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Baltimore Orioles Organization: Payroll, Depth Charts + Rosters, (MLB + MiLB)

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Wednesday, June.26/2013

The Orioles defied the odds with a 29 - 9 One run games record and a record streak of Extra Innings Wins that reached the teens.  In a vaunted AL East - Vegas has only predicted them as about a 77 win team this year.  So far the team has started 42 - 35 - and are tied for the 2nd Wild Card slot in the American League with the Yankees.  Many pundits, such as myself, have blasted the brass for not adding on a Starting Pitcher.  It may end up costing them a playoff spot.  Please Mr. Duquette - acquire a top notch starter and be prepared to give up a lot in return.  It is not every year you have three guys with MVP Caliber seasons - with Davis Jones and Machado

The Orioles defied the odds with a 29 – 9 One run games record and a record streak of Extra Innings Wins that reached the teens last year. In a vaunted AL East – Vegas has only predicted them as about a 77 win team this year. So far the team has started 42 – 35 – and are tied for the 2nd Wild Card slot in the American League with the Yankees. Many pundits, such as myself, have blasted the brass for not adding on a Starting Pitcher. It may end up costing them a playoff spot. Please Mr. Duquette – acquire a top notch starter and be prepared to give up a lot in return. It is not every year you have three guys with MVP Caliber seasons – with Davis, Jones and Machado.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): and welcome Jeff Kleiner (Salary, Roster and Depth Chart Expert for the MLB) – visit his website  here  

You guys are all in for a treat.  Jeff Kleiner recently contacted me about a partnership merge for the website.  He has developed a site ( that covers all organizational affiliates in the Minors for all of the Major League Baseball Clubs.  We are going to combine efforts to bring you the best look at salaries, current 25 Man Player Rosters and Depth Charts for all 30 teams. 

Jeff is going to provide the documents in form of spreadsheets and I am going to accompany the posts with deep analysis of what the numbers tell us from my perspective.  If you can’t wait for all of my assessments for each club, go and visit Jeff’s website over at

In Speaking with Jeff, he is one of the more passionate fans I have come across towards the game of baseball.  He spends enough time in updating his MLB Facts for it to be a Full-Time Job.  So after the usual Video Clip and READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY button, you will find some serious &*!@?!#!

Jeff updates this page below on a daily basis.  After you click on it….Bookmark it.  There is a 3 year salary forecast and stats not listed here on this page.  Jeff updates these pages daily and these changes include any Roster moves!

For a Full 3 year Salary Outlook plus last years Stats for every player in the Orioles Organization click here.

2012 Wild Card Celebration

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Edinson Volquez In 2013: Quintessential Ace Or Inconsistent Starter?

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Thursday March 21, 2013

Volquez is coming off an up-and-down year with the Padres. He went .500 with an 11-11 record and had an average ERA at 4.14. He should be prepared for the 2013 season as he threw against real competition in the 2013 WBC so he'll already have all of his stuff developed for the duration of 2013.

Volquez is coming off an up-and-down year with the Padres. He went .500 with an 11-11 record and had an average ERA at 4.14. He should be prepared for the 2013 season as he threw against real competition in the 2013 WBC so he’ll already have all of his stuff developed for the duration of 2013.  You are talking about a guy that has been traded for in a Josh Hamilton deal, plus the exchange that happened to bring him to San Diego (along with Yonder Alonso, Yasmani Grandal and Brad Boxberger for Mat Latos Prior to the 2012 campaign.

By Kyle Holland (MLB Reports Writer):

When the Texas Rangers signed Edinson Volquez as an amateur Free Agent in 2001 they had high hopes for the 17-year-old out of the Dominican Republic. They signed him along with John Danks and Thomas Diamond. The three pitching prospects for the Rangers were dubbed “DVD.”

After spending a few years in the Rangers’ organization, he made his debut on the big league squad on August 30, 2005 – and spent the duration of the season with them. He ended up starting 3 games and appeared in 6.  His final stat line at 22-years-old read an 0-4 record – with a 14.21 ERA.

Volquez spent the next two years bouncing in and out of the Minors. When he received the call-up in 2006, he did fairly better dropping his ERA to 7.29. His 1-6 record in 8 starts wasn’t very impressive – but I’m not one to judge a pitcher on his record. As far as I’m concerned, the ERA dropping by almost 7 points was a huge step in the right direction.

Volquez discussing his new team prior to the 2012 MLB season:

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Baltimore Orioles Player Roster In 2013: State Of The Union Updated Mar.15

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Friday March 15, 2013

The Orioles defied the odds with a 29 - 9 One run games record and a record streak of Extra Innings Wins that reached the teens.  In a vaunted AL East - Vegas has only predicted them as about a 77 win team this year.

The Orioles defied the odds with a 29 – 9 One run games record and a record streak of Extra Innings Wins that reached the teens. In a vaunted AL East – Vegas has only predicted them as about a 77 win team this year.  They used 12 Starting Pitchers and none of them are clear – cut Aces.  Might they call Dylan Bundy up in  May?  Will the management pull the trigger on a proven #1 Starting Pitcher to help them out? Will Brian Roberts be able to stay healthy?

By Kyle Holland (MLB Reports Writer):

2012 was a breakout year for the Baltimore Orioles and the start of something new. They finished the season with a 93-69 record, a record good enough to land themselves a spot in the Wild Card playoff game. This marked the first time since 1997 they were playing October baseball.

The Orioles took down the Rangers in that very game to advance to the ALDS against AL East foe, the New York Yankees. They gave the Yankees a run for their money sending the series to 5 games, only to lose a heart-breaker 3-1 finale of the matchup.  All of this happening with the Orioles having the 18th largest payroll in the MLB.

Orioles Wild Card Celebration:

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Top MLB Free Agents Still Available:

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Wednesday January 23rd, 2013

Micheal Bourn is seeking a contract worth 15 Million Dollars plus per year.  Since 2008, he has averaged 50 SB a year.  He has steadily improved his offensive game.  He is a guy who would help most ball clubs as a Lead Off hitter.

Micheal Bourn is seeking a contract worth 15 Million Dollars plus per year. Since 2008, he has averaged 50 SB a year. He has steadily improved his offensive game. He is a guy who would help most ball clubs as a Lead Off hitter.

By Jordan Gluck (Prospects/Baseball Operations Correspondent)

The offseason is winding down right with the availability of Free Agents and the budgets of many MLB teams. The talent on the open market is not what it was a few months ago but there is still some risk/reward players in the pool along with Bourn, Lohse, and Marcum. There are certain clubs with some dollars to spend but most are to their cap or don’t see the value. Here I present to you my top 10 Free Agents who can help propel a team to more wins or be used by subpar clubs as viable trade chips as Trade Deadline Deals.

1. Michael Bourn (30) (Braves) – the clear-cut best player left on the market but with budgets near filled up it will be interesting to see how Scott Boras works his magic. There is no doubt the tender is hurting him as it hurt Soriano and Laroche.  He can play CF and has blazing speed.   (Texas)

Michael Bourn Highlight Reel in 2012 – Mature Lyrics so Parental Guidance is Advised

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Houston Astros Payroll In 2013 And Contracts Going Forward

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Thursday, December.27,  2012


Nicholas Rossoletti (Baseball Writer):

The 2013 Houston Astros payroll is one of the stranger payrolls to look at given the current state of baseball where player’s salaries seem to be ever-increasing.  Before Dec.18, the Astros were paying exactly one player above One Million Dollars annually.  That player was shortstop, Jed Lowrie. Then, the team added 1B/DH Carlos Pena to its roster on a one year deal for approximately $2.9 Million according to reports and reliever, Jose Veras on a 1 Year/$1.85 Million dollar deal.  Thats it.  Three players earning more than a Million Dollars on a professional baseball franchise approximately sixty (60) days until pitchers and catchers report. (Please note that the Astros are rumored to be interested in signing Third Baseman Jose Lopez who may be added to this list). These are your 2013 Houston Astros, who are a far cry from the Astros of the mid-2000’s who signed Andy Pettite, Roger Clemens, traded for Carlos Beltran and made a run at a World Series.  Read the rest of this entry

Braves Selling Low on Hanson and Jurrjens: Moneyball Ain’t Alive in Atlanta People

Monday December 3rd, 2012


Jonathan Hacohen ( Lead Baseball Columnist): 

I was thinking back this week to one of my fave articles from this past year. Being an admirer of the Oakland A’s methods of building a ball team and the “Moneyball Movement”, this past July I published a Billy Beane article – focusing on the modern Moneyball movement. Back in 2011, many critics were quick to jump on Beane and the A’s, mocking the A’s GM and the release of the movie Moneyball. Panned as a historical piece, Beane was viewed as a dinosaur. His methods outdated. The rest of the baseball world had caught on to his sly ways and overtook him. I refused to buy into it and was unwilling to write-off Beane. But nobody, not even the A’s GM himself saw was to come in 2012. We know how the season went down- the A’s slipped in as the AL West champs and make a good run in the playoffs. Nobody was laughing anymore and Beane went from hack back to genius overnight. While in my last article I focused on Beane’s construction of a young and talented lineup, most analysts view Beane’s success in terms of being able to flip pitchers at their peak. Billy Beane is a master of this art and it has led to much success in Oakland. Compare this now to Atlanta, which has essentially lost Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens for almost nothing. Not the Billy Beane way of doing business- and now the Braves will be paying the price. Read the rest of this entry

2012 Braves Pitching Staff: What’s Going on in Atlanta?

Friday August 17th, 2012

Bernie Olshansky:  As of today, the Atlanta Braves sit four games out of first place in the NL East. This division was supposed to be the strongest in baseball. The Nationals made moves in the offseason to acquire Gio Gonzalez, the Marlins signed three big name free agents to go along with the core of Hanley Ramirez and Giancarlo Stanton, and the Phillies kept their strong pitching staff intact. The Braves didn’t make any huge moves and stuck with what they had—a strong hitting lineup to back up a good pitching rotation. The Braves started the season with Tim Hudson, Jair Jurrjens, Tommy Hanson, Brandon Beachy, and Mike Minor as their five-man rotation. Jurrjens was coming off a strong 2011 campaign in which he posted a 2.96 ERA through 152 innings. The Braves were hoping Jurrjens could replicate last season’s performance in order to give the team a better outcome and hopefully make the playoffs.

Unfortunately this was not the case for Jurrjens. He has been awful this year, going 3-4 with a 6.89 ERA. This isn’t the performance the Braves were hoping for, but somehow they are able to manage. Tim Hudson, the oldest on the staff at 36, has a 3.59 ERA to go with a 12-4 record. Tommy Hanson hasn’t been his best this year with a 4.29 ERA in 22 starts (his record is a bit deceiving at 12-5). He has also spent some time on the DL. The real story this year is Ben Sheets. After missing some of the 2010 season and not playing all of last year, Sheets joined the Braves midseason and has been fantastic. In his six starts this year, Sheets has gone 4-2 with a 2.13 ERA. In his 10-year career, Sheets’ best was 2004, when he posted a 2.70 ERA while going 12-14 with the Brewers. If he can keep his performance up, Sheets will have the best year of his career at age 34 (half a season, but still).

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MLB reports Monthly Power Rankings: May 2012

Tuesday May 8th, 2012

Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Writer and @chuckbooth3024 on twitter)-We are going to bring you a monthly power rankings every month of the season.  There will be a few verses for each team.  Please feel free to let us know your thoughts.

May Power Rankings

  1. Texas (19-10)  Josh Hamilton is clubbing the ball at his 2010 like AL MVP clip.  Yu Darvish appears to be the real deal.  Mike Napoli hits 8th on most nights. Michael Young might be the most under-appreciated hitter in the last decade.  Ian Kinsler is on pace for 162 runs.  If Nelson Cruz starts hitting and or Nathan rounds into form, than this team may blitz by every one.
  2. Tampa Bay (19-10) The pitching staff is incredible right now.  David Price is asserting himself as one of the premier left-handed pitchers in baseball. Strong starts from Evan Longoria, Luke Scott and Carlos Pena have helped.  Joe Maddon may be the best ‘in-game manager’ of baseball now with Tony La Russa out of the Majors.
  3. Atlanta (18-12) The reason I have Atlanta rated so high is they are not even having a good year from Tim Hudson yet and Jair Jurrjens has been atrocious.  Still they sit near the top of the standings.  Chipper Jones has 21 RBI and Freddie Freeman has taken the next step so far with 26 RBI.  Last year the team had a lot of players with career worst years and they were only eliminated on the last day of the season.  This year may be different.
  4. St. Louis (18-11) You lose a franchise player like Albert Pujols and you spend half the money for Carlos Beltran and Rafael Furcal, who are finally hitting the numbers like the back of their bubble gum cards from 5 years ago.  Are we giving enough credit to Mark McGwire here? Lance Lynn has morphed into Chris Carpenter with his 6-0 start.
  5. LA Dodgers (19-10) Matt Kemp is the best player in baseball right now and may walk away with the triple crown this year.  Andre Ethier has matured into the RBI guy he needs to be.  Solid pitching by Clayton Kershaw, Chris Capuano and Ted Lilly have this team looking solid. Dodgers look good in the future when  the new ownership takes over. (more…)

Chuck Booth’s 30 MLB Park Quest: (Games 16-21)

The Streak stands at 23 MLB Parks in 18 calendar days!!

Chuck Booth:  I am the World Record Holder for-Fastest to see all 30 MLB parks in 24 days (2009)!

In 2012, I am going for 30 MLB Parks in 23 days from: April 6th to 28th.

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Follow my streak all the through to the bitter end.  Schedule is this link: or at my official website for all updates!

Tuesday April.24/2012

Ken Lee, Chuck Booth and Doug Miller all at Safeco Field for the game #18 in 14 days on April.19/2012. (They would later be featured on TV several times above the King’s Court Seats. ) Chuck also had a special welcome wave from the TV Jumbo Tron and was given a free gift bag from the Seattle front office.

MLB Park # 16 Day # 12

CHC 2 @ MIA 3


New Marlins Ball Park

‘Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Writer and @chuckbooth3024 on twiter)- It was a great day for a new baseball park.  During this trip, anytime that I have had a single game only for a day, I have felt a little bit more relaxed while watching the action.  I flew into FLL (Fort Lauderdale Airport) really early and caught up on some writing.  I was fully rewarded with my National Car Rental to the tune of a Chrysler 200 that was black in color.  I made my way to my Best Western Hotel near the airport.  Check in time was not till 3 PM, but I was able to coerce the staff to let me take a room early.  I really appreciate the professional way the Best Western staff always helps me in the travels. Read the rest of this entry

NL East: Value Picks, Up-and-Coming Players and Red Flags in Fantasy Baseball

Wednesday February 29th, 2012

Peter Stein (Fantasy Baseball Analyst – MLB reports): The National League East is filled with many big name fantasy players, particularly the Philadelphia Phillies with their starting rotation and hitters like Howard, Utley, Rollins, Victorino, and Pence. However, this division is intriguing, because teams like the Braves have a plethora of up-and-coming players. Furthermore, scattered throughout the rest of the division are players who have potential to provide sneaky good value. Read the rest of this entry

Ask the Reports: Sunday December 25th

Sunday December 25, 2011

Jonathan Hacohen:  Posted every Weekend: Your top baseball questions from the past week are answered. E-mail all questions to, message us on Twitter and post on our Facebook Wall!

Let’s get to your top questions of the week:

Q:  As things stand right now, who wins the divisions and Wild Cards from AL/NL in 2012?  Steve

MLB reports:  It’s not even 2012 and you want me to give you a sneak on predictions?  Sure.  I’m game!  Which MLB teams will make the playoffs in 2012.  I am looking at the crystal ball.  We are going to assume there is still only one Wild Card team per league.  I am finding it a little hazy at this point, but here is what I am seeing:

American League:

East:  Tampa Bay Rays:  Still the cream of the east.  Nobody is touching that pitching staff, led by David Price, James Shields and company.  The Rays could still add a bat or two before the season starts.  If pitching is king, the Rays are royalty.

Central: Detroit Tigers.  The class of the division and this one isn’t even close.  Justin Verlander. Miguel CabreraVictor MartinezAlex Avila.  Full seasons of Doug Fister and Delmon Young.  MLB should just hand them the division title right now and save everyone else the trouble.  It is a great time to be a Tigers fan.

West:  Houston Astros (just kidding…they don’t get their chance until 2013).  Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  Surprised?  Me too.  Most would expect me to say the Rangers.  But with the Angels pitching and offense bulked up by Albert Pujols, the Angels get my vote.  Jeff WeaverC.J. WilsonDan HarenPeter Bourjos.  I see where the Angels are headed and they have the horses now to take the West.  Their pitching is still stellar and with all that offense that is coming….a miracle will happen in Anaheim in 2012.

Wild Card:  Texas Rangers.  The AL West will go down to the last day of the season likely.  With that offense led by Josh Hamilton, Ian Kinsler, Nelson Cruz, Mike Napoli…Texas will be tough to beat.  The difference will be pitching.  Sure they have Yu Darvish.  But I don’t think he will be enough to get the AL West title.  But it will still get Texas into the playoffs again.

National League:

East:  Philadelphia Phillies.  Yes Ryan Howard is out for some time.  Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins are getting older.  But Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels equates to an automatic division title.  Book it.

Central:  Cincinnati Reds:  My pick for the second straight year.  With the Brewers and Cardinals both losing key parts, it is time for the Reds to shine.  A pitching staff led by Mat Latos and Johnny Cueto. The dangerous offensive weapons of Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and Jay BruceDevin Mesoraco becoming the full-time catcher.  2012 will be a bright year for the Reds.

West: Arizona Diamondbacks.  No longer a surprise, the Dbacks are loaded to make another strong run in 2012.  On top of the returning team, Trevor Cahill will be a strong addition.  Kirk Gibson has a nice mix of offense, defense, starting pitchers and a deep pen.  The Dbacks are the team to beat in 2012.

Wild Card:  St. Louis Cardinals.  The 2011 World Series champions are back for more.  While the loss of Albert Pujols and Tony La Russa will be devastating, Dave Duncan returns as the pitching coach.  Carlos Beltran should pick some of the offensive slack, plus Adam Wainwright will be back from injury.  With Wainwright, Carpenter and Garcia leading the rotation, the Cards should make the postseason.

Q:  (a)  Exactly how does the “bidding”, say for Yu Darvish work?  Where’s that $54 million go towards?

(b)  How will Fielder (likely) and Pujols leaving the NL Central affect the division?   Lee

MLB reports:  A two-part question for you today Lee, nicely done! (a)  The Darvish posting fee ($51.7 million) goes to his former Japanese team, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters as a transfer fee.  All MLB teams had a window in which to submit a bid for the rights to negotiate with Darvish.  In that time, the Rangers submitted the highest bid.  The Ham Fighters did not know the team, only the winning bid.  Now the Rangers have 30 days to sign Darvish to a contract.  If Darvish signs, the Ham Fighters keep the $51.7 million.  If no contract, Darvish goes back to Japan for next year and can be re-posted in 2013.  Expect Darvish though to sign with Texas and the Ham Fighters to keep the posting fee. 

Now on to part 2 of your question.  You are correct in your estimation, as Prince Fielder is likely to join Albert Pujols and leave the NL Central.  The departures of the two stars means that the NL Central crown is up for grabs.  As per my earlier answer, the Reds are now the heavy favorites to win the Central.  The Cards will still be in it, as the return of Wainwright will drastically help the team.  But nobody can know how the team will play without Pujols and its former manager, Tony La Russa.  The Brewers could be in big trouble, especially if Ryan Braun is lost for any lengthy period of time.  Prince Fielder did not get enough credit for the success of the Milwaukee Brewers.  Now the team will have a reality check when he is gone in 2012.


 Q:  As of today, what are the top-5 rotations in MLB?  Fredy

MLB reports:  A great…great…great question.  What a fantastic discussion point and source of debate.  With all the cries about the lack of pitching in baseball, there are some fantastic rotations out there.  Now, with trades and free agent signings, this list could change.  But as of today, here are my top rotations in baseball (in order):

1)  Tampa Bay Rays:  Some teams may have a better 1-2-3 punch.  But for overall depth and quality, the Rays are the class of baseball.  David Price, James Shields and Jeremy Hellickson can run with the best of them.  Then add Matt Moore, Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann into the equation and you have baseball’s best rotation.  With even more good young pitchers coming through the minors, the Rays have an embarrassment of riches.  A trade could still come through the pipe, but even still, the Rays are my selection.

2)  Philadelphia Phillies:  Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee are the most devastating top-2 starters I have ever watched in my life.  They have the chance of being one of the best duos of all time, and that is saying a lot.  Cole Hamels could be an ace for many other teams and is playing for his next big pay-day.  Vance Worley had a solid 2011 campaign and should do much of the same this year for the Phillies.  The 5th job will likely be between Kyle Kendrick and Joe Blanton, unless another move is made.  The Phillies may not be the most complete team in baseball, but they certainly have one of the top rotations in the game.

3)  San Francisco Giants:  This team does not require much explanation.  Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Madison BumgarnerRyan Vogelsong and Barry Zito to round out the squad.  You would have a very difficult time finding a better top-3 when they are on.  Cain is one of my personal favorites and one of the most underrated players in the game in my estimation.

4)  Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim:  My pick to win the AL West and a big reason is this staff.  Jeff Weaver and Dan Haren are the foundation of the team.  C.J. Wilson should be a great #3 on a team where he will not be expected to be the ace.   Between Ervin Santana, Jerome Williams and Garrett Richards, Mike Scoscia should be able to fill in the rest of his rotation. 

5)  Atlanta Braves:  I struggled with this one.  I was thinking Cards, Reds and even the Nationals.  While each of those teams had some top guns, it was their lack of depth that made them fall of the list.  The Braves are my pick for having strong pitchers, but just the best depth in the rotations that were left.  Tim Hudson.  Jair Jurrjens (if not traded).  Tommy Hanson (if healthy).  Brandon BeachyMike Minor.  Randall Delgaldo.  Julio Teheran.  Just having Teheran alone shoots this rotation up the list.  They may not be the flashiest, but the Braves have a choice of starting pitchers that other teams just drool over.

Q:  Will Ubaldo Jimenez regain his 2010 first half form?  David

MLB reports:  Is there a bigger source of frustration in baseball?  The Ubaldo from 2011 looked nothing like the recent Ubaldo we have come to know.  He will be turning 28 in January (in Dominican years) and should just be entering the prime of his career.  I will tell you my gut feeling…and Cleveland fans, you will not like it.  I have seen this pattern too many times over the years.  Occasionally a pitcher goes through a dead-arm period, where their numbers and performance all of a sudden drops drastically.  Through rest and a change in mechanics, the form can return.  But that is the exception to the rule.  Usually when a decline like Ubaldo’s appears, it means that there is an injury in hiding.  I will be very surprised if Ubaldo regains his form overnight.  I am looking at a crystal ball and my sense is a visit to Dr. Andrews in his future.  This is a gut feeling, but a very strong one.  It could be heartburn, but I doubt it.


Q:  Tim Wheeler and Seth Smith for Prado or Jurrjens? Joe

MLB reports:  Its a possibility, but I don’t see it happening.  Wheeler is the real deal and I can’t see the Rockies moving him at this point.  Smith is a useful role player and could blossom into a steady every day player, but I have my doubts.  Between Jurrjens and Prado, I take Jurrjens if I’m the Rockies.  A great pitcher, but has issues staying healthy.  The key component in this trade is Wheeler.  The former 1st round pick is highly rated and was terrific last season with 33 home runs in AA.  Rockies say no, Braves say yes.  But if it happens, it would be for Jurrjens also.  Martin Prado is another useful player, but not a star and worth the cost of a top prospect.


Q: Which team makes the biggest jump in the ‘Power Rankings’ if they sign Fielder?  Bleacher GM

MLB reports:  Another great question!  Prince Fielder will instantly help any team that signs him.  But who will make the biggest jump…now that is a different story.  I could see the Jays being stronger playoff contenders with him.  The Rangers would be even that much more dangerous.  But the biggest jumps would be based on a team with potential that needs to go the next level.  My picks in order would be the Nationals, Mariners and Orioles.  With Prince on board, I could see the Nats finally climbing from potential to contenders.  The Mariners and Orioles would go from the basement to respectability overnight.  Yes, Prince has that kind of power and abilities to make everyone else around him better.  But the Nationals get my vote, given their emerging pitching staff and great young hitters.  If the Nats sign Prince, we could be looking at the Nats in the playoffs by 2013.   The Mariners are still far too behind on offense to become contenders and the Orioles are still emerging and integrating as a young team.  The Mariners get the edge based on their pitching staff.  But imagine Prince hitting between Harper and Zimmerman.  Just the thought gets me very excited!


Final Question of the day: Here’s a good question, what was the one moment that made you realize baseball was your niche?  Eric

MLB reports:  I needed a week to ponder this one Eric.  One of the most insightful and deep questions ever presented to me.  I always knew that I had a deep love for baseball.  I have read about the game and its players and studied the sport for most of life.  I have always enjoyed writing about baseball, but never knew where it would be headed.  In conducting interviews, I felt a good connection to the game and the people associated with it.  But the true point when I knew it was my calling- now that is a different story. I would have to say when a leading baseball writer for a well-known baseball publication told me that he reads the site regularly and enjoys my work, that was the instance I felt that I had something special.  When a writer of his caliber and experience was quoting my work and praising it, I literally had goosebumps.  That was the defining moment in my career.  From there, when I get emails and messages from baseball fans all over the world- it makes all the hard work very gratifying.  I enjoy touching people’s lives and being able to deliver to them positive information and analysis on the game of baseball.  Finding the right writers who had the same principles, work ethic and ideas was the key to the growth of the site.  I definitely love what I do.  I believe that people lead busy lives and time is precious.  By people taking the time out of their lives to read my work, I have an obligation to provide them with the best baseball writing that I can deliver.  It is an honor that I get to interact with as many baseball fans that I do as part of my role as a Baseball Writer.  It is the greatest game on the planet and I am proud to be able to make contributions to baseball through my writing.  Thank you for the question!


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