Separating myth from reality with Strasburg; latest trade-market talk
The wealthy Yankees, Red Sox and Mets were all hoping that by some miracle
Here are some more thoughts about the most hyped draft ever (thanks to one player) and the potentially contentious upcoming negotiations, separated into myth, reality and somewhere in between, with commonly heard statements italicized ...
The trade market for relief pitchers, potentially pitiful, could improve substantially if the Indians and Diamondbacks become sellers.
That's ironic in that both teams have awful bullpens. The Indians are 25th with a bullpen ERA of 4.80, the D-backs 26th at 4.86. Yet, cherry picking the right piece from those 'pens could still make things very interesting.
Indians general manager
The D-backs' bullpen appears overtaxed and outmanned since ace
Meanwhile, the Rockies'
The Yankees (4.75 bullpen ERA, 24th), Mets (2.91, 2nd), Rangers (4.87, 27th), Angels (5.82, 30th), Twins (4.16, 15th) and Cubs (4.42, 20th) are among several contenders that could be in the market for relief help.
Colorado general manager
The Rockies would love to find takers for failing former star
The Giants and Cardinals are looking for a third baseman in a pretty fair market at that position.
The Giants need to punch up their offense if they're going to try to contend, and
One scout who recently watched the Cardinals marveled at their style. "They play the game right,'' that scout said. That doesn't mean they couldn't use a little help.
Two Yankees people said they "loved'' local product DeRosa. But they don't appear to have any room for him, particularly with
Jones lit into cavernous Citi Field on the Ripken Brothers show on Sirius XM radio, suggesting the ballpark plays way too big. But the Phillies and Mets combined for seven home runs in the Mets' 6-5 victory on Tuesday.
Jones complained about his own Citi misfortune, then revealed that when he was on the base paths after one drive stayed in play for a double, Mets star
First of all, hasn't Jones done enough damage to the Mets (40 HRs, 126 RBIs, .330) without repeating what's obviously a private conversation?
Naturally, Wright downplayed Jones' remark when asked about it. But his frustration would be understandable. He had only three home runs total (two at Citi) before going deep Tuesday night in that rare homer-happy contest for the big park.
"You can't try to hit homers and you can't be intimidated,'' said
The Braves' release of
If Glavine and the Braves don't kiss and make up sometime in the next five years, can you imagine how uncomfortable that day will be?
That coming day is why I don't ultimately believe that Glavine, given time to think, will take the Braves into a grievance hearing. While it does seem clear that the Braves' decision was at least partly motivated by money -- they saved about the same amount of money they spent the very same day to acquire outfielder
While Glavine is right about this, no one wants to see a player who's made $128 million (according to baseballreference.com), take his team to court over a million or two more. Overall, their relationship has appeared to be OK, and it would behoove both sides to figure something out.
• The Red Sox aren't fooled by their success with
• Boston pitcher
• There is renewed concern over Daisuke Matsuzaka's conditioning, especially now that he is struggling. He is 1-4 with a 7.33 ERA
• ... and
• The contracts of aces
• Execs still expect
• Congrats to Stanford reliever
• Wish I could have been there for the apparent repossession of
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