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View Full Version : Peter Gammons' take on Magg$ signing & overview of A.L. Central


Jabroni
02-09-2005, 03:09 AM
"Maggs costly, but necessary"
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/gammons/story?id=1987105
What's interesting about the AL Central and makes it one of the most compelling divisions in terms of new faces is the fact that Percival is the highest-priced pitcher brought into the division and Ordonez the highest-priced player. Oh, the Twins made the most important signing in the division when they kept Brad Radke (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=5337) for two years and $18 million. Otherwise the biggest free agent signings were Jermaine Dye (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=5610) (two years, $10.5 million) and Orlando Hernandez (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=6019) (two years, $8 million) with the White Sox and Kevin Millwood (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=5848) (one year, $3.5 million guaranteed with $3.5 million in incentives) with the Indians.The White Sox are built on their pitching: Freddy Garcia (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=6168) and Mark Buerhle at the front, Jon Garland (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=6396), Orlando Hernandez (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=6019) and Jose Contreras (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=7043) (who may be helped by El Duque) rounding out the rotation, then Shingo Takatsu (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=7255) and Damaso Marte (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=6261) at the end with Cliff Politte (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=5960), Luis Vizcaino (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=6291) and Dustin Hermanson (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=5387) setting up.

Ken Williams and Ozzie Guillen made the decision to move one of the league's better outfield bats in Carlos Lee (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=6161) to get Scott Podsednik (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=6489)'s speed and energy. They replaced Ordonez with Dye, signed A.J. Pierzynski (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=6109) to catch and have Carl Everett (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=5073) to DH if Frank Thomas (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=4527) isn't ready to open the season."This is a very even division," Williams said. "It will all come down to pitching."

Pitching and organization. Not money.

gosox41
02-09-2005, 09:24 AM
"Maggs costly, but necessary"
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/gammons/story?id=1987105

Boston is right. It is getting to be a more even division at least in the short term. The Sox improved so they should contend for the division (but by no means are the favored IMHO.) Minnesota may be slightly worse but not much. Cleveland will be better then last year with an improved bullpen and those young hitters. Detroit didn't make themselves any worse for 2005. They may have with that big long term contract for Magglio. But even if Magglio and Percival don't play an inning (something I doubt) the Tigers pitching is young enough and will probably improve a little bit.

KC is the joke of the division. But what else is new?


Bob

SOXintheBURGH
02-09-2005, 09:27 AM
Boston is right. It is getting to be a more even division at least in the short term. The Sox improved so they should contend for the division (but by no means are the favored IMHO.) Minnesota may be slightly worse but not much. Cleveland will be better then last year with an improved bullpen and those young hitters. Detroit didn't make themselves any worse for 2005. They may have with that big long term contract for Magglio. But even if Magglio and Percival don't play an inning (something I doubt) the Tigers pitching is young enough and will probably improve a little bit.

KC is the joke of the division. But what else is new?


Bob


What are you talking about, KC resigned Jose Lima!

AZChiSoxFan
02-09-2005, 05:42 PM
What are you talking about, KC resigned Jose Lima!

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