Waiver Wire Wonders?

Ifandorbut

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Penny to the Giants
Jose Contreras to the Rockies
Jon Garland and Jim Thome to the Dodgers?

WTF?????

Chicago is throwing the balance of the NL West crazy.
 

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I didn't think the White Sox were that far out.

I think Colorado got the better end of the stick. Contreras is having a bad year but can be a dominating pitcher. Maybe under new surroundings he will rebound down the stretch.

I am not sure what the Dogers are thinking. A DH who can't play the field will be next to useless except for maybe 1 bat / game.
 

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I am not sure what the Dogers are thinking. A DH who can't play the field will be next to useless except for maybe 1 bat / game.

They can use him like the Astros used Bagwell in late '05 and during their playoff run...strictly as a pinch hitter, and if they get there, as a DH in the World Series.
 

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Jim can still play 1st, just not a lot of consecutive games. Could also work a few innings at a time. Will be interesting to see how he hits around Manny. They were good for some back-to-back HRs with the Indians.
 

AJ_II

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Jim can still play 1st, just not a lot of consecutive games. Could also work a few innings at a time.

Maybe. But the last time Thome played in the field was in 2007 and he did it for one game. Plus with Loney being a Gold Glove-caliber 1st baseman, I don't see Torre putting him out there too often.
 

Ifandorbut

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Penny just threw an eight inning goose egg at the Phillies. He also had a ten pitch at bat that wore Happ out quite a bit. After one day I would say the Giants have scored the best deal thus far.

Oh, by the way, Penny hates the Dodgers right now, I guess that makes him a Giant for life.
 

AJ_II

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Penny just threw an eight inning goose egg at the Phillies. After one day I would say the Giants have scored the best deal thus far.

Giambi hit a game-winning single for the Rockies tonight. Not too bad...

Kazmir pitched pretty well for the Angels today (6.1 IP, 1 ER, 8 K).
 

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Like I said in the MLB thread, this is going right down to the last weekend, barring any major meltdowns by any one of the three teams.

I'm not sold on Contreras, he's 5-19 this year with the last few games getting lit up like Times Square at night. However, he has a history as a dominating pitcher, and maybe getting out from under that wackjob Ozzie Guillen will do him some good. If I recall correctly, isn't Contreras also about 38 years old, or so?
 

AJ_II

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I'm not sold on Contreras, he's 5-19 this year with the last few games getting lit up like Times Square at night. However, he has a history as a dominating pitcher, and maybe getting out from under that wackjob Ozzie Guillen will do him some good. If I recall correctly, isn't Contreras also about 38 years old, or so?

Contreras is 37 years old, has a 5-13 record, and hasn't been anything close to dominant since 2005. That said, he still has some good stuff and in any one given game he can certainly shut the other team down. Just not on a consistent basis.

Jose Contreras Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com
 

Jon

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It's the consistency part I'm afraid of. Although it was a deal for pitching depth and will look better once Aaron Cook is off the DL. If that happens in time for the playoffs.
 

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It's the consistency part I'm afraid of. Although it was a deal for pitching depth and will look better once Aaron Cook is off the DL. If that happens in time for the playoffs.

Huston Street out indefinitely...that may hurt.