Total Bases is Moving On

I am now writing about minor league baseball over at Minor League Ball and Boston Sports Then and Now. I am doing lax writing at InLaxWeTrust and hockey at Inside Hockey. If I ever need to rant this will be my outlet.

 But for now thanks for all the support as I wrote here the last year. Read me at those sites and thanks again for commenting and reading.

MLB Season Predictions

Here are your Total Bases MLB Season Predictions…

 

AL East:

Boston Red Sox

New York Yankees

Tampa Bay Rays

Toronto Blue Jays

Baltimore Orioles

 

AL Central:

Chicagi White Sox

Minnesota Twins

Detroit Tigers

Kansas City Royals

Cleveland Indians

 

AL West:

Oakland Athletics

Texas Rangers

Anaheim Angels

Seattle Mariners

 

NL East:

Philadelphia Phillies

Atlanta Braves

Washington Nationals

Florida Marlins

New York Mets

 

NL Central:

Milwaukee Brewers

 

Bruins Fall to Islanders; Time to Panic?

The Boston Bruins have now allowed four unanswered goals in two of their last three games. They have also blown two goal leads two straight games. But last night was real bad. The Buffalo Sabres, right now a playoff team, is one thing, but the Islanders? Really?

Now I do not think it is panic time. It seems Tomas Kaberle has not impacted the power play as hoped. But there are still good signs. Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley bring skill and speed to the table, non-sucking Daniel Paille if you will. I will be disagreed with here, but I also feel Micheal Ryder is playing better.

Are they scoring four goals a game like on the road trip? No, but offense is not a problem. 2-0 to the Islanders should be enough with Tim Thomas. They have allowed 40 shots for two games in a row now, which cannot continue. Dennis Seidenberg has struggled of late, and they obviously miss Andrew Ference and Steven Kampfer.

 But again, there are still good signs and the road trip should not be forgotten. This is a team that can go far with just a few tweaks.

Friday Sports Recap

OK, as baseball season approaches, us at Total Bases hope to start writing daily. There is a chance the blog moves to a new address, but that is still up in the air.

Main point is, I will continue to write about Boston sports with some national news also. Hopefully I can be at some live events for you too. But for lacrosse stuff, read inlaxwetrust.com

 

Scores:

The Boston Bruins blew their second straight game after leading by two goals with a 4-2 loss to the New York Islanders. This is the first time the Bruins lost in regulation after leading by two goals. They have three OT losses, one to Montreal and two to Buffalo. Zdeno Chara and Nathan Horton scored for the Bruins. Look for full recap tomorrow.

 

Meanwhile, the Celtics also lost to the Philadelphia 76ers, their second straight loss after Wednesday’s loss to the LA Clippers. The Celtics were down most of the game, and made a nice little comeback in the fourth, only to blow it. Will probably also have a recap of this also.

 

In other relevant scores, The Washington Capitals defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 2-1. The win keeps the Caps in second overall in the east. As I write this, the Ottawa Senators are leading the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in the third.

 

As far as spring training goes, the Red Sox split their split squad games. They lost 3-2 to the Minnesota Twins, while Jon Lester pitched a good game and Jonathan Papelbon struggled. They did defeat the Houston Astros, 9-3. Kyle Weiland got the win for Boston, and Brett Myers took the loss.

 

Meanwhile, the NFLPA decertified. Shocker. So we miss out. Does the MLL take advantage of this? We will have an article up on ILWT at some point on this.

 

So to all our loyal followers still here, thanks for sticking around, you will see more action hopefully. Maybe some more youtube videos too.

Thursday Sports Recap

What happened yesterday in sports? A lot, and we are here to recap it for you.

Game Notes:

* The Chicago Bulls topped the Miami Heat, 93-89 . This comes after both teams did not make many deadline moves, but the Heat are very much in on Troy Murphy, though I think he will end up a Celtic. Derrek Rose had 26 points for Chicago, while Dwayne Wade led all scorers with 34.

* The Boston Celtics fell to the new-look Nuggets, 89-75. Boston was without Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson, who they traded to the Thunder. Also out was Shaquille O’Neal, leaving the Celtics without any big men after Semih Erden was traded to Cleveland.

* The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Islanders in OT, 4-3. The Islanders took an early lead, but the Flyers stormed back to take this one.

* The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Montreal Canadiens, 5-4. Toronto took a 3-1 lead and Montreal later tied it with two PP goals. But the Maple Leafs scored soon after, and were able to win in Montreal.

* The Los Angeles Kings topped the Minnesota Wild in a key western conference game, 4-2. Also in the west, Vancouver topped St.Louis, 3-2, Dallas beat Detroit 4-1, and Chicago beat Nashville 3-0.

 

News and Notes:

* Some big moves in the NHL and NBA yesterday. Gerald Wallace was sent to Portland, which really shows the state Charlotte is in. That is all they have, and you have to wonder if folding is inevitable.

* I like the Perkins trade for both teams. From the Thunder side, they get a big man that can really make a difference. For the Celtics, they improve offenseivly with Jeff Green and while Perkins is great on defense, it does not hurt them that much. It is a gamble, with both O’Neal’s hurt, but if they get Murphy I think it’s well worth it.

* The goaltender carosual in Tampa Bay continues. They get rid of Dan Ellis and bring in Curtis McElhinny. I don’t think this makes a difference for the Lightning. The east will come down to Philadelphia and Boston.

* Brooks Orpik will miss the next five weeks for the Penguins. Tough loss after trading Alex Goligoski. Also interesting to see how Alex Kovalev works out there.

* And lastly, an NLL shout out. Brad Bannister, what are you doing? Folding the Roughnecks could kill the league, and you’re fine with it? Take the offer from the Flames and go away.

Spring Training

Hello baseball fans, Total Bases is back just in time for the season! I will be in spring training to bring you all the up to date news of the GrapeFruit league, so stay tuned!

MLB News and Notes:

* Those comments by Hank Steinbrenner were unwaranted. Who cares about what Derek Jeter does in the offseason? I mean, your team got to the ALCS, how were they not focused? If Mark Teixera didn’t get hurt, you might have gone to the World Series.

* Don’t overlook the Oakland Athletics. They have a terrific pitching staff and I think their offense is improved. I am a big fan of Cliff Pennington and Daric Barton, plaus Kurt Suzuki, Hideki Matsui and Josh Willingham should all help.

* Another team to watch in spring training is the Chicago White Sox. I also have a great feeling about them, with their pitching and I think Adam Dunn helps Paul Konerko a lot.

* We refuse to talk about Albert Pujols.

* I would like Tampa Bay if they had a bullpen. Their starting pitchers are awesome, and offense should be decent but other than JP Howell and Jake McGee they got nothing.

Free Agent Tracker Update

Free Agents
PLAYER POSITION   AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM  Predictions
Rick Ankiel CF 31 Free Agent Atlanta Atlanta
Brad Ausmus C 41 Free Agent LA Dodgers Retire
Rocco Baldelli DH 29 Free Agent Tampa Bay Tampa Bay
Grant Balfour RP 32 Free Agent Tampa Bay Houston
Rod Barajas C 35 Free Agent LA Dodgers Dodgers
Josh Bard C 32 Free Agent Seattle Mariners
Miguel Batista RP 39 Free Agent Washington Orioles
Erik Bedard SP 31 Free Agent Seattle Twins
Joe Beimel RP 33 Free Agent Colorado Rockies
Adrian Beltre 3B 31 Free Agent Boston Angels
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Joaquin Benoit RP 33 Free Agent Tampa Bay Tigers
Kris Benson SP 36 Free Agent Arizona Nationals
Lance Berkman DH 34 Free Agent NY Yankees –Cardinals
Henry Blanco C 39 Free Agent NY Mets Mets
Willie Bloomquist RF 32 Free Agent Cincinnati Reds
Geoff Blum SS 37 Free Agent Houston – Arizona
Jeremy Bonderman SP 28 Free Agent Detroit White Sox
Russell Branyan DH 34 Free Agent Seattle Mariners
John Buck C 30 Free Agent Toronto – Florida
Pat Burrell LF 34 Free Agent San Francisco Giants
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Dave Bush SP 31 Free Agent Milwaukee Brewers
Orlando Cabrera SS 36 Free Agent Cincinnati Reds
Miguel Cairo 3B 36 Free Agent Cincinnati Reds
Jorge Cantu 1B 28 Free Agent Rangers Rays
Chris Capuano RP 32 Free Agent Milwaukee Brewers
Eric Chavez DH 32 Free Agent Oakland Retire
Bruce Chen SP 33 Free Agent Kansas City Marlins
Randy Choate RP 35 Free Agent Tampa Bay Rays
Jose Contreras RP 38 Free Agent Philadelphia –  Philadelphia
Kevin Correia SP 30 Free Agent San Diego Padres
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Craig Counsell SS 40 Free Agent Milwaukee Mariners
Jesse Crain RP 29 Free Agent Minnesota Blue Jays
Carl Crawford LF 29 Free Agent Tampa Bay –Red Sox Angels
Johnny Damon DH 37 Free Agent Detroit Rays
Doug Davis SP 35 Free Agent Milwaukee Brewers
Jorge De LaRosa SP 29 Free Agent Colorado Diamondbacks
Elmer Dessens RP 39 Free Agent NY Mets Mets
Octavio Dotel RP 36 Free Agent Colorado Rockies
Scott Downs RP 34 Free Agent Toronto –Angels
Justin Duchscherer SP 32 Free Agent Oakland Red Sox
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Adam Dunn 1B 31 Free Agent Washington –White Sox
Chad Durbin RP 32 Free Agent Philadelphia Phillies
David Eckstein 2B 35 Free Agent San Diego Padres
Jim Edmonds CF 40 Free Agent Cincinnati Retire
Kelvim Escobar RP 34 Free Agent NY Mets Astros
Kyle Farnsworth RP 34 Free Agent Atlanta Braves
Pedro Feliciano RP 34 Free Agent NY Mets DBacks
Pedro Feliz 3B 35 Free Agent Houston Astros
Randy Flores RP 35 Free Agent Minnesota Twins
Jeff Francis SP 29 Free Agent Colorado Rockies
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Frank Francisco RP 31 Free Agent Texas White Sox
Jason Frasor RP 33 Free Agent Toronto Yankees
Brian Fuentes RP 35 Free Agent Minnesota Athletics
Freddy Garcia SP 34 Free Agent Chicago Sox White Sox
Jon Garland SP 31 Free Agent San Diego Padres
Jason Giambi 1B 39 Free Agent Colorado Retire
Troy Glaus 1B 34 Free Agent Atlanta Indians
Kevin Gregg RP 32 Free Agent Toronto Blue Jays
Vladimir Guerrero DH 35 Free Agent Texas Rangers
Matt Guerrier RP 32 Free Agent Minnesota Red Sox
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Jose Guillen RF 34 Free Agent San Francisco Retire
Cristian Guzman 2B 32 Free Agent Texas Marlins
Jerry Hairston Jr. SS 34 Free Agent San Diego Padres
Bill Hall LF 30 Free Agent Boston Royals
Mike Hampton SP 38 Free Agent Arizona Braves
Aaron Harang SP 32 Free Agent Cincinnati Reds
Willie Harris LF 32 Free Agent Washington Nationals
Brad Hawpe DH 31 Free Agent Tampa Bay Rays
Aaron Heilman RP 31 Free Agent Arizona Orioles
Mark Hendrickson RP 36 Free Agent Baltimore
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Ramon Hernandez C 34 Free Agent Cincinnati Reds
Eric Hinske LF 33 Free Agent Atlanta – Braves Rangers
Trevor Hoffman RP 43 Free Agent Milwaukee Retire
Orlando Hudson 2B 32 Free Agent Minnesota Twins
Aubrey Huff 1B 33 Free Agent San Francisco – Giants
Cesar Izturis SS 30 Free Agent Baltimore – Orioles Orioles
Derek Jeter SS 36 Free Agent NY Yankees –Yankees
Nick Johnson DH 32 Free Agent NY Yankees Angels
Reed Johnson LF 33 Free Agent LA Dodgers Dodgers
Andruw Jones RF 33 Free Agent Chicago Sox Blue Jays
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Gabe Kapler RF 35 Free Agent Tampa Bay Rays
Austin Kearns LF 30 Free Agent NY Yankees Yankees
Adam Kennedy 2B 34 Free Agent Washington Pirates
Paul Konerko 1B 34 Free Agent Chicago Sox –White Sox
Mark Kotsay DH 34 Free Agent Chicago Sox Orioles
Hiroki Kuroda SP 35 Free Agent LA Dodgers Rockies
Gerald Laird C 30 Free Agent Detroit Rockies
Adam LaRoche 1B 31 Free Agent Arizona Orioles
Jason LaRue C 36 Free Agent St. Louis Retire
Cliff Lee SP 32 Free Agent Texas Rangers
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Derrek Lee 1B 35 Free Agent Atlanta Mets
Mike Lincoln RP 35 Free Agent Cincinnati Reds
Felipe Lopez 3B 30 Free Agent Boston Reds
Rodrigo Lopez SP 34 Free Agent Arizona DBacks
Mike Lowell 1B 36 Free Agent Boston Retire
Julio Lugo 2B 34 Free Agent Baltimore Orioles
Mike MacDougal RP 33 Free Agent St. Louis Cardinals
Ron Mahay RP 39 Free Agent Minnesota Twins
Victor Martinez C 31 Free Agent Boston –Tigers
Hideki Matsui DH 36 Free Agent LA Angels –Athletics
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Kevin Mench LF 32 Free Agent Washington Nationals
Aaron Miles 2B 33 Free Agent St. Louis Cardinals
Kevin Millwood SP 35 Free Agent Baltimore Brewers
Brian Moehler RP 38 Free Agent Houston Astros
Chad Moeller C 35 Free Agent NY Yankees Retire
Bengie Molina C 36 Free Agent Texas Rangers
Melvin Mora 3B 38 Free Agent Colorado –Diamondbacks
Guillermo Mota RP 37 Free Agent San Francisco Giants
Xavier Nady 1B 31 Free Agent Chicago Cubs Cubs
Will Ohman RP 33 Free Agent Florida Marlins
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Miguel Olivo C 32 Free Agent Toronto Blue Jays
Magglio Ordonez RF 36 Free Agent Detroit Blue Jays
Lyle Overbay 1B 33 Free Agent Toronto DBacks
Vicente Padilla SP 33 Free Agent LA Dodgers Dodgers
Chan Ho Park RP 37 Free Agent Philadelphia Phillies
Corey Patterson LF 31 Free Agent Baltimore Orioles
Carl Pavano SP 34 Free Agent Minnesota Brewers
Jay Payton LF 37 Free Agent Colorado Rockies
Carlos Pena 1B 32 Free Agent Tampa Bay –Cubs
Brad Penny SP 32 Free Agent St. Louis Cubs
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Jhonny Peralta SS 28 Free Agent Detroit Tigers
Andy Pettitte SP 38 Free Agent NY Yankees Retire
A.J. Pierzynski C 33 Free Agent Chicago Sox Marlins
Scott Podsednik LF 34 Free Agent LA Dodgers Dodgers
Nick Punto 3B 33 Free Agent Minnesota Twins
J.J. Putz RP 33 Free Agent Chicago Sox –Diamondbacks
Chad Qualls RP 32 Free Agent Tampa Bay Rays
Manny Ramirez DH 38 Free Agent Chicago Sox Athletics
Jon Rauch RP 32 Free Agent Minnesota Angels
Edgar Renteria SS 35 Free Agent San Francisco Giants
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Dennys Reyes RP 33 Free Agent St. Louis Cardinals
Arthur Rhodes RP 41 Free Agent Cincinnati Retire
Mariano Rivera RP 40 Free Agent NY Yankees –Yankees
J.C. Romero RP 34 Free Agent Philadelphia Phillies
Bobby Seay RP 32 Free Agent Detroit Phillies
Ben Sheets SP 32 Free Agent Oakland Rangers
Scot Shields RP 35 Free Agent LA Angels Angels
Rafael Soriano RP 30 Free Agent Tampa Bay Angels
Jorge Sosa RP 33 Free Agent Florida Marlins
Russ Springer RP 42 Free Agent Cincinnati Retire
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Matt Stairs LF 42 Free Agent San Diego Retire
Jeff Suppan SP 35 Free Agent St. Louis Cardinals
Mike Sweeney 1B 37 Free Agent Philadelphia Phillies
Fernando Tatis 1B 35 Free Agent NY Mets Mets
Miguel Tejada SS 36 Free Agent San Diego Rockies
Marcus Thames DH 33 Free Agent NY Yankees Tigers
Jim Thome DH 40 Free Agent Minnesota Twins
Yorvit Torrealba C 32 Free Agent San Diego –Rangers
Chad Tracy 3B 30 Free Agent Florida Marlins
Matt Treanor C 34 Free Agent Texas Rangers
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Koji Uehara RP 35 Free Agent Baltimore –Orioles
Juan Uribe SS 31 Free Agent San Francisco Giants
Jason Varitek C 38 Free Agent Boston –Red Sox
Javier Vazquez SP 34 Free Agent NY Yankees –Marlins
Jeff Weaver RP 34 Free Agent LA Dodgers Retire
Brandon Webb SP 31 Free Agent Arizona Dodgers
Jayson Werth RF 31 Free Agent Philadelphia –Nationals
Jake Westbrook SP 33 Free Agent St. Louis – St. Louis
Dan Wheeler RP 32 Free Agent Tampa Bay Rays
Ty Wigginton 1B 33 Free Agent Baltimore –Rockies
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Randy Winn RF 36 Free Agent St. Louis Rays
Kerry Wood RP 33 Free Agent NY Yankees Cubs
Chris Woodward 1B 34 Free Agent Seattle Mariners
Jamey Wright RP 35 Free Agent Colorado Rockies
Chris Young SP 31 Free Agent San Diego Padres
Gregg Zaun C 39 Free Agent Milwaukee

What are the Red Sox Going to do?

The Boston Red Sox have already let Victor Martinez sign with the Detroit Tigers. While most fans and media are up in arms, remember one thing. While the Red Sox have not been good with free agency throughout the years, they have known when to let players go. Pedro Martinez. Manny Rameriz. Nomar Garciaparra. Jason Bay. Victor Martinez?

 The Red Sox have confidence in Jarrod Saltalamacchia to be their everyday catcher, and I am starting to warm up to the idea. Bring back Jason Varitek to back him up, and then they also have prospect Ryan Lavarnway waiting in the wings. But even though they have some catching options, no one is going to live up to Martinez’s bat.

 That’s where free agents and trades come in. The Red Sox were in on Justin Upton, but scoffed when asked for both Jacoby Ellsbury and Daniel Bard. They have always been conected to Jayson Werth, and I have always thought that was the best option for this Boston team. Adrian Gonzalez, also linked to the Red Sox, I believe will be a Red Sox at somepoint. Just not this season. Boston is not going to sell their farm system for a player who will be a free agent next season. This season, they should go for a Paul Konerko/Lance Berkman type of player. Berkman may be the best fit. He will only get a 1/2 year deal for not too much, and can still be productive.

 Then the case for Konerko, who I also like a lot. The problem here is years. The Red Sox can not give him too many years if they want Gonzalez, and they also have prospect Anthony Rizzo ready after this season. And then you have that other guy, Kevin Youkilis. Youkilis is willing to play third base, which helps the Red Sox immensly.

 What will their roster look like out of training camp? If I had to predict it today, this is what it would be.

SP- Josh Beckett, John Lackey, Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester, Daisuke Matsuzaka

RP- Daniel Bard, Jonathan Papelbon, Hideki Okajima, Taylor Buchholz, Scott Downs, Jason Rice, Felix Doubront, Andrew Miller

IF- Dustin Pedroia, Lance Berkman, Kevin Youkilis, Marco Scutaro, Jed Lowrie, David Ortiz

OF- JD Drew, Jayson Werth, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Cameron, Daniel Nava

 

Does not look too bad. Remember, they also have Ryan Kalish and Josh Reddick who could be up at certain points. For the pitching side of that, Junichi Tazawa could be up as well.

 

Yesterday in Baseball: Justin Upton, Derek Jeter, Boston Red Sox

* Justin Upton talks heated up in the GM meetings, with conculded yesterday. The team we heard the most were the Boston Red Sox, but according to Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman, the Arizona Diamondbacks are looking for Daniel Bard and Jacoby Ellsbury. The Red Sox are unlikely to part with those two, when they can sign Jayson Werth for just money.

 Other teams interested are the Yankees, Rockies, Padres, Dodgers and Rays.

 

* Derek Jeter was reportedly offered a 3 year $42 mm contract by the Yankees. If I were him, I would jump on that. But according to sources, Jeter is looking for at least a four year deal, and maybe up to six.

 

* The Tigers began talks with Adam Dunn yesterday, and even thought reports origanlly indicated they were deep into talks, they were just preliminary. The Tigers are also known to be targeting Adrian Beltre, Victor Martinez and Manny Rameriz. It is possible they could sign Martinez and Dunn

 

Rumor Roundup….

The Rockies are interested in both Upton and Gavin Floyd and Kevin Millwood

Jonathan Papelbon is unlikely to be traded

Rangers, White Sox, Blue Jays, Red Sox and Rays interested in Miguel Olivo

Orioles interested in De La Rosa

Josh Willingham getting trade interest

The Weekend in Baseball: Padres, Red Sox, Marlins

A busy last few days in baseball….

* The Red Sox traded Dustin Richardson to Florida for Andrew Miller. An interesting trade. Boston needs bullpen help and Richardson was supposed to be a candidate next season. However, Richardson did not have the greatest stint in Boston last year. The case with Miller is very different. Miller was the #6 overall pick in 2005 by Detroit, and traded to Florida for Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera. Boston likes to take chances on pitchers with potential, so maybe a diamond in the rough.

* Florida also traded Cameron Maybin to San Diego for two prospects. This may have been to make room for Mike Stanton long term in the outfield, and the fact Maybin really needed a change of scenery. I wonder how this affects a possible Adrian Gonzalez to Boston trade, as Jacoby Ellsbury was always rumored to be a centerpiece in that deal. With Maybin now, does that change the picture for San Diego?

* The Padres have been talking with the Brewers about prospect infielder Brett Lawrie. What is Milwaukee interested in that San Diego has? Probably not Gonzalez, seeing they already have Prince Fielder. You could also say Heath Bell, but Milwaukee seems comfortable with John Axford. Now you think of starting pitching. Who could the Padres give up for Lawrie. Clayton Richard? Keep your eyes on this.

* The Blue Jays are the favorites for Dan Uggla. First thought is why, seeing they have Aaron Hill. But then you think they may move him to third base as they consider non tendering Edwin Encarnacion. It would make sense for Toronto, but they would certainly have to give up some pitching, for Florida preferably bullpen. They’ve already acquired three young relievers this week, and Toronto has plenty of them. That would be an interesting infield for Toronto with Uggla, Yunel Escobar and Aaron Hill.

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