The Greatest Game
Thursday, January 13, 2005
I just realized that it's been days since my last post. I apologize for that. I like to keep my blog fresh with posts going up at LEAST once per day, and preferably several times a day, but I guess there's been a lull in news this week. Beltran & Randy were officially introduced, but I really don't care much about the introductions.
MLB is going to announce a new steroid policy. Not many details yet, but we should know sometime today. But here is my BIG question: how do they define "steroids"? We all know that classic steroids are so old school, that a lot of the performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) are non-steroidal and are very hard to detect. Is this going to be a PED policy? Or is it just going to be a steroid policy? Hopefully the former rather than the latter. One sport that has a ton of drug testing is cycling. They test for almost everything. Too many red blood cells? Banned! Cold medicine? Banned! Horse meds? Banned! What I'd like to see is MLB take a hardline (with the help of the Players Union, of course) on ALL drugs that enhance performance. I'll try and comment more after the announcement, but I wanted to get my pre-announcement feelings down for the record.
posted by shawn
: 1/13/2005 11:32:00 AM -
Monday, January 10, 2005
The Yanks are done
Using the fact that they Yankees turned down Boras' offer of Beltran for $100M/6yr, I'm assuming that the Yankees are all but done in the free agent market this offseason. No Magglio. No Delgado. Maybe a small signing to fill in a spot, or a minor league contract or two, but if they weren't going to bite on a "discounted" price for Beltran, then they're not going after any other big names. From cnnsi.com
Boras also spoke several times with the Yankees on Saturday night, and proposed a $100 million, six-year contract for Beltran, a high-ranking baseball official said on the condition he not be identified. While the Yankees told Boras they thought highly of Beltran, they turned down the offer because they didn't want to commit $140 million -- $100 million in salary and $40 million in luxury tax.
I still hold out a little hope that it was a smokescreen - that the Yankees really think that he's not worth the $100M WITHOUT the luxury tax (I don't think he is, either). I will hold out hope for Magglio until he signs with another team (latest rumor was the Cubs are interested, but they still have to deal with Sammy's huge contract).
As for Beltran, it's hard to feel sorry for someone who is about to sign a $119M contract. He turned down Houston because of a lack of no-trade clause, and he was rebuffed by his top choice because he was asking for much. If he REALLY wanted to join the Yankees, he could have lowered his price and cut the number of years, but you KNOW that Boras would never stand for that. He makes 5%, and he wants the biggest 5% he can get. If Beltran REALLY wanted to join the Yankees, why not take $40M/4yr or something like that? $40,000,000 is a LOT of money. He's already MADE a lot of money, and he would make more money after a 4 year contract. It all comes down to one thing: GREED. I'm not saying that I wouldn't do the same thing, but I would never be able to spend $119,000,000 in a lifetime, so maybe I would take less to play for who I REALLY wanted to play for. Shoot, I make 5-digits, and I'd be happy with a 5% raise this year, much less a salary jump to 8-digits.
posted by shawn
: 1/10/2005 12:34:00 PM -
The Fukuoka Hawks are not a Moneyball team
According to Lee Sinins:
The Fukuoka Hawks signed free agent 3B Tony Batista to a 2 year, $15 million contract.
After -3 RCAA/.766 OPS and -29 RCAA/.663 OPS seasons, Batista had a .455 SLG, .272 OBA, .728 OPS, -20 RCAA in 157 games with the Expos.
Ouch! That's a lot of money for a crappy player. Batista probably didn't get an offer from an MLB team for more than a million or so for one year. Instead he goes to Japan to make $7.5M/yr.
posted by shawn
: 1/10/2005 09:22:00 AM -
I've been reading Aaron Gleeman's Aaron's Baseball Blog
for well over a year, probably closer to two. That's why I was honored to be the one millionth visitor to his site! What are the odds?!?!
For those of you who don't know him, Aaron is a HUGE Twins fan. I don't read many blogs regularly, but his is definately one of them. He's a great writer and I love reading his gleeman length posts.
Aaron, keep up the great work!
posted by shawn
: 1/10/2005 08:38:00 AM -
Sunday, January 09, 2005
Free Agent leftovers
A while back, I posted this post
running down the remaining free agents. A lot has happened since then, and even more should happen today or tomorrow when Beltran ends up signing with, probably, the Mets. Here is a quick synopsis of the main leftovers:
- Carlos Delgado - Going to the Mets? Would Piazza then catch every day? Maybe to the M's and have Sexson butcher LF? Who knows, but this guy can hit. He had a slightly off year with an OPS of .907 which was his lowest since 1997. Is he sliding downhill? Was it a result of being on such a crappy team? My guess is the later, but he'll be 33 next year, so I'd be wary of giving him more than a 3 year contract.
- Magglio Ordonez - I haven't really heard much about him this offseason. My guess is that he's lying low until the two guys I mentioned above sign, then he'll go to the team that didn't get him. And his injury is probably really scaring off some teams. My guess is that he'll go for a short term deal a la Garciaparra (go Yellow Jackets!).
- Barry Larkin - I haven't heard of anything about Barry so far. Is he not retiring? He had a decent year for an old guy (.771 OPS). He'll stick with a team, but I'm not sure if he's going to get a starting position anywhere. What teams still have SS open right now? And Cabrera is the better choice (depending on $$$). Good luck, Barry, you've had a great career.
And that's about it, folks! Yeah, there are a number of free agents out there that could probably contribute as bench players, but besides the Big Two above, there isn't much. Delgado has been rumored to go just about everywhere, including the Mets, Rangers, Marlins, and any other number of teams. The Yanks are out, since they signed Tino, and I would guess that the Mets are out, unless they've gone totally bonkers. He'd, of course, help the team, but I doubt that they have $10M+ to throw his way. Everyone who reads this blog knows that I would like to see the Yanks take a strong look at Magglio, but I doubt that will happen. One can always dream.
Oh yeah, the Yankees signed Ruben Sierra. Blech. I saw some article (I forgot where) that referenced his veteren leadership. Blech. Like the Yankees need any more veterens or leadership on their team??? Couldn't they find a free agent out there that never played for them that could put up better numbers than Ruben? I bet they could.
posted by shawn
: 1/09/2005 01:02:00 PM -