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Thursday, February 24, 2005
2005 Season Preview (American League). Includes a paragraph on every significant player on every team. (

2005 Season Preview (National League).
RF - Brian Giles - OK, we all know the bad news. The Padres traded Jason Bay and Oliver Perez to get Giles in 2003... and you know, it's not a totally farfetched idea that Bay and Perez could be the MVP/Cy Young winners this year or next. I'm not sure what's more remarkable, that the Padres traded away two young players of such quality, or that they still have a half dozen more who may be almost as good.
Anyways, Giles had a good year in 2004, and is now 33 years old. I'm going to go out on a short limb, and say that Giles will partially redeem the trade by having a monster season in 2005. If guys like Edmonds and Finley can age well, I don't see why Giles can't.

The Biggest Difference. "An aging team should take steps to insulate itself from the potential pitfalls an older team will tend to incur. Injury risks and regression candidates abound for both the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. The Red Sox are well prepared to withstand such potential problems while the Yankees, to say the least, are not." (The House that Dewey Built)

On Eric Byrnes. "You hardly need me to point out that the Pirates are, in John Perrotto's words, 'hot' for Eric Byrnes. Various sources are speculating that the deal will definitely happen, that it will never happen, and that the cost will be two prospects...A GM certainly can attempt to achieve many things at once, but I have no idea what Dave Littlefield is trying to achieve. The only compelling explanation for his actions that I've heard is that he's trying to 'Drive for 75' wins each year, sacrificing a little of the future and a little of the present at the same time in order to keep the Pirates from having a disasterous season and keep them from being pressured to spend money. What this means would be that the Pirates are sacrificing shots at the playoffs and the World Series just to avoid being completely abysmal." (Value Over Replacement Blog)

What to expect from the Cubs this season... "So here comes another great season of Chicago Cubs baseball and following that are the expectations of a Word Series in Chicago. Is it realistic?" (Baseball Told the Right Way)

Sign On, Harvest Moon. "Great story here. Call me ignorant - or precociously progressive - but I didn’t know Dodger prospect Ryan Ketchner was deaf." (Dodger Thoughts)

'12 Black Aces' span generations. "The label refers to the dozen African-American pitchers who have posted 20-win seasons in Major League Baseball history. That's it. Twelve. A modest number that should both stun and inspire admiration for the few who share in the accomplishment." (

Prospectus Triple Play: Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins, San Francisco Giants. "[I]t might not be a bad idea for the Dodgers to pursue the Rockies' soon-to-be-free Charles Johnson, whom GM Paul DePodesta tried to acquire to replace Lo Duca at last year's trade deadline. The Rox, who were ticked that he wouldn't waive his no-trade clause to go to L.A. last year, sat Johnson in favor of rookie J.D. Closser. They reportedly plan to release Johnson at the end of spring training, despite his $9 million contract, unless they can find a trading partner in the interim. In that event, whoever picks him up will be paying only the league minimum, while the Rox eat the rest." (Baseball Prospectus)

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