Well, it won't be long until we're booking, or at least wish we were booking, flights down to Florida or Arizona to cheer on our teams as they get ready for the 2010 season. It's been a while since I have written about anything and I know there are already a ton of blogs out there about it, but I can't get enough of the fun convos that start out of blog entries.
The Rumor Mill Plug
First off, I'd like to give my gratitude and thanks to Tim Dierkes for having the best site any hardcore baseball fan could ask for at www.mlbtraderumors.com. The site has constant feeds and updates of everything happening in baseball and is always looking at ways to improve. It provides a great way to get updates from all over on everything going on. If you haven't been to the site, go and check it out...I'll bet it'll quickly become one of your favorite rumors mills on the net.
There have actually been a good amount of big name players traded throughout this offseason that has made it interesting as who could be dealt next. Here are a few of them that interested me:
**Blue Jays moving Roy Halladay to the Phillies and Cliff Lee going to the Mariners which was very interesting and led me to a couple of questions:
1) How could the Phillies trade a guy that was a stud for them the entire time he was there?
Answer: They're getting one of the best in the game, Roy Halladay instead of having a guy that many people feel could go right back to being mediocre in the blink of an eye.
2) Why did the Blue Jays wait until the offseason when they got far less in return than they could have mid-season?
Answer: Anybody feel free to chip in on this one, I'm still trying to figure it out. I'm guessing it had something to do with Halladay figuring out a new contract in the middle of a season, but still don't know??
3) Are the Mariners trying to become a contender immediately this year?
Answer: Yes, they most definitely are. With the Angels losing a lot of talent (Chone Figgins, John Lacker, and possibly Vlade Guerrero) the Mariners have a great chance to climb right to the top in that division
**Carlos Silva to the Cubs for Milton Bradley to the Mariners
Awesome move for the Mariners who, if they can contain his attitude, will get a great improvement in their outfield. Carlos Silva is a waste of time and money and purely benefited off of a weak free agent class and a 200+ inning season with the Twins to get that kind of money that he does not at all deserve. I like the Cubs and will continue to have hope, but they will go another 100 years without a title if they keep this up.
**Jeremy Hermida to the Red Sox
I think this could pay big dividends for the Red Sox. Hermida was very highly touted coming into the league (Baseball America's 4th best prospect), still has a couple of years to mature into his potential, and the Sox only had to give up a couple lefty minor leaguers to get him. Hermida reminds me of a Delmon Young who was traded despite having a ton of potential for a young player that just hasn't come into play yet in the bigs. Will this end up being like the Twins who gave up Jason Bartlett and Matt Garza (both have panned out very well for the Rays) or will Hermida come to play immediately for the Red Sox?
**JJ Hardy to the Twins and Carlos Gomez to the Brewers
I know...I'm a Twins homer...but hey, it's what I know and discuss best! Carlos Gomez has tremendous upside and is already a proven CF that could be gold-glove calibur once Torii Hunter is no longer in the picture in the AL. If he can get that pop in his bat like he showed in spring training last year, he could be a weapon similar to a Curtis Granderson. JJ Hardy provides the Twins with a much needed SS that can also have a presence at the plate. O-Cab was a great pick-up for the Twins midseason last year, however, his range and arm are clearly lacking and the Twins needed a solution rather than a stop-gap at this position.
I purposely have left out the Granderson deal from any analysis because I think enough Yankess fans have probably already given their rant on that. My only question for them is - Who else is going to play outfield for you next year?
I'll try to write more very soon and I promise it definitely will not be another 9 months before you hear from me again. I'm missing baseball as I'm sure many of you are and need to spout my mouth off more often!