February 18th, 2008, 09:42 AM #1
K-Rod leaving Angels after 2008???
Seriously...if the Angels let him walk I'll be ****ing livid. I'm hoping this is one of those English is a second language misunderstandings like the Ducks had with Bryzgalov last summer.
Going to arbitration worries me. If Rodriguez hits the free agent market the Yankees will pick him up. No way the Angels can compete with that. Also, I'll be out an Angels jersey since my newest one has good old #57 on the back. Damnit!
ESPN - With no long-term deal in place, K-Rod expects to be free agent after '08 season - MLB
Last edited by OrangePuck; February 18th, 2008 at 09:44 AM.
February 18th, 2008, 09:49 AM #2
February 18th, 2008, 10:53 AM #3
K-Rod is a very good closer but it wouldn't be the end of the world for the Angels.
Great closers are invaluable, but it is not a hard position to fill. I'm not saying it is easy, but it's easier to find a solid closer than it is a front of the line rotation guy.
I think the position has been overrated. Yea, the Yankees have won a bunch of titles with Mariano Riveria shutting the door, but the Cards won a World Series with Adam Wainright at the end of game.
The last time the Marlins won the title they didn't have a closer until the deadline when they picked up Ugeth Urbina. The D-Backs won a world series with Byung Yung Kim!
Having a great closer like Mariano is a great weapon, but capable closers can be found from year to year. They're not exactly rare.
February 18th, 2008, 02:06 PM #4
what he said
Originally Posted by ASUcruz
February 18th, 2008, 02:10 PM #5
good, get his ass out of california, i can't stand him.
February 21st, 2008, 11:53 PM #6
He's been chomping at the bit to get big money for sometime now. I just hope he doesn't come out of arbitration so bitter he wants to leave no matter what they offer him next off season.
I hear they're trying Juan Rivera at 1st base, hoping it'll get his bat into the line up more.
February 22nd, 2008, 12:37 AM #7
This makes zero sense to me. Kotchman is a good hitter and he's good in the field. Why the hell would they want to put Rivera at first?
Originally Posted by d dub
February 22nd, 2008, 04:13 PM #8
They're not looking to put Rivera at 1st full time, come on now. But to expect Kotchman to play every game in a season on a team with this much bench depth is kinda crazy. Juan's a righty & Kotchman is a lefty and they're obviously not satisfied with the development of Morales. You'd rather squeeze Rivera's bat into the lineup than Quinlan. It's just reshuffling the depth behind Kotchman because the OF is very crowded.
February 23rd, 2008, 10:51 AM #9
Apparently he is being awarded $10 million for next season. He was asking for $12.5 million.
February 23rd, 2008, 11:22 AM #10
Closers are way overpaid. $10 million for a guy to pitch 67 innings is ridiculous, that's about $150k/inning.
Originally Posted by kingofdodgers
I'm sure he's crying in his cheerios right now - poor guy
And I'm a die hard Angel Fan