(2/23/12) UPDATE:White Sox Interested in Brandon Beachy

(2/23/12) UPDATE:White Sox Interested in Brandon Beachy.

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White Sox Interested In Brandon Beachy

 

Reports show us that the White Sox are interested in SP Brandon Beachy.  Beachy, 25 went 7-3 with a 3.68 ERA in 2011.  The White Sox were reportedly interested in him during the trade deadline last year when the Sox were shopping Carlos Quentin.  Brandon is one of the Braves many talented young arms, being a hot commodity I wouldn’t be surprised if a deal came to be within the next week but these are only rumors.  If a deal were to happen the Braves would likely ask for offense or prospects like Gordon Beckham, Jordan Danks or even Alex Rios if some of his contract were eaten by the Sox.  The Braves will be looking for offense this season so this could explain why they need it.  They will have to trade away a little pitching to become a more balanced team.

A.J. Burnett to Pirates

Source:  The Pirates have acquired pitcher A.J. Burnett for 2 low level prospects.  The pirates will receive $20 million in cash + A.J. Burnett.  This is clearly a salary dump and the money saved will be used on most likely a DH.  Burnett posted a mediocre 4.79 ERA in 2011.  There were rumors last week about the pirates and yanks getting a deal done.  The pirates will pay $13 million of Burnett’s salary.  There is just one more “final touch” until this deal is final. remember this could still fall through but i doubt it.  this is a good move for the Pirates if A.J. can turn it around especially since the Yankees will be paying most of his salary.  The pirates have just so much future potential on this roster.

Inbox: Can the Brew-Crew win it?

Inbox: Can the Brew-Crew at least get to the playoffs?- Jorge Hernandez  Answer:

I think they can if, 2 things, and these are big ifs.  If Ryan Braun does not get 50-game suspension and if their “young talent” picks the team up for the slack of Prince leaving, they can.  But on the other hand, I don’t like their young talent and I think Braun will be stripped of his MVP award plus the 50 game suspension will happen.  SO the odds of the brewers making it this year, probably 1 in 8.  I know I’m being cruel to all you Brewers fans but I just don’t see it happening.  The crew just doesnt have that depth in the lineup with prince gome, and take away Braun for 1/3rd of the season and I see nothing, no big boppers, no RBI guys nothing.  I know your thinking: “why didn’t you mention Aramis Ramirez, he is an RBI guy.”  Aramis, face it, is getting older and it seems that he decides to play for about half of the season anyways so you can’t expect too much from him.  They still have a good core of Richie Weeks and niger Morgan but it’s not enough.  Also i really like Carlos Gomez for next, he should blossom into a little brewers “star”.  I could be wrong though, this is a meer prediction.  OK, now that were done with that funeral lets look at the good side of things, shall we?

The starting rotation:  I fell in love with their starting rotation since day 1, I love Gallerdo, Greinkie should do great next year, and Shaun Marcum has always been one of my favorites.  The starting rotation is in my opinion is very well fortified around those three players.

Bullpen: Its pretty nice when your setup man is a closer and your closer is a monster so I really like the bullpen for this team, i think it will be a strong point in 2012.

The Verdict:  Well Jorge, I don’t want to disappoint you but the Cards and the Reds will be just too much, simple as that.

John Axford photo: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Adam Dunn Revival?

Adam Dunn, the first thing you think is strike 3.  Well next year that could really change.  Dunn says that he has been going to the batting cages and that he has been doing off-season workouts.  If Dunn, Rios, Beckham, and even Morel have years that Sox fans expect, the Sox will be a big pain to the Tigers even with newly signed Prince Fielder.  The White Sox will be contenders next year even when all the”experts” are low on the Sox….I would wait until even spring training to begin making predictions.  It would be impossibly hard for the White Sox to rebuild because they have to many high cost,  un-trade-able veterans on there team.  There is still  long way to go for Adam but I see a comeback on the rise.  Also I believe Alex Rios will bounce back.  We all know that he (Dunn) has the power to rack up 30+ homers which he may do in 2012.  I can only wish him good luck.

Yoenis Cespedes signs with Athletics

Cuban Star Yoenis Cespedes has agreed to terms with the Athletics for a 4-year $36 million.  Yoenis was reportedly going to sign with the White Sox, Cubs, or Marlins.  The A’s have come out of the middle of no were to win over the Cuban  I would not be shocked if this is a sign and trade situation.  If it were to be the White Sox, Tigers, O’s and maybe  Marlins would be interested.  Or this oculd go in a rebuilding category just to help the team for the future. it is a gamble but thats business.  This should raise the ticket values just a little bit…. More information will be posted keep checking back