Sad to see Rajai go. He’s always exciting to watch on the basepaths. However, getting two solid arms our of the deal is a plus, seems the A’s are getting confident about the new outfield with DeJesus
Comment by beaneball — November 17, 2010 @ 8:17 pm
There also can’t be the “oldest” of a pair- just the older; there shouldn’t be a semicolon after speed (in the second paragraph), just a comma; and the second sentence in the fifth paragraph is a run-on. You have a great vocabulary and provide splendid analysis, but these minor malapropisms interrupt your otherwise delightful prose….
Comment by Anal Wordster — November 17, 2010 @ 8:18 pm
For a guy who was a shoo-in to be non-tendered, Beane getting 2 promising relief arms is a genius move. Remember the last random guy he yanked out of AA and put in the bullpen? His name was Andrew Bailey. These 2 guys profile as something similar. Raj and his 1.2 WAR are a dime a dozen.
Literally the only thing Raj does well is steal bases, but he has long stretches of not getting on base so that cancels that out. His defense is reliant on speed, not instincts, he’s far from being anything better than “passable” in the OF. He is a hacker who will hit a random home run, then spend his next 50 at bats trying to do it again. He needs to have a big (.350+) BABIP to be a good player, but he changes his approach at the plate too much to get there. Only if the Jays can get it into his head that he needs to be a “slap n run” guy ala Gardner or Ichiro, will they will win this deal.
LondonStatto, your reading comprehension needs some fine-tuning. He doesn’t mean the names are the most unique, but that the trade involves the greatest number of unique names. Rather than say “greatest number of”, he said “most”, which is perfectly acceptable in our fantastic land. Read twice before making an arse out of yourself.
I do like this deal for both sides. I agree Rajai is known for his base-stealing, but now they can move Bautista to 3b and have a nice 4th outfielder. This deal is one more reason why Billy Beane is a beast at building bullpens.
Those aren’t malapropisms. Simply minor errors of punctuation and agreement that did not result in a run scored. Be careful with alliteration the use of ellipses and your comments will better received.
BTW, it should be “Davis’s” (see Strunk & White, Rule 1). :)
As for the trade, I will wait to see what the BP looks like in April, because my initial reaction is the Jays gave up too much for a nearly 30 year old 4th OF.
Farquhar had a downyear, he basically went from being the closer in AA to middle relief because of his struggles on the first half. But he turned that around on the second half. I say he would rank in 25-30 in Blue Jays farm system given the talent Anthopoulus signed and drafted this year.
That can’t be right. Other than Chris Carpenters and Chris Youngs, are there any players who have an active namesake?
If what I suspect is true, than any trade not involving five or more players such that none of the players being traded is named Chris Carpenter or Chris Young would have “more” unique names. Had RJ meant what you inferred, he would have used the words peculiar or atypical.
You should consider what you’re saying before you make an ass out of yourself. I’d’ve said “arse”, but we aren’t talking about rounders here.
I’m somewhat puzzled by this move for the A’s. It looks like Rajai Davis for nothing.
Comment by Paul Thomas — November 18, 2010 @ 1:24 am
2 potentially quite good bullpen arms for a 4th outfielder seems like a pretty decent trade.
Good to see that the Jays will still have a 2nd black guy if they part ways with Fred Lewis.
Comment by hgjghgjjh — November 18, 2010 @ 9:26 am
Davis posted a .164 AVG (32 GP/122 AB) in 2010 vs. NYA/TB/BOS/BAL. Good luck sticking in the lineup on a regular basis to amass all those SB.
Comment by simply fred — November 18, 2010 @ 12:15 pm
not sure raj has the contact skills or strikezone judgement to be an ichiro/gardner kind of hitter. If he did he’d be a very valuable player. As it stands, he’s a great pinch runner and a passable 4th OF.