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 Post subject: Re: Outfield Logjam
PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:16 am 
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Tabata has apparently been impressive so far in spring training.

It is just dissapointing that Hanrahan was traded for a package with a guy like Sands. Sands has nowhere to play at the MLB level and you would like to see a 25 year old guy get playing time at the MLB level not AAA.

They should have held onto Hanrahan a bit longer maybe moved him in spring training or during the season when teams were willing to give up more for a proven bullpen piece.



But there is the risk that Hanrahan is regressing in the season. He started looking like the Hanrahan of the Nationals late last season. He made me a nervous wreck every time he got the ball.

I have no problem with the trade. Sands has the opportunity to make the club or not. We'll see how it pans out.


I think he's referring to the Detroit situation. Smizik was championing this thought. It would have been very risky to hold Hanrahan until March with hope that Rondon would flop and you would only have one suitor.

The primary return isn't Sands anyway, it is Melancon who will be just as good for us for years.

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 Post subject: Re: Outfield Logjam
PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:56 am 
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Hanrahan was shaky as hell and I'd think trading him for the ability to spend money elsewhere would have been worth it alone.

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 Post subject: Re: Outfield Logjam
PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 11:24 pm 
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Well, Tabata was hot for the first two weeks of spring or so, and a few "this is a new Tabata" articles were published, but he's now down to having a pretty weak spring and hasn't been hitting at all of late. There is no frontrunner.

I have been saying all offseason that I'd like to see Snider gets as many ABs this year as possible (Marte as well, but that's a given) to see what the Pirates have with him and that we don't end up with another situation like we have now with a lot of unproven players lingering around with a curious potential impact, especially with options like Sands in the wings. Obviously the situation is much more nuanced than me posting that sentence, but I think you can get the gist of it. I still really like Tabata as a player but his recent trends leave me more than a little skeptical. I am certainly encouraged that he apparently came into camp 10-15lbs lighter considering as a prospect he became an excellent basestealer and was reduced to a not even speedy option last year. We'll see.


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