After noting that the Mets, if healthy, will have a lot of guys with some power, Bob Klapisch offers a suggestion:
The Mets don’t appear to be close to any significant upgrades in their starting rotation, so if they want to improve their
run-differential why not maximize their HR quotient by reconfiguring
the ballpark? Doing so would ensure that Bay remains a 30-homer threat, and more importantly, would give Wright a much-needed helping hand . . .
. . . Will it happen? It’s not impossible. Officials plan to see how Bay and
Wright fare in 2010 before bringing in the fences. Wright, in
particular, will be watched closely: With Bay hitting behind him, he’ll
get better pitches to hit and should return to his 33-home run form in
This seems way, way, way premature to me. As has been noted by many, you can’t get a good read on how a park plays after only one season. It usually takes three years for people who care about things like park factors to get reliable data.
As Klapisch notes, David Wright only hit five homers on the road, and that suggests that it wasn’t just architecture that led to his power outage. Even if the park caused Wright to do silly things, isn’t it worth trying to fix Wright’s swing before calling in the contractors.
Tigers’ right-handed reliever Francisco Rodriguez was released on Friday, per a team announcement. The club recalled fellow right-hander Bruce Rondon from Triple-A Toledo in a corresponding move.
The former closer got the boot after losing his closing role in early May, giving left-hander Justin Wilson a chance to impress at the back end of the bullpen. It’s been a rough year for Rodriguez, who manufactured six blown saves and a 7.82 ERA, 3.9 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 over 25 1/3 innings for the Tigers. The final straw, it seemed, came with Robinson Cano‘s grand slam in the seventh inning of the Tigers’ 6-9 loss to the Mariners on Thursday.
While the demotion to a clean-up role and an apparent lack of communication caused Rodriguez considerable frustration, he’s two years removed from his last dominant performance as a major league closer and has shown few signs of returning to form. His recent slump doesn’t diminish the impressive totals he’s racked up over his 16-year career — 437 saves and six All-Star nominations among them — but if he can’t break out of it soon, he may not receive the kind of high leverage role he’s seeking with another big league team, either.
The Red Sox have signed third baseman Jhonny Peralta to a minor-league deal. He’ll report to Pawtucket.
Peralta, 35, hit a paltry .204/.259/.204 in 58 plate appearances for the Cardinals this year. But with Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list — and ineffective when he hasn’t been — the Sox could use some infield depth.
This is the second former Tiger that former Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski has picked up today, after signing Doug Fister. No word if he’s kicking the tires on Andy Dirks or Brennan Boesch.