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Winter Meetings Day 2: This is What Going Mad Must Feel Like.

Overrated, Overrated, Overrated. After two days of wheeling and dealing in Las Vegas, the Winter Meetings finally got exciting yesterday. Well, for some that is. The Mets nailed down the back of their bullpen by signing the vastly overrated Frankie Rodriguez to a three year, $37 Million contract. The Yanks have reportedly gotten their man in the 7 year, $161 Million arm of CC Sabathia (too much, too long, too fat). The Dodgers have signed former Patriots Day hero Mark Loretta as well as retaining Casey Blake. The Orioles have traded Ramon Hernandez (who they were not going to trade in Division for all of you who think he could have replaced Varitek) to the Reds for Ryan Freel. The Indians are nearing a deal with oft injured former Cub Kerry Wood. Lots of deals and imminent deals are floating around, but something is missing, and it’s making me feel like these aren’t really the Winter Meetings.

boras_antichristLet’s see; all of the GMs are there, there are lots of buffets, Satan is wandering around collecting dollars, souls and robbing the occasional little old lady. What is missing? Oh, Yeah, the Boston Red Sox have not made a deal yet. The usually very active Theo and Company have been stagnant, though they have had their noses in pretty much everything. This is what’s been going on according to my numerous sources:

oh, yeah. He plays Gold Glove first base as well.

oh, yeah. He plays Gold Glove first base as well.

The Sox are the frontrunners in the race for Mark Teixeira, having met with Satan early this morning (Theo goes all night). Now that Sabathia is off the market, this negotiation should heat up. He is also known as the prime target of his current team, the LAAAngels, and to be in the plans of a few other teams. He should be getting somewhere in the range of The old left fielder’s deal (8 Yrs, $160 million), probably a few million a year more. The Yanks might not get involved now that they’ve got CC, instead aiming to lure D-Lowe and/or Burnett to join him. Hank “Dumber than dad with a bigger mouth” Steinbrenner has made it clear that he also wants to bring home the old left fielder (he grew up within view of the Stadium). Of course, they have more money than brains so an offer will probably be forthcoming. 

It would just be a great kick in the Nuts to the Yankees fans for him to have a good season in a Red Sox uniform.

It would just be a great kick in the Nuts to the Yankees fans for him to have a good season in a Red Sox uniform.

Another market they are heavy into is the one for a moderately priced veteran starter. names kicked around have been Pettite, Smoltz, Pavano, Lowe and Burnett. Of course, the latter two have a heftier (like Sabathia, who’s fat) price in terms of both years and dollars, but the Sox are exploring all options. Lowe still has a boner for Northeastern girls, and has stated that he wants to come back, but I doubt the Sox would bring him back at the 4 year, $50-60 million range that he’s looking for. Burnett already supposedly has an offer from the Yanks on the table for 5 years and $66 Million, which the Sox will not go to. This wold be as bad a deal as the Sabathia one as both of them are primed to break down (though in different ways). One GM said of Sabathia, “As he gets older, he’s not gonna get skinnier,” and Burnett only had one really good season in Toronto and originally looked to be as bad a signing as Pavano (likely returning to the Marlins) in the first two years. Smoltz and Pettite are both better options as they could come in for only one year, if big money ($12-17 Million) and allow Masterson to continue in the setup role where he excelled this season. 

Still the Captain

Still the Captain

The other Priority for the Sox is actually one where they are getting help from teams around the league. Yesterday’s trade of Ramon Hernandez to the Reds removes another possible landing place for Varitek, as he will not want to sit in Baltimore as the O’s introduce their big catching prospect. He is losing options by the day and in all likelyhood will be returning to Fenway. The trade market has rumors flying that the Rangers will be willing to give us Salty for Clay “I threw a no hitter in my second start and then shit the bed after” Buchholz. I like that deal on many levels, first it allows the Sox to shed the history and personal issues that comes with any failure by Buchholz in this uniform and second the Sox get the Catcher of the Future with time for him to train with the Captain. 

Tomorrow the Sox will make one new announcement: New logo and Uniforms. I’m praying that they won’t touch the basic home jersey or hat, but changes to the road and alternate unis and hats could be a great way to increase revenues (you know you’ll want one,. I do). Either way, it’ll all shake out, but for now let’s just trust in Theo, laugh at the Yanks for giving a fat man an unlimited food budget in New York City, and Watch Baseball Tonight at 5 PM today on ESPN2. 

Go Sox. 

64 Days.



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Dispatches from Dana Point.

st-regis-dana-point-exterior1Well, it’s here. That important November event that the nation waits for. 

Thats right, we have just made it through the first full day of the Major League Baseball’s annual GM meetings. While teams still have an exclusive negotiating window with their own free agents, this weeks meetings is where many of the foundations of deals will be laid, trades will be discussed and Scott Boras will exude evil. This is also a chance for many of the GMs and Agents to start thinking about how the economy will affect the game and how it is run. 

So what’s been going on? 

alg_pavanogiambistache533The Yanks have formally cut ties with two of the biggest embarrassments in team history. They turned down the $21 million option on Jason Giambi (who should never have left Oakland, or grown that ‘stache… Creepy…..), the first man to apologize for nothing in the history of baseball (we think it was for pooping in public or something but he never said). They also let Carl Pavano go. Who is he you ask? He is the guy who got $40 Million dollars to go 9-8 in 4 seasons and generally be called a wuss by the entire organization. (The Sox offered him more money 4 years ago before trading for Beckett, Whew)

Matt Holliday has made an appearance, which is rare for a player (he lives and train in the area, so it’s not too surprising). It may be for the shrimp cocktail, or it may be to meet with his agent (Satan) and Rockies management to find out where he will be underperforming next season. He is on the block but comes with the stigma of his career numbers being closely attached to the inflated offensive reputation of Coors Field in Denver. Many people speculate that he’s on the Sox radar, but a Boras guy who is unproven outside of Denver, with awful Home/Road splits (.357 avg, .423 obp, 1.068 ops /.280, .348, .803 I love Baseball Reference) and only one year on his contract is not the kind of chance we need to take at this point. What can he do? Nobody knows.

BASEBALL/The Sox have said goodbye to Mike Timlin (I would love to see Mike retire and join the Sox as a minor league instructor. He is clearly done but could be an awesome resource for the young relief pitchers in the Sox System) and Sean Casey (thanks Sean, it was great, best of luck, and I hope I don’t have to hate you next year). But the two big Sox notes are that they are talking to the Rangers about one of their four young catching prospects and that they are the frontrunnner to land 22 year old Japanese amateur Junichi Tazawa. Tazawa is a bit of an unknown. He instructed the teams of Nippon Professional Baseball (thats the Japanese Leagues for those who don’t know) to pass over him in the draft this year, but he has been on the Sox radar for a couple of years and is in line with their goal of having all japanese Pitchers. He may be inline for a Major League contract right off the bat, but will undoubtedly be relegated to the minors for a time. He, like what ever the catcher the Sox get from Texas, will be a long term investment with less immediate impact and more in the future. 

Rangers Spring BaseballNow the Rangers. They have four guys who could fill the spot of Catcher in Waiting behind the Captain (should he come back), Gerald Laird, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Taylor Teagarden, and some other guy who it seems is too raw to be an option. This is the report from Extra Bases “Saltalamacchia is more raw in terms of his catching than Teagarden but his physical upside is greater, according to one major league scout here at the GM meetings. Another scout said Saltalamacchia reminds him of a young Varitek at this stage in his development, with Saltalamacchia perhaps possessing a greater upside offensively.” Yeah, I have a man crush on Salty. Big whoop. Wannafightaboudit?

More from the meetings tomorrow, or if anything big goes down today. Congrats to President-Elect Obama. Go America

Trust in Theo. Go Sox. 

105 Days. 



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