Marlins add some more arms
Well, at least they’re just about done, with just Ron Villone left to head out the door. And you’ve got to hand it to Florida on the receiving end. They now arguably have the best assortment of Minor League arms in baseball, adding three Cubs in the Juan Pierre deal. Sergio Mitre, Renyel Pinto and Ricky Nolasco are all intriguing with differing upsides. Personally, I think Nolasco is the best of this bunch and will fight it out with Anibal Sanchez for "best arm received in the ’05 fire sale" award.
Dewon Brazelton has a new home in San Diego. Good park to pitch in. Maybe the change in scenery will turn things around for him. He’s still just 25, plenty of time to have a career, if he chooses to. And I think that’s what it comes down to. The stuff has always been there, maybe sometimes rough around the edges, but the head was far behind. Maybe getting sent down and everything that happened last year will finally get it screwed on straight and he can get a fresh start in San Diego.
On the flip side, Burroughs will get another shot on a team chock full o’ young talent (assuming he stays in Tampa). Not sure how his arrival fits in with the rumors that top Braves prospect Andy Marte is heading to the Rays in what amounts to a three-team deal (Renteria to Atlanta; Lugo to Boston), but we’ll worry about that when it happens.
Talked to the Upton brothers yesterday. The interview will air on Around the Minors on MLB Radio on Friday, 2 p.m. ET. B.J. is excited about the changes going on in the Rays’ organization. He’s hoping his days in Durham are over and he can take over in Tampa (if they trade Lugo, that would open the door, no?) As for his brother, he’s still in limbo. Justin hasn’t yet signed with the Diamondbacks, who took him No. 1 overall in last June’s draft. The Upton family wasn’t thrilled about the draft-related questions, but they were answered politely. He’s still optimistic about getting it done in time…