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Matsui to A’s

The A’s have reached a deal with Godzilla, Hideki Matsui. Presumably one-year. Matsui turns 37 next year.

 

Hmmm….rumors that the “mystery 3rd team” could be Phils? If so, that could be scary. Doc, Oswalt, Hamels and Lee? With that, less than 100 wins would be unacceptable.   

Game 5′s Teixless (and toothless?) lineup, and pregame.

No Teixeira. Done for the year. Eduardo Nunez activated.

The lack of clutch, situational hitting makes you miss Godzilla. From the Post:

in the past three games — five runs and a combined 6-for-39 (.154) with runners in scoring position

Swish and Teix didn’t do much in last year’s postseason but the Yanks (esp. Matsui in the WS; Damon, too) were able to overcome.

I can understand the thought process of letting Godzilla and JD go, but others needed to step up (Teix, Swish). They didn’t.

Be sure to check out this excellent piece on Posada by Joel Sherman.  Exactly what I’d like in 2011. Posada full-time DH, 3rd string catcher, catches every so often. Montero getting time at C and DH with Cervelli getting most of the time at catcher until Montero proves he can catch everyday. Berkman will most likely be gone anyway. 

And I hope Posada announces early that 2011 will be it.

As for another graying beard, Berkman thinks Pettitte will be back in 2011. Just a gut feeling, nothing more.

Whoever Texas’ scouts are, give them credit for a great scouting report, and give the Rangers credit for executing it.

Speaking of execution (to quote the late John McKay), the Yankees fans are all for it…in regards to a few players right now.

We await the lineup announcement.

Strained right hammy for Teixeira. Done for the year. I’d bat Robbie 3rd, even against the lefty. Hell, with 3 HR, he’s the only one hitting. Isn’t the old adage, that you bat your best hitter 3rd?

I mentioned about Melky being released. I predicted his HR would drop once out of Yankee Stadium and in Atlanta. They did. From 13 to 4. 68 RBI to 42. I knew he would drop off, just not how much. Nice backup OF. Plays all three positions. Not a regular player. As I mentioned, I’d take him back, but only for backup OF.

The Phils face a situation kind of like the Yanks had last night. Down 2-1 they are going with Joe Blanton instead of Halladay on short rest, and like the Yankees, the Phils are struggling with the sticks. Blanton wasn’t as bad as A.J. this year, but he wasn’t much better.

Shades of Hinckley, Jodie Foster and President Reagan. A nutcase ran on the field wanting to confront A-Rod about Cameron Diaz. Apparently this guy had delusions of himself and her. There’s more delusions. The guy’s nuts.

And the lineup has been announced:

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Marcus Thames DH
Lance Berkman 1B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Brett Gardner LF

CC Sabathia P

Personally, I am glad to see Cano at 3, despite the lefty Wilson on the mound. With Teix out, you need him there. Not much else you can do. One thing I would have done which Girardi didn’t do was to move Gardner to the leadoff spot, drop Jeter to 2 and drop Swisher to 8 (with Granderson 9). I mean, Swish is 4 for 44 or thereabouts vs. Texas this year. But he’s staying at 2?

The lowdown for hitters vs. Wilson and CC can be found in the Game 1 preview.

 

Game 92. Yanks flat as Angels win 10-2. I suggest lineup changes.

A good start. Swisher HR (17) in the 1st, Posada RBI groundout.

After that, nada.

2 hits in the 1st. Just 4 thereafter.

Meanwhile, a bad night for Hughes. It seemed like his curve was hanging a bit, and Hughes went 5, gave up 6 R on 9 h, 3 walks, just 2 K and the ERA goes to 3.99. 11-3 now.

Albaladejo, just up from SWB, went 1 2/3, 1 R, 2 H, a walk and a K. Alby had 31 saves and a 0.96 at SWB. Good read elsewhere on Alby switching from a two-seamer to a four-seamer after an awful S.T.

Park came in and you know how I do not like him. Gave up a gopher ball (but if he is going to give one up, best to Godzilla). ERA now 5.93. I truly hope he is NOT re-signed for 2011. Didn’t want him. Still don’t (and I booed him when he entered on Sunday. I know he got the win that day, but…). Hope he is gone soon.

Gaudin to finish. … and finish poorly. 1 IP and 2 R (6.81)

The Jeter contract talks (contract expires at the end of the year) get more interesting.  His oh for four, and a GIDP drop his BA to .268… consider his age (36) his lowest previous BA (.291) and his lifetime BA (.315). Ouch. Consider also, this…. A leadoff hitter’s job is to get on, and you want him to have speed. Entering tonight:

Gardner:  .305 BA, .398 OBP and 26 SB.
Jeter: .271 BA, .335 OBP and 10 SB.

Girardi? It’s time to get Derek OUT of the leadoff spot. Do you have the guts to drop the Captain?

Swisher, going into tonight, was at .301. 16 HR (#17 tonight). Time to get him OUT of the #2 spot and into a meatier spot.

Time to go Gardner, Jeter (and maybe have Derek bunt more often?) Teix, Alex, Cano, Swish, Posada, the DH (Miranda or Thames),  and then put the VERY underachieving and underperforming Granderson 9th? That is what I would do.

Granderson is down to .233. “Uncle Joe” from the now defunct LVYFC Radio Show, wonders if after signing Crawford (he LOVES Crawford and hopes the Yanks get him) the Yanks move BG to CF and trade Granderson.   

What do you think?

Ok, demeaning maybe to have Derek bunt more. But with Gardner on 1st, Derek sees more fastballs (the threat of the steal by Gardner) and maybe that helps him.   

   

The captain turns 36 today.

Just two days ago, on the off-day, Phil Hughes turned 24. It’s hard for some fans to remember just how young Phabulous Phil is.

Today, a kind of culture shock, for the captain, Derek Jeter, turns 36 today.

Meanwhile, life begins at 40. With yesterday’s save, Mariano Rivera—who will be 41 at the end of November—drops his ERA to 0.99.  

Pettitte turned 38 recently and Hideki Matsui turned 36 recently as well.

Next month Joe Torre turns 70.

Game 9. On Jackie Robinson Day, a Robinson stars. Cano’s 2 HR lead Yanks to 6-2 win.

I was watching the game at my local watering hole.

Robinson Cano is off to a fast start, and the second sacker who was named for another second sacker hit two homers tonight to continue his fast start to the season. He sparked a 6-2 Yankees win.

Curtis Granderson chipped in with an OF assist (Matsui at home) and two triples.

Derek Jeter upped his hit count to 2761 with two hits (but who’s counting? LOL) and hit career HR #226.

Phil Hughes was strong. A bit wild (5 walks) , and he did commit a balk. 5 IP. 2 R, 3 H, 6 Ks. He gave up one gopher ball—to Matsui.

Watching the game, he had good stuff, a good hop and good movement on the ball. 108 pitches through five hurt him though. He did get the W, however.

David Robertson came in, 1 2/3, 3 K. Damaso Marte 2/3. Joba 1 1/3 and Mo had to come in with two out to face one batter and get the last out. Save #530. Figures the only guy allowed to wear #42 every game finishes it off.

Two of three from Boston, Tampa Bay and the Angels. Considering the woes of Vazquez and Teixeira (0 for 2, 3 walks, now at .091), not bad at all.

The only blemish?  A double by Thames in which he thought it was a HR. He had to bust his ass to get to second. Run until you see the ump twirl his finger, Marcus.

UPDATE: PARK HURT. According to LoHud, Chan Ho Park felt a tweak in his hammy while warming up tonight. I wonder who would be brought up if Park has to be DL’d. I have a feeling it won’t be Melancon, but that the Yanks would go for more balance—meaning a second lefty (no, not Igawa). Meaning Ring or Logan.     

Game 6. Yanks @ Tampa. AJ settles down in Yanks 7-3 win.

The Yanks try to come home 4-2 as they look to do in Tampa what they did in Boston—take 2 of 3. A.J. goes today, then the Yanks are off tomorrow. The home opener is on Tuesday afternoon.

I do know people heading up on Tuesday. I am sure that they will be joining thousands in giving Hideki Matsui a very appreciative round of applause.

I work today, so I’ll have to recap late tonight. Feel free to comment on the game, and remember…keep it clean. Lineup when I get it.

I’ll also have to check who won the Masters, for I’ll miss that too. Phil? Or the Phil-anderer?

…and today’s lineup: Team BA .277

Derek Jeter SS  7 for 23, 2754 hits, 2 RBI .304
Nick Johnson DH 2 for 18, .111, 2 RBI
Mark Teixeira 1B 3 for 20, .150, 3 RBI 
Alex Rodriguez 3B still looking for #584; 5 for 23, .217, 2 RBI  
Robinson Cano 2B 8 for 21, 2 HR, 6 RBI, .381
Jorge Posada C 5 for 14, .357, 1 HR 2 RBI
Curtis Granderson CF 6 for 19, 2 HR, 3 RBI, .316, 2 sb
Nick Swisher RF 6 for 17, 2 RBI .353 
Brett Gardner LF 5 for 13, .385, 3 rbi, 3 SB 

RHP A.J. Burnett 0-0, 5.40

Recap: An excellent road trip for the Yankees. They win 2 out of 3 in both Boston and Tampa–two of the best teams in baseball, on the road, and they win both series after dropping the opener.

AJ started rough, giving up 2 in the first, but settled down. 7 IP, just one K, but 2 R on 6 H. Joba gave up a run in the 8th. Mo pitched a scoreless 9th, no save.

Granderson had an RBI double in the 2nd, but the Yanks didn’t take the lead until Posada (starting off better than I thought a 38 year old catcher would) hit a 2-run HR in the 6th.

Alex added a 2-run double in the 7th and Swisher hit a HR in the 8th.

The final was 7-3.

Off day tomorrow, then the home opener.    

 

Hot commodity

Taking a school with 4800 to one three-point shot of the national championship—against a Goliath (I know, it’s been overused this week, but…) like Duke and Coach K. Think Brad Stevens stock isn’t sky high right now? And to think, only 33.

Just checking. A-Jax 1 for 5 yesterday, RBI, double. JD 2 for 5, double and 2 RBI. Godzilla 2 hits, including a HR.

Like the late 1960′s? Nick Johnson to “Get Back” to the Yankees? Mets Sitting at the Dock of the “Bay”?

There are rumors going that the Yanks could be interested in Nick Johnson to fill the DH spot. In fact, LoHud’s Chad Jennings says that the NY Post’s George King states that the signing of Johnson could be announced tomorrow. The NY Post states that industry sources indicate that Damon “isn’t looking to take a paycut from the $13M he made last year,” and that Boras is looking for at least three years.

If that’s the case, goodbye JD.

I hear talk of Johnson, if acquired, being used in the #2 spot. Jennings even discusses that prospect, because of Johnson’s high OBP. I’m not for that. I’m more inclined at the 5 spot. Let me explain.

I’d like Granderson’s speed at #2. (26/27 in 2007, 12/16 in 2008 and 20/26 in 2009 for SB). The way I see it, after A-Rod at 4 does what he is supposed to do, cleanup the bases, the #5 hitter should be someone with power who can also set the table. Granted that Johnson hasn’t been a power guy. But he can re-set that table after Alex has cleaned it up.

Now I know that Swisher batted 2nd at times last year because of his good eye (97 walks, 129 OPS+). But I can see Granderson’s speed at #2 and also…I’d rather see his lack of plate discipline (years of 141, 141 and 174 strikeouts) perhaps being helped by having Teixeira and A-Rod hitting behind him. The way I see it, Johnson’s patient eye doesn’t need the “help.”  Granderson and Johnson are both lefty hitters and would benefit from having Jeter being held on first by the first baseman. I think Granderson would benefit more. He’s more of a pull hitter than Johnson is.  

Johnson has good points and bad points. The good: The guy has a great eye. A career OBP of .402. This past year it was .426. If A-Rod cleans up the bases, Johnson’s OBP suggests that he can start things up again right in front of Posada, Cano and Swisher. Johnson’s 162 game average is .273-19-80 with 102 walks. It’s said his D regressed a bit (we’ll get to the reason(s) why in a minute) but he was a very good defensive 1B…not that he’d play there much because of Teixeira, but should Teix get a DH day, there would not be much of a dropoff.

The bad points. I mentioned Johnson’s 162 game average. The Injury-prone Johnson has been lucky to get 100 games in a season. In 2002, Johnson became a semi-regular with the Yankees. Since that year (129 games) he has played in 96, 73, 131, 147, ZERO, 38, and 133 games. Good? Dh may enable him to stay healthy. Bad? Teix, Johnson and Swisher could all play 1b. Swisher of course, is your starting RF right now. Johnson is basically just a 1b/dh. If you have Swisher, Teix and Jolly Old St. Nick, what becomes of Juan Miranda? He becomes the Shelley Duncan of SWB. Stuck there unless the Yanks find a taker.

Jolly old st. nick
The Yanks could be getting Jolly Old
St. Nick for Christmas…oops, not this one…

Nick Johnson
…This one.

Johnson hit .291-8-62 last year. OPS+ 122 as he walked 99 times. Washington and Florida aren’t exactly great parks for Johnson. You’d hope that Yankee Stadium would help Johnson powerwise. Only once has he hit more than 15. You would hope that if the Yanks sign him, he could go .280-20-80, draw 100 walks and be the type of person that after Jeter/Granderson set the table for Teix/A-Rod, that Johnson’s OBP can serve to re-set the table as I noted earlier.

One thing the Post notes: as a possible replacement for Matsui, Johnson would be like Godzilla in one regard—-the ability to hit lefties. Johnson is actually better against lefties (.292) than righties (.266).

Johnson made $5.5M last year. Granderson is supposed to make what, $8.5 M? So together, $14M…or just over $1M more than Damon or Matsui made alone last year. So you get two players, both younger (Johnson is 31) and together, the two players’ salaries equal what one made between Matsui and Damon. You can take that other $13M and invest it elsewhere (pitcher?) Is Cashman doing some creative juggling of salary to land someone?

Get Back
If NIck Johnson “Gets Back” with
The Yanks, we hope he won’t
“Let Us Down.”
But hey, it’s where he once belonged.

Good news on A-Rod. No more surgery.

It’s looking more and more like Jason Bay is going to be Mets-bound.

Sitting on the dock of the Bay
The Mets could be
playing Jason Bay’s tune.

I don’t know…I have a sneaky gut feeling that Jason Bay might wind up to be another Kevin McReynolds for the Mets. McReynolds wasn’t bad, averaging about .273-23-87 in his five years with the Mets (1987-1991) but he didn’t seem to me to be a fit, even though McReynolds finished 3rd in the 1988 MVP vote (behind Kirk Gibson and Darryl Strawberry). After going to KC, McReynolds returned and finished his career in 1994 with the Amazin’s. He was decent, but it seemed like more was expected. I just have the same feeling about Bay. That so much would be expected (.280-33-107 is his 162 g. average) but Citi Field may knock him down (to the McReynolds average).

Funny opposites. Jerry Crasnick writes about Mo being the best of the last 10 years and do you know who he has as the worst? El Sid. Yup, Ponson.

Interesting stuff by Chad Jennings at LoHud. First, this quote from Hal Steinbrenner. Read between the lines all you want regarding JD’s situation:

“He was a big part of the reason we won that championship,” Steinbrenner said. “But I think right now there’s just a difference of opinion of what the pay is, quite frankly.”

Granderson will wear #14. Girardi will once again have the target (and goal) on his back as he switches from 27 to 28. I have no problem with that as long as Girardi has a problem several years from now when he desires Ellie Howard’s 32.

Silly debate on numbers elsewhere. I can think of lots of great Yankees whose numbers are not retired (Reynolds’ 22, Gomez 11) and can think of a couple retired ones whose numbers perhaps shouldn’t be. 

No surprise here:

Phil Hughes will have an innings limitation next season, according to Cashman, while Joba Chamberlain will not.

Joba had 157.1 IP last year. If the goal is to increase youngsters by 30, then if Joba starts, 187-190 is the goal. Heck, Pettitte went 194.2 last year (regular season only). Hughes, though, had 86 in the majors, 19 minors. 105 IP. So figure 135? Hence the Joba rules become the Hughes Rules in 2010. 

Girardi did say

that does not mean Hughes is the more likely young pitcher to find himself in the bullpen.

Goodbye Molina? Jennings reports that Girardi said that Cervelli is the backup catcher.

Jennings reports on more (great job by him and Sam Borden, btw). Bold emphasis is mine.

Steinbrenner said he would not “slam the door” if Cashman showed a need to stretch the budget they set last month. Cashman wouldn’t declare the club out of talks for marquee free agents (read: Matt Holliday, Jason Bay), but it sure sounded like it. “I’m not saying yay or nay, but I’m saying we’re operating at this number and that’s that.”
• Why? Because this market dictates caution, unlike last winter’s. “We were very aggressive in last year’s free agent market and it turned out for good reason. There were terrific players available. This market’s a lot different. We played in the better market last year; we’ll be less aggressive in this market.” The Yankees have key free agents to deal with ahead, like Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera. Plus, Cashman called next year’s market is “incredibly more impressive than this one.”

Ok, here is what my lineup would be:

Jeter .334-18-66-30 OPS+ 132 OBP .406 SA .465
Granderson .249-30-71-20  100  .327  .453 (I would hope the average goes up, and that having Teix and Alex behind him helps him. I also don’t want to lose his speed by having him further down in the lineup).
Teixeira .292-39-122   149    .383    .565
Alex .286-30-100-14  147   .402     .532 (and Alex missed 30 games)
Johnson .291-8-62      122   .426     .405 (you hope the SA of .405 goes up; I don’t mind the dropoff in SA here as long as the OBP stays high in front of the SA’s following)
Posada   .285-22-81    133   .363    .522
Cano      .320-25-85    129   .352     .520   
Swisher .249-29-82     129   .371     .498
Melky    .274-13-68-10  99   .336    .416

As you can see, I’d like a high OBP in the middle of the lineup to re-start things.

I don’t know if I want all those K’s by Granderson (years of 141, 141 and 174) in the middle of the lineup. Give me a contact hitter who can use the whole field (Matsui could do that) who is a professional hitter (Matsui was, as is Johnson) with a good eye at #5. Johnson won’t have the 28 HR that Godzilla had, but …

Hey, Lou Piniella batted 5th a lot. He never hit more than 12 in a year. But professional hitter despite not walking often. Check out Piniella’s stats. He had more AB batting 5th in the lineup than anywhere else.

In 1977, Chambliss batted 5th once Reggie was (finally?) moved into the #4 spot. Chambliss hit 20 twice, but only after he went to the launching pad in Atlanta. Chris had 17 HR in 1977 (90 RBI). He hit cleanup in 1976 (17/96). Where did Chambliss hit for the 1978 WS Champs? Mostly 5th. He had 12 HR that year. But a professional hitter who knocked in 90.  

Dodgers interested in Aaron Harang? From mlb.com:

Harang landed a $36.5 million deal off back-to-back 16-win seasons in 2006-07 but has regressed since, going 12-31 the past two years with ERAs of 4.78 and 4.21. His ’09 season was cut short by an appendectomy.

 

 

 

Report that it’s final: WS MVP Matsui to Angels

…and it’s apparently done. Lohud is reporting that according to the NY Times Tyler Kepner that the Angels signed WS MVP Hideki Matsui to a one-year deal.

Now LoHud is reporting that after losing out on Bay, who apparently has rejected Boston’s offer, that the Bosox are targeting Mike Cameron.

I will miss Matsui’s clutch hitting and professionalism. He’ll always be a Yankee hero in my eyes and I wish him the best. Now the Yanks need to somehow maintain JD. Move him to DH, let him play the OF forty times or so and have Granderson in CF with Melky in LF. Keep Gardner. Don’t listen to KC or the Chisox (rumors are that they inquired). Should anything happen to either Melky or Granderson, you have backup. Besides, Gardner is still valuable as a PR and/or defensive replacement in those close ballgames.

The 35 year old Matsui spent seven years with the Yankees, hitting .292 with 140 HR. He was rooked out of the ROY in 2003, finishing 2nd to…of all people…Angel Berroa. The excuse was his time in Japan. Nevermind guys like Nomo, Ichiro, etc. Matsui finished 24th in MVP voting in 2004 and 14th in 2005. Four times he drove in 100 or more runs.

In postseason play, Matsui hit .312 in 56 games. 10 HR and 39 RBI. He tied Bobby Richardson’s record of six RBI in a WS game. Do you remember that this year’s WS MVP (Matsui) had not one, but TWO five-RBI games against the Red Sox in the 2004 ALCS? There was also that big double off Pedro in 2003 ALCS Game 7.

I’ve understood most of the year that Matsui most likely was gone and understood the reason(s) why. Age, not being able to play the field, etc.

I understand that. I’ll still miss him.

Update: It now seems as if Mike Cameron will be going to Boston. In a way, I’m glad, for I was getting tired of King, George III writing about Cameron and the Yanks in the NY Post. Cameron will be 37 soon, and strikes out a ton. Granderson is one thing, but do you really want two 150 or more whiff guys on the same team?

I texted the “Truth,” Josh, about something. He is 100% against it, but I’m not as against it as he is. I asked, “If JD and Matsui are both gone, do you look at Thome on a 1-year deal?” He doesn’t like it, but I wouldn’t mind. I always wondered what Thome could do in Yankee Stadium. Ok, he’s 39. But his 2009 wasn’t that bad. .249-23-77 and US Cellular (the New Comiskey, I say) is ok, but Yankee Stadium is Yankee Stadium for a lefty bat like Thome’s. No $13M like he got with Chicago last year, but you wonder how cheaply he would be on a 1-year deal. Does he run well, no…but then, neither did Matsui. Problem: Hasn’t played the field since 2007. Not on a regular basis since 2005. So, like Matsui, you have someone who doesn’t play the field. He didn’t hit lefties well (.209 in 2009) OPS+ was 118 last year (Matsui’s was 131). In 2008 he hit .245-34-90, OPS+ 123. After going to the Dodgers, he basically rotted as a PH. I don’t know what AL team would want Thome, but there may be something left. Not 30-90 mind you, but 20-80 in the right situation. MLBTR (which has been terrible in their predictions of who will go where thus far) had Thome to Oakland. Looking at Baltimore, Luke Scott DH’d (I’m looking at places in the AL where Thome’s bat is fine for the ballpark). .258-25-77, OPS+ 115 for Scott. Thome wasn’t bad last year. He may not get the 36 HR he needs for 600, but there may be something left in the tank. 118 isn’t a bad OPS+ for a 28 year old, much less 38. Am I leary of another DH who, like Matsui, can’t play the field? Of course. I’m just looking at alternatives in case Damon, like Matsui, leaves. In other words, I’m not that sold on Juan Miranda.

Question: How cheap would Thome be? Looking around the AL, I’m not sure of another good fit for Thome.

I read someone talking about Nick Johnson coming back. I don’t see it. Too injury-prone. I also overheard that Johnson said some things about the Yanks when he went to Montreal. Johnson, though, made $5.5 M last year and would seem to fit the Yanks approach to hitting well. At DH, maybe the guy would stay healthy. His D is excellent and the Yanks would lose nothing when they want to DH Teixeira for half a day off. Johnson, 31, hit .291-8-62 last year for Washington and Florida. Not a power hitter (23 HR in a season is his career high) he is patient (99 walks last year) and his OPS+ last year was 122. His 162 g. average is .273-19-80, but 102 walks meaning a career OPS+ of 125.

I am just kicking the tires on possible and cheap alternatives to DH if Damon leaves as well as Matsui. Maybe Cashman does stay in house with Miranda. I’m just not so sure on him.

…and I’m not sold on Russell “All or Nothing” Branyan. Just .234 lifetime, lefty power but averages 174 K per 162 g. OPS+ 113 but too many K, too low a BA for my taste despite the 30 HR potential.

Update II: No official word on many things (Cameron, Matsui, the 3-way deal w/Halladay and Lee) as of Tues. morning, but you know the saying…where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

       

      

Baseball News Booming Today

Jason Bay apparently turned down the Red Sox offer, so the Red Sox turned their attention to pitching, signing John Lackey to a five-year deal. He’ll join a rotation featuring Beckett, Lester, Bucholz, Dice-K and apparently Wakefield (unless Wakefield is bullpen bound; he is a free agent, but can’t see him anywhere else). After giving Lackey five years, I’m interested to see what happens when Beckett hits the market next year.

The Angels are rumored to be in hot pursuit of Godzilla. 1 year, $6.5 M. This would mean the end of Bad Vlad’s Angel run.

The hot word right now is a 3-way deal which would send Roy Halladay to the Phils and Cliff Lee to Seattle. All the particulars have to come in, but my first reaction is that it’s nice for the Phils to get Halladay, but wouldn’t you want to pair him with Lee? It seems like a wash to me. The only thing sensible (from ESPN) is that Halladay is going to sign a 3-year extension with the Phils and apparently the Phils couldn’t lock down Lee. But if that is the case, what will Seattle do with Lee if he will walk? Prospects are supposedly headed to Toronto.

Seattle is apparently intent on making moves. First Figgins, now Lee. There is a lot of talk that they are hot for Jason Bay. Now does Beltre go to Seattle or is he splitting? (There are Boston rumors, but the Lowell deal would have to be completed first). If Beltre and Lackey, would there be Boston money left over for Holiday if he turns down the Cards? 

Meanwhile, Matt Holiday is apparently still deciding whether or not he’ll take the Cardinals offer.

In other news, apparently Kate Hudson and A-Rod split up. I just hope Alex isn’t now looking for Tiger to fix him up.