from Scott Merkin's mailbag:
I look for some sort of platoon ultimately to take place between Jerry Owens and Carlos Quentin. That combination puts Swisher in left when Owens is in the lineup playing center field, and an outfield of Quentin, Swisher and Jermaine Dye from left to right when Owens is on the bench.
Why take at-bats away from Quentin and give them to Owens?
- A SoxMachine production: Know your 2008 Sox non-roster Spring Training invitees.
- ZiPS projections: Mike Cameron: .254/.341/.447 (OPS+ 102), Mark Kotsay: .277/.334/388 (OPS+ 88), Emil Brown: .257/.322/.376 (OPS+ 86), Marcus Giles: .268/.348/.387 (OPS+ 84), Troy Glaus: .256/362/.456 (OPS+ 112), Scott Rolen: .245/.319.392 (OPS+ 84). BTW, the Blue Jays will send $1.8 mil to the Cards in that swap!
- The Rangers DFA'd 1B Chris Shelton to make room to add reliever Kazuo Fukumori.
- BA's (Phil Rogers') Sox Top 10 Prospects list. For entertainment value only.
- A Pitch F/X Primer by Mike Fast.