Let’s take a moment

Posted: November 12, 2011 by Mauricio Rubio Jr. in Baseball, MLB
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And step back from the Penn State Story and all it’s sordid details. Let’s instead focus on the Miami Marlins and their bid to become a baseball superpower in one offseason.

As it turns out, the outfit from south beach has decided to make offers to Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Albert Pujols. Given that the Marlins have a substantial amount of young talent on the team and a crazy manager that no one in Chicago is quite ready to let go of yet, it would appear that the Marlins are tired of recycling superstar talent and are hellbent on outspending all of MLB to win this year.

Our Audio Technician Raul Parra called it. He Steve Stone’d it as soon as Ozzie was traded to the Marlins. The last time the Marlins did anything like this was in 1997 when they assembled a team loaded with all star talent and promptly unloaded them after winning a ring.

I like the offers to Jo-Jo Reyes and redneck Tommy John, but the Pujols deal will always be something that I’m wary of. Consider that he is coming off his worse season as a pro, he is likely in his decline phase, and will likely demand an 8 year deal at the minimum and I can see the Pujols contract hamstringing an organization for a long time.

Pujols at his peak was a pure monster, he was the rare slugger in that he was a hitter with power, rather than a power hitter. In 2006, for example, he hit 49 HR’s and only struck out 50 times.

That’s more than impressive, that’s damn near inhuman in the modern day of baseball.

There are significant signs that he is in his decline phase however, as his walk rate was significantly slashed, his ISO (isolated power) avg. number dipped to an all time low for him, and I believe he was simply hitting the ball with authority less often, as indicated by his all time low in BABIP (Batting Average on Balls In Play), and a high GB% (groundball percentage).

I wouldn’t give him the outlandish deal he is looking for. Cubs fans have dealt with the Fonzi contract, and White Sox fans will have to deal with the remaining Adam Dunn years, but this is likely to be different than both of those. For one, Pujols is playing in a position that is abundant with power talent. When you break down 1B players you have Ryan Howard, Prince Fielder, Mark Teixeira, Joey Votto, Adrian Gonzalez and Miguel Cabrera, just to name a few.

1B is clearly a position that is not lacking in the power hitting department.

You’re also likely to get more John Olerud-like performance out of Pujols rather than Ruth-like. It seems that given the numbers above, Pujols is sacrificing power to save contact.

This isn’t the 90’s anymore, there aren’t likely to be any secondary career peaks after 30 for these players. I respect the Marlins for going after it, but I don’t like the idea of giving Pujols a boatload of cash.

  1. mrmcirish says:

    Pujols is a tough gamble. Yes he’s probably beginning to decline, but he still has a solid season or two left in him before we see the really bad stuff start to take shape. If any team can grab him with a 2-4 year deal it could be worth the money. On the other hand, this season may have been his worst, but it wasn’t bad either. Outside of Chicago 2011 was a very competitive baseball season and his performance could just be due to that type off stress.

    As for Buehrle, I doubt we’ll see him in Miami. Unless the token white guy has finally come into fashion.

  2. Art Parra Sr. says:

    When you teach hitting two people come to mind. Manny Ramirez and Albert Pujols. Albert and Manny were hitting machines. But good hitters need two things besides a good swing. They need a good hitter in from of them and in back of them. He had two injuries also. Albert will sign with the team who pays the right price but he will sign for less if they have the right combo.

    Ozzie wants to embarrass Kenny. When I go to Vegas soon I am going to put $100 on Marlins to win the Division and $100 to win the World Series. Unlimited cash+talent+a man who was made a fool will equal World Series. Players love Ozzie because he knows the game, sticks Up for his players and he is not afraid to gamble bit. Most importantly he takes the heat.

    By the way where do you think Raul gets his Baseball savy? His Dad of course.

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