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Saturday, January 29, 2005

Ordonez to sign with Tigers? 

So, it seems as though the Tigers are going to sign Magglio Ordonez. I have mixed feelings about this. All winter I've been talking about how I wanted the Yankees to sign Magglio because he'd probably take a cheap 1 year contract a la Nomar because he was injured last year (and not a minor injury, at that). I figured, naively, that this would be the case, but I forgot to factor in The Agent from Hell, Scott Boras. Apparently, he's asking for a 4-5 year deal worth FOURTEEN MILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR. Yes, you read that correctly. If I do my math correctly, that's a lot of money for someone who had such a bad injury. Another report has Boras asking for a SEVEN YEAR DEAL. Yes, 7 years.

Now, I am the first person on the Magglio bandwagon. I think the guy is one of the most underrated players in the game. People know he's very good, but he's VERY good. I like him better than Carlos Beltran who signed a 7yr/$119M deal with the Mets. I have talked about this before. Magglio's OPS+ of his last 3 healthy seasons was 143 compared to Beltran's OPS+ of 120. That's a big difference. BIG. Of course, Magglio is 3 years older (31 for the 2005 season), so you don't want to give him a 7 year deal - 4 would be more than enough. But considering that Magglio, in his past 3 healthy season has, on averge, out homered (33-31), out RBI'd (120-103), out OBA'd (.381-.365), and out slugged (.557-.520) Beltran, well, maybe it makes sense that Boras is pushing for a huge contract for Magglio.

One problem is that it seems that the Tigers are bidding against themselves. I haven't heard of any other team in serious talks with Magglio. The Rangers have cooled to him, and the O's are trading a box of balls for Sammy Sosa.

These numbers that are being thrown around have probably scared away most teams. I'd like to see the Tigers get him since they've tried so hard this offseason to sign some big names, and they've struck out on every one. And this will stop the spread of big names migrating from the AL to the NL. But I never would have guessed that it would take this much to sign the guy.
# posted by shawn : 1/29/2005 11:58:00 AM -

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

It's raining prospects! 

In addition to all the top rated prospects the Mets jettisoned last year for mediocre major league pitchers, they now trade their fourth-rated prospect (according to the Daily News AND scout.com) for a slick fielding, no hitting first baseman, Doug Mientkiewicz, from the Red Sox. Ian Bladergroen hit .342 with 13 HR and 74 RBI in A ball. In ADDITION to being hoodwinked by the Red Sox, the Mets sent an undisclosed amount of cash to the Sox!!! So they are taking on a useless first baseman AND PAYING THE SOX TO DO SO. Holy guacamole!

You can't tell me that the Mets could have found a minor league 1B languishing somewhere (the Marlins have an extra 1B prospect now that they signed Delgado). The Mets went from so close to signing the last, missing piece of the puzzle, to trading a very good prospect for a marginal major leaguer. Put Mientkiewicz in Shea Stadium (extreme pitchers park) and just watch his number drop even lower. Everyone is hoping he "rebounds" to his 2001-2003 numbers, but there is no way he's ever going to reach them playing half his games at Shea. His numbers will be closer to his aggregate 2004 line.

Look for the Marlins and the Braves to duke it out in the AL East this season. The Braves will do it on their pitching, while the Marlins will field a more balanced attack, having both a strong offense and a strong pitching staff (though not as strong as the Braves, plus they lack Leo Mazzone). The Phils and the Mets will be fighting it out for 3rd place.
# posted by shawn : 1/26/2005 01:00:00 PM -

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Give Larry Money!!! 

Larry Mahnken over at Replacement Level Yankees Weblog lost everything he had except the clothes on his back from a fire in his apartment. Please go over and drop a couple dollars into his PayPal account. Let's help the guy out.
# posted by shawn : 1/25/2005 09:56:00 AM -

Monday, January 24, 2005

Amphetamines are AOK! 

Tom Verducci has a nice article on how amphetamines are still being allowed in MLB and how they were omitted from the newperformance enhancing drug ban. Some quotes of quotes from Tom's article:
[Chad] Curtis added that amphetamine use is so prevalent that non-users are sometimes ostracized as slackers.
And another:
Did you know that baseball moved to ban ephedra because of the death of Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler, but ephedra is a milder form of the amphetamines -- which are controlled substances -- that baseball does allow?
It's all about PR.
It made no sense for Rob Manfred, baseball's chief labor negotiator, to tell us with a straight face that the issue of amphetamines will be reviewed by a health policy committee. Baseball already bans them in the minor leagues, so now you're going to "study" them to see if they should be banned in the majors?
Like I said: PR. Of course, some people (i.e. David Pinto at Baseball Musings) think that all these Performance Enhancing Drugs should be legalized. I'm not going to get into that argument again - it's too similar to trying to convince a Republican that the Democrats are correct (and vice versa) or trying to explain to a atheist that God exists (and vice versa).
Chad Curtis: "Steroids are popular, but quite a lot more guys take [amphetamines] than steroids. I'm talking about illegal stuff. Speed ... ritalin, which is legal only with a doctor's prescription ... sometimes guys don't even know what they're taking. One guy will take some pills out of his locker and tell somebody else, 'Here, take one of these. You'll feel better.' And the other guy will take it and not even know what it is.
# posted by shawn : 1/24/2005 11:49:00 AM -