News and Notes: Tigers Extend Robertson

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Tigers locked up Nate Robertson to a three year extension worth 21 million dollars. Robertson has always been able to rack up innings, and is the perfect back end of the rotation guy. You cannot expect all of your pitchers to win 15 and lose 5, but to have someone who can win 10 consistently, and save your pitching by pitching late into games, is always good. "Nate has been a quality starter during his time with the Tigers," Tigers president Dave Dombrowski said, according to The Associated Press. "We are excited to sign Nate to a long-term contract, and we look forward to him being part of our rotation for years to come.". He is 42-55 lifetime with a 4.60 ERA.

Rockies, Blue Jays talking long-term deals: The Rockies are talking with Matt Holliday about a long-term deal, but so far, have not gotten far. The Blue Jays are also talking with Alex Rios but those talks are believed to be preliminary, and are expected to get more serious after the season.

Angels Santana hopes to bounce back: Any team looking for a starter should be looking to acquire Ervin Santana. He has made adjustments that were not made last season against hitters and will be ready to put up good numbers again. I think he will be a key piece in the Angels run to the playoffs.

Six-man rotation in Boston?:
Assuming a trade with the Twins does not happen, they Red Sox will open the season with six potential starters. It is possible we could see Clay Buchholz as a long reliever to ease him into the rotation, but it doesn't make sense. I do not think they want to take starts away from anyone, so we'll have to wait and see. It is possible that if Wakefield struggles, he will replace Buchholz in the pen.

Marlins sign Hendrickson:
The Marlins sign Mark Hendrickson to a one year deal. This indicates that they probably are no longer interested in Mike Maroth.

Jose Valentin back with Mets:
He signed a minor league deal and was invited to Spring Training.

Cubs fans don't like steroid user?: Although Cubs fans would love an All-Star, they do not want a steroid user. I think steroids are bad in baseball, but I would not be against acquiring one. I think there should be punishments, but if I were Cubs fans, I would love to have Brian Roberts.

Upcoming Interviews: I have been planning interviews all month and they are starting to come together. Rays outfielder Cliff Floyd, Cubs prospect Donnie Veal, Cubs second baseman Mark DeRosa, Cubs outfielder Sam Fuld, Yankee reliever LaTroy Hawkins, Mariners pitcher Carlos Silva, free agent Kris Benson, Cardinals pitcher Matt Clement, and Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., to name a few!


Joe 5:43 PM CST  

I'm a Cub fan and I want Roberts. I just dont want to trade the farm for him, as the most recent rumors suggested the O's were holding up the Cubs for.

The previous rumor of Marshall, Cedeno, and Gallagher seems fair to me. Marshall can develop into a consistent starter as high as a #3 guy. Cubs only find him expendable because we already have similar leftys in Lilly and Hill Cedeno has yet to shine in the majors, but the skills are there. The consistent starting job in Balt should allow him to finally show what he's got. Gallagher is probably the unknown here, as we havent seen him much at the major league level. But he is one of the candidates to compete for the 5th spot if he isnt traded, so he cant be too bad.

I dont know what other teams are goin for Roberts, but if the price goes higher than the names above, I hope the Cubs look elsewhere are "lesser" names like Lopez of the Nats. Even a platoon guy would work because we still have DeRosa.

The steroids part doesnt bother me at all. If I remember correctly, the only season where steroids must have really helped Roberts was a couple years ago when he started the season with 5 HRs in the opening week or something like that.

During the testing years he has still been consistent with his ability to hit for avg, get on base, and steal bases. Thats all we need from him.

Anonymous 7:44 AM CST  

wakefield in the pen?...seems to me like i would not want a knuckleballer coming out of the pen. even when you have control you dont know where the pitch is going,