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Aug.31 Trade Deadline Maneuvers Part 1

 had his best year in 2011 with the Nationals, where he hit .303, with 31 HRs and 95 RBI during his 515 AB.  The Orioles would love that kind of production to aid their DH core of hitters.  The club however, would simply settle for his Career 3 Slash Line of .284/.338/.816 in parts of 9 seasons and 1827 At-Bats.  Morse makes $6.75 MIL this year, and will be a Free Agent after the campaign is finished.

Mike Morse had his best year in 2011 with the Nationals, where he hit .303, with 31 HRs and 95 RBI during his 515 AB. The Orioles would love that kind of production to aid their DH core of hitters. The club however, would simply settle for his Career 3 Slash Line of .284/.338/.816 in parts of 9 seasons and 1827 At-Bats. Morse makes $6.75 MIL this year, and will be a Free Agent after the campaign is finished.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst and Website Owner)

The Orioles picking up Mike Morse is a good move.  The  guy is familiar with Region, is a nice contrast to Chris Davis – and cost the club a minimal amount to bring over.

I think the big 6 FT 5 players is just the kind of guy the Baltimore team has missed over the year.

The Designated Hitters slot has been abysmal – and if Morse can to the back of his bubblegum card, this move will pan out.

The team’s lineup will now feature  Manny Machado 3B, , Nick Markakis RF, Chris Davis 1B, Adam Jones CF, Matt Wieters C, J.J. Hardy SS, Mike Morse DH, Nate McLouth LF and Brian Roberts 2B.

Morse joins Scott Feldman, Francisco Rodriguez and Bud Norris as late season acquisitions.  All of them have contributed to the franchise.

All of a sudden having a 7 – 9, with a 25 – 30 HR powers in Morse, added with veteran Brian Roberts (if healthy) and Nate McLouth, could add a speed element when the team swings around back to the top of the lineup.

It is good for depth and when consider the team is only 5 games out of the 2nd Wild Card Spot, this is plausible with 3o games left.

Chris Tillman has asserted himself an up and coming #2 Pitcher on the team. I must say, him doing this 2 years in a row, has made a believer out of me now.

The man is 24 – 7 over his last 31 decisions – and has a mid tier 3 ERA – competing in a donnybrook of a Division.  Yesterday’s win over Boston was just another example of how much the 25 year old has bailed the club out of a losing streak.

You know Buck Showalter will have his guys ‘game ready’ for the challenge.

Cards pick up John Axford.

John Axford helped lead a Brewers Bullpen Core - to the 2011 NLCS versus the Cardinals.  The 30 Year Old Canadian has struggled ever since and had been replaced as the Milwaukee Closer.  St. Louis could try him out as a 6th or 7th Inning guy.

John Axford (46 SV and a 1.95 ERA in 74 Appearances) helped lead a Brewers Bullpen Core – to the 2011 NLCS versus the Cardinals – before the team lost. The 30 Year Old Canadian has struggled ever since and had been replaced as the Milwaukee Closer. St. Louis could try him out as a 6th or 7th Inning guy.

On the heels of picking up Edward Mujica in 2012, plus Mark Rzepczynski and Octavio Dotel in 2011, John Mozeliak is crafty enough to slide in at the last minute for added Bullpen depth.

John Axford was one of baseball’s best stories a few years ago, before he has had a kamikaze last 2 years,  He has pitched much better this year as not being the Closer.

This will not solve every issue for St. Louis down the stretch drive, but is never hurts to have an extra arm on a team filled with youngsters.  If you look at the prior years Bullpen arms, they have certainly been decent for the team.

The Indians pick up Jason Kubel.

Jason Kubel was one of the better RBI OF/DH in the last 4 years with 375 RBI in only 2145 AB.  This works out to be about 100 RBI for every 600 AB.  This is great production yet he doesn't see that much respect.  With a loaded OF in the desert of Arizona, Kubel should revel in coming back to the AL Central - where he can primarily DH.  Kubel has a Career 3 Slash of .265/.330/.766 - even though he was only .220/.288/.612 this campaign.  Kubel makes $7,5 MIL in 2013 and 2014 there is a Team Option for the same dollar figure - which the Indians may not exercise, opting instead for the $1 MIL Buyout

Jason Kubel was one of the better RBI OF/DH in the last 4 years with 375 RBI in only 2145 AB. This works out to be about 100 RBI for every 600 AB. This is great production yet he doesn’t see that much respect. With a loaded OF in the desert of Arizona, Kubel should revel in coming back to the AL Central – where he can primarily DH. The former Twin has a Career 3 Slash of .265/.330/.766 – even though he was only .220/.288/.612 this campaign.  The 31 Year Old makes $7,5 MIL in 2013 and 2014 there is a Team Option for the same dollar figure – which the Indians may not exercise, opting instead for the $1 MIL Buyout.

I like the aggressiveness of this move too.  Kubel can get hot at times and carry a team for a month.  He is far better suited to be relegated to DH duties – rather than play in the field.

The Veteran is a definite upgrade over Jason Giambi.  With a 40 Man Roster in September – you also can keep Giambi in the fold as a dangerous PH – when you need a Walk or a late inning HR.

The Pirates pick up Marlon Byrd and John Buck.

Marlon Byrd could end up having a career year at the tender age of 36.  The veteran OF will help patrol the grass at PNC for the Bucs, while Marte is hurt.  He 3 Slash Line is .284/.329/.849 - with 22 HRs and 74 RBI this season so far

Marlon Byrd could end up having a career year at the tender age of 36. The veteran OF will help patrol the grass at PNC for the Bucs, while Marte is hurt. He 3 Slash Line is .284/.329/.849 – with 22 HRs and 74 RBI this season so far.

This is a decent move for the Pirates.  Byrd is playing way above his career numbers, however if Starling Marte comes back in time for the playoffs, Byrd could be great insurance.

You can always platoon him in the OF with Garrett Jones even after that if needed.  Byrd may also be a vital bench player down the pennant race.

Jose Tabata is still in the fold playing well, but he does not have the power like the other guys have.  Tabata would be better suited for a defensive replacement or Pinch – Runner.

John Buck is a seasoned Veteran.  You just never know when an injury is around the corner.  I have confidence that the Catcher could match Russell Martin for offense.

John Buck hit 6 home runs and 19 RBI in his 11 games this season.  While he has slowed down for the rest of the year, he has still deposited baseballs to 15 fans beyond the fence in 2013.  He will play in a backup role to Russell Martin, however he might see some additional PH duty in the NL.

John Buck hit 6 home runs and 19 RBI in his 11 games this season. While he has slowed down for the rest of the year, he has still deposited baseballs to 15 fans beyond the fence in 2013. He will play in a backup role to Russell Martin, however he might see some additional PH duty in the NL.  Buck, at 33 years of age, has never appeared in the playoffs for the Royals, Marlins, Blue Jays or Mets during his 10 year career.  The Backstopper is also in the last year of his contract – and will be a Free Agent in 2014.

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I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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