A couple items that I didn't see anywhere, and which I thought the gang might find interesting...
First: Tyler Johnson
(i got this from All-Baseball)
8. Tyler Johnson- Chosen by AÂ's from Cardinals- LHP
2002 MID= 2.00 96/121.1 132/42 7 in 22
2003 FSL= 3.08 79/79.0 81/38 2 in 22
2003 SOU= 1.65 16/27.1 39/15 1 in 20
2004 SOU= 4.79 48/56.1 77/37 4 in 53
While I normally would shy away from players that regress like Johnson did in 2004, lifetime 10.7 K/9s donÂ't come around everyday. I donÂ't find it shocking that one of the players I deemed as the greatest success was chosen by the AÂ's, who are definitely on top of this sort of a cheap bargain. But they passed last year on Frank Brooks, and it is entirely likely they could do it again. If, as I expect, Chad Bradford is non-tendered in a few days, Johnson has a chance of making this team. That will depend on whether Ken Macha will carry seven pitchers, and choose Johnson over Tim Harikkala and Justin Lehr. ItÂ's possible, though not entirely likely.
Chance of sticking: 35%
Interesting to note the comments about Lehr; guesss that part of the answer has been answered, and that there's mention of non-tendering Bradford.
All I remembered about him initially, was his Topps card that made him out to be something special (I think maybe cuz' he was drafter in 1st round?), but here's a quote from Beane
`We feel fortunate we could get a guy like Ginter,'' said Beane...
and speaking of BB, in the same article (taken from the link to yahoo in this diary)
``You always hope someone will make you an offer you can't refuse, as they should if we're considering moving one of the primary pieces of our team,'' Beane said.
I like that a lot, because to me it says that so far, he hasn't been overwhelmed with an offer (like say, a prize winning horse head in the bed?) for "one of the primary pieces..."
SWEET. I now laugh at myself for even thinking the deal w/ LA was a done-deal. That's not an offer I ever thought was too good to refuse.
Maybe they'll keep him !