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|2012-03-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)||Who should win the Indians LF carousel? Who has the best chance to stick?|
(SaberTJ from Cleveland, OH)
|My unofficial survey of who is fighting for the job: Shelley Duncan, Aaron Cunningham, Ryan Spilborghs, Felix Pie, Fred Lewis, and Russ Canzler.
I cannot envision Canzler playing a tolerable corner outfield, so I'll say not him. Same result with Pie for different reasons. From there, you have Lewis and three righty bats, but Duncan and Cunningham are both out of options. So I guess the Indians might keep those two and store Lewis and Spilborghs in Triple-A for depth. I might opt for a platoon between Lewis and whichever of the two righties you're higher on. (R.J. Anderson)
|2012-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)||What's your take on Grady Sizemore? If he ends up hurt again by the end of spring training, is Ezequiel Carrera a fantasy asset? |
(LoyalRoyal from Doin' Time in Leavenworth)
|He's just so risky. Unless you get him late in a draft, I wouldn't bother. I don't see him ever staying healthy for a full year. Carrera could very well be a fantasy asset, especially with his speed, although the Indians do have other options. They could put Brantley in CF again and put a guy like Shelly Duncan in LF (though I don't think Brantley is a good CF). They have Ryan Spilborghs and Aaron Cunningham too, but I think Carrera has the inside track on those two. The interesting thing with him is how often they batted him leadoff when he was filling in last season. (Derek Carty)|
|2011-05-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)||What are the odds that Aaron Cunningham gets a shot in the Padres outfield this year?|
(goiter6 from MN)
|Less than 50-50. He doesn't seem too high up on their pecking order anymore. (John Perrotto)|
|2010-12-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)||So you Red Sox joy counterbalances your Padres' sadness on the Gonzalez deal?|
(formersd from San Diego)
|There really isn't any Padres' sadness, honestly. Here is my thinking.
As great as Adrian Gonzalez is--and he's one of the top players in the game--he is one guy. The Padres had reason to believe the 2011 team could be a bit better, with an improved rotation, a full season of (healthy) Ryan Ludwick, Cameron Maybin possibly blossoming in center with another year in the majors, Kyle Blanks coming back from his TJ surgery, etc. If they acquire Brendan Ryan in a trade to man shortstop as is expected, and then sign someone like Derrek Lee to play first base, then you're talking about a team that could still win something like 82-85 games. Then, in 2012, you have Casey Kelly, Anthony Rizzo, Simon Castro and maybe Drew Cumberland coming up if he continues to tear up the minors. That is an exciting roster all of a sudden, and it was brought about without fielding a terrible team.
The Padres can trade Bell and Ludwick in July and still have a decent team, assuming Aaron Cunningham or Kyle Blanks can slot into Ludwick's place and they bump Mike Adams up to the role of closer. The gloom and doom mentality coming out of San Diego after the trade of Adrian Gonzalez is almost enough to make me start a Padres' blog in response. (Marc Normandin)
|2010-10-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)||But can't you also blame Bud and I for hiding how bad my shoulder was (according to stories in SD papers)? My production didn't suffer because I was slacking off, but I was still hurting the team every time I took the field. |
(Scott Hairston from Contractual Limbo)
|Oh, I didn't mean to imply I was happy with the decision to keep trotting him out there. In a season full of excellent decisions by Bud Black, who I do believe is an excellent manager in a league with very few of those, continuing to trot Hairston out there was awful. Just that during the last weekend of the season I didn't mind so much, because he had all that time off to rest and heal.
Aaron Cunningham probably should have been the one getting that playing time if they were that desperate for another outfielder, and it's a shame he didn't. So it goes. (Marc Normandin)
|2009-02-16 14:00:00 (link to chat)||I think most A's fans are wondering why Brett Anderson and Trevor Cahill are so low, and Michael Inoa is so high.
Also, how close did Aaron Cunningham come to making to top 100?
(A's fan from Oaktown, CA)
|I'm not a huge Cunningham guy. I like him plenty, and his a big leaguer, but I'm not sold on a star ceiling. As far a Cahill and Anderson go, I have them as the 23rd and 24th best prospects in ALL OF BASEBALL, and that's low? I don't get those arguments. Inoa is so high because EVERYONE I talked to that saw him did not talk about his talents as being good, that talked about him being historic. (Kevin Goldstein)|
|2008-10-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Who would you start in the A's outfield next year out of Travis Buck, Matt Murton, Ryan Sweeney, Carlos Gonzalez, and Aaron Cunningham?|
(Dave from Chicago)
|Good question. I'm not sure how crazy I am about any of 'em. Gonzalez has star potential but still needs lots of work, and he's the only one with real star potential. I'm not a big Murton or Sweeney fan. (Kevin Goldstein)|
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