Tag:Clint Barmes
Posted on: July 26, 2011 8:03 pm

Brewers like Beltran, but Barmes is more likely

The Brewers have remained on the fringes of the Carlos Beltran talks, with great interest in adding a big-time player but without much left in the minor leagues to offer for him. Brewers people acknowledge that Beltran was always a longshot for them, but they have had scouts watch him during the Mets' last two series.

What's more likely, according to sources, is that the Brewers make a smaller move, and the name to watch now is Astros infielder Clint Barmes.

Barmes could fill in for weak-hitting Yuniesky Betancourt at shortstop, and he could also fill in for struggling Casey McGehee at third base.

The Brewers have also talked to the Dodgers about infielder Jamey Carroll. And they've looked at other outfielders, including Coco Crisp of the A's and Jerry Hairston Jr. of the Nationals.
Posted on: March 30, 2011 3:13 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2011 4:05 pm

The All-DL opening day All-Stars

It's a team that might contend for a title, if it could only get on the field.

Then again, that's exactly the problem.

Think of the players that will (or likely will) begin the season on the disabled list. It's quite a group, lacking a little (for now) on the left side of the infield and behind the plate, but overflowing with top-level starting pitching and back-of-the-bullpen depth.

Not all the opening day rosters are official yet. Some teams are waiting until closer to Thursday's 11 a.m. deadline for final decisions, which only means that the All-DL-Stars could have an even better lineup by the time the first pitch is thrown.

Jason Bay, for example, should be your All-DL-Star left fielder by then. The Mets are expected to put him on the disabled list, but they haven't said so publicly yet. So I left him off, in part because this team is strong enough without him.

For now, we'll only go with guys we're pretty sure of.

So here goes:

1B -- Kendrys Morales, Angels

2B -- Chase Utley, Phillies

SS -- Clint Barmes, Astros

3B -- Nick Punto, Cardinals

LF -- Cody Ross, Giants (Bay could take his spot)

CF -- Grady Sizemore, Indians (with Franklin Gutierrez also available)

RF -- Corey Hart, Brewers

C -- Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers

Rotation -- Adam Wainwright, Cardinals; Zack Greinke, Brewers; Johan Santana, Mets; Mat Latos, Padres; Brandon Morrow, Blue Jays (with Johnny Cueto, Homer Bailey and others in reserve)

Closer -- Brian Wilson, Giants (with the Phillies' Brad Lidge and the A's Andrew Bailey setting him up)

You'd take that team, wouldn't you?

You'd be guaranteed to lose on opening day, because not one of them could play, but you'd take that team.

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