Archive: November 9th, 2007

Buzz on Livan, Yorvit

According to Buster Olney, the Mets will be targeting Livan Hernandez to fill the role of innings eater in the starting rotation.

And we have to PAY for this information from ESPN? Funny, thought the subject had been covered ad nauseam both here and on other subscription-free blogs. But hey, if you want to hear it from Buster, be my guest and crack out the credit card.

For the umpteenth time, I’ll state the painfully obvious: the Mets need a reliable, durable starter who can go deep into games — like into the 7th and occasionally the 8th. There are exactly two of those type of horses available on the FA market: Livan Hernandez and Carlos Silva. We fully expect Omar Minaya to speak with both of them and make a fair offer to either / both.

Marlins Like Torrealba

Strangely, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Marlins are targeting Yorvit Torrealba to fill their “hole” behind the plate.

As Juan C. Rodriguez states,

“Improving the Marlins’ major league worst defense will start behind the plate. . . Don’t be surprised if the Marlins are the higher bidder. They told one rival general manager they’ve set aside a healthy allocation to address their catching deficiencies.”

To me it’s strange because Miguel Olivo has excellent raw skills for the catching position, particularly a rifle of an arm. Yes, he’s a bit screwed up in the head, but you have to be in order to catch (trust me, I’m a still a catcher in my late thirties and definitely screwed up in the head). Yes, Olivo made 19 errors and 26 passed balls in the past two years. But, a high number of catcher’s errors usually means you have a guy with a gun who is being ultra-aggressive. The passed balls are probably more the fault of the dozens of AA-level pitchers that Florida trots to the mound every year.

Though I suppose I can see the Marlins’ point; they’ve probably tired of Olivo’s shortcomings and don’t see him improving. What I don’t see is how Yorvit Torrealba is going to make a significant impact on the team’s success, and further, why you would make a guy like Torrealba your highest-paid player. It would seem to me they already have a Torrealba in Matt Treanor — give him the regular job and/or add a cheaper backstop to split time (i.e., Chad Moeller, Mike DiFelice, Einar Diaz, Corky Miller — there are plenty of “catch and throw guys” available).

When Torrealba’s agent was asked about his interest in joining the Marlins, he said,

“Yorvit would love it. They’re a good team, a young team, and Yorvit would be a great fit there. We’re going to be open to whatever situation. Florida is a good team that I know will be attractive for him.”

The article also noted that Torrealba had recently purchased a condo in South Florida, intending to split his time between there and his home in Venezuela.

Well it sounds to me like Yorvit could be going to the Marlins, if he doesn’t re-sign with the Rockies. And that is a GOOD thing — I’d hate to see the Mets get into a bidding war for Torrealba, who despite playing in a World Series is far from a championship-caliber catcher. Better to re-sign Paul LoDuca on a short-term deal with a home-team discount.

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Argument Against A-Rod

There is an extremely well-written piece at the Hardball Times by John Brattain titled “Battling Boras“, that I highly suggest you read. In a nutshell, it is Brattain’s response to several of the outrageous claims made by Scott Boras in touting his most expensive client — and by the end of the article you can see how Alex Rodriguez is NOT worth $300M. For example, would you pay Chipper Jones that kind of money? Yet, looking at the recent numbers, Chipper compares very closely to A-Rod. Go and read it for yourself.

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