Adam Jones on a playoff team

DMZ · January 25, 2008 at 8:05 am · Filed Under Mariners 

It’s the wonder of winter league baseball. In Venezuelan Professional Baseball League news, the Lara Cardinals will play the Aragua Tigers. The Cardinals have Jose Lopez (hitting .309) and Adam Jones.

Also on the Cardinals? LUIS UGUETO!! And their home page celebrates “1000 hits Luis Sojo”. Oh yeah.

Which brings up a question we’ve been emailed: Dave earlier advocated picking up Bartolo Colon as a good gamble on a one-year deal, and we haven’t written about it since. Word out of Venezuela is that Colon’s looked bad enough to warn teams off: he’s out of shape, laboring to get deep into games, and he’s not throwing well or fast. So he may not be entirely healthy, and if he is, he’s still not in any condition you’d want on the team unless you want to hope that he’ll shape up before and during spring training and get his stuff working.

So there’s that.


21 Responses to “Adam Jones on a playoff team”

  1. Tek Jansen on January 25th, 2008 8:20 am

    Prior to reading the post, I saw the title and thought to myself, “Well, he didn’t get traded to Baltimore.”

  2. bergamot on January 25th, 2008 8:26 am

    At last! Adam Jones is finally a gritty veteran with playoff experience. How can the M’s trade him now?

  3. Wishhiker on January 25th, 2008 8:44 am

    I’d heard the same about Colon’s struggles. I was actually thinking that Freddy Garcia’s health risk looks smaller at this point, even with him likely to be out through June.

    bergamot ~ Nice…If only it was that easy!

  4. Mere Tantalisers on January 25th, 2008 8:53 am

    I keep hearing from various sources that many teams (M’s included) have shown interest in Colon only to have it fade on viewing his shoulder MRIs. I think there are some very serious long term health concerns that we can’t know about.

  5. OppositeField on January 25th, 2008 9:01 am

    They just showed highlights from that Cardinals game on ESPN, Adam Jones knocking in a ribbey. Good lord his swing is pretty.

  6. Evan on January 25th, 2008 9:12 am

    Prior to reading the post, I saw the title and thought to myself, “Well, he didn’t get traded to Baltimore.”

    That’s exactly the thought I had. There’s nothing like a quality baseball team, and Baltimore is nothing like a quality baseball team.

  7. Shizane on January 25th, 2008 9:28 am

    Who is Luis Ugueto?

    Ohhhhhh, the “Rule 5” kid!

  8. Gillis27 on January 25th, 2008 9:46 am

    I liked Luis Ugueto in High Heat Baseball, I don’t know why, I just wanted him to be good.

  9. Carson on January 25th, 2008 9:59 am

    At some point, RR-S, Sean White, Morrow, LaHair, Navarro, Wlad, and Jimerson were all on the team. Not sure who still is.

    So, yeah. Tons of playoff experience now!

  10. Wishhiker on January 25th, 2008 10:26 am

    Balentien, Jiminez, Blanco, Thomas, Patterson and Kahn were also on the team

    Lopez, Jones, Patterson and Jiminez seem to be the only ones in the playoffs though…

  11. Wishhiker on January 25th, 2008 10:28 am

    #9/10…Was looking for Balentien on your list and missed that you had Wlad.

  12. dark dragon master on January 25th, 2008 10:35 am

    Boy, Sean White’s numbers sure are good in Winter League ball. Anyone think he makes the 25-man roster come March/April? Unless I am completely wrong, I believe Dave mentioned something a few weeks ago about how he would start Sean White at the five spot…

  13. bakomariner on January 25th, 2008 10:49 am

    So, now that AJ has made the playoffs, and since USSMariner likes to predict contract extensions, how about a prediction contest about how long it takes Adam Jones to play for a playoff team in the Majors…AND which team that will be…

  14. LoydKristmis on January 25th, 2008 10:52 am

    Sounds like he might get sent home soon again —

    This is not encouraging.

    “We’re prepared to move … as I’m sitting here today, I think we will [get a deal done]. I think there’s a good chance of that.” — Bavasi

  15. bellacaramella on January 25th, 2008 10:56 am

    Do the players get paid extra for playing in winter ball? Or is it just part of their annual salary (perhaps with some sort of living allowance). Does the winter-league team pay the MLB club to “rent” a particular player? Or do the big-league clubs have working agreements with specific clubs, as they would with minor league affiliates?

  16. Wishhiker on January 25th, 2008 11:17 am

    I don’t want to believe that the Offer is Jones + +. I really think that it would have already been accepted. If the O’s could get Jones, a decent SP prospect and Sherrill or another marginal prospect I couldn’t see good reason not to take it except in hopes that a better offer might come along. If Jones is on the table he represents the only top CF prospect that is on the table for Bedard from any team. I really think the reason it hasn’t gotten done is that Morrow heads the offer, not Jones.

  17. joser on January 25th, 2008 11:25 am

    Gah, please let the O’s continue to be unreasonably greedy, upping their demands when Bavasi offers up Jones.

    If that trade happens, I can’t decide which would be worse — knowing that Jones is going to have a great career elsewhere, or spending all of the 2007 season enduring something like “Your Mariners starting right fielder, Kenny Lofton!”

  18. bat guano on January 25th, 2008 11:26 am

    The Times article was interesting to me primarily because it say Bill Bavasi admits that his father, Dodger GM Buzzie, would never have traded an everyday position player for a starting pitcher. Seems Bill (and/or Geoff Baker) have forgetten or don’t know that Buzzie traded Frank Howard and others for Claude Osteen. Don’t know what it signifies other than that Bill isn’t trying to use his dad’s bonafides to defend the deal we all dread……..

  19. joser on January 25th, 2008 11:28 am

    Back to Colon: who wants to bet somebody takes a flier on him? My bet is the White Sox. I don’t know what kind of drunk dartboard is governing the decisions over there, but from the looks of things either Mad Cow disease has infected the front office or they won that World Series title entirely by accident.

  20. hcoguy on January 25th, 2008 12:43 pm

    17. We could do worse than Lofton.

    At least we wouldn’t have to worry about him robbing Beltre of four-baggers.

    That has to be worth at least 3 WARLG (Wins above replacement: Luis Gonzalez)

  21. rrose on January 25th, 2008 12:55 pm


    I sure hope you’re right about Morrow as the headliner, but I suspect otherwise. At this point, our best hope appears to remain in the possibility that another team will unexpectedly cave into Baltimore’s demands, and effectively bail Bavasi out in the process – something he’s apparently not about to do on his own otherwise (if his recent remarks can be taken at anything close to face value).

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