Interesting piece from MLBTR, reporting on some Peter Gammons comments:
Gammons believes the Red Sox would sign Jason Varitek if he offered his services for $2MM. Gammons still believes the Red Sox would prefer to take the draft picks and trade for a different catcher.
When you think of that….and then think of what the now-recovering Posada got from the Yanks last year…wow.
Gammons objectivity has been in question a lot lately. No doubt he’s a great writer (HOF) and does his homework, but more of this doesn’t help:
Gammons called Mark Teixeira Scott Boras’ “ultimate client” and that Teixeira is “very well-programmed.”
He notes that there was a lot of “testiness” between Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez in Texas and Gammons wonders how Teixeira will handle the high expectations that come with playing in New York.
Wonder how sour those grapes are?
The “Truth” doesn’t like certain writers and I have to agree. I do wonder where Jon Heyman is coming from with this note on MLBTR:
Heyman confirms that the Yankees are accepting trade offers for Xavier Nady and Nick Swisher.
The Yankees have “no way to trade” Hideki Matsui, noting that he is coming off a knee surgery and has a full no-trade clause.
Heyman also says the Yankees will not trade Johnny Damon saying the team needs him to leadoff and play center field.
Yes, I can see them shopping Nady or Swisher. Yes, I can see Matsui as being untradeable. But NO, NO, NO to Damon playing CF. He isn’t. Hasn’t Heyman ever seen Johnny throw? The Yanks have no interest in Damon as full-time CF, Jon. None.
The Red Sox are signing Rocco Baldelli and John Smoltz.
Baldelli’s health issues have caused him to play in only 155 major league games since 2004. He was 21 for 80, 4 HR 13 RBI for Tampa in 2008. He had one HR in the LCS and another in the WS. He is at .281 for his career with an OPS+ of 102. The big question is how much his health issues will let him play (backup or platoon). He’s still just 27 and a solid player, but a risk.
Smoltz brings questions, and not just for him. The future HOF has 210 wins and 154 saves in his career. ERA 3.26, ERA+ 127. A true gamer, as his 15-4, 4 saves, 2.65 postseason mark shows. He turns 42 in May, however. He did miss almost all of 2008 (3-2, 2.57 in six games, five starts).
So after taking chances by signing a reclamation project in Bart The Colon last year (and judging by how he ballooned weightwise, that must be some colon) and also trading for Paul Byrd, the Red Sox take chances with Brad Penny (30, 6-9, 6.27 for LA, injured the last couple of months) and Smoltz.
So with Beckett, Lester, Dice-K, Penny, Wakefield, Smoltz….it’s safe to say that although not official, that Curt Schilling is done…but what do the Red Sox do with Clay Buchholz (23, 2-9, 6.75 in 2008) or Justin Masterson (23, 6-5, 3.16)? There was the short-lived Hanley Ramirez rumor. As for Varitek, would he be a backup or platoon player, for Buster Olney says that Buchholz’s name has come up in talks with the Rangers—talks in which Boston is interested in Jarrod Saltalamacchia (23, .253-3-26 in 61 games for Texas in 2008) ??
I’d watch out for a Boston trade soon.
Bit of a surprise. It appears instead of staying in sunny California, that Trevor Hoffman is going to be closing for the Brew Crew in Milwaukee.
Mangini gets another job and fast. The former Jets coach is now the new coach of the Browns.
Dallas releases Pac-Man. Not too many tears shed over that one.
BCS title game tonight. I hope to catch the 2nd half, or most of it.