Friday, December 3, 2010

Here comes Aaron? Here goes Adrian?

After I came to grips yesterday (read the post below) with potentially signing Aaron Harang, Bill Center's now reporting that San Diego's close to a deal with the former Red. MSNBC picked up the story, too. Brock picked up on it last night. And the conversation is going strong at MLBTR.

I'm not saying I paved the way for Harang's suddenly much closer arrival as a Padre, and I'm not saying I'm the source Bill Center is quoting either. What I am saying is that Harang sure knows how to get crazy on Halloween:

Count me as a fan not worried by the aggressive off-seasons of the Dodgers, Giants and Rockies. By this point, we all know the Giants success in 2010 was completely and totally rooted in using steroids (there's no evidence proving otherwise that Guillen wasn't supplying the whole roster). So now that we can write off their "World Series winning" season, everyone knows the NL West belonged to the Padres. We're the ones these teams need to catch up to.

Harang may not be as sure of a thing as Garland, but he has the potential to be a lot better if he's healthy. Maybin will be an upgrade over Tony Gwynn (R.I.P.) and Denorfia. Now if we can just figure out what our middle infield will look like (I want Bartlett!) and if Ryan Ludwick can just figure out what his swing looked like in St. Louis, then there's no reason why we can't continue to compete.

I was optimistic going into 2010, and if Hoyer makes the same type of late additions he made last year (Garland, Torrealba, Hairston Jr., The Cunster) over these next three months, then that optimism will roll right over into 2011.

Update: I posted this and immediately read an article from Gordon Edes about trade talks heating up between the Padres and Red Sox for Adrian Gonzalez. Maybe this explains our interest in Mark Reynolds. Let's hope Hoyer, Byrnes and McLeod can use their knowledge of Boston to get a ridiculous package if this goes down.


Steve Garvey said...

No one ever traded me to the Red Sox :(

Sean O'Donnell said...

Josh, in response to your comment about my Guillen and steroids, wouldn't it be safe to conclude that the Royals then would have fared just as well? He played more than twice as many games in Kansas City. And yet KC had the 3rd worst HR total in the AL.

Panda and Uribe may have looked like they were on roids, but really they were on cheeseburgers.

Josh Elwell said...

I see what you're saying. I really do. But the shipment was made to where he was staying in the Bay Area. At this point, I can only assume that his entry into the steroid lifestyle was fueled by the steroid-heavy atmosphere at AT&T Park.

Sean O'Donnell said...

What the fuck are you talking about!? He showed up in SF and decided it was then a good time to start juicing and then distributing? Posey won the ROY while weighing in at a buck sixty. Cody Ross may have weighed less. Spread your lies Elwell.

Josh Elwell said...

Now that's the reaction I was hoping for! I love spreading my lies.

And yes, I agree Buster Posey's needle weighs in at a buck sixty. I totally agree with that.

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