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Postby gostanford07 » Sun Aug 13, 2006 2:58 pm

He's moved up in the lineup for today's game... anyone know if he will stay there for the rest of the year? I think this significantly imacts his value...
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Postby teddyballgamemvp » Sun Aug 13, 2006 3:58 pm

All of the Kendrick questions have the same answer: if he keeps hitting. He's at .319 with 13 RBI as of this second after having a mini-slump. They love him in the FO of Anaheim/LA/Orange County/Disneyland. All he has to do is not lose all the jobs they are eager to give him. He is in total control of his destiny.

EDIT: Oh, and entering today's start, he had 33 ABs in the two hole, second most of any spot in which he's hit in the lineup.
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Postby johnsamo » Sun Aug 13, 2006 4:38 pm

Today was a historical day for the Angels. Wang is no joke (and a righty) but Scioscia put Kendrick batting 2nd in the lineup anyway (and Kendrick delivered), that's a huge because Scioscia is notorious for babying rooks for a long time.

Scioscia basically just admitted that regardless of whether it's a righty pitching or not, Kendrick is a better player than Adam Kennedy, and it takes a lot for Scioscia to lower his rank assessment of a beloved vet. Kendick will still probably play 1st a lot because we don't have a true 1b, but Kennedy is now officially the best 2b on the team.
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Postby johnsamo » Sun Aug 13, 2006 4:39 pm

sorry...I meant Kennedy is now officially the 2nd best 2b on the team
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Postby Halo Homers » Sun Aug 13, 2006 5:18 pm

So far what has been happening is Kendrick has been alternating between the 2 and 7 hole.

When Izturis plays, Kendrick is in the 7 hole. When Izturis does not play, Kendrick is in the 2 hole.

Kendrick is starting everyday at 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or DH. He's becomming the new Chone Figgins.
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Postby gostanford07 » Sun Aug 13, 2006 6:17 pm

Thanks guys. I am just stuck at who to drop for Garza. I need pitching help and I put in a claim for him but I can't decide whether to drop Kendrick or Carlos Guillen. I already have Rollins and Uggla though so I'm leaning towards keeping Kendrick and hoping he gains eligibility at 3rd as well so he becomes sort of a super sub. Thanks for all the info
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Postby johnsamo » Sun Aug 13, 2006 7:38 pm

There's been talk of Kendrick playing 3rd just to keep his bat in the lineup this year no matter what and he played a few games there in the minors for practice, but since then, Izturus and Quinlan have become a pretty good platoon there (largely Izturus), so unless one of them gets hurt or goes ice cold, Kendrick looks to be an everday player shuttling between 1st and 2nd this year.

Next year though (and perhaps this year) if the Angels have ever get a dependable 1b option, Kendrick will be the everyday 2b. His utility phase is just temporary, In the future, Scioscia wants Kendrick at 2b everyday batting either 3rd or 5th or 6th in the lineup, depending on who else they have, but they have him projected as a prototype 3rd slot hitter. High avg. and obp to set the table for Vladdy, but with some pop to knock in guys already on base as well... and he's fast, and under Scioscia, anybody with decent speed runs no matter where they are in the lineup.

Adam Kennedy is a FA this year and wants to stay in Anaheim, but the Angels know he's way past his prime and that Kendrick is their 2b next year and for years to come. The only way the Angels will resign him is for a huge paycut (probably the minimum), and no promises at all about playing time or even if he'll make the roster. at best, he's a semi-decent backup 2b and an adequate pitch hitter versus righties, and because the Angels are stacked with good young IF guys on the team now and on the farm and they don't want to hold one of them down just to keep Kennedy for nostalgia purposes.

Also.... It appears Vernon Wells might be a Texas Ranger next year. He's still under contract for another year but word is, because he's from Dallas and still lives there, he's going to the Rangers as a free agent after next year becasue rumor is, although this is league no no, the Rangers and Wells have already verbally agreed to what the terms of the deal will be, and that is enuf so that not even a ridicously high offer from another team will get him because being with his family is a BIG THING to Wells. so anyway,the BJs are seriously considering trading him to Texas now this off-season to get something for him now before he leaves as a FA...

and getting back to the Angels, Gary Mathews and Cliff Lee are both free agents this year, so I don't see the Rangers signing both to big deals if Wells is either there or coming the next year... Hence, the angels are seriously thinking of signing one of them (they have both the nedd and the cash), and that if a 1b in their system doesn't emerge as the full time starter, Vladdy will occassionally play some first on the idea that he's no spring chicken anymore and 1b can give his legs a bit of a rest on some days while still having the DH slot for Garret Anderson or someone else, and perhaps in later years, he may wind up a full time 1b for a few years before he eventually becomes a mainly DH guy in his later years. Word is, Vladdy is very happy in Ahaheim and will turn down huge Yankee-type offers and resign as long as the Angels offer is reasonable.

But that all sort of depends on Kendry Morales and how he develops. There's alslo talk that Garret Anderson may transition to 1b some. GA is getting up there but he prefers the field to the DH, so the tinking is, if he can master the 1b glove wise (and word is everyone thinks that he will easily) that may be a better spot to keep his legs fresh as well...

But all this talk is dependent on Angels getting another OF on the FA market, and Mathews and Lee are the favorites. Mathews may have the edge because his speed and glove makes him a good player at any of the 3 OF slots. But Lee's bat sure is hard to pass up on. The Angels are loaded in the minor leagues with pitching and infield, but there isn't a star-in-waiting OF down on the farm for the foreseeable future.

The Angels are also pondering a too-good-too-pass up deal to the Marlins for Miguel Cabrera in the off season. The Angels project Cabrera to be Pujolsesque in the very near future and they're willing to sign him to a Dave Winfield/A-Rod type 10 year kind of deal, on the premise that, he's going to get a lot better, and the huge deal will eventually be viewed as a "got him to cheap" deal.

All of this is possible largely because the Angels are in unique spot. (1) they are making a fortune right now in ticket sales, selling out virtually every home game (even on week days) even though it's a fairly big capacity stadium, so they're already flush with cash, but (2) their local TV Deal is about to expire, and the Angels want to make sure they're an elite team when they sign a new local TV contract.
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Postby d18Mike » Mon Aug 14, 2006 10:23 am

Absolutely love Kendrick as a keeper.

But he is hitting about as empty a .319 average as you can get from a FB player.

One HR in 119 ABs, and 2 -- count'em 2 -- RBIs for the month and only 3 Runs. Wow. Hard to do with that many hits. And he's not running.There is some "bad luck" there, perhaps, but this year from a non-keeper standpoint he is effectively Placido Polanco in an Angels uniform.
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Postby pappymojo » Mon Aug 14, 2006 8:39 pm

johnsamo wrote:There's been talk of Kendrick playing 3rd just to keep his bat in the lineup this year no matter what and he played a few games there in the minors for practice, but since then, Izturus and Quinlan have become a pretty good platoon there (largely Izturus), so unless one of them gets hurt or goes ice cold, Kendrick looks to be an everday player shuttling between 1st and 2nd this year.


according to Yahoo, he's played 9 games at third base this year. That's one more game away from eligibility in my league.

Please fantasy gods!!!
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nice insight

Postby fisher person » Mon Aug 14, 2006 9:18 pm

im guessing you meant carlos lee being the FA, Cliff just re-signed with the tribe. nice input though
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