AussieDodger wrote: JTWood wrote:
Havok1517 wrote:Potential Suitors for Barfield:
Colorado = Needs to fill a spot vacated by Matsui
Royals = Grundz needs an heir and I'm not sure Callaspo is it
A's = I believe Ellis is a being FA
Giants = Durham is about to crumble to dust
Nationals = He'd be an upgrade over Belliard
There was also a rumor that there were talks between the Cards and Indians about swapping Rolen and A. Reyes for something that might have included both Barfield and Cliff Lee.
Wow , I hope that becomes reality. Just when you thought Tigers vs Indians couldn't get any hotter.
The AL Central is the new AL East , but with brains instead of money.
I am not so sure about that. The Detroit Tigers are attempting ot build a Yankees team with 70MM less payroll, the Red Sox and Yankees both have great farm systems and are exhibiting the kind of homegrown core that will allow them to dominate for years to come while overcoming the free agent errors that plague every team. Just look at the roster of the W.S. Champs, and the homegrown talent:
And now look at the talent on the way:
Buchholz - Same class as Hughes
Masterson - Sinker/Slider combo is major league ready; Will premier in 2008
Lowrie - .900 OPS as a SS last season, has enough arm to stick at SS< which increases his value
Lars Anderson - Power hitting 1b only 20 years old
This future core will allow the Sox to outspend on free agents, and/or deal them to land a Santana-type. With the Yankees, you may not have the depth on the MLB roster as of yet, but with the recent pronouncements of Hank Steinbrenner that tehy won't be played ( which is somewhat funny), and the fact that Johan is not in pinstripes just yet, you have a farm system that looks pretty darn impressive.
At the top, you have
Chamberlin - Will start the season in the rotation, but lights out last year
Ian Kennedy - Profiles more as a back of the rotation starter, but will make his debut in '08
Jose Tabata - Injury in the wrist sapped his power, but fantastic tools
Austin Jackson - #2 prospect in the Hawaii Baseball League behind Matt Wieters, ready in 2009
Alan Horne - Power Arm that profiles as a legit #2, maybe higher, could make appearance in second half 2008 as a bullpen arm
I just think you may have overlooked the powers that be in the AL East when you made that statement, because these two teams have a lot of future potential. The proof that you need to look to is the fact that Johan hasn't been dealt yet, and the valuation the Sox and Yanks are placing on their kids nowadays.