docjj wrote:Problem is obvious- doesn't have good command and pitches high up in the zone, leaving a few grapefruits along the way. Sure, he can get it up to 99, but if it's down the middle they'll hit it out.
Tonight, he was screwed by the ump who missed Pedroia's swinging strike 3, so that didn't help.
Can't he be taught how to pitch down in the zone? Ground balls can't turn in to home runs the way fly balls can.
DougDE wrote:They traded Johnson saying it was so they could reallocate that ten mil elsewhere but then apparently had 13-15 mil to offer Santana which never got spent
ofahn wrote:First, I'm not a big fan of spending money because we can. Considering how hard it was to get ownership to bump the budget by just 12M this season I would prefer not to use any bump for next year on potential dead weight.
Second, I don't think that we would have both Jimenez AND Cruz if we wouldn't have moved Johnson's 10M salary.
DougDE wrote:What dead weight?
DougDE wrote:They must of changed their mind from the beginning of the offseason till the end about what this years budget could be
ofahn wrote:Agreed. I give DD credit for that. He was able to convince Angelos that the team would only be spending fair market or better on Jimenez and Cruz.
I could see DD selling Peter on the fourth year for Ubaldo by reminding him that the team could very well sell enough additional tickets over the next three years because of playoff runs and/or playoff games to cover, ALONE, the 13M of the fourth year. That scenario would also boost ad revenues on MASN which ownership has yet to contribute to payroll.
IMO THAT'S the reason that Jimenez's performance and durability are SO important to this club. If we make the playoffs this year it gives DD credibility to ask for what payroll he feels he needs NEXT season. If Jimenez crashes and burns it may get UGLY payroll wise.
docjj wrote:How many blown saves will he have before he is replaced? Put him back in the set up role where he was o.k., and try O Day or Britton as closer. Even Meek might be ok. But I cringe whenever I see him come in to pitch the 9th...
Old Sneakers wrote:Meek: Honestly not sure Meek belongs on the team, I know I don't trust him to close.
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