Kevin Mulvey Minnesota Twins

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Tm Lg YEAR W L SV Hld G GS IP H HR BB SO ERA WHIP Rating BB/9 SO/9 BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
MIN AAA 2008 7 9 0 0 9 27 148.0 152 16 48 121 3.77 1.35 1.35 2.9 7.4 .315 n/a
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Sorry about that, Jeff. These types of conversations should probably be taking place over at the discussion boards at alexpatton.com, but it seems that no one is lurking over there except for the same morons who were peddling free Viagra and hot naked pictures of Lindsay Lohan last year. I just can't deal with those idiots, so I'm posting the theoretical stuff here.

Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 21 '08
Why is this Mulvey commentary full of DiNardo and Sarloos? Those guys aren't even worth talking about. And Mulvey could be the next Anthony Young.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 21 '08
Sportsline has had a 23-man active roster with a 7-man reserve list, and that's been the format since I've been in the league. You would think that with 30-man rosters that pitching would be hard to come by during the regular season.

But that isn't the case. Arms float through the free agent pipeline all year long that we didn't see coming. Some of these arms are guys who looked like R4s or R5s who wind up rushing through the minors in a hurry. Others are R2s who didn't get picked and made a bigger impact than anticipated.

But most of these guys are R3s. As Alex has said for years and years, there are more R3s than we can shake a stick at, and it's far harder to predict who the pitching R3s are who are going to make the biggest impact.

There will be a handful of hitters out there who will make a free agent impact. But there were be many more pitchers.

I see DiNardo as an R3 who will either wind up in the pen or struggle as a starter. You see him as a $1 endgame flier. To toss out another old Alex gem, the R3s and the $1 pitchers are pretty much interchangeable.

Does ADL still play with a reserve list? If any of you ADLers are lurking, what is the ADL experience in this regard?
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 20 '08
I don't keep track of the A's as much as A's Nation. And DiNardo isn't a stud by any means. But, if you are looking for arms- arms that are going to throw big league innings this year, why not take someone who is already in the rotation of a team in a relatively weak division, who had a solid ERA last season, despite questionable components.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 20 '08
I think they're talking about more about DiNardo's stuff and his projectability as a Quad-A guy then they are about his ability to start versus not.

My point was that A's Nation is a knowledgeable blog whose writers watch his team pretty closely every day. You're also knowledgeable, Eugene, but I was just throwing another opinion out there.

DiNardo sounds like he's in open competition for that last slot.

I personally think Jackson has more upside than DiNardo, but I could see why everyone on Earth would not agree with that.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 20 '08
Saarloos did have one good year in the rotation, but he only started 34 of 77 minor league games. He was always seen as a spot starter/long reliever.

DiNardo is much more of a starter with 74 minor league starts in 94 appearances and had nearly one K/IP in the minors.

He's going to be in the rotation to begin the season, so there's no harm carrying him on reserve until he proves he can't pitch or one of the touted minor leaguers breaks through.

I'm not saying he's got a chance to earn $10+, but if you are looking for arms, he's one, and he's probably better than Edwin Jackson, who I think you took in the auction.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 20 '08
The people over at Athletics Nation seem to think that he projects out to be a Kirk Saarloos.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 20 '08
I happen to like DiNardo also, but who are the starting pitchers who are still available? Give us a list.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '08
You haven't mentioned him but Lenny DiNardo wasn't taken in the auction. He pitched decently in his starts last year.

I like the Lofton pick. He's perfect for Minnesota this year. Considering how they've wasted money on considerably worse players with worse fits, Lofton can be a solid fill-in in center and leadoff until their Santana acquisition is ready at the All-Star break. At the same time Lofton gains trade value to one of the contenders who needs a little extra OBP and speed for the playoff push.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 20 '08
Any ideas?

The only hitter I'm really thinking about is Freddy Guzman, since I'm light on steals and Kenny Lofton is a lottery ticket that goes poof if he signs in the N.L. or retires. Anderson and Drew are also a wee-bit injury-prone.

The CIW gambit is another avenue, but most of those guys are gone already.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 20 '08