Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Nashville Sounds Season 21 Outlook

Season 20
Won/Loss (place in division) & Playoffs: 86-76 (2nd), missed playoffs
Offense:  807 runs (5th)
Pitching:  4.57 ERA (10th)

Major ChangesFA Departures:  LR Reagan Knoblauch, SS Tony Cornejo, RP Chris Coppinger, RP Jarrett Belitz

FA Signees:
RP Cristobal Vizcaino, 2B Greg Frye

Departed via Trade:
3B Vicente Castro

Acquired via Trade:
  OF Dave Diaz, SS Alex Lopez

RP Jeffrey Tatum

Season 21 Outlook(From GM coach34)
"4 subpar seasons following our WS win doesnt cut it. FA signees Greg Frye and Cristobal Vizcaino were brought in to bolster the roster. We also traded for Dave Diaz to give him a fresh start in the middle of our order.

'We also traded for Alex Lopez to give us a quality glove at SS. I just hope he can hit his weight this season. Now that he has a season under his belt, Farmer Betancourt (AL ROY Last season) should also lead the way at the plate.

'This team is banking on it's offense and defense to carry the load since we don't have any top tier type pitching. Hopefully we will get enough to make the playoffs this season."

World Major League Blog comment: I love the Diaz trade - he's exactly the kind of player who seems to have a bust-out year when moving to a more hitter-friendly park.  I think you'll see more like .320/35/110 out of Diaz from now on.  Add in Frye, and you might have an offense that puts up more runs than they did last year.  I agree the staff will probably scuffle a times, but it's certainly good enough to pick up 5 or even 10 wins with a couple good performances and a slightly better offense.

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