J.J. looks back on Shingo’s 2004 season:
Everything about Shingo in 2004 was awesome. The 24-game scoreless streak. “Mr. Zero.” The gong. “Shingo Time.” His 2.31 ERA. Nineteen saves in 20 tries. And, of course, the coolest pitch I’ll ever see a pitcher throw effectively: a sweeping Frisbee breaking ball that usually was thrown in the upper 50 to low 60-mph range.
Sure, Shingo may have been lucky in 2004. He had a .213 BABIP, a 3.80 FIP (1.49 higher than his ERA), and a 4.24 xFIP. Looking back, Shingo’s fall from grace in 2005 was inevitable. But for one year, Shingo was the man. …
Oh, remembering Shingo’s 2004 season! I enjoyed that.
BTW, after returning to Japan he reached 273 saves. Add his 33 MLB saves and he has 300 saves. Shingo joined the Taiwanese baseball league in January.
The White Sox are interested in Prince Fielder; it appears they probably can’t make a deal unless they offer Gordon Beckham in the package.
UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal earlier:
Reversal from yesterday: White Sox trying to accelerate talks for Prince. Problem: Brewers want SP, and view Hudson as only a 3 or 4.
Passan @ Yahoo:
Major league HR leader Jose Bautista drawing serious trade interest. Teams that have inquired include Giants, Tigers, White Sox, Braves.
Bautista is under club control for the current and for the next season and then hits free-agency. He’s on a 1-year, $2.4 million contract.
UPDATE: Buster Olney via MLBTR:
Some teams feel that the Blue Jays are bluffing by asking for elite young players for MLB home run leader Jose Bautista. Rival executives feel that Bautista’s salary will jump to eight figures in his final arbitration year, and the Jays would be reluctant to pay.