TCR Friday Notes

- As one astute reader noticed - replacing the big bat of Alfonso Soriano with Mike Fontenot has all the makings of replacing Derrek Lee's bat in 2006 with Neifi Perez. After today's showing, it's hard to see if Eric Patterson is much better.. But with two lefties scheduled after today, I think it's time to (wait for it)....Free Matt Murton!

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So now were comparing Murton to Barney Stinson?

The Rays signed Evan Longoria to a 6 year contract with 3 option years. The guy has played 6 games in the majors. Dumb on both parts. Dumb for them to guarantee 17.5 mil to an unproven rookie, and dumb on is part. The 9 year deal, if the options are picked up, is worth a total of 44 million. He'll be complaining about this deal long before then.

I don't think it is dumb at all.

17.5M over 6 years is a reasonable risk for a VERY highly touted prospect.

17.5M over 6 years, with the possibility of 44M, is a good risk for Longoria, as he is set for life.

I say good deal all around.

"real deal" gets thrown around a lot in this game for guys who dont even have 100ab's in the majors...


he's sure the hell of a better bet than jay "raw" bruce right now and you can bank that. his maturity, approach, and skills are not only there, but honed.

I agree that it's smart on both sides. The Devil Rays have some real financial hurdles to deal with in their division. If they hope to compete long term, this is what they are going to have to do. Grow their own players. Figure out who's a keeper and who isn't. And lock the right guys up as long as they can. Longoria is set in the event he turns into Mark Prior. The Rays get 3 years of Longoria's free agency for their good faith.

I still say his contract will be grossly undervalued very quickly and he'll be complaining. But my stance on players who complain about the contracts they signed is Tough Shit. Don't sign deals for that long then, Mr. Urlacher.

I concur with that paul. In fairness to Urlacher though. NFL contracts are not guaranteed (other than signing bonuses). So if he underperforms his contract. The bears can cut and run. Yet if he overperforms his contract. It becomes "tough break Brian".

what he said...

Wow, a semi-shout out in the Friday Notes. My ears are semi-burning.

Leon Johnson (member of the "He's White?" club) as well...

Drew Rundle going back to extended spring training (say hi AZ Phil)

Jonathan Mota to Daytona

not that I care about Tejada, but have to agree that is was pretty bush-league by ESPN. Can they just go back to showing highlights of games that aren't sponsored by something and make with the funny?

Awesome Rob... I love the Free Matt Murton line.

You are welcome to join my coalition.

You are welcome to join my coalition.

it doesn't exist if it doesn't have an official website... 

don't tempt me...

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  • Cuzzi has long been known as having the biggest strike zone among all umpires.

  • AZ Phil, give me a scouting report on Chris Pieters since he has become a 1B/OF.

  • I think it's probably hard to adjust to an ump's zone mid-game, as least for hitters. Pitchers can locate to an ump's zone, but hitters have minimal time to react.

    But, whatever. Umps are going to miss calls. Let's beat up on the non-Lackey starters.

  • Watched a little of Mets-Dodgers.

    Jason deGrom -- oh, my.

  • Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are 0-21 so far in the post-season.

    Let's change that in a big effin' way tomorrow, boys.

  • Considering how players reacted it seemed pretty accurate high and wide (to righties), but not so accurate low and in. I thought the strike zone by the ump was awful, but it was consistent and the Cubs never adjusted.

    Rizzo and Bryant need to have good at bats. They are really looking outclassed in these two games.

  • that game sounds fun as hell.

  • I was just wondering the same thing. I'd rather not see it at all. If it's inaccurate, it's a bad viewer experience. If it's accurate, it shows some shitty calling by the umpire.

  • TBS' K Zone seems to be more harsh than the others.

    I wonder if MLB will ask the networks to stop using them. They just make the umps, and the game, look bad, and it only pisses off the fans.

  • ...joe.

  • "Strop vs. Cardinals." Seen the movie. Hated it.

    Not all that disappointed -- I didn't think they would beat Lackey in Game 1. Need to get the bats going against the guys with less experience -- and they hit Wacha pretty good.

  • Rizzo has been slumping the last couple weeks of the season. Very disappointed it has continued during his penultimate moment of his career to date.

  • Really doesn't matter, but I was surprised to see Lester pulled and Strop pulled in. Should of left Lester in. oy.

  • Sweet merciful fuck, I hate the Cardinals.

  • *flips table*


  • Really doesn't matter, but I was surprised to see Lester out for the 8th. Down 1-0, at 100 pitches, seemed better to give a very fresh bullpen a little work.

    Oh well...Throw away game, although in a 5 game series there is no luxury afforded to do that.