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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 28)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .237 5 25 26 3 .250 0.1
Birth Date4-24-1986
Height5' 11"
Weight215 lbs
Age28 years, 5 months, 29 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.32010
0.02011
-0.32012
2013
0.12014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2008 OAK 22 22 87 80 7 20 7 1 1 32 6 24 1 0 0 14 2 0 .250 .310 .400 .247 -0.0 2.4 0.2
2009 OAK 23 23 57 53 6 8 2 0 1 13 3 16 1 0 0 6 0 0 .151 .211 .245 .178 -4.2 -1.7 -0.6
2010 SDN 24 53 147 132 17 38 12 1 1 55 7 28 3 3 2 15 1 3 .288 .331 .417 .274 3.3 -0.4 0.3
2011 SDN 25 52 101 90 12 16 6 1 3 33 9 17 1 1 0 9 1 0 .178 .257 .367 .234 -0.1 0.3 0.0
2012 CLE 26 72 109 97 5 17 4 0 1 24 9 25 0 0 3 7 0 3 .175 .245 .247 .204 -2.9 0.0 -0.3
Career22250145247993137157341106455146.219.280.347.235-4.00.6-0.3

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2005 KAN A 10 29 .121 .261 .348 .423 .250 .158 82 -2.5 0.5 -0.3 0.1 0.0 -2.2 -0.2 -2.2 -0.2
2005 BRI Rk 56 255 .312 .265 .344 .409 .274 .378 101 11.7 6.1 -2.2 -4.9 2.3 16.9 1.1 16.9 1.1
2006 KAN A 95 402 .296 .257 .335 .377 .262 .346 100 11 8.4 -2.2 -0.2 1.6 17.5 1.8 17.5 1.8
2007 VIS A+ 29 135 .339 .273 .343 .435 .276 .410 97 12.2 4.1 -0.5 -0.2 0.2 14.8 1.4 14.8 1.4
2007 WNS A+ 67 306 .289 .261 .336 .398 .258 .310 107 10 9.4 -3.3 -7.2 2.0 17.6 1.0 17.6 1.0
2007 MOB AA 31 132 .325 .270 .337 .408 .277 .337 92 9.2 3.8 -0.9 -1.3 0.6 14.4 1.3 14.4 1.3
2008 OAK MLB 22 87 .247 .276 .340 .439 .265 .345 101 -1.3 2.5 -0.6 2.4 -0.9 -0.0 0.2 -0.0 0.2
2008 MID AA 87 401 .334 .272 .345 .410 .280 .395 90 32.4 11.8 -0.4 -3.2 2.6 44.5 4.1 44.5 4.1
2008 SAC AAA 20 89 .357 .276 .340 .443 .257 .436 105 9.8 2.7 -0.8 -1.3 0.8 14.6 1.3 14.6 1.3
2009 OAK MLB 23 57 .178 .267 .335 .431 .263 .194 105 -5 1.6 -0.6 -1.7 -0.3 -4.2 -0.6 -4.2 -0.6
2009 SAC AAA 83 375 .311 .273 .344 .431 .274 .360 91 21.8 11.4 -3.8 -6.1 0.0 31.0 2.4 31.0 2.4
2010 SDN MLB 53 147 .274 .259 .318 .409 .261 .349 88 2.1 4.1 -1 -0.4 -1.3 3.3 0.3 3.3 0.3
2010 POR AAA 80 308 .253 .271 .345 .416 .264 .308 89 -2.4 9.3 -2.7 -9.6 -3.7 -1.1 -1.0 -1.1 -1.0
2011 SDN MLB 52 101 .234 .242 .306 .374 .251 .183 91 -2.6 2.7 -0.6 0.3 0.4 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.0
2011 TUC AAA 87 384 .304 .297 .363 .472 .269 .368 110 19.9 11.9 -4 1.3 -1.1 23.6 2.4 23.6 2.4
2012 CLE MLB 72 109 .204 .258 .326 .409 .263 .225 99 -6 3.0 -0.6 0.0 -0.4 -2.9 -0.3 -2.9 -0.3
2012 COH AAA 22 84 .224 .254 .332 .391 .252 .255 110 -3.4 2.5 0 3.3 0.4 -0.3 0.3 -0.3 0.3
2013 ROU AAA 115 486 .262 .261 .336 .408 .267 .284 94 1.2 13.9 -4.8 -2.1 1.1 8.4 0.6 8.4 0.6
2014 RNO AAA 92 281 .237 .282 .349 .434 .271 .308 110 -7.3 8.3 -1.6 -3.0 3.1 3.0 -0.0 3.0 -0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2005 BRI Rk 255 41 70 10 2 5 25 16 45 6 5 .315 .397 .446 .131 .312 16.9 -4.9 1.1
2005 KAN A 29 7 3 0 0 0 2 3 7 1 0 .115 .207 .115 .000 .121 -2.2 0.1 -0.2
2006 KAN A 402 58 104 26 3 11 41 34 72 19 10 .305 .378 .496 .191 .296 17.5 -0.2 1.8
2007 MOB AA 132 25 34 8 3 5 20 12 27 1 3 .288 .364 .534 .246 .325 14.4 -1.3 1.3
2007 WNS A+ 306 51 74 12 5 8 37 34 39 22 8 .294 .376 .476 .183 .289 17.6 -7.2 1.0
2007 VIS A+ 135 25 44 11 2 3 20 5 23 5 3 .358 .383 .553 .195 .339 14.8 -0.2 1.4
2008 MID AA 401 65 110 18 6 12 52 38 92 12 4 .317 .387 .507 .190 .334 44.5 -3.2 4.1
2008 OAK MLB 87 7 20 7 1 1 14 6 24 2 0 .250 .310 .400 .150 .247 -0.0 2.4 0.2
2008 SAC AAA 89 21 29 5 0 5 14 11 16 3 1 .382 .466 .645 .263 .357 14.6 -1.3 1.3
2009 SAC AAA 375 62 101 24 1 11 48 33 74 11 4 .302 .373 .479 .177 .311 31.0 -6.1 2.4
2009 OAK MLB 57 6 8 2 0 1 6 3 16 0 0 .151 .211 .245 .094 .178 -4.2 -1.7 -0.6
2010 SDN MLB 147 17 38 12 1 1 15 7 28 1 3 .288 .331 .417 .129 .274 3.3 -0.4 0.3
2010 POR AAA 308 30 68 17 3 7 45 28 68 2 7 .251 .332 .413 .162 .253 -1.1 -9.6 -1.0
2011 TUC AAA 384 65 112 34 4 9 63 38 54 4 4 .329 .398 .532 .203 .304 23.6 1.3 2.4
2011 SDN MLB 101 12 16 6 1 3 9 9 17 1 0 .178 .257 .367 .189 .234 -0.1 0.3 0.0
2012 CLE MLB 109 5 17 4 0 1 7 9 25 0 3 .175 .245 .247 .072 .204 -2.9 0.0 -0.3
2012 COH AAA 84 6 15 4 0 2 5 8 21 0 0 .203 .280 .338 .135 .224 -0.3 3.3 0.3
2013 ROU AAA 486 63 104 31 2 10 50 50 84 12 3 .247 .337 .401 .154 .262 8.4 -2.1 0.6
2014 RNO AAA 281 33 62 16 3 0 31 29 46 2 1 .255 .342 .346 .091 .237 3.0 -3.0 -0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 293 0.5904 0.5085 0.7248 0.6705 0.2750 0.7931 0.4848 0.2752
2009 222 0.5225 0.4865 0.6852 0.6983 0.2547 0.7901 0.3704 0.3148
2010 486 0.5391 0.5258 0.8078 0.7214 0.2946 0.8836 0.5909 0.1882
2011 394 0.5102 0.4797 0.8095 0.7114 0.2383 0.8741 0.6087 0.1905
2012 407 0.4963 0.4791 0.7846 0.6683 0.2927 0.8444 0.6500 0.2154
Career18020.52940.49750.77430.69610.27380.84640.56370.2246

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-05-12 2012-06-22 Minors 41 0 Left Ankle Fracture - -
2012-03-01 2012-03-04 Camp 3 0 Left Hand Soreness - -
2011-07-16 2011-07-23 Minors 7 7 - Head Concussion - -
2011-03-22 2011-03-28 Camp 6 0 Lower Leg Soreness Calf -
2009-06-09 2009-06-10 DTD 1 1 Head Concussion HBP -
2009-04-12 2009-05-09 Minors 27 0 Right Shoulder Separation AC Joint -
2008-04-03 2008-05-01 Minors 28 0 Left Wrist Fracture Sliding -
2006-05-15 2006-06-22 Minors 38 0 Left Ankle Fracture - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2012 CLE $482,300
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$482,300
1 yrTotal$482,300

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 158 d1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 11/11/13 (minor-league contract). Released by Chicago Cubs 3/12/14. Signed by Arizona as a free agent 3/20/14 (minor-league contract). Released by Arizona 8/17/14. Re-signed by Arizona as a free agent 9/2/14 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Texas as a free agent 11/12/12 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.4823M (2012). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/3/12. DFA by Cleveland 7/25/12. Sent outright to Triple-A 7/28/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Re-signed by San Diego 2/27/11. Acquired by Cleveland in trade from San Diego 12/16/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Acquired by San Diego in trade from Oakland 1/16/10. Re-signed by San Diego 3/3/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2009). Re-signed by Oakland 2/21/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased by Oakland 8/30/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Acquired by Arizona in trade from Chicago White Sox 6/16/07. Acquired by Oakland in trade from Arizona 12/14/07.
  • Drafted by Chicago White Sox 2005 (6-185) (Everett CC, Wash.). $0.14M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 511 61 125 34 2 12 58 46 102 8 5 .276 .349 .442 .288 24.4 LF -3, RF -2 2.2
80o 490 56 114 31 2 11 53 42 101 7 4 .262 .333 .419 .275 17.1 LF -3, RF -2 1.4
70o 475 53 108 29 2 11 50 39 99 6 4 .251 .321 .402 .265 12.2 LF -3, RF -2 0.9
60o 462 50 101 27 2 10 47 37 98 6 4 .243 .311 .388 .257 8.2 LF -3, RF -2 0.4
50o 450 47 94 26 1 9 45 35 97 6 4 .235 .302 .375 .249 4.6 LF -3, RF -2 0.1
40o 438 45 89 24 1 9 43 33 95 5 3 .227 .292 .363 .241 1.3 LF -3, RF -2 -0.3
30o 425 42 84 23 1 8 40 31 94 5 3 .218 .282 .349 .233 -2.1 LF -3, RF -2 -0.6
20o 410 39 78 21 1 8 37 29 92 5 3 .208 .271 .333 .223 -5.8 LF -2, RF -2 -1.0
10o 389 35 70 19 1 7 34 26 89 4 3 .195 .254 .311 .210 -10.5 LF -2, RF -2 -1.5
Weighted Mean45548982621046369764.238.306.381.2536.2LF -3, RF -20.2

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
5% 23% 12% 28% 45%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201529250275114152520533.228.299.362.2450.34.80.0-1.114.9-9.0-2.2
201630250264813042320543.218.290.331.235-0.4-1.20.0-1.114.9-15.0-2.2
201731584621153121258471295.218.289.352.241-0.50.60.1-2.814.9-11.6-5.2
201832603621173121055491325.216.288.335.234-0.9-3.30.1-3.114.9-15.3-5.4
201933416427821163732943.210.279.323.226-1.2-7.30.1-2.214.9-20.1-3.7
202034629641193021157511413.210.281.328.229-1.4-7.20.2-3.614.9-18.8-5.6
202135634661223021260491402.214.282.338.231-1.2-5.50.4-3.814.9-17.1-5.7
202236603601132821054471351.208.277.322.225-1.6-9.00.6-3.814.9-20.8-5.4
202337633631162821156501450.203.273.315.222-1.8-11.10.9-4.114.9-22.8-5.6

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
14.65.58.63.82.1out of baseball34.6

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 79)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 89 Chip Ambres 2008 .249
2 89 Eric Patterson 2011 .228
3 86 Paul McAnulty 2009 .000 DNP
4 86 Lou Montanez 2010 .104
5 86 Alejandro De Aza 2012 .271
6 86 Daniel Nava 2011 .000 DNP
7 84 Drew Sutton 2011 .273
8 83 Val Majewski 2009 .000 DNP
9 83 Jamie Hoffmann 2013 .000 DNP
10 83 Scott Cousins 2013 .121
11 82 Brian Bogusevic 2012 .232
12 82 Joe Mather 2011 .212
13 82 Todd Linden 2008 .000 DNP
14 82 Rusty Ryal 2011 .000 DNP
15 82 Nyjer Morgan 2009 .274
16 81 Jeff Salazar 2009 .083
17 81 Mike Paulk 2012 .000 DNP
18 80 Brian Stavisky 2009 .000 DNP
19 80 Chris Pettit 2013 .000 DNP
20 80 Rashad Eldridge 2010 .000 DNP
21 80 Kevin Thompson 2008 .000 DNP
22 80 Ty Wright 2013 .000 DNP
23 80 Jordan Brown 2012 .000 DNP
24 80 Chris Aguila 2007 .000 DNP
25 79 Craig Gentry 2012 .275
26 79 Tim Raines 2008 .000 DNP
27 79 Jeffrey Corsaletti 2011 .000 DNP
28 79 Chris Carter 2011 .000 DNP
29 79 Jorge Piedra 2007 .000 DNP
30 79 Brian Barton 2010 .000 DNP
31 79 Chris Denorfia 2009 .332
32 79 Josh Rabe 2007 .140
33 79 James Van Ostrand 2013 .000 DNP
34 79 Brett Carroll 2011 -.027
35 79 Xavier Paul 2013 .268
36 78 Charles Thomas 2007 .000 DNP
37 78 Jordan Parraz 2013 .000 DNP
38 78 Eugenio Velez 2010 .223
39 78 Drew T Anderson 2009 .000 DNP
40 78 Nathan Haynes 2008 .167
41 78 Trent Oeltjen 2011 .257
42 78 Brandon Jones 2012 .000 DNP
43 78 Archie Gilbert 2012 .000 DNP
44 78 Cole Gillespie 2012 .000 DNP
45 77 Matt Watson 2007 .000 DNP
46 77 Jeff Frazier 2011 .000 DNP
47 77 Jorge Padilla 2008 .000 DNP
48 77 Jason Pridie 2012 .365
49 77 Dustin Martin 2012 .000 DNP
50 77 Ronnier Mustelier 2013 .000 DNP
51 77 Chad Huffman 2013 .000 DNP
52 77 T.J. Bohn 2008 .306
53 77 Jordan Czarniecki 2009 .000 DNP
54 77 Jason Cooper 2009 .000 DNP
55 77 John Baker 2009 .265
56 77 John Bowker 2012 .000 DNP
57 77 Ben Copeland 2012 .000 DNP
58 77 Kory Casto 2010 .000 DNP
59 77 Elliot Johnson 2012 .253
60 77 Chris Dickerson 2010 .203
61 77 Daniel Ortmeier 2009 .000 DNP
62 76 Chuck Caufield 2012 .000 DNP
63 76 Prentice Redman 2008 .000 DNP
64 76 Choo Freeman 2008 .000 DNP
65 76 Mark Hamilton 2013 .000 DNP
66 76 Bronson Sardinha 2011 .000 DNP
67 76 Matt Miller 2011 .000 DNP
68 76 Caleb Stewart 2010 .000 DNP
69 76 Fred Lewis 2009 .275
70 76 Luis Terrero 2008 .000 DNP
71 76 Michael Morse 2010 .314
72 76 Shane Robinson 2013 .260
73 76 Mike Fontenot 2008 .313
74 76 Mitch Maier 2010 .256
75 76 Elian Herrera 2013 .132
76 76 Alex Romero 2012 .000 DNP
77 76 Jose Lobaton 2013 .280
78 76 Chris Gimenez 2011 .234
79 76 Colin Curtis 2013 .000 DNP
80 76 Russell Mitchell 2013 .000 DNP
81 76 Luke Allen 2007 .000 DNP
82 75 Brandon Tripp 2013 .000 DNP
83 75 Sergio Pedroza 2012 .000 DNP
84 75 Reid Gorecki 2009 .168
85 75 Quintin Berry 2013 .566
86 75 David Murphy 2010 .280
87 75 Jason Repko 2009 .149
88 75 Juan Ciriaco 2012 .000 DNP
89 75 Nick Stavinoha 2010 .232
90 75 Nic Jackson 2008 .000 DNP
91 75 Buck Coats 2010 .000 DNP
92 75 Danny Richar 2011 .000 DNP
93 75 Alexis Gomez 2007 .000 DNP
94 75 Sandy Madera 2009 .000 DNP
95 75 Jesus Valdez 2013 .000 DNP
96 75 Mike Baxter 2013 .227
97 75 Drew Locke 2011 .000 DNP
98 75 Matt McBride 2013 .000 DNP
99 75 Bubba Bell 2011 .000 DNP
100 75 Jermaine Mitchell 2013 .000 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2012 Cunningham hits the ball hard to all fields, runs well, and can play all three outfield spots. The downside is that he doesn't have much home-run power, isn't a good base stealer, and isn't blessed with a strong throwing arm. As he did in each of the three previous seasons, Cunningham split time between Triple-A and the big leagues, never getting an extended look at the higher level. This cycle ultimately led to Cunningham getting traded for the second time in three, and he'll now try to latch on as a fourth outfielder for Cleveland in 2012.
2011 Cunningham was successful in his first extended stay in the bigs, contributing solid play on both sides of the ball. He's something of an offensive tweener, best suited for a bench role given that his bat will produce only a moderate average and power for a corner outfielder, yet is simultaneously a good enough hitter that he's capable of handling periods of every-day work without sabotaging his squad. Cunningham will get a crack at the reserve outfielder's job vacated by Scott Hairston, but the presence of the superior Chris Denorfia on the roster might mean more time at Triple-A.
2010 Oakland had high hopes for Cunningham, part of the package received for Dan Haren, and while he's compiled a .317/.389/.510 mark in 103 games at Triple-A thus far, he's yet to establish himself in the big leagues, where he struggled mightily in 2009, albeit in a very brief audition.†In many ways he's a right-handed Travis Buck, a player who can hit for average but might not have enough secondary skills to play in a corner every day. There are many players like Cunningham, who put up solid minor-league numbers, hitting for a good average but not a great one, having fair selectivity without being truly selective, and hitting for modest power without being powerful. Some of them succeed, but with many the greater difficulty of the major leagues gnaws away at their advantages until they become unplayably ordinary. It's too early to say if this is the case with Cunningham, but it's a possibility.
2009 Like Carter, Cunningham was originally drafted by the White Sox and came to Oakland through Arizona in the Haren deal. The quick changes of organizations means he's played in seven different minor league circuits in his short career, but he's hit at every one of them, producing a career minor league batting line of .311/.384/.496. In many ways, he's a righty version of a pre-2008 Travis Buck, where the batting average and on-base skills are there, but there are questions about his power ceiling as a corner outfielder. One of 12 players used in the outfield by the A's last year, the Holliday pick-up means he'll likely spend most of the year at Triple-A in preparation for a job in 2010.
2008 Cunningham is a tough call as outfield prospects go, which might help explain why first the White Sox and then the Snakes dealt him. He stands on the inside corner of the batter's box and covers the plate well (taking a number of HBPs as a result), but, at age 21, the resultant power is already showing a mature spread of extra-base hits. He doesn't have big doubles totals that project as future home runs, which takes some of the bite out of his otherwise outstanding power numbers. Cunningham impressed by making it up to Double-A by season's end, but he didn't hit for any power in the Arizona Fall League. One of the six dealt to Oakland in the Haren deal, he's in an organization that appreciates his gifts. If he hits at Double-A this year, he'll silence some of the skeptics, but as a corner outfielder without the arm for right, he'll have to keep slugging in the .500s to be an asset in left.
2007 In an organization whose better prospects are a bit overrated, Cunningham is something of a sleeper; any player who posts a .254 EqA as a 20 year old has a good chance of becoming a major league regular. Still, Cunningham has a long way to go, and while scouts praise his hitting mechanics, he is both undersized and underathletic. His upside involves some combination of power and contact hitting.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2012-03-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)Who should win the Indians LF carousel? Who has the best chance to stick?
(SaberTJ from Cleveland, OH)
My unofficial survey of who is fighting for the job: Shelley Duncan, Aaron Cunningham, Ryan Spilborghs, Felix Pie, Fred Lewis, and Russ Canzler.

I cannot envision Canzler playing a tolerable corner outfield, so Iíll say not him. Same result with Pie for different reasons. From there, you have Lewis and three righty bats, but Duncan and Cunningham are both out of options. So I guess the Indians might keep those two and store Lewis and Spilborghs in Triple-A for depth. I might opt for a platoon between Lewis and whichever of the two righties youíre higher on. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's your take on Grady Sizemore? If he ends up hurt again by the end of spring training, is Ezequiel Carrera a fantasy asset?
(LoyalRoyal from Doin' Time in Leavenworth)
He's just so risky. Unless you get him late in a draft, I wouldn't bother. I don't see him ever staying healthy for a full year. Carrera could very well be a fantasy asset, especially with his speed, although the Indians do have other options. They could put Brantley in CF again and put a guy like Shelly Duncan in LF (though I don't think Brantley is a good CF). They have Ryan Spilborghs and Aaron Cunningham too, but I think Carrera has the inside track on those two. The interesting thing with him is how often they batted him leadoff when he was filling in last season. (Derek Carty)
2011-05-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are the odds that Aaron Cunningham gets a shot in the Padres outfield this year?
(goiter6 from MN)
Less than 50-50. He doesn't seem too high up on their pecking order anymore. (John Perrotto)
2010-12-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)So you Red Sox joy counterbalances your Padres' sadness on the Gonzalez deal?
(formersd from San Diego)
There really isn't any Padres' sadness, honestly. Here is my thinking.

As great as Adrian Gonzalez is--and he's one of the top players in the game--he is one guy. The Padres had reason to believe the 2011 team could be a bit better, with an improved rotation, a full season of (healthy) Ryan Ludwick, Cameron Maybin possibly blossoming in center with another year in the majors, Kyle Blanks coming back from his TJ surgery, etc. If they acquire Brendan Ryan in a trade to man shortstop as is expected, and then sign someone like Derrek Lee to play first base, then you're talking about a team that could still win something like 82-85 games. Then, in 2012, you have Casey Kelly, Anthony Rizzo, Simon Castro and maybe Drew Cumberland coming up if he continues to tear up the minors. That is an exciting roster all of a sudden, and it was brought about without fielding a terrible team.

The Padres can trade Bell and Ludwick in July and still have a decent team, assuming Aaron Cunningham or Kyle Blanks can slot into Ludwick's place and they bump Mike Adams up to the role of closer. The gloom and doom mentality coming out of San Diego after the trade of Adrian Gonzalez is almost enough to make me start a Padres' blog in response. (Marc Normandin)
2010-10-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)But can't you also blame Bud and I for hiding how bad my shoulder was (according to stories in SD papers)? My production didn't suffer because I was slacking off, but I was still hurting the team every time I took the field.
(Scott Hairston from Contractual Limbo)
Oh, I didn't mean to imply I was happy with the decision to keep trotting him out there. In a season full of excellent decisions by Bud Black, who I do believe is an excellent manager in a league with very few of those, continuing to trot Hairston out there was awful. Just that during the last weekend of the season I didn't mind so much, because he had all that time off to rest and heal.

Aaron Cunningham probably should have been the one getting that playing time if they were that desperate for another outfielder, and it's a shame he didn't. So it goes. (Marc Normandin)
2009-02-16 14:00:00 (link to chat)I think most A's fans are wondering why Brett Anderson and Trevor Cahill are so low, and Michael Inoa is so high. Also, how close did Aaron Cunningham come to making to top 100?
(A's fan from Oaktown, CA)
I'm not a huge Cunningham guy. I like him plenty, and his a big leaguer, but I'm not sold on a star ceiling. As far a Cahill and Anderson go, I have them as the 23rd and 24th best prospects in ALL OF BASEBALL, and that's low? I don't get those arguments. Inoa is so high because EVERYONE I talked to that saw him did not talk about his talents as being good, that talked about him being historic. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-10-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who would you start in the A's outfield next year out of Travis Buck, Matt Murton, Ryan Sweeney, Carlos Gonzalez, and Aaron Cunningham?
(Dave from Chicago)
Good question. I'm not sure how crazy I am about any of 'em. Gonzalez has star potential but still needs lots of work, and he's the only one with real star potential. I'm not a big Murton or Sweeney fan. (Kevin Goldstein)


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