Saturday, August 01, 2009

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

It's tough to evaluate a trade involving prospects because you never can tell how a prospect will pan out. For example - Baseball America rated the Rays Reid Brignac as the 17th best MLB prospect in 2007 and the 39th best in 2008. Now he's not even Tampa Bays best SS prospect. If you had traded for him two years ago you could boast that you netted the 17th best prospect in all of baseball. If you traded for him yesterday - not so much... Quote of the Day: "To do justice to a great man, discriminating criticism is always necessary." Winston Churchill... The Kansas City Royals haven't made the playoffs since 1985. Days like yesterday when they do nothing make that possible... Yesterday super prospect Brandon Wood of the Angels was sent back to AAA Salt Lake where he's hit 17 HR with a .959 OPS. The question remains if he can hit MLB pitching. In the bigs he's hit just .187 in 209 plate appearances... French proverb that best describes dynamics of the MLB trade deadline "In love there is always one who kisses and one who offers the cheek". Yesterday JP Riccardi didn't offer anyone his cheek when it came to Roy Halladay... I've seen Ryan Fitzpatrick when he was at Harvard. I've seen Joe Flacco when he was at Delaware. I'm telling you today that Dominic Randolph of Holy Cross is a better QB than either of them... Just a reminder - I called Jake Peavy getting traded 9 days ago. Makes me laugh when I see Buster Olney saying "nobody saw this coming" on ESPN...

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