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Sunday, January 6, 2008

Wake Up Call: Ian Snell, Edwin Jackson

Sunday Morning Tidbits

Beaver County Times:

Seattle has interest in trading for Snell and would likely offer catching prospect Jeff Clement as part of a package. However, the Pirates almost certainly would hold out for outfield prospect Adam Jones, considered a potential superstar, in any deal.

This is interesting because it seems to contradict a Bucco Blog post from the 3rd that said, "Pittsburgh Pirates GM Neal Huntington passed on a Jones-Morrow-Sherrill deal for Snell in December." Like any rumor this offseason, no one knows what is actually going on, not even Bavasi and Huntington.

I think I would rather package Adam Jones with some lower prospects (if that is enough), than send Jeff Clement and one or two of our better prospects like Morrow, Balentien or Triunfel.

Just to further complicate things, I thought I'd throw in this bit from MLB Rumors:

The Mariners approached the Pirates about Ian Snell, but quickly backed off when they asked for Adam Jones in return

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St. Petersburg Times:

The Edwin Jackson to Seattle rumors won't die, but there still seems to be little substance to the idea of sending him to the Mariners. ... The Rays are still in search of a left-handed reliever, but there has been little recent progress on that front.

The two statements are meant to be separate, but can we help the Rays out with a southpaw reliever? Would everyone freak out if we traded George Sherril for Edwin Jackson straight up? Sounds almost like the Soriano/Ramirez deal of a year ago.

Most of our bullpen depth is right handed, except for Sherrill, Eric O'Flaherty and Ryan Rowland-Smith. Sherrill and O'Flaherty figure to play major roles, and I doubt Tampa Bay would be looking to acquire RRS. [Ia-Sne Ed-Jac]

Now that Broussard is gone, who could we offer the Rays? More importantly, shouldn't the signing of Carlos Silva negate the need for Edwin Jackson?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

So would you rather have Jeff clement or Jones? I think the M's are pretty deep at catcher.

On a side note I liked the piece you did on jones vs. Balentien, and would like to see one on Clement vs. Rob johnson vs. Adam Moore. Just an idea, thanks for all the great posts.

Jon Shields said...

Jeff Clement's bat is certainly taylor-made for Safeco Field, and maybe that's why I like him so much. His career probably isn't at catcher, though, especially if he makes the 25-man roster out of Spring Training.

Johnson is better defensively and the fact that he has a little bit of speed is a nice bonus out of a position that usually boasts your slowest guy. His bat isn't anywhere close, though, and unless he turns it around he could be looking at a career as a backup. That said, catcher is a lot like shortstop in that you don't always need to hit to start.. either way he needs to improve.

From the little bit I've read on Moore, he is a pitcher's catcher and could have the offensive upside of a Michael Barrett. If Clement becomes a full-time DH, 1B or part of a trade package, Moore could be the future.

A Clement vs Johnson vs Moore is a good idea and I may dive into that.