A source in Jacksonville says that Sid Watson's career with the Juggernauts is hanging on by a thread. The closer has struggled the past couple of seasons after an incredibly strong breakout season two years ago. He is currently sporting a 7.90 ERA and already has 5 blown saves and 3 losses in only 19 games played. In a recent interview with ESPN, coach Dry seemed caught off guard when asked about Watson’s future. Long time Major League reporter, Ima Presguy, asked Dry if the team was thinking of trading Watson. “Trading Watson? Why would you ask that? He’s got nearly 200 saves in his career and he’s only 28 years old. He’s an all-star presence in our bullpen and he’s been a huge part of our team’s success over the past few seasons. I just don’t understand why you would even bring that up?”
But despite coach Dry’s attempts to seem stunned, sources from the team say that Watson is being shopped around. “He’s a great pitcher with a ton of good baseball left in him. He’s just not performing well right now and maybe he just needs a change of scenery”, said one source close to the team.
1. Gregory Roth 21, SP Anaheim- Season 40 2nd Overall Pick
-Roth looks set to anchor the Anteater rotation as Anaheim completes another successful rebuild
2. Dorssys Arcia 19, SP Los Angeles- Season 41 International $23.3 Million
- Crown jewel of S41 international bidding, in the same season LA traded Livingstone, Arcia looks likely to continue the legacy.
3. Shooter Smyth 22, SP Augusta- Season 38 5th Overall Pick
- Top 3 pitchers are nearly interchangeable, Shooter could easily hold the top spot and may see the majors this season
4. Beamer McCallum 20, 1B Chicago- Season 41 1st Overall Pick
- Top hitting prospect in Capra, dominated the minors last season, future MVP candidate
5. Albert Espinoza 23, C Iowa City- Season 40 International $14 Million
- Acquired from Chicago last season, will anchor the Harvesters lineup and provide excellent value at catcher
6. Amp Brooks 19, SP Hartford- Season 41 2nd Overall Pick
Hardball Dynasty'sJose Almonte
Years Active: -2 to 11
Years with North Stars: 0-11
Claim to fame: 1,496 consecutive games played (Capra record)
Awards: All-Star (1, 4), Silver Slugger (4)
Almonte was an on-base machine, with 7 seasons of .400 OBP or better. That was also his career mark and he had 7 100-walk seasons. He also scored 92 or more runs each of the first 5 seasons of Capra, and hit 38 doubles in season 4. A forearm nerve injury ended his record games-played streak, particularly impressive considering he was a catcher.