Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Molina: Gone Next Year?
Jeff Mathis remains untested at the major league level, despite busting out of his early season slump at AAA, but his .287/.355/.508 line in the hitter-friendly PCL doesn't make me feel any better that he's really ready to be promoted. Molina's disposition will be the toughest decision Bill Stoneman makes in this offseason.
Update: more on this at Chronicles.
Then use the freed-up money to A) sign a pitcher (Washburn), and B) a CF, though I don't know if any good ones are coming on the market.
The decision doesn't have to be made now, but if all goes well for the rest of the season re: Weaver and Santana - I say:
Let him walk, promote Weaver and let Santana and Saunders battle for the 5th spot in the rotation. If that is too risky - and it might be - sign another one year stopgap like Byrd for 2006 while the kids mature.
However, re-signing Washburn could prove to be a waste of money if this change in performance is not legit. But, he is throwing more changeups and sliders this year and keeping batters off balance in a way he never did before. Maybe his new level of performance is for real, but I wouldn't want to bank on it.
As for Bengie and Mathis - Without question, let B-Mo walk away for some other team and he'll bring his declining defense with him. Give the gig to Mathis and see what happens. 3 years and $12 million isn't reasonable for Molina. Shoot, it's too much for all three of them combined...
That's why I prefaced what I said with "if all goes well for the rest of the season re: Weaver and Santana".
Obviously, if those two flame out at AA and the majors then resigning Washburn becomes more of a possibility.
But, if they throw well and Weaver ends the season in AAA and Santana in the bigs with another 7 or 8 good starts Stoneman better not throw $30 million at Washburn because he is a known commodity and has that veteran mojo. That is the problem with the OC signing.
I was at the game on Sunday and so excited that I didn't have to sit through 3 hours of OC coming up to the plate and looking overmatched. Izturis is every bit as good a player as OC, but is blocked by a bad signing and that doesn't even account for Brandon Wood or the other middle infielders.
I just don't want to make the same mistake again with Molina and Washburn.
Remember our power hitters (next year) are Anderson, MacPherson, Finley, Kotchman, Erstad. All lefties.
In regard to Washburn, he is going to want 10-13 million a year. Do you really feel comfortable with not one starting pitcher a lefty, and not one reliable pitcher in the pen a lefty. Woods is still 1-2 years away fr/ consistency. Any team stacked in lefty hitters would be extremely difficult to get by in October...