It guys like AJ Preller who make me realize how much of a slacker I really am.
The original plan for this column the first instalment of Baseball Saturday for the season was a fairly simple I spent my summer (or, in this case, winter) vacation type of yarn offering a rundown of MLB biggest off season movers and shakers, and setting up the 2015 season. And, to an extent, it still will be but the more I ruminated on the offseason moves and non moves across the league, the more it became clear there could only be one jumping off point.
Preller. The rookie GM who may have succeeded in turning the fortunes of the San Diego Padres jerseys in scarcely more time than it took for me to research this column.
Included among the MLB record 30 transactions which passed through the league office on Dec. 19, 2014, were a handful from the Padres jerseys which saw them land veteran outfielders cheap Matt Kemp jersey, cheap Justin Upton jersey and cheap Wil Myers jersey, in addition to catcher Derek Norris. The following day, Preller flipped catcher cheap Ryan Hanigan jersey who came over from the Tampa Bay Rays jerseys in the Myers deal to the Boston Red Sox jerseys in exchange for young third baseman cheap Will Middlebrooks jersey.
A couple of months later he added veteran right hander cheap James Shields jersey via free agency.
Now, the pitfalls with those moves are fairly evident. An outfield defence featuring Kemp, Upton and Myers is certainly not going to inspire confidence in a pitcher. And Upton, in particular, didn come cheap in terms of prospects.
Still, that an awful lot of right handed power added to the lineup at Petco Park in San Diego. Cellular Field. cheap Jeff Samardzija jersey adds some punch to the starting rotation, cheap David Robertson jersey bolsters the back end of the bullpen, and cheap Melky Cabrera jersey and Adam LaRoche bring a little extra pop to the middle of the batting order.
Are those moves enough to allow either of these two teams to knock off the as seemingly everyone early season World Series favourite?
Well, no, probably not. After all, this is the Nats projected starting rotation: cheap Max Scherzer jersey, cheap Stephen Strasburg jersey, cheap Jordan Zimmermann jersey, cheap Gio Gonzalez jersey and Doug Fister. As the Washington Post pointed out earlier this week, the Nationals jerseys had the best rotation ERA last year (3.04), and that was before adding Scherzer.
Now, there are a number of teams which made moves that may put them closer to the postseason than the wholesale baseball jerseys Padres jerseys. The Boston Red Sox jerseys landed cheap Hanley Ramirez jersey and cheap Pablo Sandoval jersey in an attempt to rebound from a rough 2014. Before losing cheap Marcus Stroman jersey for the season, the Toronto Blue Jays jerseys were looking solid, if, perhaps, still a little young, after the addition of cheap Josh Donaldson jersey and cheap Russell Martin jersey. The Chicago Cubs jerseys now have a new ace in cheap Jon Lester jersey, a new manager in Joe Maddon and a stable full of young talent. And it always fun to watch GM Billy Beane do his thing in Oakland, even if his endgame isn readily apparent sometimes.
Still, if one was looking to rally the fanbase and create some excitement for the coming season where perhaps little had existed before, mission accomplished, Mr. Preller.
The fact you not even 40 years old yet shows me I got to raise my game.
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