally, did you know film
director Michael Bay
(with whom I share a name) earned $25 million for “Pearl Harbor?” It’s
true! He once said, “I love it when
people get really mean and call you a ‘hack’. It’s like, don’t they see how
well these movies are doing?” Man, that
guy embodies the American Dream.