Eight teams struck out this winter by not spending enough
Not every team can be a
There's still time to do a little shopping, though probably not enough to rewrite these winter scripts.
Even Mets great
While the Mets signed the big hitter they sought in
They could have had
They were also stuck with
It's never going to be a great winter when the big goal is to undo the biggest move of the winter before. They did finally get rid of
The newly divided Dodgers and their divorcing owners couldn't afford to risk going to arbitration with
They brought in a collection of hitters --
Wasn't the big reason they had to trade
I love this franchise from top to bottom. But there's no getting around the fact that they lost their ace pitcher (
Their streak of losing seasons -- 17 and counting -- appears sure to continue.
They were remarkably cheap this winter, and the result is a rotation diminished by the loss of
Incredibly, the Giants have made no one-year offers for superstar pitcher
There's still time to do a deal for one or more years in advance of the scheduled hearing. But so far the Giants aren't acting like they're anxious to avoid the fight.
It was nice to see new managing partner
Yet, a good attendance record doesn't mean the new Giants owner won't play hardball with their franchise pitcher/player. There's been little contact and no evidence of common ground since Lincecum submitted his $13-million salary arbitration request and the Giants submitted their $8 million figure. At this point, there appears to be a decent chance they'll be headed to a hearing, a possibility that never would have occurred in the player-friendly era of former Giants managing partner
Beyond the possibility of fraying their most important relationship, the Giants would be taking an awfully big chance to battle it out with Lincecum in a hearing room. Forget the obvious issue that an arbitration fight would be ugly, a Lincecum victory at $13 million would almost exactly triple the former record for a first-year arbitration-eligible pitcher ($4.35 million that both
The case is a toss-up, too.
To take him to arbitration and win would be a mistake. To take him to arbitration and lose would be a colossal mistake.
Of all the teams reported to have interest in
Damon has shown a knack for hitting in Comerica Park, where his .363 batting average and .961 OPS there are the highest totals at any stadium where he has at least 15 at-bats (he has 171 there). His numbers at new Yankee Stadium, which is tailor-made for him, are .279 and .915.
The A's, Reds, Rays and Jays all reportedly have shown some interest, as well. The A's are a team full of surprises (see
But the Tigers appear to be a real possibility. They have discussed it at length internally and certainly have not ruled it out.
One option Damon is not considering is retirement. "I don't think the game's ready for me to retire,'' Damon said by phone. "I think I have way too much to give.''
• While Astros owner
• Rumors of trouble in the Rangers' deal to sell the team to the group led by
• There's a chance Toronto brings back former Blue Jays great
• Some scouts suggest
• The Mets are thought to be falling behind in the
• One player overlooked in this market has been