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  1. I was reading one of the local papers today and it said that Matt Millen thought he had an agreement with Donnie Abraham before the draft, but he pulled a David Wells and signed with New York.
  2. If we were truely trying to win ball games, Dimitri Young would be our DH. Randall Simon is a pretty good first baseman, and Youngs play at 3rd would make Paquette look like a gold glover. Of course egos and salary comes into play, Young will be playing 1st base and Simon will ride the pine pinch hitting and DHing every once in a while.
  3. To feed the thoery- Dombrowski was "on the phone" during yesterdays UPN game when he was supposed to join the crew in the broadcast booth. I wouldn't be against trading Matt Anderson, provided we got ourselves a centerfielder in return and gave up some salary baggage as well. But I wouldn't read too much into the situation, he probably had personal issues he had to deal with. I believe word would have leaked by now if a trade was all but completed.
  4. Redman is prone to one bad inning so far this season. He will be much more effective once the warm weathers comes around.
  5. By in large I think the players are too fit, and that's why there is so many trips to the DL. Look at Andres Torres for crying out loud - 2% Body Fat, and then one is surprised when he pulls a hamstring. These players are year round athletes, and they give their bodies no off-season, and with all the weights they are lifting their muscles and tendons are too tight and injuries happen.
  6. As much as I like Mitch Meluskey, the guy has to stay healthy before he can lay claim to the catching duties. Mike Rivera has beaten him out for the position at the moment - but he will slump during the season, and it will be up to Meluskey to prove his worth, and claim the catching spot. Randall Simon has done nothing but mash the ball his whole career. Sure he is hot at the moment, and I'm not really confident with him being our clean-up hitter, but this guy has earned his spot. How can you take what Rivera has done so far this season and predict great things, but then totally take away everything Simon has done and written him off as a bench player? I haven't been the biggest fan of Randall Simon in the past, but this guy has got game. Yes he doesn't walk, but he doesn't strike out either - he gets the bat on the ball and makes things happen. Hindsight being 20/20, I wonder if the Tigers would make the trade for Dimitri Young. I understand that Young hasn't hit a groove yet, but Simon is a very similar player, better defensively and is a helluva lot cheaper. Of course it is a nice problem to have, choosing between two solid players, it only makes our team better. If only we had that "problem" with the rest of our line-up - especially CF and 2B.
  7. It was a masterful performance of his roughly 120 pitches, 85 were for strikes. Did Redman miss his start or did they shake up the rotation?
  8. Its probably because he doesn't trust the Bullpen.
  9. Tigs win 5-1 on Cornejos complete game. One down, two to go - Go get 'em Pistons and Redwings!!
  10. Why are we carrying 3 outfielders on our bench- Jacob Cruz, Wendell Magee and Craig Munroe?
  11. Cornejo's sinker has been very sharp today. Hopefully McCatty and Cornejo have solved his mechanical problems and this is the Cornejo we will see for the rest of the season. Weaver and his new motion, the return of Seth Grieinger and now Nate Cornejo's solid start - Is that hope I smell in the air?
  12. From the EPN.com website: McGee, 31, was the current team leader in games played (136) and started (134) with the Bengals. He played in 11 games and started nine in 2001 and registered career lows in both receptions (14) and receiving yards (148) while scoring just one touchdown. The former Michigan standout joined in the team as a second-round selection in the 1993 draft and earned a starting job as a rookie. Until last season, when he missed the last five games of the year with a knee injury, McGee had started 14 or more games every year. In fact, he had missed just three games in his entire career until the 2001 campaign. The release of McGee will save the Bengals $1.3 million on their 2002 salary cap. The Bengals must still count $500,000 against the spending limit for McGee, the remaining prorated share of a past signing bonus. McGee had his finest season in 1995, when he caught 55 passes for 754 yards and four touchdowns, but the role of the tight end has been de-emphasized in the Bengals offense for the past several years. McGee had not caught more than 26 passes in a season since 1997 and hadn't been over 400 receiving yards since that year. His career totals include 299 receptions for 3,795 yards and 20 touchdowns. I don't know much about this guy, but being drafted in the 2nd round tells me this guy did have skill. And him being a former Wolverine he might even want to come here. He put up some pretty solid numbers when the TE was featured more prominently in the offense, but I can't tell you about his blocking ability or if he is even healthy? Can somebody fill in the blanks for me. Would he be a good signing, or is his best days long past him by. The Dallas Cowboys are very interested, so if he is a good pick-up we better act very fast.
  13. Erine, I agree that Rebraca is better suited for the PF position, and eventhough it is a very limited sample of what Rebraca can do from the spot, he did start two games there when Ben Wallace went down. April 8th against Atlanta in 34 minutes he shot 7-9 for 18 pts, 7 blocks and 13 rebounds. April 10th versus Chicago in 34 minutes he shot 9-13 for 24 points with 4 blocks and 3 rebounds. The international game is much less physical, and Rebraca was out muscled by the true centers all season, but I believe if he can put on some weight in the off-season he can be an effective center. Furthermore there will be much less of a market for him as a PF then if he is listed as a center, and he isn't going to start or get serious minutes ahead of Ben Wallace, so we either have to trade him or make him into an NBA center. This off-season and 2003 season is going to be very telling in the career of Zeljko Rebraca. Either he'll become a true center, while not dominant, effective solidly positioning himself among the ranks of the second tier of centers in the NBA or he will be a player without a position on our Roster and trade bait to a team looking for a back-up PF. Get him in the gym with Ben Wallace over the summer. Wallace could learn a thing or two from Rebraca on the offensive side of the ball and Rebraca could learn a lot from Big Ben on rebounding, blocking shots and positioning. Rebraca needs to put on about 20 lbs of muscle in the off-season and really strengthen his legs to be an effective center in the NBA. And judging by his frame, I'm not exactly sure he could do that.
  14. What's the time line on Brian Moehler? Nate Cornejo needs to get time in the bullpen. He proved last season that he has the pitches to make him a successful pitcher, its his head that needs work. I believe a trip to the minors will probably do more harm than good, as it will just further his confidence problem and won't do anything to get his head in the right place. Maybe coming out of the bullpen in long relief won't cause him to put too much pressure on himself and once he proves to himself that he belongs he can head back to the rotation.
  15. This is going to be a very telling off-season for Joe Dumars and Piston Brain Trust. First of all, many GM's are going to think long and hard when dealing with Mr. Dumars because of all the acclaim he is getting as an executive. Joe Dumars has had the midas touch as GM(Even drafting Mateen Cleaves worked out in the end), and many GM's are going to deal with him more carefully now. Furthermore, not to take anything away from Dumars, but the teams were looking to cut salary when they contacted the Pistons, and they know they weren't getting equal value in return for the players they were giving up. I agree that it is easy to say that this team will return pretty much intact next season - but that is what I believe will happen. The Pistons system will not allow them to bring in just any talent, they need to get players who are willing to put the team first. I believe that we will be an improved team next season, as Mehmet Okur and Rodney White will be ready to contribute, and the returning players will already know the system and know what it takes to win night in and night out. With that being said, I also believe that the Pistons will have a worse record that the 50 wins this season(Probably around 44 wins). They are not going to surprise too many teams next season and the opposition will come to play game in and game out. Our bench depth has been the real key to our success this season, and we could deal from this depth, but I don't see any player that we could aquire for this talent making us a better team. The players on our bench understand and accept their roles, as do the starters - and messing with the overall chemistry could be a very big mistake. One area I definitely think the Pistons have to address is another low post player that can help Ben Wallace with the rebounds. I don't believe we have the talent to give up that could garner us a player that would put us in contention for the title. Zeljko Rebraca has a ton of talent, but the long NBA season has wore him down. Compounding his "dead legs" was frustration that the refs weren't giving him any room to work with. Like any rookie he'd get quick fouls called on him, and the refs would seemingly swallow their whistle when he was looking for a foul call. Remember that this season he had to get acclaimated to the NBA style, and I believe he will only come back better and stronger next season. There is a case to be made that there is a difference between the NBA style and International style when it comes to the play of its centers. Rebraca is a work in progress, but at the very least he was a bargain when we gave up a second round pick to get him and he is a bargain at $3M/season. Next season is going to show us exactly what we have in Rebraca, and if we feel it isn't enough we can always include him in a sign and trade deal when we make a splash in the free agent market, or in the worst case scenario release him. Rebraca was hard pressed to play in the NBA, the Piston Brain Trust signed him to a 1 yr deal, with 2 accompanying team option years - all at $3M annually. I don't believe Dumars will make a splash on the free agant market this season, unless he feels he can get a deal. Many teams might be penny pinching for the following free agent class, so deals might be had. We don't have the cap space this off-season, but we should have almost $12M under the cap at the end of 2003- enough to get a superstar that would put us in contention along with the west. Something that did curb my enthusiasm was the report that Jerry West is going to take over the operation of the Memphis Grizzlies. This is the one man who could really screw us over with our pending first round DP. However it could also be a blessing in disguise as he might tear apart the team and start from scratch with "his" players and "his" coaches. He does have building blocks in place though with Battier, Gasol, Dickerson, Swift and Jason Williams, eventhough I expect the latter to be trade bait. And he is going to get a solid player in the draft, depending on where he picks(probably top 4) and get one of Jason Williams, Yao Ming, Wagner, Godden , Hilario and QWoods. Michael Curry is an offensive black hole in his second tenure, but I think he sacrifices his offense to make sure he is always where he should be on defense. He knows and accepts his role and does what it takes to win ball games. Chucky Atkins is probably more suited to come off the bench, and in a perfect world he would be sitting there with the rest of the Alternatorz. He is undersized and thus can't play against the bigger PGs of the new NBA, but he has the talent to carry us to wins when he is hot. We could do a lot worse than Chucky at our PG, and in the very least he doesn't lose us any games. I believe Joe Dumars will not go out looking to deal this off-season, other than tweaking the last few spots on our bench. However if another GM wants to make him an offer he can't refuse Dumars will certainly pull the trigger. We still have holes at PG and C, but they are not as glaring as they were at the beginning of the season. In Joe we trust.
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