Archive for January 2010

Twins manager living in fantasy world

January 29, 2010

joemauer1 Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is living in a fantasy world when he proclaimed that he is confident that a new deal will get done with all star catcher  Joe Mauer. 

Name the Last great player that the Twins kept?  Go ahead I’ll wait…….. It certainly isn’t hard to think of all the great player they have traded away in the name of saving money ala Johan Santana and Tori Hunter. I guess the possibility exists that Mauer could give the Twins a huge hometown discount but It would seem that he is in for a huge payday. I would think he would be able to get six years and around 120 million dollars or so on the open market.

Who knows anything could happen I guess, I just don’t see the Twins paying Mauer what a team like the Red Sox or Yankees would be willing to dish out for the best catcher in baseball.


A’s go balls out

January 28, 2010

Ben-Sheets I have to admit it takes a lot of guts to spend 10 million dollars on Ben Sheets a pitcher who hasn’t pitched a full season sense 2008 and hasn’t pitched 200 innings sense 2004. Don’t get me wrong Ben Sheets is no Carl Pavano, when healthy he is certainly one of the premier names out there. But is 10 Million to big a risk on a rehab case?

Sheets has never pitched in the American League which is widely thought of as a more difficult league to pitch in. I think that statement is overplayed at times. NL numbers are usually a bit better because of pitchers batting. That being said Sheets has a Career record of only 86-83 in a league that pitchers bat in. In fact in Sheets eight Major league baseball seasons he has never even had 15 wins. Now I’m not saying that Sheets is a bad pitcher. Sheets has loads of talent and great stuff. What I am saying is that making a player with his history of injuries and questionable results the second highest paid player on your team truely takes balls. The Athletics are not contenders. Frankly they have not had a winning season sense 2006, it would seem to me that ten million dollars could buy a lot of young talent that might make them more competitive in years to come.  This move gets a C- in my book.

Yankees pick up a Winn

January 28, 2010

randy-winn Randy Winn that is. The Yankees have come to terms with Randy Winn on a one year deal worth something in the neighborhood of  2 million dollars pending the results of a physical.

Winn has a horrible year with the Giants last year batting .262 in 149 games. On the surface you would think that isn’t to horrible but compared to the previous two years when he batted .300 or better it’s quite a slide. Winn is 35 years old and if he can regain his 2007/2008 form he will be a great addition. Winn is a switch hitter with a bit more power than Brett Gardner and is not a slouch on the base pads either. Last season he had 16 stolen bases only being caught twice. In 2008 he swiped 26 bases also only being caught twice.

Fielding , he is a plus defender with a good arm. Certainly an upgrade over Damon in that department. Winn can play all three outfield positions and will make a good Platoon partner for Brett Gardner and the flexibility to spell the other outfielders to keep them fresh.

The Yankees stated that they were on a tight budget and many of you did not believe this. Primarily because of the Yankees past history of sneaking in the  bushes and jumping in on the big names at the last minute. This deal makes perfect sense, the Yankees were able to make a low risk low budget move that may yield high rewards. If this works out Brian Cashman will again look like a genius if it doesn’t than it was not that much money to begin with.

It would seem that the Yankees may be done dealing and Johnny Damon is likely a man without a contract anywhere’s. Seems he will regret not excepting the offer that the Yankees made at 2 years 10 million. Now he will likely have to settle for even less with another team if he even gets a contract offer at all.

If I were to grade this move I would give it a B-  ( I wanted  Rocco Baldelli) If Winn can return to 2008 form it is more like an A

Minor move will net minor results

January 27, 2010

mayberry-777375 The Yankees have acquired 24 year old outfielder Greg Golson from the Rangers for minor league prospect  infielder Mitch Hilligoss.  Golson batted .258 in triple A last season  with 27 extra base hits. Golson was said to be the fastest player with the best outfielder in the Rangers system. His speed probably has a bit to do with the number of extra base hits he had. His seven MLB at bats probably isn’t going to land him a spot on the 25 man roster. What this move does do is provide the Yankees a little depth in the outfield down on the farm. I can also see him as being next years Freddy Guzman. Perhaps a September call up  as a pinch runner.

In other Yankee news  Xavier Nady signed a deal with the Cubs for 3.3 million plus incentives. Definitely more than the Yankees would have spent on a  rehab case.  Johnny Damon seems to be the most talented Left fielder on the market and I keep hearing how this this writer or that writer believes that he will eventually end up back on the Yankees. I’m hear to tell you kids that unless Johnny approaches the Bombers and says “ I want to be a Yankee and I’ll do it for 2 million on a one year deal” Don’t expect to see him in pinstripes.

Mets trade for Gary Matthews Jr.

January 23, 2010

matthews Hell has froze over, pigs are flying and Eskimos are buying ice cubes. Why you ask? It’s because I agree with Buster Brown Olney on his evaluation of Matthews. To sum it up he sucks. I don’t understand it at all. Here are my problems with Matthews.

1. He is 35 Years old

2. He has gone from 19 HR in 2006 to 4 in 2009

3. He is not a good defender

4. He is making about 9 million more per season than he is worth.

5. He has been linked to Human Growth Hormones

6. He is a big baby and wines when he doesn’t get to play everyday which is a clubhouse distraction.

7. Did I mention that he is 35 and that he sucks?

8. He has a slow bat and no range

The Angels were so happy to be rid of him that they ate 21 million dollars of his salary over the next two seasons you would think that this would have tipped off the Mets that this is prob not the best move. I understand that they are freaking out over the Beltran Injury but I think Even Johnny Damon would have been a better choice. The smart thing would have been to start Angel Pagen in CF until Beltran was back, but I guess for only 2.5 million dollars the risk isn’t as great as spending nine or ten million on Damon.

Today is a historical day in sports

January 23, 2010

January 23rd is a day like no other in sports history. Tons of history is made on this very day. In my mind most notably the election of Willie Mays  to the Baseball Hall of Fame happened on this day in 1979. That of course should not overshadow the premier of Barney Miller on ABC in 1975. Here is a partial time-line of some of the other important (mostly) sporting history that was made on this day.

Who knows maybe history will be made today!

1994     Bernie Kosar is 2nd quarterback to throw TD passes in AFC and NFC Champ games

1993     U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Nancy Kerrigan

1988     Bob Benoit bowls 1st 300-pt game in a televised title match

1981     Red Sox trade Fred Lynn to Angels for Frank Tanana and Joe Rudi

1967     Stan Musial is named General Manager of Cards

1965     Boston Celtic center Bill Russell misses all 14 shots in loss to Philadelphia Warriors led by Wilt Chamberlain

1950     NFL rule changes open way for 2-platoon system (offense and defense)

1812     7.8 earthquake shakes New Madrid, Missouri

638     Start of Islamic calendar

Arbitration hearings up next!

January 21, 2010

For those of you who do not understand the arbitration process allow me to give you a quick lesson:

A player and club who cannot agree on a contract may agree to salary arbitration, provided that the player has enough service time in the majors. The following players are eligible for arbitration:

(1) Players with at least 3 but less than 6 years of service in Major League Baseball;

(2) The top 17 percent of players with at least 2 but less than 3 years of Major League service. These are known as “Super 2” players. To qualify as a Super 2, a player must have accumulated at least 86 days of service in the previous year. Historically, the cutoff point for Super 2 status is 2 years, 128 days of service, though the requirement has been as high as 2 years, 140 days in years past.

A hearing can be avoided if the players and ownership can agree on a salary number prior to the deadline, Which in this case is tomorrow. The biggest name out there that is yet to settle is Tim Lincecum. The Giants have offered him 8 million dollars and he has requested 13 million dollars. The biggest dollar amount ever awarded to a first year eligible player was 10 million collected by Ryan Howard.

I have to admit that I didn’t expect Tim to go balls out. I figured they would settle for like nine million. But what does he have to lose he only made 690,000 last year so even if he loses the hearing he still wins eight million dollars. His big payday will come at the end of his contract. I don’t think the Giants will have the resources to lock him up on a long term deal where he will demand somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 million a year or more.

If the Giants are smart they will try and sign him to a long term deal now effectively buying out his remaining arbitration years. Somewhere in the neighborhood of  4 years 55 million would probably get it done with a breakdown similar to this :

2010  9 million

2011  12 million

2012 15 million

2013 19 million

and they might even throw in the lucrative 22 million dollar team option for 2014 which they know they cant afford. So here’s to wondering how Tim will look in pinstripes in 2014. Funny how that’s the year that AJ Burnett’s contract is up. Just sayin