Reaction from around the blogosphere about the Phillies landing Roy Oswalt:
- Jerry Manuel: “A move like that, it gets your attention. He’s one of the top guys out there. To have that piece in your rotation is quite an improvement.”
- Charlie Manuel:
“Gee, fellas, that’s just swell. That kid’s got moxie. Now let’s go out
and give Atlanta the business, get me?” (note: my notes were a bit
garbled so that quote may not be 100% accurate)
- Crashburn Alley:
The Phillies absolutely 100% swindled Astros GM Ed Wade . . . As much
as GM Ruben Amaro has been criticized, he deserves some praise for this
- Rob Neyer: “It’s hard to believe the Astros couldn’t have done better than this . . . But then again, if they could have done appreciably better, wouldn’t
- The 700 Level: “Halladay, Hamels, Oswalt. I just keep saying it over and over.”
- The Crawfish Boxes: “Is this a great return for Oswalt? No. But it’s not terrible. The
Astros get a piece to help them now, and some pieces with huge
potential. Give these players a chance and let’s see how it goes.”
- FanGraphs: “Trading Oswalt was one of the team’s few opportunities to find its next
star, and they didn’t do it. This is a team mining for role players when
they don’t have the budget to find their foundation pieces through free
agency. It’s terribly misguided management.”
- Richard Justice: “The Astros didn’t get lousy overnight, and they’re not going to be fixed
overnight. But they made a significant step in the right direction on
- Paul Hagen: “no matter how they try to spin it, it’s a tacit admission that well, er,
gee, they probably should have just held onto Lee in the first place.”
Yasiel Puig made a public appearance today. He was a guest barista at a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Los Angeles as part of a charity . . . thing. I dunno. I just hope that, after finishing the foam on someone’s latte he airmailed it past his fellow barista at the counter and got it to the customer on the fly 300 feet away, after which he flipped the espresso machine. Gotta stay on-brand.
After that he talked about baseball. Puig, who was demoted last season and then brought back up in a part-time role, said that it’s his goal to be a starter again, if not in Los Angeles than someplace else. As for the someplace else, the Dodgers explored a Puig trade last season and it was thought they’d try again this offseason, but it’s been all quiet on that front.
What is Puig, for his part, doing to become a starter again? Getting in shape. From MLB.com:
Puig has been working out at Dodger Stadium the last two weeks. He is conditioning his leaner body to avoid injuries that have plagued him and working with batting coaches in search of regaining the impact bat that once had him on the verge of superstardom . . . The 6-foot-2 Puig, who last year was listed at 240 pounds, now has a personal chef to prepare healthier foods.
A leaner Puig. That’ll certainly be a game-changer, right?
Yet as a new season dawns, the team still hopes he can recapture the form he displayed as a rookie in 2013. The organization asked Puig to slim down and focus on durability rather than musculature. Friedman sounded pleased with the result. Puig had suggested he weighed about 240 pounds, down 15 from his listed weight in 2015.
Oops. That was from January 30, 2016.
If he keeps getting leaner each offseason eventually he’ll just disappear, right?
Corey Dickerson of the Tampa Bay Rays wasn’t a super huge guy or anything, but he’s going to be smaller this year: he told reporters today that he’s lost 25 pounds. He attributes it to a new diet and a workout regimen and says it’ll help him with his running, swing and throwing.
Dickerson had a down year in 2016, so if losing 25 pounds is something he thinks will work for him he’s got nothing to lose. Of course the best way for him to improve his numbers is to convince the Rays to trade him back to Colorado, but that’s not likely.