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Ervin Santana: A Potential Bargain for Pitching-Starved MLB Teams

At the same point last offseason, starting pitcher Kyle Lohse was still a free agent. In fact, it would take until March 25 for Lohse to finally sign a contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. But unlike Lohse, who too wore the rejected-qualifying offer Scarlet Letter, current free agent Ervin Santana has apparently waved the white flag in his pursuit of a multiyear deal.

According to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the 31-year-old is eager to sign with a team and get to spring training—even at the cost of a lucrative, long-term contract. Aside from how most teams would forfeit an unprotected first-round pick to sign the right-hander, the sheer opportunity to sign a free-agent pitcher of Santana’s caliber to a one-year deal instantly makes him a bargain. Continue reading

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Matt Treanor and Joe Mauer Have a Few Things in Common

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports

If someone were to ask, “Who’s better, Joe Mauer or Matt Treanor?”, you’d either hear disgusted cackles or maybe even get smacked in the face. And both of those responses would be justified. However, to Treanor’s credit, both he and Mauer are having very similar seasons.

At age 35, Matt Treanor is arguably enjoying his finest campaign in the Major Leagues. The currently DL’d Kansas City Royals catcher has posted an overall .226/.351/.306 line with 3 homeruns, 21 RBI, 24 runs, and 2 stolen bases in 230 plate appearances. By no stretch of the imagination are those statistics head-turning, but then again, we are talking about career-back-up catcher, Matt Treanor. Joking aside, some of Treanor’s peripherals indicate he’s actually having a pretty good season–at least for the catching-deprived American League. Continue reading

No Fluke for Phil Humber

Courtesy of SBR Forum

What does a career 5.26 ERA, 1.61 WHIP, and 1.46 K/BB mean when you “randomly” post a sensational 3.27 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 2.61 K/BB in a single season? It usually is the sign of a fluke. In the case of Chicago White Sox’s pitcher Philip Humber, he appears to be the definition of such. However, despite his unflattering journey with five franchises in five years, Humber could still be on a very fine career path starting at age 28.

Humber was the third overall pick in the 2004 draft. The New York Mets were high on the 22 year old righty out of Rice University–and so were scouts. Baseball America ranked the pitcher as the #50 prospect in baseball in their pre-2005 rankings despite a mediocre debut in 2005 (5.09 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 3.35 K/BB). In 2006, Humber turned things around, to the tune of a 2.83 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 3.95 K/BB. The righty reached as high as Double-A in ’06, posting a 2.88 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 3.60 K/BB in 38 innings.

The prized prospect was promoted to Triple-A in 2007, but he saw his numbers slip a bit. He owned a 4.27 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 2.73 K/BB. Still solid stats, but the drop in strikeouts and spike in HR/9 (from 0.9 the year before to 1.4) was worrisome. Potential red flags aside, Humber was shipped off to the Minnesota Twins with Deolis Guerra, Carlos Gomez, and Kevin Mulvey in exchange for ace pitcher Johan Santana. Knowing the Mets luck, people assumed Humber would instantly become the stud he was groomed to be. However, his “stud” status didn’t come so quickly. Continue reading

Kila Ka’aihue Needs a Second Chance

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Only a few things arouse true baseball fans more than a deserving blocked prospect finally getting a chance in the Major Leagues. That’s why the Kansas City Royals decision to hand Kila Ka’aihue the starting first-base job during Spring Training this season was such a dream come true. As bittersweet as it may seem, fans everywhere yearned for the countless Chris Berman outbursts of “And Kila kilas that ball!”  But while Ka’aihue got his much-deserved opportunity, it slipped through his fingers almost as soon as he got it.

Ka’aihue posted a meager .195/.295/.317 line with 2 homeruns, 6 RBI, and 6 runs in 96 plate appearances for the Royals this season. Considering the Hawaiian owned a  lethal .284/.419/.503 career line in 1,378 plate appearances at Triple-A, his offering in the show was very disappointing to say at least. As a reminder, this was the same guy who swatted 37 homeruns and owned a .314/.456/.628 line in 515 plate appearances between Double/Triple-A in 2008. Surely 96 plate appearances in the bigs is too small of a sample size to completely give-up on a hitter who has exhibited such an electric bat. Continue reading