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Scooter1027 wrote:LaPorta is a good get for Cleveland. And since he's not much of a defensive player, going to an AL club with a DH is a positive for him. Like I've said in other threads, I think he compares very well to Pat Burrell, a high K/high BB guy with tons of power and mediocre at best OF defense. If they move him back to 1B or DH him, I think that would be best.
Rob Bryson and Zach Jackson? Not sad to lose them at all. Jackson is nothing, Bryson has some intriguing potential but is a long ways away. The PTBNL had better be pretty good, for Cleveland's sake. I fear it's 2B/3B Taylor Green, which would be a bummer. He would be a good get for CLE as well.
Oh, and if I had to guess, I would say McClung goes to the pen. Strictly conjecture on my part, but he just can't go as deeply into games as Bush can.
AussieDodger wrote:I like the trade for both teams.
If the Brewers don't make the play-offs this year it obviously won't look as good in hindsight, but if they do that's pretty much what they did this for so it's win-win. Especially with C.C's draft picks.
Scooter1027 wrote:Of course, if the Crew misses the playoffs, and in 3-4 years LaPorta's putting up a .270/.380/.520 line, I might change my tune
freeling_prideful wrote:As an Indians fan, I have to admit I'm a bit biased in favor of our current management (Mark Shapiro has really run this team very well in his tenure). Still, I think we got out pretty well in this trade. Compare this to what the Twins did with Johan Santana--they got a package whose main highlights were Carlos Gomez and Phil Humber. Humber's a mystery who may never become even a successful No. 3/4 starter in the majors, and Gomez looks like an intriguing talent but I've heard more than one commentator say he's got all the tools but doesn't have the key to the toolbox. He will be a functional leadoff hitter, but he isn't a middle-of-the-order bat and may never be that much better than guys like Pierre, Taveras, Bourne, etc.
In contrast, LaPorta is a legitimate power-hitting prospect who combines good on-base, average and slugging skills in an elite package that many scouts compare to a guy like Lance Berkman. He doesn't have a natural defensive position outside of 1B or DH, but he can spend a few years in a corner outfield slot like RF before he gets older (again, like Berkman did). His upside is huge and his ETA is very soon--he could be called up in August and hold his own, and then put up .290-30 HR-90 RBI numbers in 2009.
On the other hand, what could the Indians have gotten from other contending teams? The Yanks didn't seem to be strong contenders, the Phillies wanted him but had no prospects, and LAD was mentioned but they would never give up Kemp. So if you ask me, I'd rather have LaPorta then Andy LaRoche + Jon Meloan, which seems like the most the Tribe could have gotten out of the Dodgers.
acsguitar wrote:Just wondering if anyone is predicting a 20-30 pound weight gain in CC due to all the cheese and brats?
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