In a winter with a huge crop of first tier free agents, teams looking to spend money, and the Winter Meetings in Vegas, there couldn’t have been a more anticlimactic first day to the annual dealfest put on by Major League Baseball.
Theo actually said “Prepare to be underwhelmed,” the Sox have nothing going, despite the massive amounts of cash and tradeable young pitching they have, and the Boston Globe contingent of writers seems downright bored. Most of the posts on the ESPN and SI Hot Stove Blogs have been about who is meeting who, what GM is telling what lie to the media and how “sluggish” (according to Steve Phillips) the free agent market is. Even baseball tonight seemed like it was just a random episode in the middle of the winter because they didn’t have shit to report on.
In the interest of saving you the time and headache of wading through all of the crap that is being spread about, here are the five biggest Red Sox story lines from a day that Massaroti compared to an episode of Seinfeld (a show that I have never liked. It’s funny because it’s about nothing? No, that is what makes it a waste of time.):
5. The Veterans Committee voted to induct Joe Gordon into the Hall of Fame. Who? Exactly. This is a guy who is being posthumously elected more because of the guys he played with than what he did in his own 11 year career ( .268/253 hr/975 RBIs lifetime). He played with Gehrig, DiMaggio, Doby, Feller and others as he won five World Series with the Indians and Yanks. The most remarkable thing about him was an award he won in a year when even his teammates must have admitted that he got lucky, beating out Triple Crown winner Ted Williams in the 1942 AL MVP race. This guy has no business being in the Hall of Fame when Louis Tiant, Jim Rice, Ron Santo, and a few dozen other guys who never wore pinstripes don’t have plaques of their own. (Mikey Adams on WEEI was hilarious in his rant about this tonight)
Please, stay in Milwaukee, they will fry anything you want to eat if you stay.
4. The Red Sox met with CC Sabathia today, hopefully to convince him of how happy he will be at home in California or back in Milwaukee. The team has expressed concerns in the past about his durability and weight, and are unlikely to be interested in signing him unless there is some kind of major deal involving one of the Sox current starters on the horizon, which is highly improbable. He is still weighing the $140 million offer from the Pinstriped Assholes and is on the radar of three California teams (LA, LA, SF) as well as Milwaukee which is still claiming that they will offer him more than the reported $100 million they already have. Though he has not made his intentions clear, Dodgers GM Ned Colletti claims that the hefty lefty told stopped him in the hall today to tell him that he’d like to be a fixture in Chavez Ravine. Once again, nothing has actually happened, and nobody except the fat guy himself knows what is going on.
3. Adam Everett has signed with the Tigers, who were thought to be a possible landing place for Julio “I suck so bad that the Sox can’t even trade me if they offer to keep paying my salary” Lugo. That takes them out of the picture and leaves us with one less place to unload the dead weight sitting on top of Little Jeddy Lowrie getting a shot to play every day. Where does Lugo end up? Nobody knows, nobody cares, just get rid of him.
2. AJ Burnett is known to have been in deep negotiations with the Braves for time and could be nearing a deal. If he moves off the table, expect the Yanks, who are now apparently ready to “Sabathia” (make a ridiculous offer to) Burnett to blow Atlanta out of the water, to increase the pressure on CC and D-Lowe. The Sox are supposedly involved on the negotiations for Burnett, but they are always involved with pretty much everyone. I would not be surprised if both Burnett and Sabathia are gone before Chanukah (or Hanukah, or Chanuknah, or how ever people want to spell it). The rest of the free agent class will follow after them.
1. Gerald Laird from Texas to Detroit for two minor league pitchers. This deal has a number of ramifications for the Sox. First, it lessens the amount of available catching in the Rangers stable, leaving Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Taylor Teagarden, and Max Ramirez (not going to end up as a catcher apparently) still with the team. This will make it harder for Theo and company to pry Salty away from Texas, though dangling the now very movable Clay Buchholz might be a way to do that. Second, this also removes an outlet for Boras and Varitek, which might force their hands in returning to Boston for a two or three year deal.
There is plenty else going on: the Mets are meeting with F-Rod and Brian Fuentes about their need for a closer, Ben “Fallapart” Sheets met with the Yanks, the Jake Peavey talks are still continuing (Gammons thinks he’ll be a Cub) and Boras is going anywhere that a team will offer his players way too much money or there is an all puppy buffet (are these evil jokes doing anything for you?). More to come as things develop and hopefully a couple of deals are done to entertain us.
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